Rhinebeck Reality https://rhinebeckreality.org The Student News Site of Rhinebeck High School Mon, 20 Dec 2021 17:29:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 “Fargo” (1996) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6120/film-reviews/fargo-1996-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6120/film-reviews/fargo-1996-review/#respond Mon, 20 Dec 2021 17:29:06 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6120 Jerry Lundegaard is in deep debt and decides to hire hitmen to kidnap his wife, in order to collect ransom from her wealthy father. Although his plan may seem simple, issues arise as his abduction scheme falls apart. Scoring a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, Fargo is truly a crowd pleaser. Starring Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson), William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), this reality-based thriller is a classic. 

I would recommend this movie to someone who loves crime-based thrillers.  

I rate this film an 8/10

Well produced and casted.

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Rhinebeck Hawks vs Spackenkill Spartans https://rhinebeckreality.org/6123/uncategorized/rhinebeck-hawks-vs-spackenkill-spartans/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6123/uncategorized/rhinebeck-hawks-vs-spackenkill-spartans/#respond Mon, 20 Dec 2021 14:00:46 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6123 On December 17th, 2021 The boys varsity team took on the Spackenkill Spartans. It was a close game, every point was cheered on by the stands. The hawks nest was packed. Was a dog fight for the first half, going into halftime hawks where down by 5. It was down to the wire. The hawks sadly lost by 2 47-45. The Hawks fall to 4-2 going into the break.

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“Daddy’s Home” (2015) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6104/film-reviews/daddys-home-2015-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6104/film-reviews/daddys-home-2015-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:21:54 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6104 Do you like cheesy holiday movies? Well, then the epic 2015 Christmas movie Daddy’s Home by Sean Anders is the right movie for you. This movie is an all out war between a dad and step-dad over the holidays. As Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) is just settling into his new home with his new wife and stepchildren Christmas rolls around. Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), the children’s rebellious dad decides to come into town. This movie is about two dads trying to one-up each other in the funniest ways possible.

I would recommend this movie to anyone that doesn’t like to be bored. Daddy’s Home 9/10.

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“The Grinch” (2018) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6097/film-reviews/the-grinch-2018-movie-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6097/film-reviews/the-grinch-2018-movie-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:20:34 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6097 The Grinch and his dog, Max, live in a cave in the mountains, where he spends most of his miserable time. Every year when Christmas comes he is filled with anger and when his neighbor’s in Whoville start to get in the holiday cheer he decides to steal Christmas from the Whos with help from Max. Will he succeed with his scheme? 

This movie is PG and a great comedy for both parents and kids. The overall rating for this movie is a 9/10.     

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“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6098/film-reviews/the-muppet-christmas-carol-1992-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6098/film-reviews/the-muppet-christmas-carol-1992-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:19:28 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6098 The Muppet Christmas Carol is a classic around the holidays. It is a cozy movie to cry and laugh to. I enjoy seeing the classic Muppet characters take on another role, but still have their personalities in the role. The set is beautiful and the writing is also great, being a rendition of a Charles Dickens book. This movie is probably my favorite holiday movie, because it captures Christmas in a realistic way. Wanting everything to be perfect for one day, spending time with loved ones, and trying to make people happy any way you can.

I would rate this a 9/10 because it still holds up to society’s standards today, but the CGI/animation isn’t that well executed. 

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6094/film-reviews/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-1964-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6094/film-reviews/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-1964-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:18:44 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6094 The stop-motion 1964 animated film, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is a holiday classic. While the stop motion is simple and visually pleasing to look at, it also tells a great story about fitting in. It tells the story of Rudolph who doesn’t fit in due to his bright red nose and is made fun of by the others. He ends up meeting Hermey, an elf who left Santas workshop to become a dentist. The TV Special is overall very heartwarming and a must-see.

I would give it a 10/10 because of the animation and the classic story it tells with a twist.

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“Die Hard” (1988) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6088/film-reviews/die-hard-1988-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6088/film-reviews/die-hard-1988-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:17:44 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6088 Often argued that it isn’t a Christmas movie, main character John McClane (Bruce Willis) goes to a holiday party off-duty from his typical work day at the NYPD. Everyone at the party is soon taken hostage by heavily armed terrorists trying to steal $640 million; everyone but John. Using his job connections and his wits to his advantage, the action-packed awesome storyline to save the hostages, including his estranged wife, from the threat, is intriguing media that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Perfect Christmas movie if you want something a little less typical and a little more eccentric.



