Arts + Entertainment
by: Matthew Ruiz
When watching a Romance Movie naturally they end in Matrimony, but what about a Movie that begins with a Marriage ending.
When watching Noah Baumbach’s New film “Marriage Story” Starring Scarlett Johansson as Nicole and Adam Driver as Charlie, it’s intense to see their marriage falling apart. It’s a tear jerker, frustrating, and funny film at times the plot jumps around and shows the audience the realism and heartbreaks of families going through a divorce.
Nicole and Charlie are a very active couple who together have an eight year old child named Henry played by Azhy Robertson. They live in Brooklyn and both work in Charlie’s Film Theater. Nicole is a former Hollywood star, she’s very brave, competitive, infectious, and full of love. Charlie is a Director/Actor who’s a persistent man, self Sufficient, and a very good cook. As the film opens we see how each partner describes the other and we learn just who each of them are and what their internal feelings are before anything happens.
What follows is rage and awkwardness between them. Happiness is a very inexpressible and a very special privilege to have within a family. When they split, they find a new look for themselves with Nicole finding her own path in going back to Los Angeles and doing her own acting there. Charlie on the other hand stays in Brooklyn, but he will soon be traveling back and forth from New York to Los Angeles. The aftermath shows the misery of getting a divorce, the Lawyers. Nicole and Charlie become pawns in a drama filled divorce case neither want to be in.
Nicole goes with a very successful and well known LA Lawyer named “Nora”, who’s a published author and Lawyer. Charlie is stuck between two lawyers who want to crush Nicole and her lawyer in getting custody over Henry, while the other wants to go the safe route. If Charlie wants custody of Henry he needs to “Change the Narrative” and move the case to New York.
by: Joshua Lucero
Marking the end to a 40-year story arc that the world fell in love with, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released on December 20, 2019. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars series, was the sole creative director for the forever beloved, Episodes I-VI before selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. Episodes I-III showed who the chosen one was prior to his fall to the dark side. The fan base was able to get to know Anakin Skywalker as a Jedi Knight versus his role in episodes IV-VI as Darth Vader.
Since Disney bought the franchise in 2012, the series has become nothing more, but simply a dollar sign to them. Episode VII gives followers a decent backstory for the new main characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega). The Trilogy first introduced to us with the main character Rey (Daisy Ridley), who is a force sensitive scavenger. She was abandoned as a young child, on a desert planet and was forced to live her life with no explanation of what she came from.
Episode IX is the final episode of the Skywalker legacy. This film is a prime example of what happens when money takes over a well-oiled franchise. The last episode of the Trilogy shows how Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is torn between the dark and light side. His goal is to find the sith planet Exegol and once he locates the planet he discovers Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who has been pulling all the strings from behind the curtains since Episode VII. When Kylo found this planet he swore his allegiance to the dead Palpatine and would go on a mission to find Rey and kill her to solidify his role in Palpatine’s empire. On this planet Palptine had a massive army of Imperial Star Destroyers that he commands at will. Kylo sets out to find Rey and kill her to be part of Palpatine’s rule. They eventually encounter each other and have a fight similar to the one from Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, which takes place on the Death Star ruins. During the fight Kylo’s mother, Leia, reaches out to him one last time before she dies. He gets distracted and Rey stabs him and escapes with Kylo’s ship to the planet Ahch-to. Kylo then gets persuaded back to the light by his father’s essence.
Rey, now on her own, seeks to find out who her family… who she really is. During the midpoint of the movie she discovered she is of the Palpatine bloodline, the grand daughter of Darth Sidious. Further into the Episode, Rey and Kylo, who was turned to the light, with the help of the Resistance fleet, attack Exegol. During the siege on Exegol, the Resistance, in addition to the ships rallied by Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), fight Palpatine’s army head to head. While the Resistance is holding the fight in the air, Rey and Kylo fight Palpatine and ultimately win with the cost being Kylo’s life. The film concludes with Rey burying Luke and Leia’s lightsabers.
by Timothy Levine, Executive Editor
With the Oscar Nominations being released this last Monday, the buzz for the Academy Awards has gone into full swing with as much excitement as there is controversy.
