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What to Watch: The Big Lebowski

By Tyler Lopez
May 5, 2017

  his movie is weird. Like, really weird. I have seen my share of movies, many of which are weird, but this one is utterly bizarre. Never have...

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What to Watch: Aliens

By Tyler Lopez
March 24, 2017

“Game over man, game over!” Yes, if you have seen this wonderful film you know the line by heart. While entirely relevant to the film’s plot, both...

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What to Watch: Office Space

By Tyler Lopez
February 20, 2017

  orking a nine-to-five job sucks. Having a lousy boss sucks. Having a boring job sucks. Working just sucks in general. In a world of insane amounts...

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What to Watch: Reservoir Dogs

By Tyler Lopez
January 25, 2017

Who’s a tough guy?” Boy, your guess would be as good as mine if you heard the noises Mr. Orange was making after he was gut shot. Oh, and it’s a...

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2017 Electives Fair

By Tyler Lopez
January 13, 2017

With Link Crew leading freshman advisory classes into the centeral gym, the noise level began to gradually rise. Eventually, a roar filled the downstairs...

Huntley girls basketball defeats the McHenry Warriors at home (T. Lopez).

Huntley girls basketball wounds the Warriors

By Tyler Lopez
December 20, 2016

As the temperature dropped outside, the Red Raiders turned up the heat versus the McHenry Warriors.  Within the first 10 seconds of the game, the ball...

What to Watch: Tommy Boy

By Tyler Lopez
December 1, 2016

Fat guy in a little coat.” “Fat guy in a little coat.” That’s right, there is a fat guy in a little coat, and that “fat guy” is the hysterical...

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What to Watch: American Beauty

By Tyler Lopez
October 27, 2016

You’re 40. You’re married and have kids who hate you. You’re about 20 pounds heavier than when you graduated from college. You’re balding and...

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films of its time (Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/ShawshankRedemptionFilm/).

What to Watch: The Shawshank Redemption

By Tyler Lopez
September 21, 2016

he new school year has just begun and that means back to prison, at least in my opinion. Amidst the new faces, new classes and the same insanely crowded...

Huntleys Furry Friends

Huntley’s Furry Friends

By Tyler Lopez
September 20, 2016

hether they were small, big or soft or furry, Huntley’s four-legged friends came out to Deicke Park for an afternoon of fun, with events such as a...

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What to Watch: Lost in Translation

By Tyler Lopez
June 1, 2016

leep. Most of us get some, while others do not. I am one of those who do not get sleep, and it wears on life pretty heavily. For those who can relate,...

Fast Times at Ridgemont High provide viewers with laughter (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh/photos/).

What to Watch: ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ provides viewers with nostalgia

By Tyler Lopez
April 18, 2016

igh school. A time of immense annoyance, stressful classes, pretentious groups, and obnoxious trends. High school. The most annoying and confusing days...

Clerks provides viewers with a one of a kind story (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/ClerksMovie/photos).

What to Watch: ‘Clerks’ remains a one-of-a-kind independent film

By Tyler Lopez
March 13, 2016

outh. The time in all of our lives we all look back on. We party, laugh, love, and all around live. Many of our memories come from our youth, mainly our...

Eight grade course selection night welcomes biggest class to HHS

Eight grade course selection night welcomes biggest class to HHS

By Tyler Lopez
March 1, 2016

s the cold February night settled, dozens of eigth grade students and their families headed inside HHS to be greeted by Principal Scott Rowe and Assistant...

Good Will Hunting provides an endless supply of songs to immerse someone into the movie (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/GoodWillHuntingMovie/photos).

What to Watch: Top Five Soundtracks in Film History

By Tyler Lopez
February 22, 2016

n films, everything is important. From the cast, the quality of the acting, the sets and location, including camera angles and lighting. But one addition,...

Kung Fu Panda 3 includes a diverse cast and beautiful scenery (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/KungFuPanda/photos/).

