Hard Work Pays Off


It’s 7:45 and the school day is about to start. Ms. Janet Matthews is ready to start teaching English yet another day at Westlake High School.

When Matthews started teaching, she was “learning the ropes;” but the longer she taught, the more natural it became. She knew that it was a career she wanted to continue because it was her calling.

Matthews has taught at Westlake for 30 years. Within those 30 years, she has created endless successful programs that run in the school, including English 9 Honors and Creative Writing. “I think those two programs define my character,” Matthews states.

She has made an impact on every teacher in the building, specifically her fellow English teachers. Vincent Iovane, English 11 and AP Literature teacher, states that Matthews has inspired him in every aspect of teaching: “She helped me become a better teacher and a better person.”

Lauren Muller, English 9 and Journalism teacher, states, “she is always willing and ready to learn something new. Many teachers in her position would be content with the amount of knowledge that they have acquired over the years; however, Mrs. Matthews continues to look for new experiences and ways to acquire more knowledge. She travels, takes courses, reads and then reads some more, attends conferences, all with the intention of bringing whatever she learns to her students. It is truly remarkable that every ounce of culture and knowledge she learns outside of the classroom she works into her lesson plans to make them more engaging for students. I admire that.”

Although she inspires many everyday, she is also inspired by the people around her.

Her students inspire her everyday. “Some of them still keep in touch with me,” Matthews states, and “they are so hard working.”

Students look up to Matthews more and more everyday, including one of her Creative Writing students, Jessica Kaplan.

Kaplan, from the Class of 2017, states that Matthews has “inspired [her] to become a writer by teaching [Matthews’s] Creative Writing students how writing can act as a form of expression as well as a career. Writing is art that can be for yourself or for an audience.”

Kaplan loves reading and writing. That’s why her and Matthews work so well together.

Kaplan adds that Matthews is “one of the only teachers [she’s] ever had who has challenged and pushed [her] more than [she’s] ever been pushed before. What was different about having Ms. Matthews as a teacher was that in her class it was never just about the grades. Ms. Matthews challenged her students to think differently, to step out of their comfort zones, to try new things and to achieve what they might not have thought possible.”

Without Matthews, Kaplan wouldn’t be the writer she is today. One lesson Kaplan will remember forever is “you cannot be afraid to take risks.” This is also how Matthews lives her own life.

Matthews isn’t afraid to take risks. She takes risks with her writing and the way she teaches, including dressing up and having parties, mostly with her 9H students.

In Kaplan’s eyes, Matthews is a teacher who is “challenging, brilliant, and enthusiastic.”

Muller notes Matthews’s “moxie” defines her most as a teacher. Her “passion, dedication, work ethic and endless optimism don’t hurt either,” Muller adds.

Iovane believes that Matthews’s sense of humor is most fitting to her teaching style. He adds, “How she’s willing to come into school dressed up as Beowulf shows how she wants to get students interested in what they’re reading.”

After all the years of teaching, her career is sadly coming to an end. Matthews has inspired many students and teachers throughout her career. She’s impacted many lives with her knowledge of life and literature.

“She helps students find their own love for English,” Muller states. “There is always one teacher in high school who has impacted a student’s appreciation for a subject area. In this case, she is the teacher who has aided students in finding their appreciation for English.”

Matthews will be missed at Westlake. She has done so much for the English Department and curriculum, but most notably for students. Westlake will not be the same after she leaves for new endeavors. “Her classes were always an adventure, and something different,” Kaplan states.

Matthews should be remembered for “her passion and ability to bring English to life,” Muller says.

Kaplan states that Matthews should be remembered for “being an incredible teacher. She should be remembered for changing the way her students think, for challenging [them] to achieve things [they] never thought possible, and for inspiring her students to overall be better writers and people.”

Matthews notes that what she’ll miss most is “definitely the students and my wonderful work family, especially my close friends and supportive colleagues in the English Department.  I have at least four boxes of letters and cards I have saved from my students; their notes continue to be a source of warmth and inspiration.”

Matthews “lives every moment to its fullest” and doesn’t want her teaching career to end. After she officially retires, she hopes to travel the world and visit the continents she hasn’t visited yet. She will be traveling to Croatia, and in 2017, she will be taking on Antarctica.

“I hope to read every back issue of the Smithsonian and The New Yorker that is on my coffee table; improve my forehand in tennis; master my yogic breathing; spend more time with my family; find the right color streak for my hair; continue my volunteer work; write, write, and write more; and welcome any adventure that comes my way!”

