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New Godzilla movie to be released in Japan

After the 2014 American-made “Godzilla” project, Japanese production company Toho Co., responsible for the original 1954 Godzilla, recently announced a new monster movie, “Godzilla Resurgence.”

Most Zilla fans are hoping for a much better film than the recent Bryan Cranston disaster. This was the longest movie with the shortest amount of Godzilla screen time of all 29 movies.

According to koreaportal.com, this will be the largest and scariest of the mutated monster that the world has ever seen.

Initial plot rumors speculated that “Godzilla Resurgence” will be regenerated from a nuclear attack from man’s use of nuclear weapons. The monster will be awash in red and black color, which is different from the usual green or gray hues we see on Zilla.

Throughout Godzilla’s 63 year life span, the originally horrifying monster had taken a more comical, campy approach to films, but based on the report of Youth Health Magazine, “directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi vowed to bring Godzilla to his horror roots.”

The original 1954 film is extremely dark, especially for its time, and this should be a fresh new way to bring back this monster.

This will be Godzilla’s first Japanese appearance since “Final Wars” in 2004.

“Godzilla Resurgence” is set to release in Japan on July 29, 2016. Unfortunately for western fans, Toho is not expected to have this film released in North American cinemas.

The one semi-confirmed distribution company for “Godzilla Resurgence” is a company named “New World Cinema.” If true, this means Americans will not see the film until sometime in 2017.

Cheating is an increasing problem amongst students

Everyone has heard “Class, keep your eyes on your own paper.” It is a favorite line by teachers when suspecting cheating during a test. Now cheating is no longer just during tests and has progressively become as big a part of students school routine as lunch.

The Educational Testing Service defines academic cheating as “representing someone else’s work as your own. It can take many forms, including sharing another’s work, purchasing a term paper or test questions in advance, paying another to do the work for you.”

They also claim that 73% of all test takers, including prospective graduate students and teachers, most students do cheat at some point. 86% of high school students agreed.

Struggling students are not the only ones who are cheating on a test, but it is also students of all shapes, sizes, and type. The scary thing is it may be the 4.0 honors student who is doing the most amount of cheating.

The main reason for all of this academic dishonesty is the never ending desire for students to get the best grade possible. If students did not feel so pressured to get the highest grade they can, there would be no reason to cheat.

If they came into school every single day excited to learn instead of shuddering at the thought of the next unit test, there would be no cheating. Sadly, this is just fantasy.

High school is no longer about learning, gaining knowledge or expanding your mind. All that seems to matters now is getting a higher grade.

Students no longer learn, they memorize. They study over their assignments to cram the information into their brain, but after the test it is all forgotten.

The grading system needs to change. If students began to go to school for knowledge instead of just a passing grade, the amount of cheating would drop.

General public to blame for athletes’ high salaries

It is a pretentious person’s favorite thing to say, “athletes get paid way too much; all they do is play a game and make millions. It is not fair.”

This may be true. According to businessinsider.com, an average professional basketball player’s salary is $5.15 million a year.

This is an enormous amount of money to play a child’s recreational game. 5.15 million dollars seems monstrous compared to payscale.com’s average yearly salary for a police officer at $56,130. An adult who risks his/her life to protect the law abiding citizens of the United States makes 8% of what an NBA player makes. Something is wrong here.

People wonder who to blame for this. They have no one to blame but themselves. The general public is the only one responsible.

The general public are the ones who pay $110 for a Joe Haden jersey. They let Nike tell them a pair of Lebron James basketball shoes are worth $250.

All of that money is not directly pocketed by Nike or whatever brand is selling it. Athletes are endorsed by companies, getting paid by the company for the athlete to wear their products and the company in turn can use their name for products or even commercials.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was recently offered $265-$285 million over 10 years by Under Armor.

Someone’s name and image should not be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. This is only able to happen because people are willing to pay whatever price the corporations say they will pay.

It seems like a big cycle to me. Athletes start new trends and then the big corporations will sell that trend and make huge profit off the new style, thus increasing the corporation’s profit and their ability to pay athletes these huge endorsements.  

Overpaid athletes have only the chumps overpaying for brand-name apparel to thank for their enormous salary.

    

 

Southpaw movie review

Release date: July 24, 2015

Opening weekend revenue: $16,701,294

Lifetime gross: $51,289,443

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Personal rating: 6.3/10

Undefeated professional boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is 43-0. His offensive, sometimes reckless, boxing style has done him well in his perfect boxing career. His wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) is tragically killed in a brawl between Hope, the trash talking, title-hungry boxer Miguel “Magic” Escobar and their entourage.

After going into a harsh, depressed downward spiral, Hope ends up losing custody of his child Leila (Oona Laurence). Rejected by society and his own kin, Hope is forced to start his career over again with an underground trainer named Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker) to try and defeat the current champion Escobar and avenge his wife’s untimely death.

A 6.3/10 rating is a very generous one. If  I were to rename the movie, it would be “Southpaw: the Great Disappointment.”

From the opening scene to the final credits, “Southpaw” was an enormous let down.

After Gyllenhaal’s performance in “Nightcrawler” I had high expectations for him in this follow-up film.

Gyllenhaal was not this film’s undoing. He gave a good performance for the script he was given. The issue was the poor writing and lack of connection with the characters.

There is a conversation where Hope finally gets Willis to train him. In which Willis tells Hope to be at the gym the next day, and Hope asks him “To train?” and Willis replies “No, to bake cookies.” That was one of the most pathetic, predictable, and in all honesty laughable lines I have heard out of a movie in a while.

The scene where Hope’s wife dies is an awful one. It consisted of McAdams’ poor ability to portray someone who is dying along with Gyllenhaal’s repetitive chant of saying “baby” over and over again.  

Willis is thrown into the movie way too late to be as important as a character as he is. Not only that, but the lack of background knowledge makes it hard for any viewer to feel emotionally connected to him.

Save your money, do not go to the theaters to see this movie. Stay at home, and wait to see it on TV when it plays over and over again.