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Artist of the Month

Junior Amber Bozella is the Fauquier Falcon Artist of the Month for October. Bozella currently takes Art III with art teacher Rebecca Graham.

Her older sister played a huge role in the inspiration behind her love for art. “My sister used to be an artist, and as a child I loved to watch what she did and replicate the things that she drew,” said Bozella.

When asked what art style she prefers, Bozella said, “I like everything, especially painting.”

Graham said that Bozella is her only student enrolled in her Art III class. This puts her at a higher level than others in the class. “Amber’s strength is doing realisms and very realistic paintings,” said Graham who has high hopes for Bozella and is very proud of the artist that she has become.

By Margret McGee

Joke’s Over

“Joker” is an intense yet utterly brilliant character study which grapples the movie-goer’s attention from start to finish. Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s 1970’s hit Taxi Driver and his 80’s success of “The King of Comedy, Joker” depicts the stark and violent descent into madness of the mentally ill failed clown and stand up comic, Arthur Fleck.

Throughout the movie, it illustrates how a ravenous 70’s esc society can drive a person to the point of violence. Though it’s controversial nature, the movie doesn’t sympathize with one single viewpoint.

Within multiple instances of the movie, the main character goes through serious physical and mental abuses, to which his actions at times seem justifiable. But as his descent into madness deepens as the plot progresses, you begin to feel more and more disgusted as Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker becomes increasingly violent and homicidal.

Going into this film blind I expected nothing less than a mediocre “Taxi Driver” knock off in a drab superhero manner, and leaving the theater, I was thoroughly surprised. With the Oscar worthy performance of Joaquin, the chilling score by Hildur Guðnadóttir, the masterful cinematography and plethora more aspects of this meticulously created film, I was stunned.

The wonderfully written story riddles you with anxiety, unknowing when Arthur will finally snap, and combined with Phoenix’s near perfect performance it will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. Not to mention the satisfaction gained when Joaquin finally puts on the iconic make up, strutting his joker swag dancing around Gotham.

The color grading utilized unique contrasts to set the mood. The pacing of the movie was as smooth as butter.

Everything about this drama thriller just screams movie of the year, and though it remains controversial, it has every right to win at the Academy.

By Vincent Fanelli – Contributor

Maleficent, Still Mistress of Evil

When “Maleficent” came out in 2014, I absolutely fell in love with the film (however, I was also 11-years-old, so it’s not likely that I had a very sound judgment on what makes a good movie). So, when I walked into theaters to see the sequel of one of my childhood favorite movies, I had high expectations, and I was not disappointed.

Maleficent took number one spot on the box office charts within its first week of being released, passing even the famous “Joker,” which spent two weekends on the top after being released for three weeks. This was very surprising considering the popularity of the “Joker.” However, despite mixed reviews, Maleficent definitely deserved a moment in the spotlight.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” picks up several years after the first movie. Aurora (Elle Fanning) reigns over the moors with Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) by her side. However, their happily-ever-after is tested when Aurora is proposed to by Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) and talks of union between the humans and the fay arise.

One of the main things that amazed me right away in this film was the amazing cinematography. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” blew the first film out of the water when it comes to graphic. Everything within the film was so incredibly detailed down to all the big and little moor creatures to Maleficent’s giant wings. Every scene was so vibrant and beautiful that the characters seemed to popped off the screen. It was mesmerizing, and I was shaking in my seat almost the whole time out of sheer amazement.

Despite negative reviews on the plotline of the film, I thought the storyline contained a perfect balance of conflict, emotion, comedy and deep messages. No screen time went to waste with this movies as each piece contributed to the film in it’s own way.

I loved Angeline Jolie as Maleficent in “Maleficent,” and I loved her even more in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” Her portrayal of Maleficent is one of the best I have ever seen. Every mannerism and tone of voice fit perfectly with Maleficent’s complex character. There is a particular scene where Maleficent is learning how to be polite and smile and it’s absolutely hilarious to watch. Jolie incorporated Maleficent’s comedy, sarcasm, kindness and seriousness all into this one scene which is one of the things that made it so great. This is just one of the many scenes where Jolie’s acting impressed me beyond belief, and I can’t imagine anyone better suited for the role.

