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Disney jumps on Throwback bandwagon 

Courtney Bolema '17 


    Flashback Friday, setback Sunday, memory Monday, and the well-known throwback Thursday. All over social media Thursday is one of the most popular days. Thursday won’t just be popular on social media now, it has made its way to Disney channel on “Disney channel replay”.

    “Disney channel replay” is the throwback Thursday for television. What Disney channel replay does is play back all of the Disney channel classics. Starting with that’s so Raven, Phil of the future, Hannah Montana, Lizzie McGuire, even Stevens, Proud family, suit life of Zach and Cody, and so much more.

    “I’m just so excited to be able to sit down and watch all of my favorite television shows again.” said Jack Ostrowski ’15

    How Disney channel thought of bringing back all the classics was from all of the kids and teenagers of twitter. What most of the teens would say is that Disney should make another channel that would just play all of the old shows, as are listed above. So from all of the tweets, favorites, and retweets Disney channel looked out and noticed what most teens wanted and granted their wish by making Disney channel replay. Disney channel still had to get the word out and what better way to get out to the teens than by posting a throwback Thursday.

    “I never had anything I could look forward to on Thursdays but now I can watch my favorite shows and post throw back Thursdays of my favorite shows.” said Willie Jackson ’15

    So for the teens that are missing their favorite old shows, Disney channel will throw it back and play their “Disney channel replay.”

Humor won't appeal to all 

Laurel De Luca '16


    Horrible Bosses 2 is not one of those sequel movies where it is mandatory to watch the first before you see the second, but it does add to the frivolous humor that proceeds in this movie. The characters identify throughout the sequel stays true to the original with a few actors added onto set like Chris Pine who acts as the fourth best friend to the 3 musketeers, otherwise known as Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis. Bateman acts as the anchor for the group in attempt to keep everyone in check but ultimately ends up giving in to the moronic acts created by “smart” guys, Day and Sudeikis. This movie most likely appeals so a small majority as many might find it senseless humor, too dumb to even overlook. Fans of the first movie will be pleased with the sequel, as it continues to uphold the same characteristics. IMDb rated this movie a 7.1/10, which isn’t terrible. As a fan of mainstream comedy, I rate it an 8/10.

Mockingjay Part One: A Prelude 

Michael Mazzarella ‘15


    On November 21 the first part of the conclusion of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, came to a theater near you. The story begins where Catching Fire left off, Katniss and Peeta caught up in a nasty conflict between the Capitol and the 12 Districts.

    First impressions are the shameless milking of the Hunger Games franchise by splitting the final installment into two films, but I digress, it seems that there is not very many complaints from the massive fan base. The film does lack any of the clout of the other two films, but it really doesn’t amaze. There are many scenes and plot points that stay true to the book, which is commendable, but the film feels like just a precursor of things to come, the opener preforming before the headliner at a rock concert.

    Jennifer Lawrence supplies a solid role as Katniss Everdeen once again. Katniss’s character seems to be really elevating to new heights, which is good to see (the emotional archer bit was getting stale). Josh Hutcherson surprised me with his performance as a captive Peeta and the adherence to the book in that case, really capturing his captive situation and his role in the Capitol’s plot. The supporting cast was good with names such as Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Juliannne Moore (President Coin). To add, it was refreshing to see Gale (Hemsworth) getting more screen time, allowing for his and Katniss’s relationship to develop.

    The visual effects are a sunburst in a sort of dim affair. The effects fully capture the dystopian sci-fi feel of Panem and its enviorment, doing the vision of Suzanne Collins justice. The film seemed to just drag on, leaving me yearning for something eventful to happen, and the brief relief of a tantalizing, violent, and oh so satisfying action sequence satiated my needs. My hope is that some of that magic will be more pronounced in the second installment.

    Overall, the film was many things, a money grab, a prelude, a filibuster, etc. what matters is that the film provided much needed character development that will prove beneficial when the second installment is released. This really only begs the question “Couldn’t they have just squeezed it all into one movie?”


RHS crawling with AHS "freaks"

Claire Johnson '17


    By the fourth season, the producers of American Horror Story have created a large fan base with high expectations for the Freak Show themed season that aired October 8th of this year.

    Sharing the opinion of many other loyal fans, American Horror Story: Freak Show “lived up to the hype,” said Kiah Evans ‘17.

    With an incredible cast including Evan Peters, who catches many girls’ attention, Jessica Lange, and Emma Roberts, its hard not to check out the show airing every Wednesday night on FX. Previous seasons Murder House, Asylum, and Coven have all had raving reviews, and Freak Show is no exception.

    “Its part of my Wednesday night routine – I basically schedule all of my activities around AHS to make sure I don’t miss a minute,” said Sydnie Sullivan ’16.

    Based in Jupiter, Florida, this season’s plot revolves around one of the last remaining freak shows – and its strangely intriguing members – as they fight to be seen as equals with other human beings.

    “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” said Brooke Wiles ’15. “There are so many hidden meanings in so many of the characters’ actions. Anything could happen.”