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Growing up in the “Boogie-down Bronx”


Adriana Aloia, Foreign Language teacher at Westlake High School, lived in the South Bronx from birth up until the age of 24; despite the trivial conditions living in one of the five boroughs of New York, she was able to reach high standards and gain many academic achievements.

Aloia, at the age of five, moved from Morris Avenue to Arthur Avenue and had “…only spoken Italian…up until first grade.” This was due to the rich Italian culture within Arthur Avenue. Aloia explains this area as “a little Italy in the Bronx…everyone in the neighborhood spoke Italian as well as my relatives.”  Although Aloia did not speak much English before she started school, she still managed to do her best.

“I am the product of public school education all the way,” Aloia says, and mentions that attending school was rough because of the racial strikes in the late 60s and early 70s. Also, growing up in the Bronx “you kind of had to toughen up and be assertive in most ways.”

Despite this, Aloia recalls that her teachers nonetheless “were very hardworking and pushed us to work to the best of our ability.” Thanks to her positive influences, she developed a very strong work ethic and valued her education, earning her way to the title of “a super achiever… always in the honors classes.”

Aloia has demonstrated her capability to exceed average expectations all throughout her life based on the environment she was exposed to at a very young age. Aloia says, “I grew up always living around immigrant families… I observed them always working hard, even when they were home they were supposed to be relaxing, but they’d be working in the garden, cooking, or cleaning… it seemed like they never stopped.”

Her dedication to hard work is clearly noted in her personality as Claudia Papazian, Aloia’s colleague and friend of 23 years, states that when she first met Aloia, she thought of her as the “consummate professional.” Papazian also mentions that for as long as she has known Aloia, Aloia has always proven to “not only go above and beyond, but go way way beyond…she is somebody who has a work ethic that is unmatched.”

Aloia has noted that her greatest academic achievements were only possible through all of the time and effort she has put into building her career. Aloia was the first one to receive a college education in her family. Her involvement in many academic foreign language communities has earned her the title of “President of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for the past four years,” an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish.

Ironically, Aloia never planned to become a teacher; when she was younger, she actually wanted to become a stewardess thanks to her love of traveling the world. Instead, Aloia has granted the countless amount of students she has taught with the gift of travel through learning different cultures associated with the languages she has taught.

Aloia says, “I never would have thought I would have accomplished what I did in my career as a teacher.”  

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Goodbye, Mr. Ferguson


Mr. Ferguson, Westlake High School Assistant Principal, will retire after 14 years at Westlake and 21 years in total of dedication to learning and bettering students’ lives.

Ferguson is planning to retire at the end of the 2016 school year and expresses that he will certainly miss the atmosphere here, at Westlake. Ferguson says that what he will miss the most about working here is “ the interaction with you guys,” referencing his close, personal relationship with the students and “the interaction that I have with the faculty.”

Teachers new and old, English teacher Mr. D’Ippolito and Physical Education teacher Mrs. Groat, express that they will both miss the security and sense of safety that Mr. Ferguson brings to Westlake.

Mr. D’Ippolito said how he appreciates when Ferguson, “stops by to check in on the classrooms” and how “on the first day of school he came up to my classroom just to ensure that everything was okay.”

He adds, “Ferguson is supportive of kids and supportive of teachers,” two essential qualities of an assistant principal.

Mrs. Groat captures Ferguson’s best qualities as kind, caring, and really dedicated to doing what he thinks is right for kids here. Groat also says what she’ll miss most about Ferguson is “his availability and just knowing someone so well.”

Faculty and students alike believe that when Ferguson leaves this coming summer, Westlake will always remember his presence.

The qualities Mr. Ferguson wants to be recognized for most when he leaves Westlake are: “as someone who was always there, helpful, upbeat and positive; I guess I’d like to be remembered as the guy who helped out a student, the guy that helped me out of a jam one time.”

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Changing the World One Child at a Time


42 years of dedication, determination and success.

Mary Cunningham, a Special Education teacher at Westlake Middle School, has dedicated 42 years of her life to make other lives better. Cunningham was determined to make something of her life by helping students overcome their challenges to find success.

“I just love it,” Cunningham says. “It’s one of the few jobs where people will actually come back to you and let you know that you really made a difference.”

