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“Logan,” an overrated, misguided Western, fails to make up for a flimsy plotline

“Logan,” an overrated, misguided Western, fails to make up for a flimsy plotline

By Mark Lu

March 13, 2017

Yes, that’s right. I did not enjoy “Logan.” It’s actually not that terrible of a movie. The action sequences are well executed and Hugh Jackman did an excellent job portraying a mentally-wounded warrior with many scars, as did Patrick Stewart with Professor X. Newcomer Dafne Keen impresses a...

Teenage story reveals hidden life messages

Teenage story reveals hidden life messages

By Hana Baig

March 13, 2017

The face of a worried girl fills the big screen, and everyone is silent. The people’s heartbeats quicken as the audience grows tense. We see the face of this girl wake up to the same day over and over. Everyone waits on the edge of their seats, anxious to see what the girl will do. This was the eff...

The Reel: Tension

The Reel: Tension

By Mark Lu

March 6, 2017

Any sort of on-screen entertainment must invoke emotion in the viewer. Sadness, happiness, anger, pity, laughter, the invocation of emotion is pretty much the definition of entertainment. In order to maximize the extent of this emotion, movies need to employ plot development or character developme...

The Bye Bye Man disappoints

The Bye Bye Man disappoints

February 28, 2017

R eleased on Jan. 13, 2017, The Bye Bye Man follows the story of three friends who discover the legend of a man to is capable of very malicious acts.   Elliot (Douglas Smith), John (Lucien Laviscount) and Sasha (Cressida Bonas) are all college students and have recently moved into an old house off-campus. ...

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

By Mark Lu

February 25, 2017

The Academy Awards is made up of 6,687 members who vote every year on the best movie of the year, through a weird voting style called “instant-runoff voting” in which voters rank the nominations in the order in which they enjoyed each one. This is a much more complicated process that seeks to choose a ...

Not as out-of-this-world as expected

Not as out-of-this-world as expected

By Tara Sohal

February 13, 2017

A boy who was born and raised on the red planet gleefully eating a Mars chocolate bar is not the only quip that sticks in your mind after watching, “The Space Between Us.” The sci-fi romance film teens across the country have been waiting for was finally released on February 3. The movi...

The Reel: A beaut. And fin.

The Reel: A beaut. And fin.

By Mark Lu, Columnist

February 10, 2017

You’ve probably seen a good film before. Did you enjoy it for its visuals or story? It probably depends, right? For example, “Fantasia” (2000) is purely based off of visual stimulation and how the narrative of the music correlates with the implications of what’s on the screen. Others like “T...

Veronica Roth’s latest book barely makes its mark

By Era Goel, Reporter

February 6, 2017

V eronica Roth’s long awaited first novel in her upcoming duology was released on Jan. 17. The book is written from the perspective of two characters, Akos Kereseth and Cyra Noavek, and takes place in a universe where certain individuals are born with “fates” or special powers, as deemed by the pl...

Jazz: a conversation

Jazz: a conversation

By Elizabeth Cook

February 3, 2017

Though jazz music initially made headlines in the Roaring ‘20s, its origin traces to the era of slavery, representing a rich history of rebellion, culture, freedom and most importantly, conversation. “Jazz allows you to communicate and understand way below and above speech,” senior Matei Predescu sai...

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

The Reel: 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

By Mark Lu, Columnist

January 30, 2017

On Monday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. Oscars are more than just golden statues; they represent the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work, creativity, ingenuity and talent. The ...

New album surpasses expectations

New album surpasses expectations

By Franklin Ngai

January 25, 2017

E ver since his first album release in 2007, “The Come Up,” J Cole has continued to show success through his music. Cole signed with Hip Hop star Jay Z’s Roc Nation in 2009, and later released two more albums “Born Sinner” in 2013 and “2014 Forest Hills Drive” in 2014. On Dec. 9, 2...