Check in for a spooky fun time at the “Hotel Transylvania”

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor in Chief

Dracula (Adam Sandler) and “Johnnystein” (Andy Samberg) in “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.


Hotel Transylvania” opened on Sept. 28 just in time to kick off October for the kids.


The movie follows Count Dracula (Adam Sandler with an over-the-top Transylvanian accent) as he plans his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday within the Hotel Transylvania, which was built as a haven for monsters from the hordes of torch-carrying humans.


As the party starts to pick up steam the whole gamut of classic movie monsters make an appearance, with the Mummy (Cee Lo Green), Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his bride (Fran Drescher), Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), his wife (Molly Shannon) and his litter of pups and the Invisible Man (David Spade) serving as Dracula and Mavis’ extended family.


When everyone arrives and the party is about to get started, the worst thing possible happens to Dracula: a human, Johnny (Andy Samberg), makes his way to the hidden castle and could potentially ruin Dracula’s plans for his daughter’s future.


Unable to get Johnny out of the hotel, he dresses him up and masquerades him as a fellow monster. As Dracula races around in an attempt to keep both Johnny’s identity a secret and his daughter’s birthday on track, a romance blossoms between the stifled daughter and the witless world traveler.


The film is quick and easy to follow for the young ones. It’s not a fright fest and there are laughs to be had at the stereotypical monster jokes and a farting Frankenstein.


Each character is encased in their stereotype for the film. Frankenstein’s fear of fire leaves him unable to fly, so he has himself and his wife express mailed to the hotel, and the Mummy arrives in a flurry of sand, making the witchy housekeepers job a bigger mess.


“Hotel Transylvania” is at its heart a father-daughter story great for the whole family, and is heartwarming at the end when Dracula makes the decision to let Mavis see the world with her human.


Genndy Tartakovsky, who was the man behind “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack” for Cartoon Network, directed the film.

By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged , , Family, Hotel Transylvania, Kids, Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Teve suscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Andy Samberg, Genndy Tartakovsky

The Words do not invoke wisdom

The Words do not invoke wisdom

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

The Words is another could-be-great movie that falls short of excellence.

The whole plot has to do with a story within a story, within another story.

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By 15th Street News Posted in Entertainment Tagged book, , Romance, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes, Plot, Thriller, Author, Nora Arnezeder

Reader not hungry for reality

Dennis Gosnell

Assignment Editor

Bread was a pillar of the books, but was downplayed in the movie.
Photo from MCTcampus

Reader not hungry for reality

If anyone has lived in America long, they know that Americans have a strange fascination with post apocalyptic genre type books and movies.  The question that people are asked in these kinds of books or movies is, “how would you survive or what would you do if you were in this situation?”

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Anonymous delivers signature entertainment

Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

The writings of William Shakespeare are taught to the world for their detail and fascinating characters. Yet, the events surrounding the man who wrote the plays remain a mystery that has captivated the minds like those of Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud.

The movie “Anonymous” attempts to tackle the idea that William Shakespeare did not write the plays that made him so famous, but were instead written by an aristocrat during the tumultuous period of the reign of Elizabeth I, known as Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, played by Rhys Ifans.

The movie follows the life of Ben Jonson, best known for becoming the first Poet Laureate of England. Jonson was a playwrite of London who was confined for his plays. When de Vere secured Jonson’s release, he agreed to stage the plays he had written over the years, as support for the Earl of Essex’s campaign against the Cecils’ plan for James, King of Scotland to inherit the English throne.

He assumed this path of action after visiting a theater and sees how spectators can be swayed by the action on stage, which affirms his belief that words, and by relation, art, is the most important weapon available. “All art is political, otherwise it is just decoration,” de Vere said, during one of his meetings with Jonson.

Rafe Spall plays William Shakespeare, an actor who becomes the front for the operation, to the horror of the Earl. The movie takes a dark turn with the murder of a playwright and informer to the Tower, as the Cecils grow closer to de Vere.

The lives of the characters unravel as the story progresses and ends with the vow by Robert Cecil that de Vere’s name will never appear on his plays. The movie is filmed in Germany, with sets of London made and CGI putting the final touches on the film.

While perhaps not appropriate for the under 13 audience, the political and romantic intrigue that form the core of this movie provide the movie goer with an interesting twist on one of the greatest men ever known.