Journey to a new Earth


What if you woke up on a ship floating through space 90 years too early? How would you survive alone with your thoughts and cereal for a whole year? Would you go mad? These are some questions you may ask yourself while watching the movie Passengers (2016) starring Chris Pratt (Jim Preston) and Jennifer Lawrence (Aurora Lane).

A spaceship is traveling through space carrying 5,000 people, but when something happens one person by the name of Jim Preston wakes up and spends a whole year alone on the ship alone with a robot bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen). Jim tries to find a way to put himself back to sleep and fails a lot, but he falls in love with Aurora Lane and he ends up waking her up. He tells her that they are 90 years away from the new world, but he doesn’t tell her what he did. They fall in,love, but then Jim’s secret is unleashed and another passenger, but this time it is a chief deck officer, Gus Mancuso (Laurence Fishburne), and he helps them get into parts of the ship that they weren’t able to, but what they don’t know is that Gus’s health is slowly deteriorating because of a technical difficulty when he woke up. Soon Jim and Aurora are alone and have to control the ship and save all 5,000 passengers. They successfully get the ship working again, but something happened with Jim and Aurora saves him. All the other passenger have been asleep for 120 years and wake up on schedule, but when they wake up what they see is surprising.

The director of the movie is Morten Tyldum and he has made other films such as “The Imitation game” which earned 233.6 million dollars from the box office. The movie passenger was somewhat popular after it came out and it earned 303.1 million dollars from the box office, which is a little more than twice the amount it took to make the movie. Many people say that the movie is too dull and it doesn’t dive deep into the meaning that the story is giving.

The film is set on a spaceship that was sent from the “old world”, which is where we live now, to the new world, which is a planet that is just like earth. This film would most likely be considered science fiction because it is based off “what if” and it is set in the future after they world ends. The type of science fiction that his would be considered as is Travelers, because throughout the time Jim and Aurora spend on the ship, they learn more about themselves and are on a “quest” to find out why they woke up early.

I think that the actors did a great job portraying their characters, but I do think that most scenes in the film were too dull and could have had some color or at least some music. I liked the story line of the film and how the actors seemed like their actual character, but there could have been more details in the plot that could have tied the story together better. If you like love stories set in space, then this movie might just be for you, but if you love details and hate dull movies, then this film isn’t worth your time or money.

– Rileah Graham

April 8th, 2019

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A Film Talent Worth Honoring

For this assignment I have to talk about who I feel does a fantastic job at acting and for me, that person is Nicolas cage. I did have trouble picking between Nicolas Cage, Brendan Fraser, and Robin Williams, but I felt that Nicholas Cage portrayed his character better. Nicolas Cage played in National treasure, Ghost Rider, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mom and Dad, The Frozen Ground, Pay the Ghost, Windtalkers, Season of the Witch, Knowing, World Trade Center, and etc. The first movie I ever saw with Nicolas Cage in it was ghost rider and watching him throughout that film made me really love his acting skills because you could actually feel what his character was feeling and you’d know when something was wrong in the film.


I have watched many movies with Nicolas Cage in them and in each on I could understand the characters feeling, but he also fit the role well. For example, the movie Mom and Dad that Nicolas Cage played in was really cliche to me and I didn’t honestly like it, but through the film he really made his character come to life. In the movie he plays the father of these two children and one day a static sound comes one the radios and any other source of sound. The static sound makes all the parents go crazy and makes them want to kill their children. Nicolas Cage really made me believe that he was crazy in this film, but he also made me believe that he was sad while he was talking to his wife while they were tied up in the basement. If you looked at Nicolas Cage’s eyes in the film, it would have seemed like he actually went crazy and the same could be said for all the other actors.


Another film that Nicolas Cage did an excellent job in is World Trade Center. In this film he and other police officers go into the towers after they got hit, in order to help save people and as the tower crumbles, they start losing much of their team until the tower falls on top of them. John Mcloughlin (Nicolas Cage) and Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) manage to survive as the towers crumbled, but are caught under all the rubble. As I watched this Film, every expression that I can think of is displayed in this film by both actors and not once did any part in their acting falter.


