BEST FILM: “Avengers: Endgame”
“Avengers: Endgame” is my pick for movie of the year because of the movie itself and also because of the era it closed.
It’s safe to say that most of the students currently at Dana were raised watching Marvel movies. Marvel managed to tie all of these films we’ve grown up with (spanning 11 years) together with an overarching plot that finally concluded with Endgame.
This massive buildup generated an extreme amount of hype and had a palpable cultural impact; it is the highest-grossing film of all time and I am sure anyone with access to the internet has seen many memes and references to the film.
Cultural significance of the film aside, it’s also just a great film. The action was entertaining, the acting was solid, and it’s always entertaining to see the diverse cast of heroes assemble in an Avengers movie.
Marvel also chose to have an ending that was bothbittersweet, a decision I believe added more weight and emotion to the film. The movie ended up leaving me excited for the future of the MCU; hopefully they can keep up the momentum.
Endgame was a great movie that was significant and popular, and I think it’s entirely deserving of movie of the year.
By Jacob Herritt
BEST GAME: “Fire Emblem: Three Houses”
2019 was a solid year for video game fans, with stellar titles such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice having been released to fanfare. My choice for my favorite game of the year, however, has to be Nintendo’s Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
The 16th installment in the Fire Emblem series of strategy games, Three Houses puts the player in the role of Byleth, a young mercenary who takes a job as a professor at the prestigious Garreg Mach Officers Academy, a school where nobles and upper-class children train and hone their skills.
As a new professor, Byleth must choose between one of three houses, each with its own students, and guide their class as mysterious events plague the monastery and a terrible war looms on the horizon.
With a new and refined take on the series’ strategy gameplay and a new and unique teaching system, Three Houses’ gameplay satisfies long-time fans as well as series beginners. The inclusion of the “Divine Pulse” mechanic, which allows players to rewind during a battle, eases the daunting difficulty.
This enjoyable gameplay, along with its intriguing story and memorable cast of characters, makes Three Houses my easy choice for game of the year.
By Spencer Sabahat
BEST SHOW: “Euphoria”
“Euphoria” was responded to with equal parts backlash, astonishment and enamoration after it’s June release. Creator Sam Levinson took inspiration from an Israeli series, his background and modern generations. The show is visually striking to say the least and its portrayal of modern teenage life is unparalleled.
Zendaya portrays pseudo recovering addict Rue, whose vulnerability steals viewers’ hearts early on. She becomes the backbone to a web of plot lines. The entourage of characters engage in activity that defines the show with a “too muchness” some can’t get past. Levinson brought together a perfect cast for the job, and covered relatively untrod ground. Hunter Schafer, Barbie Ferreira and Sydney Sweeney in particular fulfill complex roles while establishing themselves as some of the best young actors today.
Every cast member pulls relatability into their roles to generate sensitivity in spite of their actions. There’s a meticulous ratio of light and heavy, as creators work to heighten every emotion, capturing youth as best they can. Levinson describes, “It’s complicated. It’s messy. It’s tumultuous. At times, it’s beautiful and tragic.” The rush of the season is not unlike the one characters keep chasing, and leaves a craving for a second.
By Sofia Ciraulo
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