Cristian Lazo, former student of Cunningham, didn’t appreciate school when he had Cunningham but he appreciated everything she did for him.

“She helps students become who they are today,” Lazo notes. “She is a sweet caring teacher; she always wants her students to improve. She was on top of me, and she wanted me to get my work done; I was intimidated by her…in a good way; therefore, I wanted to get my work done. She may seem scary in the classroom, but it’s because she cares. When she is out of the classroom, she is funny. I knew everything she did was for my benefit in the long run,” he continues.

Cunningham is meant for this job because of her ability to make connections with kids. Behind her strict approach, her students and coworkers know that she is a “pot of gold.”

Mimi Byer, one of Cunningham’s coworkers and good friends, values how “caring she is and very thoughtful.” She adds, “as a teacher, I think I value the fact that she never gives up on kids.”

Cunningham has impacted many students with her honesty and consistently showing that she cares for her students. She is not a teacher who was just there for educational purposes; she doesn’t care about just the grades. She cares about helping students in an emotional and meaningful way and providing the support that they don’t always get at home, which is more beneficial to students than a 90 is on one test. She also realizes that it takes a village to help students progress.

“Reach out to parents. You really want to make contact with them. You want to make it a team effort and you have to have really high standards for kids – you have to push them,” Cunningham states.

Cunningham dedicates her life to helping students in her own classroom; little did she know, along her path, she has impacted the whole district of Mount Pleasant.

She supports her coworkers and makes sure that new teachers feel comfortable enough to go to her because everything is a team effort. The school environment will not function well if people are not working collaboratively. Cunningham ensures that all teachers and staff work together because she wants everyone to know that they are all at Westlake to improve students’ lives.

Cunningham has made a lasting impact on this school district with her humor and leadership. She is irreplaceable to Mount Pleasant; the district will never have another person as passionate about teaching, learning, or holidays as Cunningham.

“St. Patrick’s Day won’t be the same,” Lazo states.

This district is truly lucky to have had Cunningham for so many years.

“We are really going to feel a loss of leadership and a loss of fun and humor,” Byer says.

Although Cunningham wasn’t sure about originally becoming a teacher when she was a young woman, there couldn’t have been a better job for her. She is an everyday Superwoman: she does it all. Cunningham will continue to teach part time once she retires because it is a passion she is “not willing to give up.”

42 years later, Cunningham said, “I honestly haven’t lost that passion, I still love it.”

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Should Brazil Postpone the Olympics?


With the uprising of the Zika virus, many Olympic athletes are concerned with the spreading virus. There is no cure or vaccine for this mosquito spread disease, which makes the potential risk for the traveling athletes a shocking reality.

What’s even more shocking for these athletes is that after the symptoms pass, the virus can potentially stay in your body, and in most people, symptoms are not exhibited.

According to the article, “All Your Zika Questions Answered,” the virus’s symptoms are as follow: fatigue, fever, chills, loss of appetite, sweating, eye redness, headache, skin rash, and vomiting.

Although many athletes have yet to publicly voice their opinions, these symptoms give athletes cause for concern, specifically for their well being and performance in the future games.

According to Laura Vecsey of Fox Sports, crucial members of the US Women’s National team, including: goalkeeper, Hope Solo; forward, Alex Morgan; and coach, Jill Ellis have spoken out about their concern over the Zika Virus in Rio.

With the outbreak and the increased threat of the mosquito transferred disease quickly spreading in Brazil and posing a threat throughout the world, Hope Solo has stated that she is considering skipping the 2016 Olympics. Solo told SI.com that if she had to make the decision this very moment, she would not attend the games and that “competing in the Olympics should be a safe environment for every athlete, male and female alike. Female athletes should not be forced to make a decision that could sacrifice the health of a child,” Vecsey reported.  

Also according to Vecsey, Alex Morgan said, “Zika virus is a very scary thing that is very unknown for a lot of people, especially on the side of pregnant women and women who might want to get pregnant in the years following the Olympics.”

Solo and Morgan believe that potentially endangering the life of a child is unnecessary, and their coach, Jill Ellis is also sensitive to the topic.

Since this is only one team’s opinion, Brazil should contact and talk to teams of other nations. However, because the women of this team have indeed spoken out and expressed their concerns, Brazil should take their voices into consideration, especially the voices of potential mothers.

It seems apparent that Brazil should consider postponing or relocating to a different country. This would be beneficial seeing that the athletes would be more comfortable playing in a region that is not lurking with disease.  