I feel that when Nicolas Cage plays in a movie, he really puts everything in to it because when I see him act, I don’t see him as Nicolas Cage, I see him as the character that he is trying to be. Out of all the films I have seen, I have never once seen Nicolas Cage look out of character or look like he didn’t want to act that part.

-Rileah Graham

March 18th, 2019

Titanic Film Evaluation

If you are looking for an emotional romantic film, then your best bet is Titanic (1997).

It is April 1912 and people are excited to board the biggest boat that was said that even a god couldn’t sink it. The movie starts out with a guy named Brock Lovett trying to find a rare blue diamond that was known to be lost when the Titanic sunk. He wanted to find information on it and luckily found one survivors that was still alive and she started to tell him the story of her experience on the Titanic. She was forced into a marriage to a guy name Caledon Hockley. She didn’t want to be married to Caledon, so she decided that she would end her life by jumping off the boat. Luckily a guy named Jack rushed to save her and they soon began to fall in love. Eventually Rose’s fiance, Caledon, found out about Rose and Jack and he decided to have jack arrested. Rose was planning to save him after they made it across the Atlantic, but the Titanic had hit an iceberg. Rose managed to find Jack and free him as the water levels began to rise. They soon made it up to the topdeck, but all the lifeboats were gone and many people began jumping into the water because the ship was almost completely sunk. After they jumped they managed to find a door that could keep only one of them out of the water and Jack told Rose to take the door. As they stay there waiting for a rescue boat, Jack dies and Rose gets rescued.

The character conflicts in the story are character vs. character, which is Cadelon and Jack fighting over Rose. Character vs. Society, which is how everyone sees Jack as poor and Rose is seen as rich. Character vs. nature, which is when the titanic hit an iceberg causing it to sink and cause many deaths.

The genre of the story is a love story, some may consider it as a drama and action film as well. The theme of the titanic is the love lasts forever, but the theme may also be to have perseverance, which in a way ties into love lasts forever. Throughout the story Jack never gave up not matter what happened and how difficult things seemed. For example, when he knew that he couldn’t meet Rose, he did it anyway disregarding the fact that he could be arrested, which did happen, but Rose also showed perseverance by never giving up on Jack and she went to save him even though she might have died, which ties into the other theme that loves lasts forever.

I think the film succeeded even though the film didn’t look like it was from 1912, but it still gave you that overall understanding of what actually happened and although it would seem like the movie would have been bad considering they were making it off someone else’s point of view, but it was actually a really good movie and I mostly enjoyed the film. I feel like the film could have given more of a backstory to Rose’s and Jack’s lifes. I also feel like they could have excluded some detail in the movie, but I also feel like they could have made the middle area of the film more interesting because I actually dozed off a lot, but I think that has to do with my baggage. I’m not a person who is into love stories, I’m more into the idea of the plot and the all the major events, so I was really interested in every event after they hit the iceberg, but I wasn’t as interested in any events that came before that.

Rileah Graham

March 11, 2019

Love story song review

Love story by Taylor Swift

We were both young when I first saw you
I close my eyes and the flashback starts
I’m standing there on a balcony in summer air

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
See you make your way through the crowd
And say hello

Little did I know
That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet”
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you, please, don’t go

And I said,
“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone
I’ll be waiting, all that’s left to do is run
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story, baby just say yes

So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew
So close your eyes, escape this town for a little while
‘Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said “Stay away from Juliet”
But you were everything to me, I was begging you, please, don’t go

And I said Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story baby just say yes

Romeo save me, they’re trying to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it’s real
Don’t be afraid, we’ll make it out of this mess
It’s a love story, baby just say “Yes”

Oh, oh

I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town

And I said
“Romeo save me, I’ve been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head? I don’t know what to think”

He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said
“Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone
I love you and that’s all I really know
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
It’s a love story, baby just say yes”

Oh, oh,
Oh, oh

‘Cause we were both young when I first saw you.