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ remains a film for all

By Tyler Lopez
February 2, 2016

he large, fluffy, and comical Po is back in the third installment of the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise. Being the third film in the series, one would think...

Ryan Gosling plays the Driver in Drive (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/DriveTheMovie/photos).

What to Watch: ‘Drive’ provides a unique experience

By Tyler Lopez
January 21, 2016

ince the 1940s, Los Angeles and the southern California area have been the focus of more than one hundred films, both good and absolutely deplorable. Because...

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Santa Comes to Huntley

By Tyler Lopez
December 7, 2015

t may not look like it, with the lack of snow and mild weather, but Christmas is rapidly approaching in Huntley and across the US. In a matter of three...

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles show how friendship can last a lifetime (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/PlanesTrainsandAutomobileMovie/?sk=photos).

What to Watch: ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ show an unforgettable friendship

By Tyler Lopez
November 30, 2015

hanksgiving. A lovely time in America when we all can eat like starved animals without criticism. We all end up plumper than the turkey we just devoured...

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The Force is Strong with Huntley

By Tyler Lopez
November 22, 2015

very child’s dream came true at the Huntley Public Library on a rather snowy and cold November night. The entire library was decked from wall to floor...

Paranoia is easily shown in the Cult Classic The Thing (Courtesy of  www.facebook.com/thethingmovie/photos).

‘The Thing’ proves to be a Halloween masterpiece

By Tyler Lopez
October 27, 2015

alloween is upon us, with cheesy costumes, mountains of sugar filled, tooth destroying candy and dopey “horror” movies that emphasize on lame gags...

Local bands perform popular movie renditions at competition

Local bands perform popular movie renditions at competition

By Tyler Lopez
October 11, 2015

n an usually warm October day, the Marengo Settler’s Day Band Competition opened with tunes every adult and child knows by heart. John Williams’...

Almost Famous teaches viewers that we all can strive for a better life (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/AlmostFamousTheMovie?fref=ts).

What to Watch: ‘Almost Famous’

By Tyler Lopez
September 30, 2015
The turbulent decade of the 1970s brought about the most interesting, confusing, and outwardly crazy times in American history.
Construction in Town Square of Huntley, Il.

Construction in Huntley square brings new changes

By Tyler Lopez
May 21, 2015
Huntley has rapidly been growing since the early 2000s. A town that once was mainly farms and fields, has now became a home for over 24,000 people and has been the center of suburban growth in northern Illinois.
With many twists and turns, Pulp Fiction never fails to please (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/PulpFiction?fref=ts).

What to Watch: “Pulp Fiction” provides many twists and turns

By Tyler Lopez
May 12, 2015
Today, we see boring films with lifeless characters and flat story plots. But in 1994, legendary director Quentin Tarantino gave us the unique and fantastic film called “Pulp Fiction.” Just over 20 years have passed since this film opened in theaters, but it stands as one of the best films ever made with a massive cult following and critics still praising the film. Not many films present themselves quite like “Pulp Fiction” does. The story is set out of order, with numerous intersecting storylines that involves Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. But, with all of these stories together, it makes “Pulp Fiction” a great film. The film opens with a husband, “Pumpkin” (Roth) and wife, “Honey Bunny” (Plummer) sitting at booth in a diner talking about past robberies that have committed. They converse about how a place like the diner they are in is a good place for a robbery. Pumpkin tells his wife to steal the patrons’ wallets to double their profits. With their minds set, the couple pull out pistols and proceed to stick the store up.
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“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” proves to please many fans

By Tyler Lopez
May 4, 2015
In 2012, theaters across the globe were filled to the brim with Marvel fans, moviegoers and critics alike. They were stupefied by the dazzling CGI, loud explosions, violent battle scenes and the star-studded cast that portrayed Earth’s saviors: “The Avengers.” Almost three years later, even more people gawked in great awe at the silver screen as the new film, “Age Of Ultron,” danced spectacularly before them. Those people smashed box office profits and were in store for a real treat. Instead of opening with a long winded villain background story, “Age Of Ultron” opens with a fantastic battle. Captain America (Evans), Thor (Hemsworth),Hulk (Ruffalo), Black Widow (Johansson), Hawkeye ( Renner) and the beloved Iron Man ( Downey Jr.) are in the midst assaulting a Hydra base in Eastern Europe in the hunt of Wolfgang von Strucker, who has stolen The Scepter and experimenting on humans.
With Warner Brothers having their 90th anniversary, Goodfellas continues to be one of those best films that the WB produced (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/goodfellasthemovie).

