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The Revenant: A brutally beautiful work of art

The Revenant: A brutally beautiful work of art

By Jacob Jiao

February 5, 2016

O ne of the most brutally authentic movies that I’ve ever seen, “The Revenant” is pure cinema and should be seen by everyone who enjoys a captivating movie. The plot follows Hugh Glass (played by the illustrious Leonardo Dicaprio), who is a member of a hunting party that travels through the ...

Edu-apps: free apps to help students learn and socialize

Edu-apps: free apps to help students learn and socialize

By Yunqi Deng

February 3, 2016

1. Self Control for Study- This smartphone is designed to help reduce the temptation of using certain apps while studying.For a set amount of time, it bans previously selected apps from being used. However, basic phone functions such as calling and texting are still available. It is available on Android,...

Five musicians to watch for in 2016

Five musicians to watch for in 2016

By Carla Gonzalez

February 3, 2016

Catfish and the Bottlemen English alternative rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen is on the verge of something big, destined for notoriety among the likes of Arctic Monkeys and the Kooks. Their sound of their first full-length album “Balcony” has both loyal fans and new listeners eager for their...

Writer’s block

Writer’s block

By Eva Chiu

January 30, 2016

Outside of school life, there are students who spend their free time writing. Casual or professional, veteran or novice, each writer continues to hone their skill for others to read or keep to themselves. Several members of Homestead’s writer community contributed a bit of their story. Jonathan Chi...

The Winter Lodge continues holiday spirit

The Winter Lodge continues holiday spirit

By Tara Sohal

January 30, 2016

Living in the Cupertino area, you’re probably aware of the lack of snow. Accordingly, snow-based activities like skiing or snowboarding aren’t generally an option without having to drive somewhere four hours away. The Winter Lodge, an ice skating rink in Palo Alto that offers open skate sessions fr...

New Freeform show, Shadowhunters, is not living up to the hype

New Freeform show, Shadowhunters, is not living up to the hype

By Yunqi Deng

January 27, 2016

The new television adaptation of “Shadowhunters” is disappointingly preposterous when compared to Cassandra Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” fantasy novels. The show simply cannot compare to the phenomenal cinematography of the movie “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” adapted from the first bo...

Dream on, Coldplay

Dream on, Coldplay

By Michael Huang

January 22, 2016

Coldplay’s seventh album “A Head Full of Dreams” kicks off with a self-titled song that sets the tone for the rest of the album: upbeat, optimistic and happy. Having sold 236,000 copies in its first week and placing just under Adele at no. 2 on UK charts according to Nme.com, the album is the m...

Princess and witch friends

Princess and witch friends

By Eva Chiu

January 12, 2016

T here are a few steps to take to become a princess or witch. First, believe someone called the Headmaster will kidnap you. Then fly in the middle of the night on a skeleton bird. Finally, land in a field of beautiful girls and fairies and magical waves in front of the School for Good and Evil. ...

New ‘Sherlock’ episode more teasing than filling

New ‘Sherlock’ episode more teasing than filling

By Zainab Islam

January 5, 2016

Expecting to find the typical Sherlock mystery and sass displaced into the Victorian Era, I found the Sherlock holiday TV special served much more as an intense but callous tease to the upcoming season. The much anticipated special, Sherlock’s “The Abominable Bride,” aired Jan. 1 on PBS, twice ...

Fallout 4: The biggest hype of the year

Fallout 4: The biggest hype of the year

By Raven Bautista

December 21, 2015

Initial release date: November 10, 2015 Developer: Bethesda Game Studios Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Series: Fallout Designer: Emil Pagliarulo Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows Fallout 4 is an open world, action role-playing game by Bethesda Game Studios, which takes...

The lightsaber to savor

The lightsaber to savor

By Aayush Singh

December 20, 2015

The grip of nostalgia have never been as strong as the grips of the latest Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens.” In its triumphant return to the silver screen, this new episode delivers extremely well on every front and easily outshines the much-deplored Star Wars prequels. Given the anticipat...

‘The Good Dinosaur,’ an even better story

‘The Good Dinosaur,’ an even better story

By Tara Sohal

December 14, 2015

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Following the hit movie “Inside Out,” Pixar has released, for the first time in history, their second film within a year. The intriguing story takes place for what seems like a few million years ahead of the near apocalypse. Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa), an ambivalent ...