Mia’s Movie Madness: ‘Old’ teen romantic films are more entertaining than today’s

Editor Column: Mia’s Movie Madness

Mia Aranda is the news editor for La Plaza Press.

By MIA ARANDA

Buttery popcorn. Savory candy. Comfy seats. Entertaining films. These are all words that pop into my mind when I think of where the best moments of my childhood came from: the beloved movie theater. 

All of my life I have been an avid moviegoer along with my dad, whom went frequently as a child, as well. He would always take me to see the latest movie the night it came out, and we would go to the gas station right before our movie to buy more candy than we actually needed just because it was cheaper than from the actual movie theater. 

A perfect example to exhibit my family’s extreme love for films would have to be them taking me to see “The Muppets” Thursday night it came out, in which the film started close to midnight. I was always one of the youngest kids at late night movie showings on school nights which truly displays how eager my family has always been to see movies right away. 

Between seeing everything from action to comedy to drama, I have established that my favorite film genre is “old” romantic teen love, and by “old,” I perceive that as anything before the 2000s. 

I consider the majority of old romantic teen films to be better than in the present day mainly due to the fact that the advancement of technology has narrowed interaction with one’s crush or significant other at school.

Back in the day, teens would have to walk up to their crush in order to get closer to them whereas today, teens can interact with their crush on social media and through messages. Texting your crush allows you to revise and edit your nervous words before clicking send and can be appreciated later on to observe your past conversations that made you feel overjoyed. However, there is more of a chance that tones will be miscommunicated through text, which can unintentionally convey the wrong message. 

Face-to-face communication is not valued today as much as it was back then when it was one of the only choices of communication. If you talk more with your crush in person, you will be able to observe the little clues that reveal how they truly feel about you, such as if they remain eye contact with you or not. Later in life, when you are settled in with your loved one, you will think back to those moments where you interacted with your crush and hopefully appreciate your efforts to get closer with them.

Heather Ledger and Julia Stiles in the 1999 teen movie, «10 Things I Hate About You.» (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza Photo)

Romantic gestures were much more engaging and entertaining when teens would actually show their love to their crush, such as Heath Ledger singing Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to Julia Stiles in the school’s stadium in Gil Junger’s iconic teen film “10 Things I Hate About You.” These movies teach people how to be more romantic and overall put you in a good mood, even if you are a single pringle like me. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy today’s love stories, like “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Tall Girl,” and Noah Centineo never fails to make my jaw drop in awe when watching a romantic movie of his, but my heart simply melts more when watching old romantic teen films. Scenes like John Cusack blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eye” from a boombox in front of Ione Skye’s house to declare his love in “Say Anything” or Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey at the dance in the iconic lift scene in “Dirty Dancing” make me bawl my eyes out in affection and could never compare to today’s films in my mind. 

To think about how our society today is already accustomed to using their phones on a daily basis, more than just for simple communication, makes me lose hope for the delight chemistry between lovers in films like “Pretty in Pink” and “Titanic.” 

If you are interested in watching one of the beloved cheesy teen romantic films that I adore with all of my heart, then consider the following: “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Grease.”

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://laplaza.press/2019/11/08/las-locuras-de-peliculas-de-mia-las-peliculas-romanticas-para-adolescentes-viejas-son-mas-entretenidas-que-las-del-dia-de-hoy/

Columna: Cómo hacer todo, una carta desde la última clase de la era de “one-what”

Columna de Editor

Aleena es la editor-en-jefe de REV para La Plaza.

Por ALEENA SIRITANAPIVAT

Estimado Lector,

Cuando yo pensé en lo que iba a escribir para mi columna de editor, yo reflexioné sobre varios temas: el arte de las ciencias, mi amor de leer y aún mi herencia multicultural. Sin embargo, cuando se trataba de lo que realmente importaba, yo sabía que tuve que dejar un regalo para las clases graduadas del futuro, los secretos para los quienes tropiezan en este periódico en red que personalmente se ha convertido uno de mis logros mejores.

