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The Wild One Review

[Longhorn Review] The Wild One Review

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Gangs, Motorcycles, Riots — Posted on November 30, 2010, 3:49 pm

By: Laszlo Benedek

In the movie The Wild One, directed by Laszlo Benedek, a motorcycle gang creates
havoc on a small town disrupting the townsfolk and causing one character to die. In
this movie the motorcycle gang displays a typical motorcycle rider stereotype. They
all wear leather jackets, drink mass amounts of beer, smoke cigarettes and do not
care about the law or abide by its rules.

This lack of abiding by the law is seen
within the first five minutes of the film. One of the club’s members steals the
second place prize at a motorcycle race, only because the first place prize was too
big to steal. Later on in the movie, a girl asks what BRMC means which is written on
the back of all the club members’ jackets. Johnny replies, “Black Rebels Motorcycle
Club”. When asked what he was rebelling against he says, “What do you got”. These
are examples of how the club does not follow rules but they almost look for ways to
break them and disrupt the peace because they want to make a scene.

In the movie, an
opposing gang led by Chino comes into town too. Chino and Johnny used to be in the
same gang but are now in separate gangs. Johnny’s ex-girlfriend is also in Chino’s
gang. It takes about five minutes for Johnny and Chino to start handing out punches.
The sheriff eventually stops the fight only to arrest Chino after he grabbed a
townsman. Johnny, seeing how unfair it is that Chino was arrested but the townsman
was not, takes Chino’s side. Although Chino and Johnny are in two different gangs,
and obviously have some differences between them, they both put their differences
aside and join forces against the law.

The one thing in this movie that makes Johnny
uncomfortable and pushes him outside his zone is Kathie Bleeker. Kathie is the
daughter of the sheriff in town and also helps her uncle out with his restaurant and
bar. Kathie is a good girl and respects the law along with the townspeople. Johnny
tries to flirt with Kathie for most of the movie but has little success. It is not
until Kathie is in a sticky situation and Johnny saves her that Johnny and her
really get a chance to talk. Kathie sees through Johnny and is one of the few people
who does not fear him. This is new to Johnny and can be seen through his facial
expressions that he does not know how to act around Kathie. At the end, before
leaving town Johnny gives Kathie the gold second place trophy as a sign of
thankfulness for what she has done for him. He also flashes a smile at her, which is
the only time in the whole movie that we see Johnny show any kind of
happiness.

Reviewer: Stephanie Liederbach

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

[Longhorn Review] The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Fantasy, Motorcycles, New Moon, Twilight, Vampires, Werewolves — Posted on May 2, 2011, 3:39 pm

By: Chris Weitz

New Moon, the second movie of the series, continues the story of a relationship
between a human girl in high school, Bella Swan, and her vampire lover, Edward
Cullen. The movie begins with Edward leaving Bella behind due to a series of events
that causes Edward to believe staying with Bella would be harmful to her. Bella goes
on to suffer from a state of depression until she begins to hang out with her friend
Jacob Black. We later find out that Jacob, a werewolf, hates vampires and vice
versa. Through a series of misunderstandings, Edward believes that Bella has killed
herself and he attempts to do the same. These events lead to Bella having to try and
save Edward before it’s too late.

The basis of New Moon follows the interactions
between Bella and Jacob since Edward leaves at the beginning of the movie and does
not return until near the end. This differs from the first movie, where the audience
focuses on the interactions between Bella and Edward. Nancy Gibbs, the author of a
review of New Moon for Time Magazine, states how “the worst thing about New Moon the
book is the best thing about New Moon the movie” (para 3), referring to the focus on
Jacob rather than Edward.

Gibbs continues to go on to give her take on Edward,
describing his appearance as “pale passion and tortured restraint [with]… eyebrows,
like muskrats determined to mate, [hunched] together in the middle of his sunken
face, [and] the few times he smiles, it looks as if it hurts” (para 3). Gibbs
contrasts Edward by describing Jacob as “warm, tawny, genial and [being] able to get
Kristen Stewart's shrink-wrapped Bella to stretch out and relax a little onscreen”
(para 4).

Gibbs has a pretty strong sense of ethos, being a writer for Time
Magazine, but it takes a blow based on her descriptions of the main characters.
These descriptions of the two love interests of the protagonist Bella are somewhat
exaggerated but justifiable based on what we see on screen. Although justifiable,
clearly Gibbs had an extreme bias towards Jacob, which makes her review less
credible to the die hard Edward fans. The Twilight series has created a “Team Jacob”
and “Team Edward” fan base, and the harsh criticism of Edward’s character does not
favor well among “Team Edward” fans.

The movie’s overall appeal targets teenage
females with the series focusing on the love between a girl and two males and her
struggle to decide who to be with. Although the producer targets females as the
primary audience of the film, this does not mean that males cannot enjoy the movie
as well. New Moon incorporates action and fight scenes and moves along at a good
pace. The movie has plenty pathos appeals on the sides of romance and action.

Gibbs, Nancy. "New Moon Review: Team Jacob Ascending." Rev. of New Moon, by Chris Weitz.
Time. N.p., 19 Nov. 2009. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. .

Reviewer: Dan An

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