One of the biggest disappointments of the nominations is that there is not a single woman nominated in the Best Director category. With the Golden Globes having the same outcome in their nominations for this category, I did not anticipate the Oscars to follow suit. While I’m impressed with the current field and feel that none of the nominees are undeserving, there were many great female directors this past year in Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), and Lulu Wang (The Farewell), just to name a few.
Another problem I personally had of the nominations was the complete shut out of Uncut Gems from any of the categories. While I found this movie to be quite polarizing in opinions, I thought it was one of the best films of the year and deserving of some recognition. I especially feel bad for Adam Sandler, who is not normally known for Oscar-worthy performances but delivered the best performance of his career and one of the best performances of the year in general. FULL STORY
by Ryan Tavera
In 2007, developer Infinity Ward changed the video game industry for years to come and sparked an extensive amount of shooter games to be released, namely Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game exploded in popularity and was what many considered the glory days of the Call Of Duty franchise.
In recent years, however, the franchise has begun to take a dip in quality and originality. The majority of fans are simply not as excited for the new games as they used to be. This year Call Of Duty returns to its “modern roots” with a reboot that many are considering the franchise’s greatest moment.
Call of Duty is a military first-person shooter that continues to be one of the biggest franchises in gaming. Publisher Activision annually releases a new entry developed by different studios and it’s always one of the top-selling games for that year. FULL STORY
by Che Womack, Contributing Writer
Although November isn’t recognized as Black History Month, film producers Gregory Howard, Daniela Lundberg and Debra Chase made sure American audiences could relive a major part of black history in America.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1820. She was one of nine children, all of which resided in Dorchester County, Maryland. Her mother, “Rit” Green, was owned by Mary Pattison. Her father, who eventually bought his freedom, lived in close proximity to Pattison’s plantation.
In the movie, Tubman is portrayed by Cynthia Erivo, a British actress, singer, and songwriter. Erivo won the part over a multitude of actresses who were rumored for the role, including Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.
The beginning of the movie included a key aspect of Harriet’s life that could have jeopardized her escape from slavery: her spells. When Harriet was a young girl, she was hit over the head with a stone that cracked her skull open and began a lifelong trouble of spells. However, the spells, she says, includes her communication with God, who guides her through troubled times. The movie demonstrates these spells a multitude of times that include when she’s running away from her farm, while she is in the North and while she’s rescuing slaves herself. FULL STORY
by Aharon Colon, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Known primarily for being a collegetown and an area with an eclectic mix of things to do and eat, Fullerton, CA plays hosts one of Southern California’s best Korean BBQ joints.
You wouldn’t expect it. In an area that is primarily Latino and White (36.4% and 33%, respectively, according to Data USA), not many would think of going straight to Fullerton to get authentic Korean BBQ. To be honest, even I was skeptical of how good this place could possibly be, considering it wasn’t from an area known for having many good Asian restaurants.
Despite this, Fullerton is, in fact, a pretty diverse city. To finish off the data I originally cited, after Whites and Latinos, Asians come next at 24.4%. As you can see, all of the numbers are very close, meaning if you look into it more, there are possibilities of finding delicious authentic food from every culture. FULL STORY
by Alex Rotter
The release of Disney+ last week quickly became a wildly successful launch for Disney. On the first day of the launch, about 10 million people became a subscriber to the app. This far exceeded Disney’s initial projections for the first day.
Disney+ is a subscription-based service that only costs 6.99 dollars a month or if you want to pay a whole year, it would cost you 69.99 dollars a year. If you pay 12.99 a month, you are given access to Disney, Hulu and ESPN+. This is a very good deal because you are given access to two really good streaming platforms and you are able to watch sports for a cheap price.
If you want to check out the app without paying the fee, they give you the ability to get a 7-day free trial to see if you will enjoy the app. This is a very good deal if you enjoy Disney movies and it has a large number of movies from the Disney catalog that you can watch. FULL STORY
by Joshua Lucero
Last week, Apple released the next generation of earphones, the AirPods Pro. The next generation of AirPods is available now. The new AirPods Pro are for sale at $249 and are the newest addition to the AirPods family.
New features include “active noise cancellations and superior, immersive sound in an all-new lightweight, in-ear design,” according to Apple. The new design is made to be lightweight, have Bluetooth audio, and an in-ear design that is created for comfort.