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“Fred Claus” (2007) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6087/film-reviews/fred-claus-2007-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6087/film-reviews/fred-claus-2007-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:16:47 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6087 If you’re looking for a humorous Christmas movie, Fred Claus is for you. Starring Vince Vaughn, one of the champions of 2000s comedy, it tells the tale of Santas’ older brother. Often forgotten in children’s storybooks, Fred has become bitter towards his saintly brother and everything to do with Christmas. When circumstances push them together, things stray away from a typically jolly season. What’s best about this movie is the way it combines slapstick humor and more intense topics like self-image and family relationships. Fred, Santa, their family, and even the villain all struggle with personal worth and their own strained connections. Furthermore, it’s unique in the way it portrays Santa Claus as a person with more depth than typical Christmas movies. He isn’t perfect, and in fact the audience at times feels a dislike towards the man in red. With a sweet ending and hilarious scenes woven in, I recommend Fred Claus to anyone in search of an off-beat Christmas film. 

Rating: 8.5/10      

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“The Snowman” (1982) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6084/film-reviews/the-snowman-1982-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6084/film-reviews/the-snowman-1982-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:15:50 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6084 This heavenly short film for children has a very special place in my heart. I used to watch it over and over when I was younger, mesmerized by the snow-blanketed English landscape and slow, dreamy melodies. It tells the endearing story of a boy who wakes up one winter day, rosy-cheeked and brimming with enthusiasm upon seeing the snowfall, and decides to make a snowman. The next morning, his snowman comes to life as a cheery and curious companion, excited to take him on the kind of little adventures that most children dream of. All of this is drawn together with charming picture book animation and an amazingly expressive soundtrack perfect for the holiday season. No words are needed to present this magical universe to you, as it takes you on a journey through the eyes of the main character; eyes filled with eagerness at every new development.

This film shows the feelings of exhilaration we experience as children in response to a world only starting to come into focus in a delightful, but nostalgic way. It paints a vivid picture of a simpler time for many of us, and not without a beautifully melancholy closing sequence. A lovely movie made for anyone who likes to indulge in fantastical imagination, and one that I’m very grateful I grew up with.


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“Tokyo Godfathers” (2003) Review https://rhinebeckreality.org/6081/film-reviews/tokyo-godfathers-2003-review/ https://rhinebeckreality.org/6081/film-reviews/tokyo-godfathers-2003-review/#respond Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:14:49 +0000 https://rhinebeckreality.org/?p=6081 Many a groan has been made when being told they have to watch a Christmas movie. There seems to be a certain kind of sappiness that can be excused for these kinds of movies. We all know the ones, the countless adaptations of A Christmas Carol, White Christmas, they’re all wonderful to watch, but only at Christmas, when we can once again excuse the sappiness. When I first sat down to watch Tokyo Godfathers, I wondered what I was about to witness. The director, the late Satoshi Kon had directed many other wonderful movies, like Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, and Paprika, but all of those were dramas. Tokyo Godfathers was listed as a comedy. After a minute or so of debating, I had finally started the movie. The movie starts with our protagonists, Gin (voiced by Jon Avner), Hana (voiced by Shakina Nayfack), and Miyuki (voiced by Victoria Grace) watching a children’s Nativity scene at a local church’s soup kitchen. After looking through the garbage to find each other Christmas presents, they find an abandoned baby, whom Hana proceeds to name Kiyoko. After bringing the baby back to their tent, Hana tearfully decides that they should bring Kiyoko back to her parents. What follows are silly (but realistic) antics, and drama. 

The voice acting is really well done. I know many will scoff at me for watching the dubbed version, but I do believe that they did the story justice. Their emotions were conveyed clearly, and really brought the viewer into the movie. 

The animation is beautiful! It’s fluid all the way around, and elastic and goofy when it needs to be. I would dare say that the animation in this movie rivals even Studio Ghibli’s. I would also like to point out that Kiyoko is the cutest animated baby, period. 

The story, though, is the best part. The trio are dealt bad hands throughout the movie, and each time they think they’ll find Kiyoko’s real parents, something stands in their way. It makes the viewer want to see them succeed, and it brings them into the movie. The only thing I will say is there is a part where the baby speaks a full sentence and it caught me completely off guard and not in a good way. 

I think that people who enjoy anime or Studio Ghibli movies will enjoy it, and those who like heartwarming movies will enjoy it too! It’s not the best for young children, as they do swear from time to time, but older kids will enjoy it! 

Overall, I liked this movie and I feel that Kon’s foray into comedy was definitely successful. 

I rate it 8.5 cute anime babies out of 10 (seriously, just look at her, she’s adorable!)

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