    Along with a thrilling new theme, the producers also decided to amp up the theatrical portion of the show. Jessica Lange (as Elsa Mars) performs many musical pieces from varying popular artists – including Lana Del Ray, David Bowie, and Nirvana throughout the season.

    “The inclusion of more musical acts in AHS further intensified my love for the show, and it really adds to the uncanny mood that has been created,” said Sullivan.

    Although many RHS students love the show, fans want to give a fair warning that you may have trouble falling asleep after watching your first episode: (in the opening of this season, the body count reaches up to nearly ten).

    “My sister and I watch each episode preparing to scream at any moment… but somehow we always recover enough for the following week of the same dreadful series of events,” said Morgan Johnson ’15.

ABC's 25 Days of Christmas 

Ellie Falconer '15 

    As the Holidays approach, many Students here at Riverview begin practicing their holiday traditions. One of the most common traditions among students is ABC Family’s Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas.

    Students have recalled watching ABC Family’s program for as long as they can remember, which is accurate because ABC Family, previously known as Fox Family, has been airing “25 Days of Christmas” since 1996. ABC’s well-known television program consists of one to four Christmas specials or movies per night, beginning between 6 to 8 PM.

    Many Riverview students have made watching this program a yearly tradition. 

    “I watch The 25 Days of Christmas because ABC airs Christmas Vacation on Christmas Day and it’s my family’s tradition to watch it every year,” said Kelly Murray ’15. 

    Some students feel they must watch the program “I watch it because it really gets me in the Christmas spirit,” said Jenna Wiles ’17.

    When asked what their favorite movie played during the 25 Days of Christmas, the majority replied with Elf. 

    “Will Farrell is my idol, I love the character he plays in elf,” said Kat Saba ’15. 

    Every person asked about why they liked Elf the most replied which an answer like Saba’s.

    Another favorite amongst students is Home Alone.

    “I like it because it teaches you that you should always spend Christmas with your family and its hilarious,” said Kiah Evans ‘17

    Jordan Eslinger ’15 enjoys watching The 25 Days of Christmas because it’s a little bit of history. 

    “I like watching the shows that use the old Claymation because it shows how far we’ve come in film production, and its just awesome,” said Eslinger.

    Even some students who don’t celebrate Christmas watch the program.

    “I am Jewish but I still love watching the 25 Days of Christmas and getting into the holiday spirit! Movies like Elf and Home Alone are such fun classics,” said Lauren Cohen ’15.

True Scot plays Kiltie pipes

Jazmin Giovino '17 



    The Kilties band here at Riverview is recognized for being a very authentic Scottish school band. Every day in first period Lewis Ferrier, 17’ practices playing the bagpipes for the Kilties band and is definitely the most authentic piper there.

    Ferrier was born here in the United States but moved to Scotland when he was just about four years old. He then continued to live in Scotland for about two years, where he then moved back to the United States. Both of his parents are 100% Scottish so all of his family lives in Scotland.

    “My mom was one of seven children, and all of them had children as well, so I’ve got plenty of cousins!” said Ferrier.

    He and his family visit Scotland every couple of years, the last visit being just this past summer. They spend the majority of their time in Glasgow where most of the cousins live, but they also visit a few family members in Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland, and Wales.

    Some sites Ferrier is sure to visit on his trips include The Glasgow City Chambers which is a building that has been around for hundreds of years that ‘looks like a castle’, and the Scotland National Soccer team Stadium. Not to mention, the views of the mountains here are ‘stunning’.

    “My favorite thing to do while in Scotland is to just hang out with my cousins while walking around the city and playing some soccer.”

    Ferrier is currently in the kilties band playing for his second year here at Riverview. He started playing in second grade, but only played for about six months because he ‘thought it was boring’ at first. He took lessons from Roddy Macdonald who Ferrier calls ‘one of the best pipers ever’.

    Ferrier will soon be joining the City of Sarasota Pipe Band run by pipe major Kevin Wiegand. He is looking forward to more time being able to play and getting the opportunity to continue learning how to better play this very difficult instrument.

    “It’s very difficult at times and can be a lot of hard work, but it’s definitely very rewarding! I recommend anyone give it a try!”

Joan Rivers (1933-2014)

Natalie Raszka '17


    Comedian Joan Rivers at age 81 peacefully passed on Thursday September 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm when she stopped breathing during throat surgery in Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Rivers lost her life after having surgery on her throat; she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during the procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy then was moved to Mount Sinai hospital.

    After Rivers passing Dr. Cohen who performed surgery on Rivers stepped down.

    Rumors circling the media are said that Cohen resigned because the death of Rivers was her fault.

    Apparently Cohen allowed an ear, nose, and, and throat doctor specialist unaffiliated with the clinic to examine Rivers.

    Even with Dr. Cohen leaving, The Yorkville Endoscopy clinic can still be held liable for Joan River’s death.

    Rivers was a fashion critic for the E, entertainment show fashion police as well as a comedian. Joan River’s favorite thing to do was to make people laugh; Rivers touched lives of everyone she encountered in her life.