What to Watch: “Goodfellas” shows the brutality of Americas most feared gang

By Tyler Lopez
April 20, 2015
One of the most fascinating aspect of the United States is its crime. From squabbling small-town gangs to to the brutality of the Bloods and Crips and the all-powerful Italian Mafia. “Goodfellas” is one of the greatest, if not the greatest film, to ever be made that centers on the strength, power and downfall of the most feared gang in American History. Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, the film narrates the real-life Lucchese crime family in New York and the life of Henry Hill during his association with the family from 1955 to 1980. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) grew up in an Irish-Italian neighborhood in East New York, and had always dreamt of being a gangster. At thirteen, Henry quit school and began working for mob capo, or lieutenant, Paul “Paulie” Cicero (Paul Sorvino). He had begun to work as a drug-runner and a courier for the family, finally living his dream. Before long he met Jimmy “Jimmy The Gent” Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). The three quickly become close friends. Jimmy was known for his love of hijacking things. Cars,trucks and even planes. If it moved, he would jack it. And he loved it. Tommy was possibly the most violent person in the family. Hot-headed and loud, Tommy had no qualms about killing someone. He, in fact, loved to kill. Together, the three would run various jobs for the family, steal many vehicles, kill many people, steal millions of dollars and further spread the power, and fear, of the Lucchese family.
Oddest Residents of Huntley

Oddest Residents of Huntley

By Tyler Lopez
March 14, 2015

When someone says Huntley, your first thought is of the endless of fields of corn that surround the many neighborhoods in the town. But sophomore Dakota...

Walt Disney Animation Studios compelled with Touchstone Pictures to create Good Morning Vietnam (Courtesy of www.facebook.com/DisneyAnimation).

What to watch: “Good Morning Vietnam” transports viewers to the ’60s

By Tyler Lopez
March 8, 2015
The 1960s. America saw the election, and assassination, of the nation’s youngest president. Martin Luther King Jr. won African-American’s their rights. Russia and America produced hundreds of thousand of nuclear weapons. And the most controversial war in American history was waged in the the muggy jungles of Vietnam.
Proof starts and ends with a bang

“Proof” starts and ends with a bang

By Tyler Lopez
February 22, 2015
The lights dimmed and the voices of the crowd fell to a murmur as the performers took to the stage. Applause filled the auditorium as the show began.
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‘Blade Runner’ still captivates fans

By Tyler Lopez
February 17, 2015
It may seem far fetched, but the idea of human-like robots has been a dream for mankind for almost sixty years. But the idea of murderous, uncontrollable and crazy robots is an idea man has not wanted to think about. Los Angeles. Nov, 2019. Earth has become a cesspool of crime, poverty and disease. Humanity has taken to the stars, and have begun the dauntless task of colonizing faraway planets and galaxies aboard massive colony ships. Replicants once walked the same streets as humans, worked the same jobs, attended the same bars and even shared affection for each other. But after years of violence, Replicants are outlawed from being on earth.
Ben Affleck and Giovanni Ribisi star in New Line Cinemas drama, Boiler Room (Courtesy of mctcampus.com).