Rather than having the normal design of Airpods this new generation has an “expanded mesh microphone port versus the older AirPods,” according to AppleInsider. The new AirPods have a smaller design, each individual earbud is designed with soft silicone ear tips that are made to mold to a person’s ear. This provides both comfort and greater sound quality for the user. Not only have they provided a more comfortable fit to a user’s ear, but now they are both water and sweat resistant. This new generation of AirPods are being molded toward a more active lifestyle but are still able to be used by everyone.
Apple’s new and improved AirPods have adapted to the noisy walks of life. On an average day, someone would walk in a populated area where noise cannot be escaped. The AirPods Pro allows users to be able to listen to music, phone calls, and more from their noise cancellation improvements. They do this by using two microphones that adapt to each ear and fit, one microphone facing out and the other facing inwards which allow for the noise cancelation to work. FULL STORY
by Isaiah Holm
The video game NBA 2K20, released early last month to much critical acclaim, still faces its fair share of criticism. The gameplay this year is amazing. With the addition of 40 new badges, every player plays in their own unique way. While the game itself is beautiful, the fact that the game was unfinished and full of bugs left many of the game’s die-hard fans upset and wanting more.
The staple of every 2K, Play Now, was left relatively unchanged. The mode itself is still the same, 5 v. 5 against a friend or the computer. The pregame show still has the familiar faces in Shaq, Kenny, and Ernie, however, the final member of the TNT crew Charles Barkley, is still noticeably absent. The commentators have new lines, although if someone plays the game a lot, they will still notice repeated lines and stories by them.
One of the new additions this year are the All-Decade teams. Players can now play against their friends using the best players of their chosen decade and settle arguments over when basketball was really “the best.” Another addition is the ability to choose the color of the accessories worn by the players during the game.
The most popular mode, MyCareer, has all sorts of new additions this year. The story mode is a completely unique experience this year. It features many high-level actors, such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson. While most NBA 2K20 MyCareer stories just have the basic story of a talented player working his way up into the league, this year’s story gives the player the ability to make choices that change the experience and also has a side story that has a greater meaning to it rather than just playing basketball, for example, when the main character sits out a playoff game to protest his teammate losing his scholarship due to an injury. FULL STORY
by Tim Levine, Executive Editor
Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, is an utterly dark and riveting origin tale of the quintessential Batman villain that will forever change perceptions of what a comic book movie can be.
Set in 1981 Gotham City, Joker tells the story of Arthur Fleck. A man that works as a clown and wants to be a stand-up comedian. He suffers from mental illness, having to visit a social worker and constantly asking for a bigger prescription. He is not happy, but no one in this grim world he lives in seems to be.
Gotham City shows a gross and decaying society, one with rats infesting the streets and rich seeming to continue to prosper while the others are left behind. The setting seems to parallel the Wall Street society of New York but adding a much darker tone and shade to the landscape. People are getting angrier and it is only a matter of time before the city cracks. FULL STORY
by Travien Sears, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor
The St. Joseph High School 5 Sisters Theatre Company will be putting out their 2019 Fall play, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor, an intended pun on “Lend me a tenner” (a ten dollar bill), which was the title of Ludwig’s first Broadway production. The play was a nominee for 9 Tony Awards and wound up winning 3 and has since been adapted as a musical.
“This is one of the most absolute comedic plays that I know of,” said Mr. Van Deventer, the Visual and Performing Arts and Theatre Director at St. Joseph High School.
Mr. Van Deventer, who says that he chose this comedy because the theatre students have been asking him to do a comedy, wanted to put out a play that didn’t have too much of deep meaning. He wanted to put out a play that brought laughter and joy among the crowd as well as among the cast.
“[This play] is extremely hilarious and in the times that we are living in, people especially need a good laugh,” Mr. Van Deventer said.
There is also a few Bosco students on the cast list and one of these students, Parker Deaton, who plays Tito Merelli, a world-famous Italian opera tenor singer who is known as ll Stupendo, had some influence on the selection of this play. FULL STORY
by Aharon Colon, Arts and Entertainment Editor
As season 21 of Big Brother quickly comes to a close, it’s worth looking at the long-standing pop cultural significance of the groundbreaking reality show.
If you do not know what Big Brother is, allow me to explain.
