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The Reel: “Shrek” and the genius in satirical filmmaking

The Reel: “Shrek” and the genius in satirical filmmaking

By Mark Lu, Columnist

December 8, 2016

Let me ask you a question: What is your favorite animated film? If it’s from the 21st century, then you have a certain movie to thank. The masterpiece of modern-day animation is the first “Shrek” film due to its audacious portrayal of the polar principles expressed by fairy tales and their pe...

The Reel: How film studios suppress creativity

The Reel: How film studios suppress creativity

By Mark Lu, Columnist

December 4, 2016

Okay, so you’ve seen “Suicide Squad.” You’ve probably seen 2015’s “Fantastic Four as well.” You might have even seen “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” You probably saw it in theaters, at home or even illegally. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered, “What happened? Why a...

No Potter? No problem!

No Potter? No problem!

By Elinda Xiao

December 1, 2016

N ov. 18. The prophesied day. The day that Potterheads had waited for anxiously, with baited breaths and clutched House scarves. The day would bring forth a new movie from the Harry Potter universe, but with a twist. Because of its setting—1926 in New York—this is the first Harry Potter story wit...

A sophisticated message deepened by roots

A sophisticated message deepened by roots

By Indira Cockerill

December 1, 2016

"A nd the battle with us. I know that black lives matter and they matter to us, These are the things we gotta discuss.” Common’s latest album, Black America Again, made its debut on Nov. 4, 2016. This is his eleventh studio album, which is not only impressive, but also a hit. It is not just an...

“The Edge of Seventeen”: the most heartfelt comedy of the decade

“The Edge of Seventeen”: the most heartfelt comedy of the decade

By Mark Lu

November 22, 2016

So, the other Sunday I woke up at around 6:30-ish to eat breakfast, which consisted of four bowls of Cocoa Pebbles. A couple hours later, I blew a college interview by yawning during a story told by the interviewer. On the bus ride home, I received an email from my club officer superiors criticizing my abi...

The girl no longer on fire

The girl no longer on fire

By Claire Torii

November 8, 2016

HERE has definitely been one of the most highly anticipated R&B albums of the year. Which is which is why much to my surprise, it was mostly a giant flop. Keys essentially acted as her own hype man all over her social media, especially Instagram, promoting and teasing fans with lyrics and track titles...

22, A Million — a smash success

22, A Million — a smash success

By Elizabeth Cook

November 3, 2016

W ith their long-awaited third album, 22, A Million, Bon Iver reaches a new level of experimentation, shattering the stereotype of folk-indie bands. This album, released five years after their previous album titled Bon Iver, presents a completely new sound than the typical, mellow ballads associated w...

Pentatonix rocks their first performance back in the U.S

Pentatonix rocks their first performance back in the U.S

By Raven Bautista

November 3, 2016

O n their fifth leg, Pentatonix came to San Jose SAP Center for their first performance back in North America on Oct. 17, 2016. Opening the stage, “Us the Duo” set was well performed, interactive with the audience and set the mood for the concert for the first half hour. “Us the Duo” also...

Peculiar in the wrong sense

Peculiar in the wrong sense

By Gabriella Mrozowski

November 3, 2016

T im Burton is a genius of sorts as a director for movies labeled “creepy,” “chilling” or “eccentric.” So, it came to no surprise that Renaissance Man of movies was chosen to direct the movie adaption of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. The book has g...

Know It All

Know It All

By Ryan Ng Newman

November 3, 2016

A lessia Cara is a 20 year old Canadian pop and R&B artist from Brampton, Ontario. The singer and songwriter recently released her debut album, “Know It All” on November 13, 2015 following her EP “Four Pink Walls” that same year. With tracks like “Four Pink Walls,” “Wild Things” ...

Scary movie not so scary

Scary movie not so scary

November 3, 2016

Boo! A Madea Halloween, is a funny Halloween special without any scary events. The characters in this movie were different from other Madea movies. However, Madea, her brother and her friends were the same it was released on Oct. 20. The movie mainly focused on how Halloween is the devil’s holid...

Haunted house’s potential not met

Haunted house’s potential not met

By Tara Sohal

November 1, 2016

Screams echoed around and continued to ring through my ears as I took my first steps into the auditorium, the only light visible coming from the stage ahead. The Drama club held their annual haunted house in the auditorium on Oct. 31 at lunch. There was an entrance fee of $5, and each group was ...