For this assignment I decided to do Love Story by Taylor Swift. The characters in the story are Romeo, Juliet, and Juliet’s father. The setting seems to take place in a castle, but near the end of the song, they meet on the outskirts of town. The conflict is that after Juliet and Romeo fall in love, Juliet’s father forbids Romeo to ever see her again. The resolution is that Romeo asks Juliet’s father if he can marry his daughter and he says yes. If this song were a movie, it would obviously be a love story, but I also feel like it would be considered a drama.

Rileah Graham

March 3rd, 2019

Interview with someone 50+

Name: Barry Brogdon

Age: 64

Race: White

Gender: Male

Town of Residency: Kings Mountain

For this assignment I decided to interview my math teacher because the people and/or family that I do know, who is over fifty (like my grandparents), I never see but once a month or once every couple months to a year.

Barry brogdon was an engineer before he became a math teacher and he has been teaching math at Cleveland Early College High School for a little over thirty years.

Q: What are some of your favorite film genres?

A: “Some of my favorite film genres are Christian and Westerns.

Q: What were some of the first films you remember watching in a theatre?

A: “Some of the first films I remember watching in a theatre is Mary Poppins, How the West was Won, and The Great Escape.

Q: What do you remember about those early film experiences (food, type of theatre, friends, family, how you felt when watching a film in a theatre, etc.)?

A: “I have a vivid imagination, so I really got into movies. We very rarely ate anything at the movies because we did not have much money.

Q: Did you watch many films growing up in theatres (or at home)? If so, what films were you drawn to?

A: “The only movies at home when I was a child were the ones on TV. I do remember watching The Wizard of Oz on TV when I was five. We could not afford to go out to the movies much.

Q: Did you ever go to Drive-In Movies when you were younger? What do you remember about those?

A: “Yes I went to drive in movies when I was young. We would put on our pajamas and pile in the car and go to the drive in. I remember watching Pinocchio at the drive in.

Q: Do you remember when the event films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” when they were in theatres? Tell me about those memories. If not, what were the first “Blockbuster” films you remember everyone wanting to see?

A: “Yes I remember when those films were in theatres. I was in college when Jaws came out and I remember everyone in the theatre jumping when the head popped out of the boat. I saw Star Wars about three months after I got married and remember it as a western set in outer space.

Q: When HBO, Showtime, VCRs or DVDs were readily available, did that change how you went to see movies? Or which ones you went to see in a theatre?

A: “I did not subscribe to HBO or Showtime, but I did rent VCR tapes occasionally. The Hollywood lifestyle and politics don’t agree with mine, so I don’t want to support them with my money very much.

Q: Did you ever go rent movies from a video store? If so, how did you decide what to choose to watch with all those choices?

A: “Yes, I went to rent movies from a video store. I usually knew what I wanted to watch before I went in.

Q: How and where do you watch most of your movies now (theatres, DVDs, streaming, etc)?

A: “I don’t watch many movies anymore. I watch Maybe one movie every year in a theatre. I still watch the Star Wars movies when they come out.”

Q: What kinds of films do you watch now? Do you feel those tastes have changed much in the past 20 years?

A:As I said before, I really don’t watch many movies now and I don’t think my tastes have changed.

Q: How often do you go to theatres now to see films? How different is it now than when you first  you experienced films films in theaters (sizes of theaters, food choices, movie choice options, etc)? What do you attribute the changes to (if there is one)?

A: “I go once a year to a theatre to watch a movie. Theatres are smaller, but there are many more choices. Most theatres when I was young were stand alone facilities. We have done dinner at a theatre in Texas with our grandchildren.

Q: What’s the last film you watched in a movie theatre? Did you enjoy the experience?

A: “The last film I watched in a theatre was the Star Wars film last Christmas. I enjoyed it a lot because we took our grandchildren.

Q: Any other comments about your movie going experience/history that you think is important, or that you’d like to share?

A: “I have seen some Christian movies that I really enjoy. I don’t understand why the people who make movies think they need to include cussing, violence, and foul language. Most of the stories would be more enjoyable without that.

