'The Hannah Show': my favorite film of all time

Hannah Wright, Layout Editor

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     Throughout my high school newspaper career I have always written reviews. During my freshman year, I wrote a review on the Scream Tour— a concert showcasing Mindless Behavior and Diggy Simmons. That was also my very first article for “The Explorer.”

     I continued to write concert reviews my sophomore year, and by the time I was a junior I developed my first column, “On The Record,” a column dedicated to concerts I had attended.

     Although this year I decided to make a change. I made the leap from concerts to movies, and called it “The Flix,” centered around films on Netflix that are worth a watch.

      Since reviews have been such a large part of my experience with “The Explorer,” I have decided to write about each of my four years roaming the halls of Hudson as if it was a movie review. Let’s call it “The Hannah Show,” similar to “The Truman Show,” just like the facet that someone is watching my freshman year play out on the silver screen.

     Due to the fact that I cannot sit on the couch and watch my film on Netflix, I had to get creative. To immerse myself back into my freshman, sophomore and junior years, I decided to look at old posts, old pictures and even old writings.

     During and after completing my exploration of my freshman year, I laughed a lot and felt utter embarrassment. Due to this I would tag my freshman year as a comedy. Although I had a fun time full of laughter that year, it is more of a comedy for the viewer.

      I was a bundle of contradictions and random features mashed together. I loved Odd Future and Lil Wayne but also adored One Direction, oh, and not to mention, I was the type of person to always use “adore.” I think that was my love for One Direction and British boys.

     My attitude could easily be described as “screw whatever people think,” but realistically I did care about what people thought. I had gauges, tiny ones, but still wore pink. The soundtrack was inconsistent, as mentioned above, but the one song that constantly played was “The Motto” by Drake.

     Overall I would give my freshman year “film” three stars out of five. It was enjoyable, but I would never relive that crazy roller coaster.

     My sophomore year was a complete 180. The sequel to the first was not a comedy but an independent and Wes-Anderson-like film. It was quirky and nostalgic. This was the first year my artsy-fartsy aura appeared. I would visit art exhibits with hand on chin, head tilted and being  “immersed” in the art.

     Hand lettering, tambourines and color palettes were constant themes. The film consisted of an original score created by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, along with Mumford and Sons. The year had a solemn undertone.

     I would give my sophomore year “film” four stars.

     The beginning of my junior year was an extension of my Wes Anderson era. My tangible artboard included crystals, Fleetwood Mac CDs and a kayak gifted by dear old St. Nick.

     But soon my “I love plants” vibe turned to something a bit more psychedelic. My aesthetic became holographic wallpapers and alien emojis.

     I lived by “Let’s do crazy stuff.” My role models taken from “Sex and the City” and “Girls” were not the best.

      This film would be a good easy watch, the way you feel after watching “Spring Breakers” or “The Bling Ring.” I could also give this “film” a solid three stars.

     The last year of my four-part saga was the best of all. Movies always illustrate just how great senior year is, and it’s true.

     My senior year was a mix between “High School Musical 3,” “Grease” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” A blend of great times, reminiscing and … feminism! Not only was my final year a whole lot of fun, but it was also filled with knowledge and empowerment.

     I learned how I felt about social injustice and began to really take a stand on my feelings regarding certain issues. My yearning for knowledge grew; I read more books my senior year than I had read my whole life.

     I met so many amazing people and really started to value the relationships I have. It’s definitely a feel-good movie

     Overall I would give it five stars. It’s hard to put into words how perfect senior year was.

    Throughout “The Hannah Show” I was accompanied by an amazing cast of wonderful friends, the most amazing family and teachers I could have ever asked for.

     The films wouldn’t be the same without Jessica Stiffler, who is not only a teacher but a friend that is very important to me; Sean Carmichael who was easily the most influential person in my journey of speaking out; Nancy Dunker, the little nugget who helped me find my voice; and Mike Ondash who taught me Illustrator, my most valued graphic design tool.

     Thank you Hudson High School for making this film one of my favorites. 

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2015-05-21 08:26:06

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