10 Movies To Look Forward To In 2017

10 Movies To Look Forward To In 2017

This is one thing we can be happy about for next year.

Amongst all the icky feelings that 2016 is leaving us with, the political mayhem that has become the United States, and the ongoing environment crisis, there's one thing that we all can share some sort of excitement for: the box office hits of 2017. This year left us with some great films, but 2017 is looking promising. Here are ten of the movies for you'll want to save up cash for to get a ticket.

1) Wonder Woman

Set in WWI, this movie is something we’ve all been anticipating ever since the badass promo pictures of Wonder Woman’s redesign went viral online. Diana Prince, Amazonian princess, is ready to take us by storm next year.

2) Logan

Another X-Men movie, not that I’m complaining. This one is going to be set in 2024 where Logan (AKA Wolverine) is training a young mutated girl with powers similar to his own—only now, her peers have been created to become war machines.

3) The Dark Tower

Based on the series by Stephen King, this tells the story of a young boy who has visions of the apocalypse and begins to question his own mental stability. He’ll escape into another world and meet a mysterious stranger with a dark task ahead of him.

4) Ghost in the Shell

To be honest, I'm a bit more than annoyed about the white-washing of Scarlett Johansson playing an Asian character. BUT. Based off the popular anime series, Ghost in the Shell tells of a futuristic cyborg named Mokoto Kusanagi leading a special ops task force. But when one terrorist group threatens the cyber technology that created Mokoto, she’ll have to face an enemy like no other.

5) Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is coming back. When I saw him in Winter Soldier I was sad his part was so small, so this is definitely one I am excited to see. Focusing on a younger Petey, this one will explore how to be a super-cool crimefighter and a high school student all at the same time. Although it won't have the backstory with Uncle Ben and all that the original Spider-Man origin story had, thank god. My heart can't handle that again.

6) Beauty and the Beast

I don’t even have to explain this one. We’ve all seen the previews: it’s gorgeous, Emma Watson is gorgeous, and the whole thing is just going to be two hours of beautiful perfection. With a freakishly-real CGI Beast thrown in. Sign me up.

7) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Set to take place right after the first movie, this one is more likely to focus on relationships and characterization than just blunt superhero awesomeness and action. The premise is that the crew is struggling to keep their “family” together and search for Peter Quill’s lost parents. So get ready for more of an emotional rollercoaster than an actual rollercoaster.

8) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

A badass reboot of a tale centuries-old? Heck yeah! This is the famous story of King Arthur, a young man robbed of his place on the throne and his journey to prove his is the true king of Camelot by pulling the famous Excalibur from the stone. Take the version from your tenth-grade English class and mix it with Game of Thrones and you’ve got King Arthur: LotS.

9) A Cure for Wellness

Literally just because it has Dane DeHaan in it. This is more of an artsy-utopian-futuristic thriller/horror about an amazing wellness center that works wonders but keeps patients coming back for more treatment, including his boss. When he uncovers the center’s secrets, however, he finds himself afflicted with the same mysterious illness that traps the other patients in the middle of a wellness center in the Swiss Alps.

10) Star Wars: Episode VIII

This one’s the most mysterious. All we really know for sure is that it continues from The Force Awakens. Who knows what’s in store for this epic space series, but I’m already counting down the days to December 15, 2017. My only hope is that Kylo Ren and General Hux will be just as sassy, if not more so, than they were in the seventh installment. #DarkSide.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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