Para ustedes que están leyendo esto, estoy orgullosa en decirles que yo ayudé a La Plaza salir de una semilla y espero que para el tiempo que ustedes han tropezado en esto, que ha crecido en una flor alcanzada. Este aquí es mi carta para ustedes, un mensaje de una caja del tiempo en red.

En los ojos de los estudiantes menores, parece que los estudiantes del último año han obtenido todo: una especialidad, una universidad para ir, extracurriculares y posiciones ejecutivos y tal vez aún un camino de carrera.Lo que ellos no se dan cuenta es que todos están desprevenidos cuando comienzan. No le importa si alguien es el primero de la generación ni el último: el año final le golpea a todos en la cara.

Los primeros 60 estudiantes de la Clase de 2019 en el Odyssey Volumen XXII (Foto de La Plaza)

Como si las clases y los exámenes estandarizados no fueron suficientes, como estudiantes del último año, la temporada de aplicaciones a universidad casi actúa como un periodo extra con duplique la cantidad de tarea especialmente para ellos quienes están aplicando a las universidades particulares o más de cinco universidades. Y después de mirar cientos de videos de YouTube, puedo decirle que más estudiantes se sienten que sus ensayos es lo que los dejan entrar a la universidad de su opción.

Para esos estudiantes de alto rendimiento, los extracurriculares son otros pesos que llevan encima de sus hombros y muchos aún tienen uno o más posiciones de liderazgo. Todo de esto está en las manos de múltiples seniors como un gran pila de libros de texto. ¿Así cómo se hace todo?

He obtenido consejos desde mí y de otros de la última era de “one-what,” principalmente alrededor de Redlands pero un poco que realmente estará asistiendo universidad conmigo este otoño que viene. Yo sinceramente espero que ustedes sepan que siempre hay estudiantes mayores que están dispuestos a prestar una mano sin importar como fastidiados les pueden parecer a veces (aunque también yo esté culpable de esto) pero sin más preámbulo:

  • “¡Haga lo que ama verdaderamente! No trate de hacer millones de cosas para aplicaciones de universidad—no trabaja.” – Bindhu Hosuru, Redlands East Valley
  • “Saque el máximo provecho de su carrera de colegio. Va rápidamente y usted lamentará que no hizo más.” – Kaity Herman, Redlands East Valley
  • “Use una agenda y comprobe cuando termina con una tarea. Se siente satisfecho.” – Natalie, Hollywood High School
  • “Nunca espere hasta el último segundo para hacer un proyecto especialmente si tiene algunas actividades de extracurricular que están ocurriendo.” – Savannah, desde el estado de Washington
  • “¡Haga listas! Usted se siente logrado comprando y haciendo un seguimiento de todo.” – Elizabeth Meinders, Redlands East Valley
  • “¡Haga un horario o plan! ¡Puede anotar exactamente lo que su día se parece y puede planear sobre todo! – Cameron Nollar, Redlands East Valley
  • “No deje las cosas para más tarde y quédese concentrado. Haga las tareas o la tarea con anticipación antes de se estrese y sea tarde.” – Britt, San Gorgonio High School
  • “No tenga miedo para ponerse ahí. Lamento que no junté actividades de extracurricular durante el comienzo de colegio porque esas personas serían mis amigos más íntimos. De acuerdo al manejo de tiempo, ¡siempre tenga una meta…!” – Joana, Godinez Fundamental High School
  • “Recuerde que usted es un estudiante antes de todo a pesar de los deportes o los extracurriculares. El director de estudiante de los técnicos, el deportista de estudiante y el presidente de estudiante: todos de estas posiciones tienen ‘estudiante’ en ellos porque usted es un estudiante primero y si sus notas caen demasiado lejo, no puede hacer las actividades extras que le aman.” – Aleena Siritanapivat, Redlands East Valley
La página de seniors en el Odyssey Volumen XXII (Foto de La Plaza)

Graduados del futuro, quédense verdaderos a ustedes mismos, sin importarles cuanto ellos los derriban.