Big Brother is a reality game show that is also treated as a social experiment, where producers put at least 16 random people in a house to compete for half a million dollars. Not only do they have to win challenges to gain immunity from being voted out or gain power ups, but they also have to survive mentally and play the social side of the game. What this means is that they have to have good relationships with the people around them in order to not be on the wrong side of the house vote, where one could be “evicted” from the house. The main goal is to be the last one standing.
There is so much thought that is put into this show that it is second to none. From the creativity of the games to how the show is run, no reality game show is like the genre’s godfather. FULL STORY
by Travien Sears, Assistant A+E Editor
The school year has begun and many students have noticed a new face around campus, our newly hired instrumental Music Director Mr. Ramon Villanueva. Coming to Bosco from our brother Salesian school, Don Bosco Technical Institute, he has big goals in mind for our music program as a whole.
Mr. Villanueva, originally a French Horn player, has had some amazing experiences in his over 20-year musical career, from traveling to China, South Korea (twice), performing in Carnegie Hall, recording music for movies, and performing with pop artists in concerts. He is excited to share, encourage and inspire the next generation of musicians and students to work hard and to aim high.
Not only is he working with our students, but he’s also currently growing upon his previous collegiate experiences by pursuing a Masters Degree in Musicology. However, Mr. Villanueva focuses more on Latin American art music, whereas here in America we traditionally study Western art music. He found a passion for ethnomusicology, a non-Western art music study, which pretty much encompasses all music as well as the researching of music.
“[I want] to allow students to feel that they have a place where they can have another creative outlet aside from everything else offered at the school,” Mr. Villanueva said. FULL STORY
by Aharon Colon, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Movies would not be anything without music. There would be no box office hits, no social media buzz, and definitely no hits to where you can lie down on your bed late at night having nostalgic feelings about your favorite scenes from your favorite films.
We’ve all been there. However, I do not believe that the music in these iconic movies get the amount of recognition that they deserve.
When I think of an entire album that had a profound effect on a movie, I think of Black Panther (2018) by Kendrick Lamar, featuring a swath of artists like SZA, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott and many more. This album has defined modern day soundtracks and set a new bar for movies to come. FULL STORY
by R.J. Johnson and Kourt Williams
Over the last two weeks, fans of Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom celebrated the anniversary of the deceased rapper’s birthday, which was on August 15th, continuing the trend of the rapper’s premature demise having a more positive than negative impact on the L.A. area.
Initially, the murder of Nipsey, which was thought to be a gang hit, brought speculation of another “40 Days, 40 Nights,” which is a 40-day span of gang members commiting murder and terrorizing their communities, as well as neighboring ones, in retaliation for gang violence.
This didn’t pan out and after a couple of days of grieving over Nipsey’s passing, his gang “Neighborhood 40 Crip” and the rest of the L.A. area realized that Nipsey’s death was, in fact, internal, as he was slain by fellow “Neighborhood 40 Crip” member Eric Holder. FULL STORY
by Ryan Tavera
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lives up to the standards that one of America’s greatest living directors has set for all of his films.
Going into this film, this reviewer expected a classic Tarantino affair, with blood-filled scenes and clever dialogue. However, this film is breaking away from trademark aesthetics such as his nonlinear storytelling and speech heavy scenes. Instead, he focuses more on traditional storytelling, making a smooth watching experience and entertaining piece of film.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969 and pays homage to an era otherwise known as the Golden Age of Hollywood. FULL STORY
by Samuel Rodriguez
The new Netflix movie release “The Highwaymen” is one that sets high expectations but cannot deliver.
The story revolves around two of the United States most infamous criminals: Bonnie and Clyde. However, the movie places a twist on the story as it focuses on the the two policemen that caught the criminals, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault.
Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) are former Texas Rangers hired to track Bonnie and Clyde and put an end to their rampage. The story focuses on the brotherhood between the two rangers and their journey in tracking the infamous criminals that leads to their capture.
The story takes place in the mid 1930’s and begins with Bonnie and Clyde breaking prisoners out of Eastham Prison Farm in Texas. FULL STORY
by Nnamdi Chugbo
Lil Uzi Vert has finally made his return to the music industry.
