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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

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

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

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

“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...

A Club Penguin Childhood

A Club Penguin Childhood

By Elinda Xiao

April 7, 2017

I  remember what I used to do in my elementary school summers, during those rare windows of free time. My mom would allow me thirty whole minutes of computer time, and I wouldn’t waste a second of it, dashing to the clunky family laptop as fast I as could go, waiting impatiently as my mom entered the pas...

Figure skating stars to visit SAP center

Figure skating stars to visit SAP center

By Rachel Hildebrand

April 6, 2017

Next month some of the best skaters in the country will meet in San Jose for Stars on Ice, a tour including some of America’s brightest prospects for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Nathan Chen and Karen Chen, no relation, are some of the highlights of the tour. Nathan has set the ba...

“CHiPs:” a crime of a movie

“CHiPs:” a crime of a movie

By Skylar Cunniff

April 4, 2017

The police comedy, action movie Chips that came out on Mar. 24 was a modern comedy based off of an older TV show. Dax Shepard wrote, directed and starred in the movie as the main character Jon Baker. Michael Pena acted as the other main character, Frank "Ponch" Poncherello. The two characters played off of...

NAV’s debut project disappoints

NAV’s debut project disappoints

By Elizabeth Cook

March 30, 2017

T he latest addition to the XO label, NAV, released his eponymous project in late February. However, the project fell short of all expectations, comprising of empty lyrics and the same, monotonous message: glorifying drugs and demoralizing women. Despite the promising beats, piano interludes and a f...

Underground duo Tennis destroys expectations

Underground duo Tennis destroys expectations

By Claire Torii

March 30, 2017

Tennis? You mean the sport? How do you listen to a sport? Do they double-fault? Most haven't heard of the native Coloradans married duo Tennis, comprised of Alaina Moore, the curly haired subject of all five of their album covers and the lead singer, and Patrick Riley, the captivating guitar play...

Bebe Rexha’s new EP leaves you wanting more

Bebe Rexha’s new EP leaves you wanting more

By Noor Baig

March 27, 2017

With the weather getting warmer and senioritis kicking in, I have been itching for my favorite badass female artists to release an album with some on-repeat-all-summer quality tracks. I didn’t get a full album – yet -- but I got a six-song EP, “It’s All Your Fault: Part 1” by Bebe Rexha,...

Sheeran’s “Divide” is best work yet

Sheeran’s “Divide” is best work yet

By Katie Snell

March 15, 2017

Ed Sheeran’s hit single “Shape of You “ is currently Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs and has held a spot for the past eight weeks. His third full-length studio album “Divide,” which includes “Shape of You,” was released Fri., March 3. To put it simply: this album is incre...

King Kong is back, and he’s definitely worth your money

King Kong is back, and he’s definitely worth your money

By Mark Lu

March 13, 2017

The first film ever about a giant gorilla batting angrily at aircraft first came out in 1933. Since then, along with the Japanese monster Godzilla, King Kong has been an icon in film history, revolutionizing, if not setting off, the long string of giant monster films that would ultimately follow it. ...