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Behind the scenes of “The Servant of Two Masters”

Behind the scenes of “The Servant of Two Masters”

By Avalon Allen and Zachary Hayes

October 11, 2017


Filed under Avalon Allen, Entertainment

T he Drama department performs many plays each year, and their next one is right around the corner. Written by Carlo Goldoni in 1746, “The Servant of two Masters” is a classic comedy that recounts the events of a particularly hungry servant, Truffaldino. The servant finds himself in an awkward predi...

Horror movie roundup

By Avalon Allen and Luka Maeda

October 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Luka Maeda, Movies

Muschietti makes a riveting adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel   Amazing acting and incredible visuals define this popular horror film As many know, “It” was originally created by the popular horror novelist Stephen King in 1986. The plot was centered on a group of outcasted ch...

Listen to the entire album and you’ll see why

By Indira Cockerill

May 19, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music

While having heard a song on the radio, you could say it was love at first song. Then as the weeks go on, replaying the song one too many time, it grows stale and I unlimitedly become bored of the song which I had once loved. While in the moment it’s satisfying, the listener is missing out on many ot...

Great America is great again

By Skylar Cunniff and Rachel Hildebrand

May 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

California’s Great America amusement park has been a big attraction in the Bay Area for years, but recent improvements have made it better than ever.  The largest wooden roller coaster in Northern California, the Gold Striker, opened in 2013 and the new roller coaster Patriot replaced the Vortex thi...

Stars on Ice offers talent, excitement

By Rachel Hildebrand

May 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

L ast Friday some of the biggest stars in figure skating descended on the SAP Center for the Stars on Ice show. It consisted of jumps, beautiful costumes and immense talent. Going in, I was most excited about seeing 17-year-old Nathan Chen, this year’s mens national champion and America...

The Reel: Why “The Lion King” is the greatest animated film of all time

The Reel: Why “The Lion King” is the greatest animated film of all time

By Mark Lu

May 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies

My all-time favorite movie (yes, my favorite movie ever) is the 1994 Disney animation and now-classic “The Lion King,” written by Irene Mecchi & Jonathan Roberts and directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, with an iconic score by Hans Zimmer & Elton John. “The Lion King” featu...

Fate decided, it’s horrible

Fate decided, it’s horrible

By Daniel Chung

April 25, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Muscle cars, sexy women and exotic locations is not a movie. “The Fate of the Furious” is the newest film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The film, unlike its predecessors, fails to entertain the audience. The film is the first film to not star Paul Walker,the series hero Brian O’C...

The search is over

The search is over

By Katie Snell

April 22, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music

Unlike some of his older, optimistic and playful music, John Mayer’s new album “The Search for Everything” is brutally honest about the pain of heartbreak. Even the melancholy expression on Mayer’s face in the cover album art expresses his struggle to find happiness through love. Some of the...

The Reel: Poetic storytelling should not be celebrated for being poetic

The Reel: Poetic storytelling should not be celebrated for being poetic

By Mark Lu

April 20, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies

A while ago, I saw “Moonlight,” a film that I commended for its screenplay craftsmanship in another column. Despite being ambitious and beautifully-shot, it lacks the essential quality of entertainment: substance. Of course, it conveys principles much needed for today’s changing times, but would it have hurt at all to add a visible storyline? I loved “Moonlight.” But as I watched it with my famil...

‘Strange the Dreamer’ is strangely mesmerizing

‘Strange the Dreamer’ is strangely mesmerizing

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

April 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Purple prose — the practice of adding unnecessarily elaborate, embellished, superfluous, intricate and detailed descriptions into one’s writing — is generally looked down upon. But author Laini Taylor makes the seemingly unnecessary beautifully necessary in her novel “Strange the Dreamer.” ...

‘Ghost in the Shell:’ a hollow adaptation

‘Ghost in the Shell:’ a hollow adaptation

By Manfred Lau

April 11, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies

I never particularly liked the original Ghost in the Shell - the 1995 anime movie directed by Mamoru Oshii. It didn’t immediately blow my mind. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by 21st century visuals. It could have been the dense political intrigue, or the (literally) drawn-out shots of random city scenery. But...

’13 Reasons Why’ is soulful, clichéd

’13 Reasons Why’ is soulful, clichéd

By Desmond Kamas

April 11, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

“13 Reasons Why” is a complicated show. In the new Netflix series, high schooler Clay Jensen receives a package of 13 cassette tapes, which he discovers are the last recordings of Hannah Baker, a student who recently committed suicide. Each tape describes a person at the school, including Clay, a...