Elle Fanning as Aurora adds a youthful tone to the film and provides a beautiful juxtaposition to Maleficent’s darker character. Like Jolie, Fanning’s portrayal of Aurora matches the naive, kind Aurora we all know and love in the 1959 film. However, she adds her own spark to the role that adds so much more depth to the character and changes the animated version for the better.

At this point, I have come across so many bad reviews of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” but none of them changed my mind about the movie. I absolutely loved every aspect of the film and no one can change my mind about it. Although it had its flaws, none of them could cover up the grand magnificence this film was. If you ever get the time, I would definitely check out the movie in the theatre, it’s well worth it.

By Rachel Singleton – Editor-in-Chief

Haunted Spots

The Hauntings of the Old Jail

The “Old Jail” can be found at the entrance to Main Street. It is the longest, continuously used jail in Virginia with 150 years of history. However, with all this history comes many paranormal phenomena.

The sanitary conditions in 1808 were not very adequate. This jail was not one you wanted to end up at because of many deaths because of illnesses, fights and other conditions. These deaths result in ghost haunting the jail to this day.

These ghosts may be inmates or the jailer’s children. Several children died of scarlet fever in the jail. The former director had many instances where she heard children laughing, and when she went to see where they were, no one was there. Her hair or shirt was often tugged every once in awhile.

When director Erin Clark took over, she also heard children laughing. Another incident occurred when she brought a brass door knob and placed it on her desk. While working, she would hear a dinging noise, as if someone was flicking the knob. Eventually, the noise stopped.

Another incident occurred when a painter came into the “Old Jail” to fix up the walls. He heard what sounded like a child running down the hallway. He went to check where the noise was coming from, but the hallway was vacant, so he continued working.

That night, before he left, the painter said, “Alright Josie, I’ll see you in the morning.” The next morning, when he found a child-sized footprint imprinted on the wall. However, “it was painted over, so we do not have proof of this,” said Clark.

There are a few well-known ghosts at the “Old Jail” that are continuously communicating with staff there. Josie, one of the jailer’s three daughters who passed away, is one of them.

Another goes by Mr. McGee, a man who lived in the Delaplane area and struggled with dementia. The court records report that he thought people were trying to take his house, so he burned his house with himself inside. He survived, however, he was brought to jail for arson and suicide attempts with severe burns. Eventually, he caught pneumonia and passed away in the jail.

10 years later, a woman was arrested and placed in the same jail room. In court, the judge asked if anyone visited her during her stay. She said no, however, every night a man with a white beard would come into the cell and try to steal her blankets.

Peach Shirley was the jailer at the time. When he heard this story, his first thought was that the description fit Mr. McGee. To this day, the lights will flicker on and off. “We’ve had paranormal groups come in, and they get lots of readings,” said Clark. “In this room, when they pull out cigarettes or alcohol the meters will go crazy.”

Hauntings on the Warrenton Streets

Gustavus Richard Brown Horner was known as the best doctor in Warrenton in the late 1700s. However, in 1795, Horner would receive patients who would later never be seen again, at least not alive.

When Horner’s son mysteriously died, the height of the suspicion was enough to ensure an investigation. Many rumors and accusations were heard, but eventually, his assistant told the truth. Horner was poisoning his patients.

Unexpectedly, all the charges were dropped. Nothing became of the situation, and that was the last that was heard of Horner. But to this day, his patients have been spotted haunting the street named after him.

There is another ghost who haunts 305 Falmouth Street. Elizabeth Hutton was a spinster who died in 1991. She lived in a house that was built in 1885 by Hutton’s parents.

Towards the end of her life, she lived on the second floor while she sold the house to Warrenton residents. The owners in 1998 took a photo when they bought the home. In the background you can see an image in the mirror, thought to be Hutton.

The owners did not notice a ghost until they went to the second floor. There, many unexplained things occurred, one being a coffee cup which appeared to be thrown off the mantle when the owner went to paint. The owner then believed Hutton left, but some beleive she is still connected to the house.

Spirits of the Post Office and Bike Shop

Two spirits have been sighted in Warrenton at the post office and what is now the bike shop in Old Town.

A Civil War soldier has been spotted on many occasions and even mistaken as a reenactment actor.

