TV review: Slasher

Slasher is a new TV series that involves one killer in one area surrounding many other main characters. The viewers do not know who the killer is until the end. The whole story builds up and many murders are found. A young lady by the name of Sarah Bennet moves back into the old house her parents used to own and were murdered in by “The Executioner.” However, this is not a good idea because the killings start happening again. She cannot do anything about them but to prepare herself. She does not know who to trust anymore and loses her mind. These killings go by the 7 deadly sins:

  • Pride = Broken on the wheel
  • Envy = Encased in freezing water
  • Avarice (Greed) = Boiled in oil
  • Wrath (Anger) = Torn apart, limb from limb
  • Lust = Roasted by fire and brimstone
  • Gluttony = Forced to eat rats, snakes, spiders, and toads
  • Sloth (Apathy) = Thrown into snake pits

The killer completed all of his kills, but Sarah caught on to who it was. He was very suspicious throughout the whole story and framed Sarah’s husband of doing it. He was also a police officer and killed his mom when he was young by pushing her down the steps. He was born into the evil ways and did not quit. Overall, this is a intense TV series.

As of May 25, the entire first season of Slasher was made available to stream on Netflix.

Penguins lead Sharks 3-1 in Stanley Cup Finals

The 2016 Stanley Cup Finals have brought together two of the NHL’s best teams to compete for the championship. Representing the East this year are the Pittsburgh Penguins, while from the San Jose Sharks represent the West. This year’s Stanley Cup Finals have begun and the Penguins currently have a 3-1 lead over the Sharks.

The Sharks started the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings, beating them in 5 games. They went on to play the Nashville Predators, beating them in 7 games. After winning this series they went on to the Western Finals. Here they were up against the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks only needed 6 games to secure their spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Penguins had a similar path to their Stanley Cup spot. In the first round of the playoffs the Penguins played the New York Rangers. This series took 5 games for the Penguins to move on in the playoffs. After the Rangers, the Penguins took on their next opponent, the Washington Capitals. This series took 6 games for the Penguins to move onto the Eastern Finals. Here they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning. This series went to a nail biting game 7, which the Penguins won in Pittsburgh.

After this the Penguins and the Sharks met in Pittsburgh for games one and two. The Penguins took both games and lost one game in San Jose before bouncing back with a win in game 4. The Penguins will try to close out the series Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Movie Review: Keanu (contains spoilers)

Spoiler Alert: This article contains elements of the movie’s plot.

Keanu is a 2016 comedy/action movie that is rated R. This movie features, which stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, features characters from their hit Comedy Central show Key and Peele that viewers might be familiar with.

In the movie, the main characters are Rell (Peele) and Clarence (Key). Rell starts on his emotional side in the beginning of the story because his girlfriend has just dumped him. He does not want to even do anything as he is shown just laying on his couch. Then, all of a sudden, this cat shows up on his door step, and he has never loved anything more. He truly found happiness.

Clarence, on the other hand, is a geeky type of husband. He is always uptight and cannot stop doing things the right way and working for others. He has the mindset of doing what others want and not what he wants. His wife leaves with her daughter to go on a trip with a close friend and their daughter. Therefore, Clarence is left by himself to start doing what he wants.

The night starts off with Clarence and Rell going to a movie. Clarence feels alive like a new man because he gets to see a movie he wants. Rell explains why he is not being himself because it’s just a movie. Rell turns on a song from NWA that includes profanity describing their feelings about the police. The irony is, a cop pulls up to the red light as they are blasting this song. Rell immediately turns the music off, and the cop turns his lights on and goes through the red light off to get someone or so we assume. This is a great example of how Rell and Clarence’s wife wants him to be more of himself.

When they return to Rell’s house , they find that it has been ransacked. Whoever broke into the house was in search of something. The cat is gone, and Rell is torn apart angrily. He calls the cops, but there is nothing the cops can do about it. Later, the viewers find out that it was a neighbor that was supposed to get robbed, not him. Rell and Clarence do their research and find out where the people who stole Keanu could be. They are with the most murderous drug cooperation leader named Cheddar.

To cut this to short terms, Rell and Clarence have to act like they are the “Allentown Brothers.” The Allentown Brothers are two characters that look exactly like Rell and Clarence but have long hair and wear all black. So, in order to uphold their standards, they have to prove to the surrounding gang members that they are official. The gang members have heard of the “Allentown Brothers” and that they did a flip off the wall and shot someone. The gang members are dying to see this in live action. Rell is basically going crazy in his head wondering what to do when Clarence with no hesitation just runs up to the wall and does a flip off of it. The gang members go crazy. Clarence plays it off cool as if he meant to do that, but he didn’t know he had the capability.