Rileah Graham

February 17th, 2019

What Film Baggage means to me and why

I’ve been recently studying “Baggage” and have learned that it is basically your view or opinion about something like a character, a movie director, a person, or a story in general and your view or opinion can either be good or bad. A way I could improve my baggage is to focus more on the film, actors, and the directors.

My baggage isn’t a lot when it comes to film considering I only watch movies I like or I rewatch movies that I’ve seen and are good. I have more baggage when it comes to books because they are more detailed and if a movie is made based off a book that I’ve read, then I’ll most likely watch it. In the harry potter series, even though I’ve only read the first book (I know what happens in the other though, because of my friend), I hated snape because he was rude, but when the movie came out my view of snape changed to being more positive. I also didn’t like Draco throughout the series, but when I learned why he was partially so stuck up, my view changed a little, but in all honesty he was a jerk and I still think he is.



It’s hard for me to change my view about a person when reading, but when watching a film I tend to focus more on the person i dislike, but if I find them funny or I get a general idea of why they act the way they do, then my view and/or baggage changes. I don’t have any negative or positive baggage against directors, because I honestly don’t care who make the film, I just care about if its good or not.

When it comes to actors, I mostly have positive baggage. What I mean is, I don’t actually hate any actors, but I might hate certain parts of the roles they play in certain movies. For example, I love this TV show called “psych” and the main character, Shawn Spencer, basically lies that he is a psychic in order to not be arrested for helping solve a crime that had nothing to do with him, but they thought he was in on it. Although he lied, he has this ability that his dad taught him and that ability is to notice things that others might not (like a secret compartment in a desk or words on a torn piece of paper that is like three feet away from him) and this ability can also help him figure out a person’s personality or something in their personal life. The problems I have with Shawn is that he keeps his secret hidden and the only people that know are his father and best friend, Gus. I also dislike that he takes most of the credit for himself and stuff, but it’s funny when the others prove him wrong.

Rileah Graham

February 8th, 2019

What Film Means To Me

My name is Rileah Graham and I’m currently going to school at cleveland early college high school.

In all honesty, I don’t watch many movies anymore because I rarely watch TV and it’s not because I’d rather be on my phone, it’s because I honestly don’t find modern TV shows and movies interesting. I also don’t watch much TV because I’d rather be reading a book, which may sound like I hate TV, but I actually just really love book series and I get lost in the story.

The first film that I can remember watching is called “The NeverEnding story”. While watching this movie, I often pictured myself as the main character, who embarked on a quest or journey to save their world or family. My favorite character in The NeverEnding Story was the dragon, Falkor, and he was often kind and helped Atreyu throughout his quest. I used to often imagine myself as Atreyu, who saved his world with the help of many friends that he encountered along the way and the help of Bastian which is the human boy that will help them defeat “The Nothing”.

I’ve always liked fantasy and adventurous movies because to me, those types of films help me escape the most from reality. I feel like rather than living a horror movie, I’d rather be living in a wonderland or on a ship sailing across the sea in search of unknown treasures.

I’ve never liked horror movies because my dad constantly watched them and watching TV was the only non boring thing to do at his house besides to go play outside and the only horror movie I love to watch is called “MAMA”, but it is still pretty scary. Even though I hate horror movies, I’ll watch one if it has comedy in it, because I love comedies and laughing at the movie would help me forget that it is actually scary.

I go to my grandparents house once a week every month because that’s the only time when my grandparents get off of work. When I’m at their house me and my grandpa typically chill in the living room and watch TV and most of the shows we watch are old western movies. One of my favorite TV shows to watch with my grandpa is The Andy Griffith Show.

Some of my favorite movies include The Mummy series, National Treasure, Patema Inverted, and Ghost Rider. My favorite actors would have to be Nicolas Cage, Johnny depp, Emma Watson, Brendan Fraser, Andy Griffith, and Don Knotts.

To me film is a journey that entertains you and takes you away from reality, even for the slightest moment. It is something that you wish you could experience even when you know you can’t.

Rileah Graham

February 1st, 2019