The Philadelphia based rapper, born Symere Woods, had been on a hiatus from releasing any music since the artist released his hit single “New Patek” in September 2018, and his best selling album, “Luv is Rage 2,” in August 2017.
Uzi struggled to release music due to contract disputes with his Generation Now label executives, Don Cannon and DJ Drama. However, on March 28th, 2019, Uzi made his long awaited return to the music scene with a controversial single titled “Free Uzi.”
“Free Uzi” was a freestyle over the beat of “Gangway” by G Herbo, who is credited as an inspiration to Lil Uzi Vert. FULL STORY
by Jalen Manson
(WARNING: SPOILERS FROM “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” AHEAD)
A snap, a reversal, and the death of a beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe legend brought the end of Marvel’s phase three.
Since the first “Iron Man” film debuted in 2008, Marvel has taken a group of characters and created a 22 movie-long MCU (cinematic universe) over the last 11 years of real time.
Within this time, the 22 movies released were divided into three phases, with approximately seven movies in each phase.
The first phase of the MCU set the tone for tremendous success down the line, introducing Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye as the original six Avengers. FULL STORY
by Joshua Adoh
Jordan Peele has uncovered the meaning behind the twist end in his latest movie release, “Us!”
The brilliant and terrifying film has already recruited more than $100 million in the box offices. Horror is not the foundation of the film, but rather a means of execution.
Lupita Nyong’o’s masterful acting in “Us” returns respect to the horror genre and may be the second film in the genre to win an Oscar for “Best Picture.” The amazing soundtrack from Michael Abels solidifies it’s greatness. FULL STORY
by Jalen Manson
On March 13th, 2019, Netflix released new gripping action movie “Triple Frontier” directed by J.C. Chandor.
Starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck, the movie sports a special cast. It is an nonstop action-filled picture that brings new twists and turns in seemingly every minute.
Tom “Redfly” Davis (played by Affleck), Santiago “Pope” Garcia (played by Isaac), William “Iron Head” Miller (Charlie Hunnam), Francisco “Catfish” Morales (Pedro Pascal), and Ben Miller (Garret Hedlund) partner back up from their old military days and go on a money-driven adventure to steal the fortunes of a wanted drug kingpin. FULL STORY
by John Gallegos
The St. John Bosco theater program entered 2019 with the task of tackling the play Ragtime: The Musical. A play with a social message that resonated with the audience as the material, although taking place in the early 20th century, parallels similar struggles we face today.
Like many great works of art, there are a plethora of layers to be depicted throughout “Ragtime”. Yet these layers are glaring as they deal with the continuing problems in American society with topics like social justice movements, race relations, immigration, as well as privileges stemming from affluence.
Although these may take place in at the turn of the century, over a hundred years ago the relevance is enhanced in this tumultuous time period we are in. FULL STORY
by Samuel Rodriguez
*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*
The popular show “You,” premiered on Netflix on December 26th and, since then, has quickly caught the attention of many viewers.
The show was originally premiered in September on Lifetime but had almost no viewersuntil it started showing on Netflix. The popularity of this American thriller is no surprise.
“Last week, Netflix declared “You” had drawn the sort of audience to make it a ‘huge hit.’ The streaming service said that “You” was on track to be watched by 40 million households within its first four weeks on the service,” stated The New York Times.
The show has received a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.9/10 on IMDB. The sudden outburst of attention has built up a much bigger fanbase that are begging for the second season to come soon. FULL STORY
by Nnamdi Chugbo
On February 22nd, 2019, Atlanta-based rapper Gunna released his debut album and first project of 2019, “Drip or Drown 2.”
Gunna had a very strong 2018, to say the least. In February of 2018, Gunna gave fans arguably his best piece of work of all time in “Drip Season 3.” He then continued to collaborate with big-time artists such as Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Tory Lanez, and even with Mariah Carey. His collaborative mixtape “Drip Harder” with Lil Baby was certified as RIAA gold (500,000 units sold), and it featured the 2018 hit single “Drip Too Hard“, which was certified RIAA platinum (1,000,000 units sold).