    Saying Joan Rivers was a remarkable woman is an understatement, the number of things she will be remembered for is countless.

    Annie Duke said, “ Joan was not only a extraordinary comedian, but as a generous and caring spirit, who inspired myself to be better everyday”.

    Joan Rivers at 81 ones years old was still working; it was her drive, and her kind heart to feel the need to support the people in her life.

    Kelly Osborne said, “Joan worked tirelessly, she had a drive and ingenuity like no one I’ve ever seen”.

    Rivers was incredibly generous. She employed her friends, and gave them jobs.

    Ryan Seacrest said “I admired her talent and humor and loved the opportunity she gave me to work with her on E!

    How funny Joan Rivers was she could turn everything into a joke, even her funeral.

    Rivers was not planning a simple farewell.

    Rivers said, “ When I die I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, and action.

    Joan Rivers’s funeral was held at the Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side.


    Rivers funeral was just what she hoped for, hundreds on friends and family, making it over the top and extravagant.

    Mellissa Rivers said, “my mother would have loved this and I know she is so grateful for all the love and support she has from everyone”


    There were tons of tears, laughs and it ended with a standing ovation for the remarkable women Joan Rivers who will be truly missed.

Harry Potter World’s ‘Diagon Alley’ brings magic

Skylar Leinenweber ’17


    Calling all muggles! With Universal’s new opening of Diagon Alley those who didn’t receive their letter in the mail, can experience more magic than ever before.

    In 2010 when Universal’s “The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter” opened, it became a big hit among the readers of the seven-book series by J.K. Rowling, where fans all around could experience Hogwarts firsthand.

    “When I first walked through Diagon Alley, I had to stop and just look around— everything is so detailed and exactly what I thought it would be and more,” said Arianna Boenker ’17

    The new addition Diagon Alley features two new rides, “Escape from Gringotts,” a multi-dimensional thrill ride and “Hogwarts Express,” a replica of the London’s King’s cross-railway station, designed to take passengers from London to Hogsmeade to eliminate the long and sweaty walk between parks.

    “When I got into the line for the train, they made it look like you were actually walking through the 9 & 3/4 entrance which was pretty cool! Once we were on the actual train, and it started to leave, I looked out the window, and it was animated to look like you were going to Hogwarts, but it looked so real,” said Micaela Smith ’17.

    The Harry Potter seven-book series is the most successful series in history and has the highest grossing film series of all time.

    To get all of the latest wizard gear, you should check out “Madam Malkins Robes for all occasions,” and “Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes”— both great to get all your wizardly keepsakes.

    “I really loved going through the shops and seeing what they had come up with for souvenirs and all of the things that you could buy,” said Smith.

    With all of the incredible features and designs of Diagon Alley you have to wonder how much it costs. It is reported to cost over $250 million dollars, but with all of it’s popularity, it’s all seemingly worth it!

Robin Williams: In Memoriam.

Michael Mazzarella ‘15



    On August 11, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California. He died due to an apparent suicide by hanging according to the autopsy report done by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, he was 63 years old. In the wake of this terrible tragedy we can look back at the life of a man that brought laughter to many others.


    Williams was born on July 21 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He had to brothers, Robert Williams (1938-2007) and McLaurin Smith. At an early age Williams was known as a natural jokester. As a child, he always tried to get his mother’s attention by making her laugh. Williams described himself as shy as a child and that he didn’t break out of his shyness until he started taking drama in high school. He excelled in school and was on the soccer and wrestling teams. He was voted “Most Likely Not to Succeed” and “Funniest” by his fellow students.


    Students at Riverview, the majority of them, have a particular movie in which Williams was in that played a role in their early childhood. Birdcage (1996) is a fan favorite along with What Dreams May Come (1998).


    “It’s one of my dad’s favorite movies and it always makes me laugh.” said Skylar Leinenweber ’17 of Birdcage.


    “The movie is so powerful and Robin’s acting made me believe that all of the unreal things were actually possible.” said Jordan Steiner ’16 of What Dreams May Come.


    Williams’ first major role was in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He got two more nominations for his roles in Dead Poets Society (1989) and The Fisher King (1991).He also played the title role in the classic film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). Finally, in 1997, Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the critically-acclaimed film Good Will Hunting. Williams also had success lending his voice to the Disney classic Aladdin (1992) and Happy Feet (2006).

Mrs. Doubtfire was a particular favorite of a Riverview student.


    “It was hilarious and I grew up watching it.” said Paige Galideri ’17. 


    Riverview students are no exception to the multitude of lives affected by Williams’ death.


    “It feels like I lost a part of my childhood. I used to watch Hook every day when I was little.” said Matt Miller ’15.


    “I was shocked to hear it (about his death) because he seemed like he was such a happy person and was such an incredible actor.” said Jordan Steiner ’16.


    Such a genius of a man is rare and all who basked in his genius truly should feel, in some way, honored to live while he was. An actor such as Williams could easily portray comedic roles and flip flop and do a more serious dramatic role with the same potency. Such a loss surely should not go unnoticed (it hasn’t) and the reverberations of his death will definitely be felt for a long time.