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‘Wonder Woman’ smashes expectations

By Joey Bowling

Bullets fly across the screen, deflected by golden gauntlets. People are callously killed in some scenes, in others they are given a touching send off. No movie gives every character depth and expands upon their stories as wonderfully as Wonder Woman. The production is all at once heartwarming and action-packed.

Warner Bros. Pictures boasts an achievement that no other studios managed. Patty Jenkins is a female director of a superhero movie. This is a first in film history, considering no woman has ever directed a superhero movie before.

However, she also flips many common principles of female characters in media on their heads. Jenkins gives these Thymesciran Amazons back their bodies by giving them attire that is suitable for combat, rather than eye-candy. These women are a fierce race, dressing as if any moment they would step foot onto the battlefield.

Another norm she inverts is the scene in which Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is almost randomly naked, cupping his genitals after getting out of a bath. This goes against popular culture and shows viewers how awkward and unnecessary nude scenes are for developing a plot, something commonly used by male directors for female actors.

Speaking of nudity, parents should be aware that there is the scene above in the movie, as well as various innuendo throughout. One scene involves Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and Trevor on a boat talking about procreation and “pleasures of the flesh.” There is little cursing in the movie, the harshest it gets is damn.

Another point of consideration for parents is the intense scenes. In one, a main character sacrifices himself to blow up a ship filled with poisonous gas. Before that, a scientist in Germany is experimenting on people and how to most effectively kill them.

Moving on to actual movie scenes, it entertains all sorts of attendees. The fight sequences will quell the more bloodthirsty viewers, while there is a tender romantic subplot for the bleeding hearts out there.

The fight scenes are intense between Prince and German soldiers. She also carries herself triumphantly against the main antagonist Ares in the climactic fight scene.

The movie also employs a diverse cast of characters, from the black and Asian Amazonians to the Israeli lead, Gadot. The movie has been lauded as a cornucopia of diversity by critics such as Hypable and PJ Media.

Another worthy mention of the movie is its memorable quotes. An exchange between Trevor and Prince, goes as such.

Trevor leads with “I can’t let you do this.”

Prince’s passionate reply is “What I do is not up to you.” A fan favorite quote from the movie resonates with many audiences, said by Prince near the end of the film. “It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.”

Over all, Wonder Woman proves to be a home run for anyone who watches it. With quotes littered throughout like gems, and fight scenes helping to make sure the movie doesn’t stagnate, it is a titillating film for all ages.



Q&A: Students preview Forecastle 2017

Editor’s Note: This Q&A goes along with a spread on summer music festivals on Page 6 and Page 7 of the print edition of The Bagpiper on May 19. 

Bagpiper: Have you ever been to Forecastle and what are you expecting? 

Junior Hannah Schladant: “I have never been to Forecastle before but I’ve seen people posting pictures and videos from it. It looked like a fun time, so I decided to get me and my boyfriend tickets to it.” 

Senior Sam Owings: “I went last year and I had such a great time with my friends seeing some really good artists. I saw the lineup for this year and knew I had to go again.”

Senior Chloe Andrews: “I wanted to go to Forecastle because all my friends go from Silver Creek and they say it’s amazing. Plus I like some alternative music and a lot of people that perform at Forecastle play it. You also just get to have fun with your friends outdoors all day together.”

BP: What type of ticket package did you buy? 

HS: “I thought it would be a fun weekend for us to just hang out together and listen to good music so I bought us the three day pass for my boyfriend’s birthday.”

SO: “I got the three day pass because there are so many people I want to see and couldn’t just choose one day.  Honestly the price for the three day pass is really worth it.”

CA: “I bought a one day pass because it was cheaper and I really don’t know many of the other artists for the other days, so I didn’t want to waste the money.”

BP: What are some things people should bring to Forecastle and what are you going to bring? 

HS: “I will probably bring a small backpack with deodorant, a portable charger, some extra makeup, sunglasses and my Polaroid.”

SO: I’m definitely going to bring sunscreen because of how badly I got burnt last year.”

