High school newspaper story:

2013 was a successful year in movie and song production. Starting with movies that resulted in tears streaming down the faces of every audience member sitting in the comfortable plush seats of the theatre, as well as action movies that caused girls to nearly break the hand of their date in anxiety. On the radio, catchy pop songs were played in which people everywhere would use their hairbrush as a microphone, or even ballads that blasted through the speakers of every girl going through a breakup. 2013 was a year that potentially increased the quality of movie and music production, and it will only continue to improve.



Disney created yet another group of characters for children to fall in love with when they released the movie “Frozen.” The plot of the story was well organized and easy to follow. From a lovable snowman to an awkward princess the film scored big in the box office, even beating “Toy Story 2.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald would have been proud to see his novel played on the big screen of the cinema. Director Baz Luhrmann recreated Gatsby into something every reader could imagine. Leonardo Dicaprio was casted as the one and only Jay Gatsby. The crazy world of Jay Gatsby and the way his home and spectacular parties in the film made it enjoyable to watch because it became a reality. The green light at the end of Gatsby’s dock stuck out because it played on the screen the same way it played in reader’s minds as they read the story.

Sequels dominated 2013, one being “Iron Man 3.” For the final time, this hero saved the lives of people around the world. The 2 hours and 20 minutes of action and sci-fi showed exactly why there was a third movie in the first place.



Radio stations spent their year constantly changing the top hits list. Ballads such as “Stay” by Rihanna gave girls something to listen to as they stuffed their faces with chocolate, and also hit No. 1 on Pop Songs. “Home” by Phillip Phillips and “Say Something” by the band A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera gave fans some good cover song ideas because of the beautiful phrases and thoughtful lyrics. These songs were not only relatable, but could bring out an emotion in listeners through the soul of the singer’s voices.

2013 was a year full of new alternative songs. “Let her go” by music group Passenger had a different sound than most songs on the radio. Another song featured was “Cups” by Anna Kendrick. This song was unique because of the rhythms the cups made which led to countless Youtube users recreating the song using actual cups.

Feel good songs were also prevalent on the radio as Justin Timberlake released his song “Suit and Tie” and Katy Perry released her song “Roar.” Katy Perry gave independence a good name through the lyrics of “Roar.” The heavy beats and catchy lyrics both of these songs provided made it easy to sing along to while driving to work.

The quality of films and songs produced throughout 2013 is only the beginning of what is to come. Audience members will continue to sit at the edge of their chairs and girls will continue to sing their hearts out to breakup songs, because 2014 will continue to bring success.

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