Works Cited:

“All Your Zika Questions Answered.” ABC News. N.p., 30 Jan. 2016. Web. 8 June 2016. <http://abcnews.go.com/Health/zika-questions-answered/story?id=36618159>.

Vecsey, Laura. “USWNT stars Morgan, Solo address Zika virus concerns.” Fox Sports. N.p., 10 Feb. 2016. Web. 8 June 2016. <http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/uswnt-alex-morgan-hope-solo-address-zika-virus-concerns-as-rio-olympics-near-021016>.


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A Ball of Sunshine


Little Mrs.Giannini walks into the doors of Westlake High School with her big smile that lights up the school. She brings a positive presence wherever she goes, promising to make people smile and laugh throughout the day.

Mrs.Giannini brings smiles to her students and coworkers everyday. She hopes her positive attitude and support makes her students try their best everyday in school and in the world outside of Westlake.

Giannini said, “I want the students to feel like someone is always there for them. It could be as simple as helping with anything, spending a few minutes talking, or finding out how they are doing, even just ensuring them that everything is going to be okay.”

Giannini always works her hardest to make her students happy to help them work to their potential. She is a great motivator because she is positive, helpful and relatable, therefore students feel comfortable around her and can open up.

Lisa Alterio, Giannini’s co-worker said, “She helps by keeping the kids organized, keeping them on track and helps the kids on math problems. She helps motivating them when they don’t want to do math. She supports them. She will ask a question when she knows other kids are too afraid to ask. She also helps out by being a great coworker.”

For those who know Giannini, they know that a positive mindset like hers provides self-confidence, self-motivation and the ability to conquer new things. Because of this positive mindset, she always spreads her happiness to the kids and teachers, which promises to make every classroom environment one of more success.

Karina Contreras-Lopez, student, stated that Giannini taught her “Just to be a positive person because I used to be downer, and I see her as an inspiration to always be happy.”

Alterio similarly said, “She always keeps me in cheek to be positive and to see the good in everybody.”

Every student and teacher who knows Giannini would say the same as Alterio and Contreras-Lopez.

Contreras-Lopez added, “She is so lovable…I can never be sad around her because she always makes me laugh.”

All in all, Giannini is certainly someone who works everyday to spread happiness and positive vibes in the classrooms at Westlake. Students and teachers acknowledge that she is a welcome face because she only brings goodness.

Kelly Lynch said it best: “She is a ball of sunshine.”

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Headphones in, Art Mode on


Once her headphones are in, Catie Lyons is in her own world, creating art that inspires the people in her life. Lyons admires anime art and pursues this admiration by illustrating her own characters, as well as drawing characters from her favorite movies and T.V. shows.

Lyons, a self-taught artist, knows how to bring her pieces to life by using vibrant colors, beautiful line work, and emotion. She first developed an interest for art at a young age, starting out as a “doodler.” Around the ages 11 and 12, anime inspired her to create her own illustrations of the anime style, and to this day, she continues to wow and amaze people she shows her art to.

“I’ve always loved anime. Even as a young child, I used to watch Pokemon and Yugioh, before I even knew it was anime,” the aspiring artist said. “Since I was little, I always loved the ‘look’ of the animation that was used in the anime that I watched,” Lyons added.

“It makes me happy that she found something that she really enjoys and wants to pursue,” Lina Lyons, Catie’s mother, said.

With each drawing Catie creates, there’s always something she wants to improve, especially components of the process that she struggles with. She also strives to create more “detailed” and “complex” pieces of work.

“Sometimes, if you feel a certain way, and don’t know how to handle it, drawing the way you feel helps to get those feelings out,” Catie explained, “and sometimes you just want to draw for fun, because you enjoy it, and enjoying what you’re doing gets you to improve and get better.”

According to Catie, depending on the complexity and how much time she has to draw, “it usually takes between 3 to 4 days, but sometimes it takes longer” for her to complete a drawing. “The longest it took me was a week and a half,” Catie added.

“She’s really good at it; it’s kinda weird how some people can’t even draw a straight line and she can do all the stuff that she does. And how much she likes to do it, even when she was little, she loved drawing and arts and crafts,” John Lyon’s, Catie’s brother, noted.

