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Movie Review: Black Mirror – Bandersnatch

by Nutsa Javakhadze

On December 28, Netflix released their psychological thriller Bandersnatch in the anthology series Black Mirror. The film does not disappoint.

Black Mirror is known for its dark social commentary. The series is critical of society’s dependence on technology, arguing that soon it will strip us of our humanity and in extreme cases, make us care more about robots than we do about actual people. This idea is explored in one of the episodes, where the main character falls in love with an AI.

“If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set,” said creator Charlie Brooker regarding the show’s name. “The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand; the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”

Bandersnatch carries the same cynical attitude towards the digital age, but what makes it different from its predecessors is its interactivity. The Netflix original is a movie game, where the viewer gets to make decisions and choose their own adventure. The choices are innocent at first – deciding what kind of cereal the main character should have or what kind of music he should listen to.

Gradually, however, the options get darker and darker.
The plot revolves around programmer Stefan (Fionn Whitehead), who aims to develop a video game based on the choose-your-own-adventure book Bandersnatch. Its writer, Jerome F. Davies, is a controversial author regarded as a genius in his genre who later murders his own wife, convinced that she had been controlling him. As the story progresses, we start to see similarities between him and Stefan. Just like him, the main character starts to believe that he is not in control of his decisions, that someone is making them for him. Depending on the choices the viewer makes, the ending of the film varies. All of them, however, feature Stefan’s descent into madness.

“I think it was a really interesting idea,” said Rockwell sophomore Sandro Gvaramia. “The plot was really intriguing and I kept watching it over and over to see what endings I would get.”

Bandersnatch is a much more ambitious project than anything Black Mirror has ever created. The series is filled with meta-commentary and skepticism of free will. The release is a must-watch for anyone who likes psychological thrillers and conspiracy theories.

Check out the series trailer below:

Muscular Intensity meets Exhilaration in Marvel’s The Black Panther

by Alyssa Smith

The Black Panther was released to theaters on February 16. It was a thrilling new Marvel movie that has been the only movie since Avatar to top the box office for five straight weeks in a row.

“It was such an amazing movie,” said Rockwell sophomore Felicia Jacquez. “Everyone should go see it.”

Critics enjoyed this movie and thought it was very well-done.

“Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza,” said critic Jimi Famurewa. “It packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.”

Although Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a high 97%, a few people disagree with the majority vote.

“The film spirals into a stodgy tale of internecine feuding, in which T’Challa is required to come to terms with the sins of past generations,” said Ed Power, a critic from the Irish Independent. “What he doesn’t get to do much of is jump around beating up bad guys. That’s a shame.”

Go see The Black Panther, now in theaters, and let Marshal Magazine know what you think of the film.

Movie Review: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

By Keegan Beck

During winter break the entertaining saga returned to the theaters. On December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its debut around the country. The saga continues with the First Order reigns having decimated the peaceful Republic. Supreme Leader General Snoke now deploys his legions to seize military control of the galaxy. The only ones that are standing up against the rising tyranny, First Order is General Leia Organa’s band of resistance fighters. The resistances have hope that Jedi Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.

The heroine, Rey, discovers herself and finds out that she is way more than some person from the desert planet Jakku. While trying to convince Skywalker to come help the resistance fight the first order, Skywalker is uncertain about Rey’s powers.

“The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just the beginning. And I will not be the Last Jedi.” – Luke Skywalker

The Last Jedi was a very interesting and filled with action and adventure. With Disney buying the rights to Star Wars, I thought I was going in to see a Disney made film but instead it was action-packed and an incredible story. The director, Rian Johnson, and the producer, J.J Abrams, put together a great film and understood the meaning behind being a Jedi. There were a lot fans that were really happy about the film and had those “called it” moments, but I really enjoyed the film. They gave more information about different characters in this film, and it kept me very focused and interested the whole time.

I would recommend this movie to everyone far far away from different planets and galaxies to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters. And may the force be with all of you.