Looking to further his success in the past year, Gunna delivered a 16-track album to his fans with the two lead singles “One Call” and “Speed It Up.” The album is executively produced by Wheezy and Turbo the Great, and brings in the likes of Playboi Carti, Young Thug, and Lil Baby for featuring verses on “Same Yung N*gga,” “3 Headed Snake,” and “Derrick Fisher.” FULL STORY
by Christian James
We see another side to Migos member Offset with his newly released album, “Father Of 4.”
Offset is a memeber of the famous rap group “Migos,” which includes fellow superstars Quavo and Takeoff. The trio mostly raps together, but in the past year all three have dropped their own solo album. With recently new solo albums “Quavo Huncho” by Quavo and “The Last Rocket” by Takeoff, Offset was up to the plate. Both of these albums had great reviews, but Offset’s new album “Father of 4” blows them out in comparison.
Offset usually raps about money, women, and his hometown of Atlanta, but in this album he does more then that. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
On February 22nd at 12:00 AM, Miami rapper Lil Pump finally released his long awaited Harverd Dropout.
Harverd Dropout is the second album Lil Pump has dropped in his 3 years of being in the rap game. His debut album Lil Pump was released in October of 2017, eventually being certified Gold, having sold 500,000 copies. His newest project, Harverd Dropout, much like his first has an assortment of features from highly acclaimed rappers – including Kanye West, Smokepurpp, Offset, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, YG and 2 Chainz – and his tracks sponsor the boastful lifestyle of the 18-year old rapper.
The album’s titled Harverd Dropout intentionally spelled incorrectly, paying homage to the time Pump incorrectly spelled Harvard University. Even more so, it is derived from the rapper’s fanbase and the ongoing joke that Pump attended Harvard University only to drop out of school to pursue his rap career. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
As of Wednesday January 30th, Ben Affleck tweeted and has seemingly alluded to his resignation as the role of Batman.
This news was revealed when The Hollywood Reporter stated that “Matt Reeves, [upcoming film] ‘The Batman’ [will premiere] on June 25, 2021, following a recent interview with [Reeves] about the plot, the movie’s villains, and more.” When news sources got wind of this, many twitter accounts posted about the feature film and shortly after, current Batman actor, Ben Affleck had this to say… FULL STORY
by Nnamdi Chugbo
On December 26th, 2018, producer and rapper Pi’erre Bourne joined vapor trap producer CardoGotWings to surprise fans with an upbeat, 14 track mixtape to end off an insane 2018 for the two artists.
Pi’erre Bourne is most widely known for his production and work with Atlanta-based rappers Playboi Carti and Young Nudy, however many listeners are unaware of his lyrical and rapping talents. He decided to focus on rapping in this project and left the production to Texas-based producer, CardoGotWings.
Pi’erre Bourne stuck to his usual rapping style and topics, a mix of rapping and singing with a light autotune over happy, upbeat trap beats. FULL STORY
by Joshua Lucero
Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy – also known as XXXTentacion – was born in Florida and became a worldwide-known musician in 2017.
Tentacion has influenced many young people with his albums that are a true touching of the inner feelings of one’s heart. XXX – in the beginning of his career – was troubled with charges of domestic violence and facing prison time. In this part of his life, there were many fans who believed he was a lost cause, but in many ways XXX proved to the world that he was changing.
Look at me, which was released on Soundcloud in December 2015, was his rising start to the top. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
Glass, released on January 19th, concluded the 19-year-long trilogy created by actor and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.
The movie was received very poorly and many critics went as far as saying that the finale was disappointing. Their overall consensus on Rotten Tomatoes showed a rating of 36 percent, while audience approval was much higher, receiving a 76 percent instead.
Shyamalan’s three-part series follows characters who on the outside look like the average man, but are revealed to possess superhuman abilities. FULL STORY
by Elijah Ramos
If you came looking to find someone talking about your favorite “Lil” rapper, well you’re out of luck.
5. Whack World – Tierra Whack
If you haven’t heard this entire album or even gave it a chance – oh man – you’re missing out. There’s something really special about this album – it’s artsy, weird, and cute. Whack can spit bar after bar. Whack World is unique in so many ways, and if you haven’t listened there are so many unique aspects to this album. For example, it’s an album that consists of 15 songs that are all one minute long and each song is different in it’s own way.