The thing about anime drawings/art that Catie loves the most are the eyes. “An anime characters’ main feature is usually their eyes; there are so many different types of shapes, sizes and even colors that make anime eyes an art form in themselves,” Catie described.

“The coloring she does is really good; she makes it look almost 3D with the way she colors everything in,” John said, as he explains what her biggest strength is when it comes to drawing.

There is never a time when Catie isn’t focused while she works on a drawing. “When she has her headphones on,” Lina said, “[she] literally can’t hear the world around her.”

While in her room, Catie puts on her headphones, “blasting music,” and allows herself to get focused and situated with the right mediums.

“I use regular number two pencils to start the sketching. Once that is done, I use black inking pens to sharpen the pencil lines,” Catie said, as she explained her drawing process. “After that it’s time to add color; for this I either use copic markers or prismacolor colored pencils and soft pastels for blur effects,” she added.

According to Catie, drawing helps her feel more relaxed and tranquil when she is stressed; she simply enjoys it and noted that “it comes naturally” to her.

“Whenever she finishes a part of a drawing, she shows me with a big smile on her face, and says ‘I finished! Do you like it? Is it good, or should I add something?’ She ALWAYS wants to improve on her skills,” Lina said with admiration.

“I always think [her art] is really cool,” John said, “I always ask her ‘how do you draw like this?’ and she usually just says ‘I don’t know, I just did it.’”

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Talent and the Tribute


Westlake’s annual Talent Show on May 5 showcased students and their abilities.  The night was filled with many performers singing, playing instruments and dancing. This night was particularly special, for its theme was “Farewell to Ferguson,” honoring Assistant Principal Bruce Ferguson on his upcoming retirement.

Hosted by Dani Walpole and run by teacher Anthony Paduano, the night was filled with a variety of musical selections.

Mr. Paduano loves working with students on the talent show, so they can showcase their talent and have freedom in what they want to do. It also allows him to play the piano and guitar for the singers, and the collaboration is fun to watch.

Performances ranged from Jillian Guercio and Alessia Mussolini’s powerful performance of “Feeling Good,” by Michael Buble, to Bob Dylan’s quieter “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” performed by Sophie Epstein and Kiera Torpie.

Lauren DeMartino and Nicole Grossman challenged their inner-Broadway stars and performed show tunes. Lauren’s version of “Burn” from Hamilton was emotional and touching, and Nicole’s performance of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked energized the crowd. “The song symbolizes how I am breaking free from what anyone else thinks of me,” Grossman commented.

Also, Steph Rizzo and Briana Zambardi performed the touching duet, “For Good,” from Wicked as well.

Ariela Abreu, Carina Papa, and Steph Rizzo covered Adele’s hits by singing some of her classics. The three students picked an Adele song and sang solos. Ariela chose “Turning Tables,” Carina sang “Don’t You Remember,” and Steph covered “Remedy.” Each performer said they sang the song noted because it was in their vocal range, as altos. Then they agreed and added it was also because Adele’s songs are great! Adele certainly would have been proud.

Amy Winehouse was represented by Arianna Abino and Kiera Torpie’s performances of both “Back to Black” and “Valerie.” Both commented that they love Amy Winehouse and wanted to pay tribute to her through her music.

During a two-hour time frame, over 20 acts filled the Westlake stage and wowed the crowd.

The evening concluded with the newly formed teacher band, SYP and the Barnyard Fowl, playing a mashup of an old classic “Hang on Sloopy,” renamed “Hang on Fergy,” and “Summer Nights,” featuring a musical reunion of the Grease cast. The Grease cast performers held up signs with “FERG” written on them, honoring Mr. Ferguson for his years of dedication to Westlake.

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Stepping into Elena’s Shoes


Fashion is everywhere for her: she loves it, she tries it, she sets it.

Inspired by many celebrities and fashion experts, Elena DiDomizio, junior at Westlake High School, follows the footsteps of her passion by collecting, buying, and wearing high heels.

Whether it’s hanging out with friends, heading out for late night trips to New York City or attending family parties, DiDomizio shows her love for fashion by wearing high heels that fit how she feels.

Fashion has always been a fun hobby for DiDomizio, and her love for high heels makes her both unique and interesting.

DiDomizio states, “I’ve always loved high heels, especially my LouisVuittons. I’ve had a couple of fashion statements from him but his heels really spoke to me and screamed my name so that’s what made me want to collect them.”