Firmada,
Aleena Siritanapivat, Redlands East Valley ‘19

Read this article in English here: https://laplaza.press/2019/06/04/how-to-do-it-all-a-letter-from-the-last-class-of-the-one-what-era/

Column: How to do it all, a letter from the last class of the “one-what” era

Editor’s Column

Aleena is the previous REV Editor-in-chief for La Plaza.

By ALEENA SIRITANAPIVAT

Dear Reader,

When I thought about what to write for my editor column, I contemplated on various topics: the art of science, my love of reading and even my multicultural heritage. However, when it bubbled down to what really mattered, I knew that I had to leave a gift for future graduating classes, secrets for those who stumble upon this online newspaper which has personally become one of my greatest accomplishments.

For those of you reading this, I am proud to say that I helped La Plaza sprout from a seed, and I hope by the time you have stumbled onto this that it has grown into a blossoming flower. This here is my letter to you, a message from an online time capsule.

Through underclassmen eyes, it seems as if seniors have got it all under their belts: a major, a college to go to, extracurriculars and executive positions and perhaps even a career path. What they do not realize is just how unprepared everyone starts off. It does not matter whether they are valedictorian or the last ranked student: senior year hits you right smack in the face.

Top 60 of the Class of 2019 in the Odyssey Volume XXII (La Plaza photo)

As if classes and standardized testing were not enough, as seniors, the college application season almost acts like an extra period with twice the amount of homework, especially for those applying to private universities or more than five. And after watching hundreds of YouTube videos on how to get into this college and that college, I can tell you that most students feel that their essays are what got them into the college of their choice.

For those overachievers, extracurriculars are another weight on their shoulders, and many even hold one or more leadership positions. All of this lies in the hands of multiple seniors like a huge stack of textbooks. So how does one do it all?

What I have gathered are tips from myself and others from the last “one-what” era, mostly from around Redlands but a few that will actually be attending university with me this coming fall. I sincerely hope that you know that there are always upperclassmen willing to lend a hand no matter how annoyed they may seem at times (though I am also guilty as charged of this), but without further ado:

  • “Do what you truly love! Don’t try to do a million things for college applications—it does not work.” – Bindhu Hosuru, Redlands East Valley
  • “Make the most out of your high school career. It goes by fast, and you’ll regret not doing more.” – Kaity Herman, Redlands East Valley
  • “Use a planner and check off when you finish a task. It feels satisfying.” – Natalie, Hollywood High School
  • “Never wait until the last second to do a project, especially if you have any extracurricular activities going on.” – Savannah, from Washington state
  • “Make lists! You feel accomplished for crossing off and keeping track of everything.” – Elizabeth Meinders, Redlands East Valley
  • “Make a schedule or plan! You can note exactly what your day looks like and can plan around it!” – Cameron Nollar, Redlands East Valley
  • “Don’t procrastinate too much and stay focused. Do tasks or homework ahead of time before you’re stressed and it’s too late.” – Britt, San Gorgonio High School
  • “[Do] not be afraid to put [yourself] out there. I regret not joining extracurricular activities in the beginning of high school because those people would be my closest friends. With time management, always have an end goal…!” – Joana, Godinez Fundamental High School
  • “Remember that you are a student before anything else whether that’s athletics or extracurriculars. Student tech director, student athlete and student president: these words all have ‘student’ before it because you’re a student first and if your grades drop too far, you can’t do the extra activities you love.” – Aleena Siritanapivat, Redlands East Valley
Senior page in the Odyssey Volume XXII (La Plaza photo)

Stay true to yourself no matter how much they push you down, future graduates. High school is a step towards your future that awaits you.

Signed,
Aleena Siritanapivat, Redlands East Valley ‘19

Lee este artículo en español aquí: https://laplaza.press/2019/06/04/como-hacer-todo-una-carta-desde-la-ultima-clase-de-la-era-de-one-what/