Thank you, Stan Lee.

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Roughly a decade ago, the first Avengers movie was presented to the whole world. It marked the beginning of a revolutionary quadrilogy for both die hard Marvel fans and general audience.

On the 24th of April this year, the last movie to this beloved franchise was released and many have been left conflicted. Be it a kid or adult, the Avengers has become a go to movie compact with unique storylines that tie with other Marvel movies from the past seven years. Twenty two movies altogether have led up to this three-hour finale.

If you’re a little bit extra, head over to the movie theatre in Aman Hills. You can upgrade to a sofa seat for $15. Pricey indeed, but splurging for a once in a life time Marvel experience like this might be worth it. Especially since it’s Marvel’s longest movie of all time.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets asap and get ready for Avengers: Endgame.

(PS #dontstpoiltheendgame)

Pet Sematary: Sometimes staying dead may be better.

Photo from: http://thehorrorsyndicate.com/2019/04/pet-sematary-2019/

We’ve been blessed with another adaptation of a classic Stephen King novel. But could it perhaps be likened to that of a curse in disguise rather than taken as a blessing? Three of our Equinox members were sent on a mission to watch this newly released horror film and here’s the verdict. (But do take it with a grain of salt.)

The two hour film tells the story of a doctor who relocates to a rural town in Maine with his family. After horrific events ensue, the doctor seeks help from their neighbor who guides them into a hidden cemetery (sematary) deep in the forest by their new home. These actions of theirs happen to unleash an evil that triggers a numerous chain of tragic events.

If you’re a horror film fanatic much like the three of us who went to watch it, this 2019 rendition would barely pass as enough to satisfy your needs. Scoring a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t necessarily good either. Although the movie showcased the great lengths a parent would go to protect their children at its core, it unfortunately lacked in story developments and diversity in suspense. It felt like going down a slide with the wrong pair of pants; With the joy being seen in the excitement felt in climbing up the ladder but having to push yourself down the not so slippery slope. The movie should’ve provided some better pants.

Define Yourself

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To be a part of an audience for a show is truly an amazing and memorable experience. On the 1st and 2nd of March, PTEM Performing Arts once again organized another recital which took place in Dewan Sarmayuda, with this year’s theme being “Define yourself.”

Head of the club Miss Chien stated that the performance this year was a lot more special as the whole event was for charity for the less unfortunate students in PTEM.

A huge number of students, teachers and outsiders attended the show, with many complimenting on how great the production and performers were.

“PTEM Performing Arts never fails to put up a good and enjoyable show,” said the guest of honour, Haji Juma’ata Sonadey bin Haji Mornie. “It’s amazing how the club manages to do this every year.”

When asked which performance was his favourite, the guest of honour took quite some time to answer:

Entah ah, semua jua siuk,” he said, laughing. “But if I really have to choose one, it would be the choral poem. Hilarious and relatable!”

Furthermore, we also managed to interview one of the audience who came from Tutong district. He said he heard the club has been doing original shows and that the whole event was for charity. So he and his wife decided to go for the show despite being unfamiliar with the location. They were pleased to see that it was beyond their expectations.

Put together by the Performing Arts Club, the show is an annual tradition for the school, and this year marked the eighth.

 

UBD PAC’S ARBITRIUM: the show must (and did) go on!

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Two weeks ago, UBD’s Performing Arts Club pulled off a jolly good show indeed!

True to its namesake, the production managed to take control of the audiences’ attention with the spectacle that it was. Revolving around Arya Angelo, a young woman striving for success, and her brother, Michael “Mikey” Angelo, a charismatic bar-owner, are seen to both be under the shackles of Lucy, an eccentric character offering what the siblings don’t have, the freedom to make their own choices. With piercing plot twists and captivating characters, the play managed to get it’s audience on their toes, eager to unravel the play scene by scene. Later, audience can enjoy a meme version of Arbitrium on a Twitter thread:  

Featuring tight schedules composed of vocal, acting, and dance rehearsals, the team managed to pull everything off, despite various trials and tribulations, in only 30 days! (Kudos to you, PAC!)

