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by Alonso Barrantes
The Montgazette Staff

With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas right after it, there’s no better feeling than gathering up your friends and family to watch a good holiday movie. Hollywood has produced many classic films in the past few decades, but these five films are what many film fans call “Holiday Classics” that you must see this season.

At spot number five, we have a 1988 action classic: Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan and starring a young Bruce Willis. This film follows a New York city policeman, John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, on Christmas Eve as he visits the company where his wife works, played by Bonnie Bedelia. Eventually, a group of terrorists, led by Alan Rickman, takes over the company tower, and it’s up to John McClane to stop them and save his wife. This film makes excellent use of its festive tone as it is taking place a day before Christmas while executing an entertaining action flick in a world where The Predator and Robocop came during its time.

Creeping up at number four is Tim Burton’s 1993 film A Nightmare Before Christmas. This film is a cult classic in the eyes of many as it follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King who becomes bored in his annual routine of scaring people in the real world. The film follows him in his adventure as he explores and discovers a new holiday that he tries to embrace, which turns out to be Christmas.

Jingling its way at the number three spot is Jon Favreau’s Home Alone. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is left home alone by his parents during a family trip, he finds himself protecting his house from two robbers during the week of Christmas. He uses an assortment of tricks and traps as he triumphs against the robbers, and Home Alone proves to be a comedic and entertaining holiday film for family and friends.

Finally, at first place we have the holiday classic, A Christmas Story, directed by Bob Clark. This film is seen as a monumental classic to many and tells a heartwarming family story set during Christmas time. A Christmas Story follows the adventures of Ralphie Parker, played by Peter Billingsley.

The beauty of film is that they are all subjective and create many opportunities to talk about important topics or to even share quality time with loved ones. All of these films are wonderfully crafted and deserve to be viewed by everyone as they all share the same positive tone of the holidays.

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Hello Montgazette readers and Welcome to the second edition of Poetic Voices, The Montgazette’s poetry column featuring poems written by our staff! This issue we are featuring poems by Dave Aston, Justin Patrick Oakes, and Jay Galgon. If you’d like to submit poetry to Poetic Voices, please submit all poems via montgazette@ gmail.com. Also, if you want to submit your poems elsewhere on campus, check out the submission information for the Art and Literature Magazine at the end of this issue!

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Over

by Justin Patrick Oakes

A nation clicks her heels
Towards the highway.
Would it matter at all to you
If I stayed?
Would your people still rejoice?
Would they still give you a voice?
Does it matter to you if I
Go my way?

A goddess drapes her head
In a black veil,
With a letter and a word
Shouting blackmail.
Their cries and screams are lost,
As I drag behind my cross.
With force, the Romans pound in
The very last nail.

A lively, shapely tongue caresses
My front lobe.
I’ll never know again what it was
I’d once know.
Inhibition sweeping me,
My arms clutching my knees.
With so much hate in the air, where does
The love go?

Suicide attacks cause terrible
Night dreams.
God was once, now, and always
Very frightening.
Soldiers at your side.
We’ve got no place to hide.
Bullets crack like thunder, explode
Like lightening.

Blood spills into the streets:
My voice is trembling.
It don’t matter how tough we are
With the others assembling.
Your sons and daughters died,
But we all went out with pride.
Some day we know those pigs will
Fear their reckoning.

The revolution’s gone; the war
Is over.
My childish face has aged;
I’m growing older.
The maiden buttons her dress.
Her mind has been suppressed. The revolution’s gone; the world
Is over…

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by Jay Galgon

 

One thing that’s constant in humans

Is growth

Mental, physical, emotional, intellectual

We’re all constantly growing

What do plants need to grow?

Food, water, sunlight

What do humans need to grow?

All those things

And so many more

But we need sunlight most of all

If only for the warmth

Or, perhaps, a reminder

That no matter how dark your life may be

How dark the nights are

The sunlight will be there during the day

It’s constant

And even those precious hours of light is enough

To remind yourself

That it won’t always be dark

So sit outside

Close your eyes

And bask in the sunlight

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by David Aston

 

Only in dreams your mother is still alive.

Only in dreams you stopped life’s nosedive.

Only in dreams your head knows where to turn.

Only in dreams you don’t watch yourself burn.

Only in dreams your mind finds peace.

Only in dreams you stay at ease.

Only in dreams your heart and mind are strong.

Only in dreams you live and love very long.

Only in dreams is everything right.

Only in dreams do you have hindsight.

But in life all these things are taken from you.

But in life many times lies are really true.

But in life trust and faith can lift your head.

But in life after life there is no such thing as dead.

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Bridget Depew
The Montgazette Staff

With all the talk of the general irresponsibility and self–centeredness of the millennial generation, there are a great many millenials who flip that narrative on its head. One in particular would be Noah DiMarcello.

A student here at Montgomery County Community College, Noah is a Communication major. He, like a lot of students who attend Montco, didn’t know exactly where his path would take him when he first entered the doors three years ago.

“I had no idea what to do. I started off as Liberal Studies, and I took the COM111 [class] and that’s what got me into it. I don’t want to write papers anymore. I’ve always been creative, and I thought, ‘How can I make a job out of that?’” said DiMarcello.

Like many of us, Noah initially allowed his fears and insecurities to prevent him from following his passion. But a lightbulb went on, and he realized he couldn’t let fear hold him back.

“A year ago when I first started coming up to the Blue Bell [campus], I saw the radio station and thought, ‘That’s really cool.’ And I thought I didn’t really have the confidence yet to do it, so I held off. I didn’t really know what to talk about.”

After struggling with where he wanted to go in life and how to get there, Noah said it just hit him. He gave himself a pep talk and garnered up the courage to tackle his dream.

“I was like, yeah, I’m gonna do it! I just marched in and was like, ‘Yo, I want a radio show, like now, we can call it Let’s Be Real.” And just like that, folks, Let’s Be Real was born.

Noah wants the show to be less about random happenings and more about a place where people can be real – with everything:relationships and even a place where people can be encouraged.

“I want people to share what they’ve been through and how they got out of it,” DiMarcello said. “I want to take what I’ve learned and share it with other people. I don’t want to get super deep, but deep enough to help others. Noah’s first guest was Carissa Mandracchia, a fellow Communication major here at Montco. Carissa, having shared the same struggles as Noah, said, “First of all, I want to support him because he’s my friend, and you need to support your friends, no matter what. Helping to contribute to this [was] awesome for me.”

Noah’s host name is Vee Nikitin. Not your average, run-of-the-mill name, so I had to ask its origin. Vee is short for Valentin. Noah DiMarcello, born Valentin Nikitin in Moscow, was adopted and brought over here to the United States as a baby. So this is a bit of a tribute to his roots.

I can’t think of a better way to talk about where you’re going than by acknowledging where you’ve been.

Check out “Let’s Be Real” every Thursday evening on MontcoRadio.com, 6-7pm.

 

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Photo courtesy of Bridget Depew

 

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