CA: I plan on bringing my phone of course so I can take videos. Maybe like a portable fan just in case I get really hot. Let’s hope the weather is good. Also, my portable phone charger because I don’t want my phone to die.”


Junior Executive Committee prepares for prom tomorrow night

By Hannah Clere and Charlie Eback

Tomorrow, FC juniors and seniors will be filing into the downtown Louisville Marriott dressed in their most fancy attire. Music will be blaring and students will have a night of relaxation and socializing.

“I think it’s a big coming of the school altogether regardless of what’s going on in school and everyone is there to have a good time,” said Tux Tuxworth, Junior Class vice president of the and member of the Junior Executive Committee.

However, before prom can become a big hit, a lot of work has to be put into it. First, where funding comes from must be figured out.

“Prom is funded a lot by Turkey Bowl and we also have a budget from the school as well,” said Tuxworth.

The funds are handled by those in charge of putting the evening together. The Junior Executive Committee, with 15 members, spends the year working towards that.

“I am the teacher sponsor of the Junior Executive committee, and Junior Executive Committee is in charge of prom. So, I guess when it comes down to it, I’m responsible that they do their job and we have a prom,” said English teacher Tim Romig.

After receiving funds, the prom itself has to be planned out, no details escaping reach.

“We had to get a venue first off, and then once we had a venue, we had to pick a theme, we had to get food, we had to get decorations, we had to get gifts for the seniors and juniors, we had to put together a list of people who were going, so we had to make sure they registered, we had to find out a place to put the registration tables, we had to design how we want to decorate everything. It’s definitely a lot of work, but it’s fun. I love it,” said Junior Class President Jacob Rosenbaum.

The venue is a very important detail closely examined. Administration gives dates that the event can take place without interfering with other schools’ proms and end of the year events. The venue also must for the needs of the celebration.

“We do a lot of touring and as a committee; we find a lot of places where we’d like to go and then we present our final options to the administration and then they pick. We look for things like what has the most room and what venue is going to provide the most for us, then the administration looks at the security of the place and the date,” said Tuxworth.

The entire Junior Executive Committee helps prepare prom throughout the year. A lot goes into putting it together, but the intent of having a good time is not forgotten to the busy committee members.

“This will be my first prom experience as a planner and as a guest. Planning prom with Junior Exec. has been fun so I can’t even imagine what prom night will be like,” said junior Emrie Ipsan.

The experience of the planners themselves has been new for some and old hat for others, though still exciting to be a part of. Treasurer of the Junior Executive Committee Molly Isaacs has previous experience with both prom and school involvement.

“I’ve been to other proms and I’ve always been involved in school government. This year just included prom,” she said.

The behind the scenes work is a vital part of Saturday’s evening of dancing and fun. The outcome, however, is what it’s all about.

“This is the last time some of these people might see some of these people, honestly. And for juniors I think it’s kind of a rite of passage to get to your senior year because that’s a big deal, kind of usher the seniors out and bring in the new senior class,” said Romig.

The consensus on the purpose of prom seems to be that it is a night of celebration as a portion of the FC family move into the real world.

“Prom is having fun with the entire upper class. We get to enjoy a night for ourselves and be all together,” said Ipsan.

The Junior Executive Committee assures that this Saturday will be a day to remember.

“Prom is going to be awesome this year. It’s going to be really fun. We put a lot of work into it and all of our work is going to pay off,” said Rosenbaum.

Tomorrow’s prom will be from 7-11 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown Louisville. After prom will be hosted at FC from 11 p.m.-3 a.m.

Theatre Department announces fall production of ‘Newsies the Musical’

By Aubrey Hertle

Throngs of students, teachers, and reporters crowded into Studio One at 3 p.m. on Tuesday evening, eagerly awaiting the news from Theatre Director Robbie Steiner. He wrote in an email that is was “A pretty big deal regarding the theatre department.” Going into it nobody had an inkling of an idea what this tidbit of news was going to be. The energy in the room was anxious and excited.

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‘Elephant Man’ finishes weekend showing

Photos by Amber Bartley

“Elephant Man” concluded this weekend with three performances in Studio One.