‘Dumb Money’ Is a Tonally Confused Underdog Story

by Liam Trump ’24 Taking place during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, director Craig Gillespie’s latest feature, Dumb Money, tells the story of the GameStop short squeeze of 2021. The film goes over the main events of how one man, Keith Gill (Paul Dano), used Reddit to rally the internet to buy stock in GameStop to make a … Read More

An Odyssey of Modern Anxieties

by Liam Trump ’24 Veering off of the cult-ish edge from his previous two films Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019), writer-director Ari Aster returns with a refreshingly surrealist tragicomedy horror film, Beau Is Afraid. Delving into themes of fear, paranoia, and guilt, Aster puts his audience through a 3-hour long journey of a man battling his inner demons. With celebrated … Read More

Quantumania Is a Tangled Mess of Setups

by Liam Trump ‘24 Following up two far smaller scale films—Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania promises to widen the horizons of the franchise and be the first step into Marvel Studios’ Phase 5, the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With an introduction of the next Avengers movie’s title villain, … Read More

Screened at 2023 Sundance Film Festival: Magazine Dreams Showcases Pure Ambition

by Liam Trump ‘24 Magazine Dreams screened at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival With numerous comparisons being drawn to the likes of Taxi Driver (1976) and Joker (2019), Elijah Bynum’s second feature film Magazine Dreams is a grim look into a deeply flawed and broken main character, Killian Maddox (Jonathan Majors). Premiering in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition on January … Read More

Babylon Gives a Nuanced Perspective on the Film Industry

by Liam Trump ‘24 Chronicling the transition from silent films to sound, Damien Chazelle’s latest directorial outing Babylon exudes the fast paced, chaotic, and excessive nature of filmmaking during the roaring ‘20s. The first sequence reflects this as Chazelle gives us a long take, focusing on every corner of a cocaine-induced, sex-filled party in Bel Air which only becomes more … Read More

A Romance Veiled in Mystery

by Liam Trump ‘24 On a South Korean mountaintop, two detectives are scaling its side, intent on surveying the scene of a new presumed murder. Reaching the summit and nearly out of breath, Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) and his partner Soo-wan (Go Kyung-pyo) make it upon the crime scene. The camera cuts to a wide shot as the detectives stand atop … Read More

Sherwood Brings Back the Model UN Club This Year

by Liam Trump ‘24 With sponsorship from Staff Development Teacher Anne Taylor, Model United Nations (UN) has made its way back to Sherwood this year. The club role-plays countries at local and regional conferences. Students will act as delegates representing a nation’s values and debate policies with countries represented by Model UN delegates from other schools. For every upcoming conference, … Read More

Police Will Return to MCPS Schools Next Year in Narrowly Defined Role

by Liam Trump ‘24 A year after MCPS made the decision to remove a designated police officer from each of its high schools, the school system is bringing them back in a modified form. The plan for reintroducing police came only weeks after a shooting at Magruder critically injured a 15 year old. With the title of Community Engagement Officers … Read More

Men Creates an Aura of Muddled Commentary

by Liam Trump ‘24 Truly committing to the horror genre for the first time, Alex Garland’s Men is a metaphorical dip into a woman’s grief after suffering a terrible tragedy. Garland’s style is very evident throughout the entire film, with his dynamic lighting and camera work as well as his high concepts taking center stage. The previous movies he’s directed, … Read More

“The Northman” Finds the Brutality in Vengeance

by Liam Trump ‘24 Set in 10th-century Iceland, a young boy named Amleth (Oscar Novak) watches his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang) murder his father (Ethan Hawke) right in front of him, taking the throne of their kingdom. He then witnesses Fjölnir capture his mother (Nicole Kidman) to marry. Making his escape, Amleth sets off across the sea, repeating the same … Read More