Interested in the fashion industry, DiDomizio expresses herself and one of her passions when buying and wearing her designer heels. She has 6 pairs of LouisVuittons and 3 Guiseppe’s, and she wants to add more to her collection in the near future.

She wants to pursue buying luxury shoes because she has always liked to stand out, and in her heels, she can certainly do that. DiDomizio states, ”I wanted to pursue this because I love dressing up and always standing out, especially at the sweet 16s, I could brag about my high heels.”

Just about two years ago DiDomizio started her shoe collection. She became very involved with searching for these “pairs” of art created by many talented designers. She has even gotten many of her friends interested in her unique hobby, who now seek to follow her fashion sense.

DiDomizios best friend Lauren Johanson states, “Elena’s shoe collection is absolutely insane,” adding that she hopes to borrow shoes because of their beauty and how they make every occasion more memorable.

DiDomizio usually doesn’t let anyone borrow her expensive heels only because she worked hard to buy them and also because “if they got ruined in another person’s hand, [she] would regret lending it to them.”

Although not all friends and family members can borrow them, they still manage to awe over her collection, in shock of how bold and fascinating they are. Each pair represents the many different sides of DiDomizio’s personality, making her unique from everyone else.

“Heels are supposed to be worn not tucked away,” DiDomizio states, which showcase the best and most colorful sides of her personality. Knowing that DiDomizio doesn’t want to be “tucked away,” neglecting her heels, she now knows that expanding her collection will only be the next building blocks to her career.

This heel collection has driven her to pursue an education at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, which will further her interest and experience in the fashion industry.

“I would be really greateful if I was able to further my education at FIT for the next four years of my life; I don’t know exactly what I want to do there yet but hopefully over the next year I will,” DiDomizio adds.

Her talent in art and love for fashion indicate that Elena has a special spark that should not be wasted.

Marilyn DiDomizio, Elena’s mother, states, “Elena has always been a smart girl and stylish girl, whatever she wants to pursue she can.”

As she continues to expand her collection in the near future, she will only develop more passion for the industry. This will prove to help her find success in the fashion industry after she graduates from college and make a name for herself.

“My love for heels makes me want to design my own; my shoes would have to have a thin heel and must be strappy. The color I would choose is either black and white or something bold,” DiDomizio pictures.

Knowing this, we can all expect what the next step for DiDomizio is: creating her own personal shoe line.

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10 Cloverfield Lane Review

Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Rating: PG-13

Grade: A-

Runtime: 1 hour and 43 minutes

Release Date: March 11, 2016


10 Cloverfield Lane is a drama/horror/mystery that is set in the same world as the original Cloverfield, which quickly became a cult classic. The producers wanted to expand on the world they created and did it by creating a movie that is completely separate and has a different form the original. For instance, Cloverfield is a found footage movie, while its successor is not. The ‘sequel’ is about a woman who ends up in a car crash and is rescued by a man who brings her to his bunker. When she wakes up, he tells her that the world as they know it has ended and that the three people in that bunker are the only survivors.

The movie is built from a very small cast. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Michelle, the victim of a car crash and John Goodman portrays Howard, the man who rescues her. Even though Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the star, John Goodman is the top-billed cast member, and for good reason: this movie showcases some of his best acting. Howard is one of the most morally ambiguous characters in movie history. Something in your gut makes you question whether or not you trust him, yet you can’t deny that his actions make sense. He is both a crazed villain and a brilliant hero. IF you see the movie twice, you could watch it once and pick out everything that makes him seem evil, or untrustworthy; but watching a second time, you could see that he is a good man doing the right thing. He essentially portrays two different characters at the same time. Bradley Cooper also has an insignificant cameo. John Gallagher Jr. rounds out the cast playing Emmett, the third survivor in the bunker. His character is important to the story, but serves as more of a buffer between the two main characters and is relatively undeveloped.

The film’s script is central to the movie. All of the dialogue is important, as it always comes back. Nearly every line in the film has a payoff later on. The script is so delicate, that if one character’s lines were removed, the entire outcome of the movie may be changed.

My final note about the film is that the last 10 minutes differ greatly from the rest of the movie. It essentially turns a drama movie into a sci-fi movie. For those who are familiar with the original source, the genre-flip is expected and beautify executed. The movie caters to a very specific audience, but allows outsiders the chance to enjoy the low-budget spectacle. 10 Cloverfield Lane outshines its predecessor in almost every way, making it a must-see for sci-fi fans.

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