by Lola Hemmat
★★★★☆ Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Drama
A boy kneels down by the side of a gutter, trying to retrieve the paper boat his brother made for him. As he is leaning in to find the boat, the boy jumps backwards, recoiling from the figure inside the sewer. Standing in the sewer is a clown with bright yellow eyes. “Hi there, Georgie,” the clown says in a goofy tone, “What a nice boat.” IT was truly one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. All of the characters had strong personalities that made you immediately pick out who you loved and who you hated. The movie was well-written, with just the right amount of frightening moments that make you want to look away from the screen and still stare at it in awe.
IT is being separated into several movies, meaning all of the stories from the 1093-page book will get their moment in the spotlight. In Chapter One of IT (the first IT film), the movie focuses on a group of kids living in the town of Derry, Maine. After the disappearance of one of the main character’s siblings, a group of young friends start to notice disturbing things happening in the town. In the search for answers to the town's many disappearances, the group of friends discover Pennywise, The Dancing Clown. Pennywise is the definition of terrifying, and he is portrayed excellently by Bill Scarsgård, the twenty-seven year old actor, born in Vällingby, Sweden.
I know you must be thinking that the movie sounds good, but there are child actors involved. Usually child actors are known for being, well… bad. That’s not the case in IT, all of the child actors did an incredible job depicting the great characters created by Stephen King, one of the leading roles was played by Finn Wolfhard, who is known for his role of Mike Wheeler on Stranger Things.
Quick! Imagine your greatest fear. Maybe it’s giant spiders, poltergeists, marionettes, or maybe even clowns, what if that thing started to show up everywhere? Wherever you go, it’s there. That is what happens to the kids of Derry, all of their biggest fears, become real.
If you aren’t the biggest fan of intense horror, this might not be the movie for you. But it’s not all blood and gore. In between the blood curdling horror, there are lots of meaningful moments, witty banter, and even a tiny bit of romantic fun between the lovable protagonists.
*Remember: If you are under seventeen you must watch this film with an adult, or an adult's permission, because it is rated R.
by Dani Cooke
I have always considered street-art to be the accessible gallery of the people. Rarely do I encounter a piece of artwork spray-painted on a brick wall or mailbox that doesn’t make me smile, or at least pause to think. I’m that teenage white girl who always has my iPhone camera out and my Instagram filters ready, stopping time and time again to snap a photo of some piece of art I’ve passed by.
In the recent years, Boulder has become home to a number of enthusiastic and anonymous artists inspired by the likes of Banksy and Inkie—and, unconventionally, Van Gogh. The works of SMiLE, a local Boulder street artist, are colorful, impressionistic, and deeply layered, often focused on subjects such as expressive portraits or animals. Another artist who uses the moniker “prfkt” is slightly more political in nature, using their minimalistic stencil works to provide social commentary.
Walking down the character-rich streets of Downtown Boulder, one can see how street art in Boulder differs from the rest of the world: it is a world of hypotheticals wherein Banksy went bohemian, Basquiat took over Boulder, or Keith Haring were more of a hippie. It’s graffiti gone granola.
While many call these artists vandals, many others refer to them as talented creators of masterful artworks. Though graffiti in any form is technically illegal under Boulder County Municipal Code section 5-4-14, each of these artists has been met mostly with praise. An article published in the Daily Camera in September 2016 describes the Boulder Police Department’s attitude toward such street artists as “nuanced,” characterized by awareness and enforcement of the law but possessing no active investigations into SMiLE’s work. In fact, a number of local business owners have invited SMiLE to paint on their buildings and requested that police leave the pieces uncovered.