With so many competition, (with JIS’ High School Musical, Medley House’s When Does Love End?, and Sutera Momento’s No Change Of Colour being some of the few abundant productions showing that weekend), PAC managed to get two nights worth of sold out shows, even though they only had 3 days to promote their show due to late approval from the student council. But even with it seeming like everything was against them, the team managed to hold on and deliver what could only be described as one of the most wonderfully presented productions of the year.

I’m not going to fight your war. I’m going to end it.

Captain Marvel
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As “The Avengers: Endgame” slowly approaches, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be releasing Captain Marvel on the 8th of March. Fans world wide are thrilled for this highly anticipated film as not only will it include possible Easter eggs for the upcoming Avengers movie, but also tells the story of Carol Danvers and how she became one of Marvel’s legendary hero.

Similar to the 2018 box office Black Panther, the first Marvel movie with an African protagonist, Captain Marvel is the first with a female lead.

Marvel is stepping up their game, catching up with DC after their release of Wonder Woman, another hit that highlights how women are equally as powerful as men.

“It is very good for the young girls who will be watching it and also a good message to everyone that even a female can be the main character in any story.”

PTEM’s Literature Play: It Was Lit

10th February 2019
By H.M

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Death and the King’s Horseman has to be one of the most exciting event that has taken place in PTEM up to date. Put together by the students and teachers of English Literature, the play happens only once every two years. So to be part of it, even just to watch, is truly a wonderful experience. Co-director Miss Zuliana stated that this tradition has been around for six years now and that Death and the King’s Horseman is the third production the English literature department has proudly produced by far.

Based on a play they studied as part of their course, Death and the King’s Horseman tells a tale of a man named Elesin who failed to keep his oath thanks to personal and external obstacles, coming in the form of love, reluctance and interference, facing the consequences of his actions. After two months of blood, sweat and tears preparing to ensure a smooth running production, their hard work finally paid off with the fantastic performance.

“I have no father, eater of leftovers.” ~ Olunde, looking down upon his dishonoured father, Elesin Oba.


A huge number of students from Sekolah Menengah Sayidina Ali, Maktab Duli and Pusat Tingkatan Enam Sengkurong attended the play that was held in the school’s lecture hall, with many complimenting on how exceptional the production & actors were, with one example coming from Darwisyah, a student from Sekolah Menengah Rimba II who had this to say:

The play was really well-practised, the casts and crew gave all their best and it was really worth watching! My favorite moments lay in Scene 4’s ball dance and the ending because i love the sequencing that lead to the death of the main character! I am absolutely in awe at the well-spoken dialogue within the play as well!”

Another literature enthusiast, taking ‘A’ Levels in Maktab Duli, who wished only to be known as “The Shakespearean” for the sake of anonymity, gave their thoughts on the play:

“Honestly, the play was phenomenal, especially the actors. You could feel the amount of sacrifice made for the production to be as good as it was. Bob and Amusa are top contenders for ‘favourite character’ as I’m a sucker for comic relief characters, & their facial expressions, movement as well as delivery of lines were far better than what I think most people expected (no offense). Additionally, the little detail of drums playing in the background was a good touch as well. Although, for me the character that stood out was the main protagonist, Elesin. The acting was beyond passionate. From movement, to delivery of lines, expressions & an audible acting voice, he without a doubt ticked the criteria of a good theatre actor. It’s not to say that the other actors didn’t meet this criteria as well, as most of them delivered superbly and brought out the best in the play in their own breathtaking way.

The ending was the one event that I still remember rather vividly, the protagonist killing himself with the prison chains. That one scene really left a mark on me. As a fellow literature student, I saw foreshadowing of the main protagonist’s death coming as the play naturally followed the guideline of a tragedy, yet his suicide still burns brightly in my mind as if it had only just occurred. It was just a stunning spectacle. So kudos to him, the other actors and staff for a surprisingly delightful production. Y’all better get or demand money for this as all of you deserve it.”

With the success of this year’s play, it doesn’t seem like they’re planning on slowing down anytime soon. We look forward to the next one that is sure to be bigger and better!

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