Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
Thursday, December 5, 2013
It’s a daunting task to try to cram hundreds of pages of eloquently written science fiction into two hours of film, but “Ender’s Game” director Gavin Hood has skillfully managed to do just that in his depiction of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel.
In the past few years, there have been many slavery movies released into theaters including Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” causing many people to roll their eyes when the newest “12 Years a Slave” came into theaters. This film, unlike others, portrays a realistic story on slavery. This attention to realism, however, makes the 134-minute somber film not for the light-hearted, as it gives audiences a deep understanding of the brutality, sexual abuse and intense racism slaves were forced to undergo.
Palo Alto High School’s Theatre program’s second fall show of the year brings audiences to 1920s Hollywood in its adaptation of the the classic Shakespearean comedy, “Twelfth Night.” The show premiered on Friday and delivered all the humor and amusement a Shakespearean comedy promises.
Ladies and gentlemen, buckle up and hold on tight because “Gravity” will show you outer space like you have never seen it before. This intense, 90-minute thriller is not fit for a casual movie night; it will have you on the edge of your seat with a pulsing heart the whole way through.