Rell and Clarence are then captured by the actual Allentown Brothers who took Keanu from Rell and Clarence who stole Keanu from Cheddar. The Allentown Brothers are ready to torture Rell and Clarence, but Keanu comes from behind Rell’s chair and scratches and nips at Rell’s rope that he is wrapped up in. Rell gets loose and grabs both guns that are on the table right next to them and aims it at the Allentown Brothers. He then unties Clarence and gives him a gun. They both shoot the real Allentown Brothers down. They then take Keanu and try to escape, but Cheddar and his gang are there to rally. Cheddar captures them and takes them to deal with one of the most famous Mexican families in the gang business. This guy tells them that Keanu belonged to his family but Cheddar was very stingy with his keepings so bullets went flying everywhere.

After a long chase to get Keanu back, Rell hops into the car that the Mexican drug lord got into and drives him all the way back to Clarence’s house. Clarence meets up there by hitting him in the lawn with his car. Then, all of a sudden, Cheddar shows back up at his house ready to shoot Rell and Clarence for Keanu. Then the one and only lady gang member tells Cheddar to freeze and put his hands in there because she is a cop. Cheddar tries to shoot her, but she gets the first shots off and he dies. The rest of the gang members go to jail along with Rell and Clarence because they have committed some serious crimes.

All in all, this a very good and comedic movie, but it is definitely not for kids.

A Boy of Summer, Prayers for Ian Malesiewski

Sunset Beach Road in North East, Pa., isn’t the most popular of neighborhoods. In fact, throughout the entirety of the year there are only about three houses that live year round. Snuggled right up against Lake Erie, we may not have the largest number of inhabitants, but we’ve got the best sunset in the world, and the area—although not opulent by any stretch of the imagination—is exclusive. It beams of beauty, as do the hearts and minds of the people who live there. I grew up here. Originally I spent my summers at my cottage along the lake, but my family moved down to the lake permanently in 2013, which was perfect because I got to move in, right next door to my two best friends, Adam and Ian Malesiewski.

I knew these two ruffians my entire life. I was born in June of 1998, Adam in June of 1999, and Ian in April of 2000, and their cousin Cooper (who basically lived at the beach as well) was born in March of 1997. New kid after new kid. It seemed like the Baby Boomer period decided to come back for a while! What went from a quiet road that did indeed have some kids on it, my older siblings included, was about to go to a neighborhood dominated by the newly born. And boy was it.

Growing up we did everything together, Adam, Ian, and I. I would wake up at 8:00 every morning and sprint over to their house. It took five seconds; I know because I timed myself. That was how excited I was to see them. To see these guys. To see Adam! To see Ian! Ian had always had the first room out of the two, so he was always the one I woke up first. He wasn’t always as ecstatic at me waking him up in the morning as I was to see him, but after twenty or so minutes and a few eggs in the system, the day would be ours.

In the multitude of sports we played, which ranged from football, basketball, dodgeball, wiffleball, and handball, teams consisted of Adam and Cousin Cooper, and then Ian and I. Three out of four of us were skinny tikes, but quick. Ian though ate just a little bit more. There was a reason why he wrestled at 160 pounds in fifth grade! In these games I was what one may call a “game-manager.” My job: get Ian the ball in the post, or behind the arc. Bunt the ball to get Ian back up to bat. Hand or lateral pass to Ian. I wasn’t that much of a flashy player, but you know what? I was fine with that. Because not only did we win quite a few this way, but I knew, and still know, that that kid would go to hell and back for me in any situation. Any situation regardless if I was in the right or in the wrong, I knew that I had the loyalty of Ian in my corner.

I remember the days the sun glistening off of the flat water, the sounds of running kids filling Halli Reid Park (named after his mom), and us swimming in the lake. Paddle boarding hundreds upon hundreds of yards from shore. Sitting watching the sun set down into the water. Of course Ian, being the stronger one usually got home quicker or out into the water quicker, but once out there it seemed time stopped. It was like we didn’t have a care in a world, Ian, Adam, Cooper, and I, sitting, talking, and occasionally splashing! In recent years a lot of conversation became talking about football and wrestling. I was the careful listener hearing about the ins and the outs of Prep sports I had not been a member of. I listened to how badly he had wanted to beat McDowell. But who doesn’t, right? But Ian’s drive and passion are quite different than that of others.