What To Watch: Boiler Room

By Tyler Lopez
January 26, 2015
[T]he stocks of New York City’s famous and infamous Wall Street are a playground for those who have the means to gamble on fluctuating stocks. It is also a haven for for stockbrokers who are looking for a quick buck in the form of scamming and scalping. In 1987 director Oliver Stone brought audiences Wall Street. Starring Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas, Wall Street gave the world an inside view on how corrupt our stocks are. Almost 15 years later, director Ben Younger brought us Boiler Room. Drawing many influences from Wall Street, the film gives viewers an even deeper looking into the world of stockbroking.
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Movie Review: American Sniper

By Tyler Lopez
January 20, 2015
[G]rowing up in America, everybody has a sense of love and pride for their country. Many say that they are patriots, and they are willing to bleed and die for their country. But for Chris Kyle saying that was never enough. “American Sniper” is a true story about Chris Kyle’s life and his dedication to America and the Navy SEALs. Directed by legendary actor and director, Clint Eastwood, American Sniper shows the grittiness of war and how difficult home really is. Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) has always felt a burning love for his country. He had always stood for what was right and provided an example others could follow.
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What To Watch: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

By Tyler Lopez
December 7, 2014
Tis the season for spending time with family, caroling, gift-giving and putting up massive amounts of Christmas lights on top of your house and making it look a multicolored light bulb. Yet again, your father is not Clark Griswold. The Griswolds are back. Christmas is only a few weeks away and quirky father, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), thinks it is high time he and his family got into the holiday spirit. What could go wrong? The first step into Clark’s plan is to get a Christmas tree, so he gathers wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), son Russ (Johnny Galecki), and daughter Audrey (Juliette Lewis) to do so. Piled into their Ford Taurus, the family heads out to the country to find the perfect tree. After finding a tree, Clark realizes he had forgotten to bring an ax or saw. This entails the entire family effort to pull the tree out of the snow covered (and frozen ground). Great start to the holiday season.
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What To Watch: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I”

By Tyler Lopez
November 24, 2014
In the wake of ending of Catching Fire, our hero Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) struggles with the disappearance of close friend Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Inside her, a vengeance grows. A festering sore of spite, anger and devastation. With the Rebellion gaining speed, Katniss stands as their Mockingjay. A symbol of resistance. The first part of the third installment of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1 continues the film series’s superb acting and breathtaking cinematics and interpretation to the silver screen.
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What to Watch: “Casablanca”

By Tyler Lopez
November 13, 2014
It is 1941. Adolf hitler has marched into Poland and declared the second World War on the entire western world. The Russians fend against the Third Reich’s Nazis from tainting the motherland. At home, the USA is recovering from the Great Depression, and in the wake of the day that shall forever live in infamy. Also America and its might have declared war on Japan and have vowed to stop the atrocities Hitler is committing across Europe. In the desolate sands of French-occupied Morocco, Casablanca lies in all of its glory. This a city of fine gin, forgotten dreams and a passage to the New World. Casablanca is a place of tranquility, where sworn enemies trade war secrets and smoke cigars.
Raiders varsity soccer become regional champions

Raiders varsity soccer become regional champions

By Tyler Lopez
October 27, 2014

he cool October breeze settled upon the field as the Huntley’s boy’s varsity soccer readies themselves to play IHSA Regionals against Rockford’s...

Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry OConnell in Stand By Me.

What to Watch: “Stand By Me”

By Tyler Lopez
October 3, 2014
[G]rowing up is never easy, but realizing the friends we have now may part from us is a world of its own. Stand By Me is a testimony to that exact concept. For sensitive Gordie, troubled Chris,flamboyant Teddy and comical Vern this may be the last time they see each other before they enter the toils and troubles of middle school, high school and eventually college. The gang embarks on a harrowing journey across the backwoods of rural Oregon in the midsummer heat to find the body of Ray Brower: a boy who went missing just days before. They soon set out on their journey over Memorial Day weekend with a lie to their parents stating they would be camping out in Vern’s backfield. The focus is put on Gordie Lachance, and how his older brother,Denny, died in a car wreck in April. His parents favored him over Gordie, as he was the quarterback of the high school’s football team. However, Denny loved his younger brother and always supported him on his love for writing and storytelling. Gordie’s father took Denny’s death very seriously, and even asked Gordie why he wasn’t like his brother.
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