The Boy: Review

The Boy: Review

The movie opens with a woman (Greta) sitting in the back of a cab as eerie music plays. The driver watches her creepily through the rearview mirror as she tries to fall asleep. Already I’m wondering why she decided to fall asleep in a car with a creepy and strange old man. I’ve already decided that she’s not very smart. Most main characters in horror movies usually aren’t. The car pulls up to an old, dark stone mansion with a rusty red roof, completely surrounded by trees and grey sky. When Greta gets out of the car, the driver tells her to wait in the parlor as the family that lives there is not home. Of course, like in any other horror movie, the protagonist doesn’t do she is told. She starts to hear noises coming from the upstairs and decides to look around. Is it really so hard to do as you’re told?

When the parents come home, Greta is very confused when they introduce her to a doll as their child. She thinks it is a joke and proceeds to laugh at them. Come on woman! What ever happened to respect? The parents ignore this insult and give her very, very, very specific instructions on how to care for the doll. Pretty much as soon as they leave, Greta forgets the instructions and literally just ignores the doll. Why would she do that? Just why? She just keeps on ignoring the doll and defying the specific instructions for it’s care. Why is she so unwilling to do the job she is being paid for? And as paranormal things start happening in the house, the woman doesn’t realize that maybe, just maybe, it’s the doll, and maybe, just maybe, she should ACTUALLY START TAKING CARE OF IT LIKE SHE’S SUPPOSED TO!

So, way less than halfway through the movie, I already hate her! And as I thought about it, I started to hate her more and more and more for every stupid little reason that she shouldn’t have even taken this job in the first place. 1) The job was in a foreign country (She was American, and the job was in the UK). 2) The house was in the middle of nowhere with no one around. 3) She was going to be alone for 3 months, her only contact being with the grocery boy who came once a week. And finally 4) The child she was taking care of WAS A DOLL! A DOLL!!! WHY WOULD SHE TAKE THIS JOB? I want to know what the hell is wrong with this woman!

So, she sounds stupid right? Well don’t worry, she just gets stupider and stupider, and as you watch you want to start pulling your own teeth out because that would be better than watching the movie. All you can think is, “WHY DON’T YOU JUST TAKE CARE OF THE DOLL THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO?”, “IT’S NOT THAT HARD JUST DO IT!” and, “DO YOU WANT TO DIE?” with the occasional, “How is she this clueless? Wtf?”

Do I recommend this movie? Despite the main character being utterly idiotic, I thought it was a good movie. A lot of horror movies have that ‘quality’. I really enjoyed the unexpected plot twist at the end. And the cliffhanger ending made me excited for the sequel that I think is being made. If I had to rate it, I’d give it a 7/10. It’s not bloody or gory, just creepy, and watching it alone just makes it that much creepier. Overall, it’s a movie worth watching to cap off this spooky season.

Written by Amelia Winkelman

Food Cart Confessions

Food Cart Confessions

Jorge Cristobal:

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Cart: Taco City

What were you like in high school?

I was a good student, I really liked sports too. I enjoyed  everything school related.

What are the benefits/ downsides of working near a high school?

Working kids is nice, they are good help to the cart. They are also 50% of our customer base, they keep business steady. Some downsides… The kids can be really noisy and  crazy to a point. Sometimes there are fights and bad behavior, but you can’t regulate it because we don’t work for the school. I understand the students don’t always have money, so I give them the food for free and ask them to pay me back the next day.

How do you deal with the lunch rush?

I get help from students, prepare some burritos beforehand, prep ahead the most popular foods.

For better or worse, what is the most memorable high schooler experience that you have had?

It was right after finals I remember, and some kids just came up and ran off with the tip jar. It was crazy.

Zaus Myo Thein:

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Cart: Idea Sushi

What are the benefits and downsides of working near a high school?

A good thing is the community.  We like the kids and they are nice, but sometimes they aren’t maybe because of family problems, but we understand.

How do high schoolers compare to adult customers?

They are different.  They are kids. Sometimes they don’t have money, so I tell them to pay me later. They are regular customers, so I am understanding.

For better or worse, what is the most memorable high schooler interaction that you have had?

Final day of school, we need to be careful because they break and damage our things. After that they are fine.

If you have one, what message do you want to get out to high schoolers?

Nothing special, they are good kids, but they need to have more focus in class and on their studies. This is the time of change. They have to be good now if they aren’t their lives will not be. Even though this is no fun.

Salin:

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Cart:  Phat Cart

How do you deal with the lunch rush? What things do you do to prepare?  

I pre make a few popular items of the menu, like the Crispy Chicken.

For better or worse, what is the most memorable high schooler experience that you have had?

The gas line broke last year.

What are the benefits and downsides of working near a high school?

We have more time for rest, before and after lunch.

If you have one, what message do you want to get out to high schoolers?

Stay clean.

Carla Pirbun:

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Cart: Thai Bloom

What were you like in high school?

Peace maker. I graduated from Reynolds, so we would have a lot of fights. I used to be around different cliques all the time trying to prevent fights.

For better or worse what is the most memorable high schooler interaction that you have had?

I don’t remember their names, but I’m always going to remember this. There was a couple of kids here that go to this school, and they were talking with each other, and saying that they took sign language. The best feeling they have ever had was when they were working their part time job, and somebody that was deaf asked to borrow a pen. Instead they started talking to them in sign language, and they felt so good about it. Every time I think about it, or everytime I see something that is going wrong, I remember there are still a couple of good ones.

How do high schoolers compare to adult customers?

They do a lot of similar things. Not that big of a difference. The only thing I have noticed is that adults are a little bit more picky than students. As long as students get their food they’ll be fine. Adults are like don’t put this in there, don’t put that, can you do it without this? Students, even though sometimes a little short, when I ask them to pay me the next day they do.  

If you have one, what message do you want to get out to high schoolers?

Please just respect the park. The park is here and open for everybody, but it is still private property. We would like them to keep coming here, but if they don’t respect it, we’re gonna have to start closing it or start telling students not to come. Show us the same respect we show you.

By: Maddy Cronn