The post office building was originally an army recruiting base in the 20th century. The first known sighting was in the early 2000s. An employee working a late shift in the building across the street spotted the man pacing back and forth near the steps outside the post office.

After a few minutes, the man dressed in an old-fashioned uniform ran up the stairs into the building. The employee across the street went over to check on the man. When he entered the building it was empty. He later learned that the post office had been closed for many hours by that time.

The legend states that the man continues to wait for his orders outside the recruiting office.

The Authur Jeffries, the second individual, has been sighted at what is now the bike shop on Main Street. He was a man of the community who passed away years back. His family owns a farm in the country.

One day, a lady walked passed and saw him on the stairs. She stopped to talk to the elderly man, learning his name. After this encounter, she learned Jeffries had passed away 10 weeks ago. His daughter says he’s been seen multiple times and will have conversations with people.

Compiled by Catherine Smith – Student Life Editor

Fashion Spotlight

Mikey Goultry

Sophomore

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I guess I would describe it as pretty alternative like jeans, a band t-shirt, and the chains.

Q: What stores do you like to shop at?
A: I like online shopping so like Amazon is really great for the band t-shirts and Hollister for the jeans.

Q: Is there a trend going around that you personally like, and would like to wear as one of your everyday outfits?
A: I feel like my style is pretty much its own and I kind of just put it together myself and like to wear that.

Q: What’s one trend going around that you don’t like?
A: Mom jeans

Q: If you could pick a go-to outfit, what would it be?
A: It would be what I’m wearing right now so probably black jeans, band t-shirt, and some chains.

Q: Where do you get your style inspirations from?
A: From social media like Instagram

Food Spots in Fauquier County

Frost Diner

photo by Sonya Hopkins

Sitting next to the Shell gas station, Frost Diner can be easily spotted while driving down the road but overlooked by many. However, their food and the easy-going vibe is worth the visit.

Frost diner is as ‘1950s’ as it can get, from the food to its metallic exterior to the jukeboxes that sit on each table.

Their food is traditional diner food complete with breakfast, lunch and dinner options available to be ordered all day long. They may only accept cash but this is easily solved with an ATM located in the foyer. My favorite part about eating here is that you get more bang for your buck. With plentiful serving sizes, you will leave full and not broke. Most of your food is made in front of you on a large griddle, Waffle House style. Their large and highly customizable menu will satisfy any craving.

My favorite meal is the cheeseburger and fries. Their laid back vibe allows you to relax and enjoy your food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Frost Diner is the perfect place to hang out with your friends after school and enjoy a wholesome meal.

Sibby’s

photo provided by George Jolley

Sibby’s is a barbeque at its finest. Owners, George & Sylvia Jolley have been catering BBQ for twenty years. Named after Slyvia’s childhood nickname, this restaurant is located right off Main Street, Warrenton.

Although Sibby’s may be known for their barbeque, they also serve other dishes. Sibby’s is also known for their delicious sides including fries, coleslaw, and mac and cheese. Additionally, they offer a variety of soups, salads, subs, and sandwiches.

Chicken, pork, brisket and ribs to name a few are all offered at a reasonable price. Dishes range from $6 to $22 multiple person entrees. Sibby’s barbeque sauces are homemade and a great addition to any dish. Smaller portions are available for children and dessert options include ice-cream and bread pudding.

This local, family-friendly restaurant is always there to support the community by catering to all needs. Sibby’s slogan is true to its word, “BBQ will still be the flavor of the week but Sibby’s will offer a wide range of foods sure to test your taste buds. Not only will you find incredible homemade food but also a place to unwind with upcoming live entertainment.” If you’re traveling down Main Street and looking for a bite to eat, check out Sibby’s for a perfect dish.

Marshall Diner

photo by Rachel Singleton

If you’re looking for a cozy, traditional place to eat, Marshall Diner is the place to be. Marshall Diner is located on West Main Street in Marshall. The diner prepares meals from breakfast through dinner and serves a wide variety of home-cooked American style food.

Not only is their food appetizing, but it is also inexpensive. Based on their menu, it is fairly inexpensive to eat their. The majority of their dishes range from three dollars to eight dollars. Only a few items are over this price range, you can splurge on the most expensive meal, the Tender New York Steak priced at $16.95.