In everything that Ian wants to accomplish in his life, family or sports, he wants to give it his best. He truly wants to be all he can be. Whether it consists of him working out constantly, dedicating his time and energy to perfecting his craft or whether it is attending Cathedral Prep. Ian bleeds orange and black more than anybody I know. Not only in his sports, but for the school as a whole. Cheering at the basketball games, doing his vicarious Pterodactyl noise that was deafening to opponents and also people in the section too. But we love it! He and his brother worked hard to get to Prep, and they don’t show up a minute later than 7:30 to school. I would know because when I wake up to go to the bathroom, I see the FIAT scurrying down the street.

Or his dedication to his family. On face value Ian looks like a one man wrecking machine, which he is. No one, and I mean no one is crossing him. But those who know him closely know he is a sentimental fellow who loves his cat Sunny, his brother, his cousins, his aunt, uncle, and his mother and father. One of the scenes I won’t forget, especially because I see it all the time, is Ian lying in bed with his mom. Or taking advice from his mom, Halli. Or watching him, Adam, and their mom sing the Rolling Stones or Jimmy Buffet on their famous patio overlooking the lake. Or learning tips from his dad TJ on lifting, or mowing the lawn, or how to fix the car. Or having a push up contest with his aunt Sara. He’s a family man.

Before we became “Prep Boys”, we were known as “THE Boys.” Or “the Posse.” They had to put in a “CAUTION CHILDREN AT PLAY” sign up for us! Mostly for Ian. We are boys of summer, always outside making some interesting decision. I mean just last August we thought it was a good idea to hit down a bees nest with a baseball bat, then pour gasoline on it. The summer neighbors were not big fans. I brought the water. Ian brought the baseball bat. And Adam and the newest member of “THE Boys” Alex Ruler brought the gasoline. But Ian was the person gutsiest to knock down the nest. He may have knocked down the bees nest, but Ian can’t get knocked down. The kid never stops; he’ll get up no matter what.

I ask all of you to dedicate prayers, thoughts and hope to this young man, this extraordinary young man whose hard work, love, and kindness has touched the lives of many.

Pray for the best for Ian. What the best is, is at this moment unclear, but regardless the best is what I ask you to pray for, because that is what he deserves.

Privacy, also is what the family asks for, and deserves. But to the whole Prep and Villa community please keep our brightest and our finest on your mind and in your heart.

Pray for someone who has a heart of gold, a mind of excellence, is the definition of what it means to be a Man of Prep, and pray for someone who I will always know as my brother, my fellow Boy of Summer.

Godspeed Ian, Godspeed.


2016 NBA Finals preview

June is here and the NBA Finals are upon us. This year’s NBA Finals bring a rematch from last season as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers go against “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs will be seeking revenge against their new rival after losing to the Warriors last season in six games.

This time around the Cavs look to take vengeance against the Warriors. Last year the Cavs had an unlucky playoff run. The Cavs lost Kevin Love to a dislocated shoulder in the series against the Celtics. Cleveland also lost point guard Kyrie Irving to a knee injury in Game 1 of the Finals. Those injuries left the team’s fate in Lebron James’ hands. Those injuries also allowed some bench players to show the world who they were. Without Irving, the Cavs had Matthew Dellevadova run the point guard position, and he played a big role for the Cavs.

However, the Warriors had a healthy roster and have another healthy roster this year as well. Many are predicting the Warriors to win the title this year again. After all they did have the best regular season record in NBA history with a record of 73-9, and they also have the unanimous MVP on their team, Steph Curry. But I predict that if the Cavs remain healthy and play together as a team they will have a pretty good chance to avenge their loss from last season.

The Rambler reached out to the Prep students to get their opinion on this year’s finals. Adam Lawson, a big time Cleveland sports fan had this to say, “It’s great to see the Cavs go into the Finals two years in a row. Hopefully they bring an end to the championship drought in Cleveland.”

We also reached out to Prep basketball star, junior Jaryn Simpson, to get his opinion on the series. “I honestly believe that this series will go to Game 6 or 7 to determine the NBA Finals Champion,” he said. “In my opinion, I believe that Cleveland will win this time. Every team loves revenge and it is the same matchup as last year. Plus, the Cleveland Cavaliers are healthier this year playing with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Overall, this should be a excellent series to watch.”

This year’s NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 2 at 9 p.m. on ABC. Make sure you tune in to see the best of the best battle for the title.