How does a ragtag voluntold bunch of students in no need of homework somehow learn all there is to know about movies? How do they receive in-depth reviews of all the classics? And possibly, even modern ones? Yo, turns out they have a soundtrack-loving sophomore, a student critic you know and love who’s unafraid to review. He’s constantly predictin’and analyzin’ all the year’s movies. Ev’ryone, give it up for TPS’ favorite movie critic student! ETHAN TANG!
Ethan Tang, this year’s Film Columnist, was born on August 6, 2001 in Connecticut, but currently resides in Massachusetts with his family, including five siblings and lots and lots of fish. Ethan returns for his third year of clay (the rechristened The Cracked Pot). Along with writing for the clay, Ethan begins his fifth year of TPS, taking the classes of Chinese 2 and English 4/5: Western Literature and Composition and AP US History.
While he lists Eminem, John Williams, and Michael Giacchino among his favorite musical artists, Ethan says he prefers to not “go by song artists but by good songs.” In general, however, he loves movie soundtracks and scores in general, with some rap and classical on the side. When asked about his favorite movie, the first thing Ethan replied with was “Oh goodness, this is tough” which honestly makes sense, as his column reviews all sorts of good movies. However, Ethan finally settled on Lawrence of Arabia, La La Land, A Man Called Ove, Amadeus, and West Side Story as his current favorites.
Ethan, an ISFJ, says his three strengths are music, loyalty, and honesty, which, having met him in person and talked to him repeatedly, I can attest to. His skills on the piano are amazing for his age, even allowing for his nine years of experience. At TPS Summer Camp this past summer (which is among his favorite memories, as he was able to meet a lot of the people he talked to online), while he had a little bit of free time, Ethan proceeded to play Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 2 No. 1 Prestissimo from memory prompting us other campers to make sure he “only” had five fingers on each hand (he does).
Ethan says, although his favorite book of the Bible is Exodus, his favorite verse is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, the series of verses about the time for everything (birth, death, killing, healing, etc.). Related to time is his dream superpower: controlling it. If he could control time, Ethan would freeze time, finish all his homework, and then do whatever he wanted for the rest of the day: a dream many a student probably wishes could happen.
Ethan’s honesty will come in handy as he tackles the film column once again. While most people may be prejudiced to think various movies are good or bad, Ethan will be able to pick out various details and form an honest opinion the audience can appreciate. From his honest view of things to his love of movies (soundtracks included), Ethan Tang will entertain an audience looking for movies, classical or modern, to share with their friends and family.