Another characteristic I love about this restaurant is that it serves breakfast all day. Whenever I wake up late on the weekend, I am disappointed by the limited amount of breakfast restaurants available to me. However, I can count on Marshall Diner to have a fresh waffle until noon.

Although it may not be the flashiest place to stop for a meal, the diner provides a warm environment that makes you feel comfortable and welcomed. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and the locals who gather at the restaurant are very kind as well.

Marshall Diner is definitely an underrated restaurant in Marshall, and I would pick this diner over Cracker Barrel any day.

China Jade

photo by Rachel Singleton

China Jade is the perfect place to go when you feel like having a relaxing meal with a couple of friends or family. From the exterior, the restaurant may not look like much but China Jade’s interior is absolutely beautiful. The unique environment is quiet and peaceful. The eating area is decorated with floral arrangements, the tables are set up nicely in preparation for the next customer and the overall color scheme matches very well with splashes of dark reds and browns.

All of the staff are very sweet. I’ve been going to China Jade ever since I was little, and the workers have always had a smile on their face. It genuinely seems like they are happy to serve you, providing you a warm environment to dine in.

I can’t talk about China Jade without talking about the food. The restaurant serves delicious, well-seasoned food for a cheap price. While some items can be pricier, most of the dishes range from $5 to $12.

Honestly, the food is so good , I don’t even know what to choose when I come in. That’s why it’s great that China Jade also has a buffet available that contains small servings of the food offered on the menu. Whenever I’m feeling indecisive, I can always count on trying new things with the buffet

China Jade is the place to be if you want to go somewhere calm and classy for a meal, so, visit China Jade in the Waterloo Shopping Center when you get the chance.

Reviews by Nayeli Arellano, Catherine Smith, and Rachel Singleton

IT, Chapter 2, A Horror?

Pennywise, the clown, returns for the much-anticipated three-hour-long sequel It: Chapter 2. The Losers return to Derry, Maine after 27 years to put an end to their childhood tormentor, Pennywise, a cannibalistic clown responsible for the death of hundreds of children. Throughout the film, they have to face past traumas, and the audience has the opportunity to divulge deeper into their adult psyche.

The casting was excellent in my opinion. The adult characters fit perfectly with their younger counterparts down to their looks and demeanor. The last time I watched It was in 2017, and I could still connect the characters between this movie and the last within the first few scenes. Even minor characters were very well developed, I cared for their well being even if I was first introduced to them 20 minutes ago. There were plenty of parts that made me want to cover my eyes out of sheer frustration, saying to myself, “please don’t let her die.” I was constantly invested in these characters’ lives.

However, some characters were so underused and flat that I feel they could’ve done without them and still have a great movie. For example, Henry Bowers, the bully with the mullet, returns but his character was underused and he almost seemed out of place. His only function was to act as a minor setback for the main characters.
Psychological factors played a big role in the film, and this definitely strengthened the story. You watched the Losers deal with their past traumas. Rather it be in a healthy or unhealthy way, it showed the diversity of their minds.

Book fanatics mustn’t worry because the film is almost perfectly true to the book. However, this weakened the scare factor in my opinion. At many times the monsters that were depicted in the book weren’t as scary on screen. I’m not a tech nerd, so I can’t really say anything regarding how great the CGI was. But for me, the monsters were responsible for how unfrightening it the movie was. It felt too fake to me to actually induce fear.

Because these monsters were so unscary, they almost felt comical at some points or left me bewildered whispering “what?” I caught myself laughing when I wasn’t supposed to be laughing because of how absurd some of the monsters were. The scariest parts were more disturbing and gory rather than some CGI Paul Bunyon (spoiler alert, sorry). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a scary movie. It’s a really scary movie to be more exact. However, it could be scarier if it wasn’t for those select issues.

Comedy really saved this film. I don’t remember laughing this much in any other horror movie. The characters, especially Richie, were rich in humor and constantly kept me laughing. Comic relief was expertly sprinkled throughout this film even in the most inappropriate of situations.

But enough of my rambling, It: Chapter 2 was a decent movie. It certainly wasn’t the best scary movie, and it certainly wasn’t as great as It. However, it provided some good scares, and it made me laugh a lot.

By Nayeli Arellano- News Editor