Teachers of Rockwell: Jacob Hampton

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Marshal Magazine |

Jacob Hampton is a new teacher at Rockwell this year. He teaches English 11 and Intro to Film. Students have gotten to know and love the way he contributes to our school.

“I love when my students and I can joke together,” Hampton said. “Telling people what to do all day is taxing, so it’s nice when we can all forget about that dynamic for a minute and just laugh together.”

Hampton attended UVU, got a black belt in karate when he was 12, and secretly wishes he had mind reading powers. He has a passion for film and has written for UVU’s newspaper, worked as a film critic for a website called Rogue Auteurs, and even had his own band in high school called Juice Box. They won Orem High School’s Battle of the Bands in 2011 and continued to advance to the state level of competition. Music and movies have always been a big part of Hampton’s life.

Becoming a teacher is something in which Hampton finds great fulfillment.

“I wanted to become a teacher because I love being able to share things I’m passionate about with others in ways that help them learn,” Hampton said.

Hampton works hard in what he does and always has the students’ interests in mind. Helping students is what he loves to do.

To those wanting to become a teacher, Hampton says to have a thick skin.

“Don’t worry,” Hampton said. “Not all the kids who act like they hate you actually do.”

Rockwell is glad to have Hampton as a member of the team.

Scary Movies: The Top 10 Countdown

by Aaron Galvan |

Many look forward to this time of year as a time to enjoy their favorite thrillers and horror movies. You may want to watch a scary movie but feel like there are too many to choose from. Hopefully this list can help you decide. I’ve done some research and even asked a couple of students what scary movies they think are the scariest. Here is the top ten list for scary movies, on a scale from “not scary” to “don’t watch alone.”

MV5BOTE0NWEyNDYtYWI5MC00MWY0LTg1NDctZjAwMjkyMWJiNzk1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjk5NDA3OTk@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_10. IT (2017). At number ten is the remake to an old classic. The IT movie follows a group of kids, from the town of Derry, who are terrorized by IT, mostly appearing in the form of Pennywise the Clown who feeds on kids and their fears. “IT” may not be the scariest movie on our list, but it is pretty terrifying. I mean, who isn’t afraid of clowns?!

9. The Exorcist. This movie is about a little girl who begins to act strangely after speaking with her imaginary friend. The mother of the little girl becomes worried and hires the help of two priests to hopefully save the little girl. One word for this movie: CREEPY.

8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now we can step aside from the demonic side of scary and step into the more down-to-earth side of scary. Five teens seek help from a farm family after a hitchhiker commits suicide in their vehicle. The teens soon realize they are being hunted by a madman known as Leatherface.

7. The Conjuring. Now this film is based on a true story. Paranormal investigators are called to help a family haunted by a demon. The investigators soon find themselves in the scariest case of their lives.Theringpostere.jpg

6. The Ring. The film follows a young journalist as she investigates the death of four teens, who all died after watching a disturbing video. After watching the same video she has limited time to solve the mystery.

5. Friday the 13th. This is a popular horror movie, to say the least. Friday the 13th is about a normal summer at Camp Crystal Lake. Things are fine until everyone at camp begins getting picked off one by one by a hidden killer. Camp will never be the same again.

4. The Shining. This movie is known as “A masterpiece of modern horror.” The Shining is about Jack Torrance and his family staying at a haunted hotel. Jack soon becomes insane and presents a danger to his family.

1200x630bb3. Jaws. Now Jaws may not be scary to everyone, but it is an all time favorite that had to be on the list. Jaws is about a massive shark that enjoys eating people. A sheriff, marine biologist, and a professional shark hunter team up to kill Jaws once and for all.

2. Nightmare on Elm Street. A group of teenagers are terrorized by Freddy Krueger – a deformed man with a killing plan. He inhabits the dreams of the teenagers and affects the dreamer in the real world. This one never ceases to scare young and old alike.

1. Casper The Friendly Ghost. Now this one is for all you junior high kids (or junior high kids-at-heart) who want a little excitement, but nothing too scary. This movie is about a dad and daughter moving into an old house that is haunted by four ghosts, one such ghost is Casper. This is definitely a movie you don’t want to watch alone.