It’s hard to really dig deep Whack’s songs because of how short they are, which is why it comes in at number five on this list. I would love for it to be higher on my list but this year is packed with so many great albums that I fell in love with. FULL STORY
by Joshua Lucero
Aquaman is a film about more than just waterlogged voice echos and continuous hair movement.
Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) was brought into the world through two people from completely separate worlds. Atlanta (Nicole Kidman) and Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) were brought together when Atlanta, the most recent Queen of Atlantis at the time, ran away from an arranged marriage and washed up on the shores to Curry, a lighthouse man.
These two people from separate worlds would soon fall in love and give life to a child named Arthur Curry, otherwise known as Aquaman. FULL STORY
by Michael Beltran
Living in the great city of Los Angeles, you are open to a variety of activities to do with your family during this Christmas season. With the amazing weather, it’s not too cold to go out and walk around, opening up many options.
A great experience is going to Disneyland during the Christmas theme. With the decorations and the huge Christmas Tree, it makes it feel as if you are living in a Christmas fairytale.
The down side to doing this is the price, which makes it more of a once in awhile experience. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
Creed II is a boxing masterpiece, released on November 21st of this year, the film received major support from fans and critics alike. Their immediate responses gravitated towards overall astonishment and gratitude for the truly breathtaking performances by the actors on screen.
When reviewing the critique given by Rotten Tomatoes – an accredited website that certifies movies based on their appeal to both experienced critics and the average moviegoer – it’s obvious that the film did very well, receiving an 85 percent rating overall and a Certified Fresh rating.
Creed II begins by introducing its antagonist Viktor Drago, and the harsh life that he and his father live in Russia. Together, the two train for Viktor’s first fight, where that night he destroys his opponent within the first 2 rounds. FULL STORY
by Joshua Blake
Fallout 76 dropped worldwide today, as a role-playing game and the first in the series to be playable online. Fallout 76 is the ninth game in the Fallout series and serves as a narrative prequel to the series.
Just like all Fallout games before it, Fallout 76 takes place in post-nuclear America in the year 2102, which is the earliest year that has been playable in the Fallout series. Fallout 76 takes the same RPG elements that it has been known for and moves it to an online setting.
Since Fallout 76 creates an online experience, the games developer – Bethesda – has announced that the only people you will encounter in a game will be other online players. FULL STORY
by Kyle Moats
Red Dead Redemption 2 was released this past Friday to the masses as one of the most highly-anticipated games of the past year. I had the pleasure to sit down and really dive deep into this massive game this weekend.
Throughout my play-through, I was taken aback by how much this game had to offer and how many activities there are to explore. I could not take my eyes away from the screen, as every little detail kept adding another dimension to an already expansive game.
As you enter into the game, on of the first things you notice is how beautiful and eye-appealing this game is. FULL STORY
by Victor Curiel
Some of the qualities our school tries its best to instill in each of its students are those of leadership, empathy, teamwork, and compassion for others. It is the Salesians’ mission to make certain that all young men who pass through St. John Bosco leave with these lessons ingrained in their character.
Here at St. John Bosco, students are provided with various opportunities and pathways to learn and practice these skills. However, while some may argue that this is best accomplished in clubs such as youth ministry or ASB, there is nowhere that this is better exemplified than in St. John Bosco’s and St. Joseph’s theater departments. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
“Venom” was released on October 5th and quickly received a 31% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Stating that the movie was confusing and screenplay lacking, reviews given were not in favor of the anti-hero.
An early look at “Venom” showed that critics didn’t like it one bit. Venom’s first incarnation on the big screen was trashed across social media and dreams of a 3-series franchise were crushed by what was determined in early screenings of the movie. Despite the outlash, the movie still saw an incredible turnout, grossing over $80 million from its opening weekend in the U.S. alone, breaking the October domestic box office record. FULL STORY
by Samuel Rodriguez
Halloween is around the corner, which means that there are lots of fun new activities to partake in in Los Angeles for all of October.
The Halloween season brings scary fright fests at various amusement parks, scary mazes throughout the city, and festive pumpkin patches. Such events include Universal Studios Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbour, Knotts Scary Farm, and Six Flags Fright Fest.
These places are sure to include scary and twisted mazes, giving you chills but still offering a good time with friends and/or family. FULL STORY
by Matthew Ruiz
“The Eagle has landed. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
This is the most famous quote in space travel history. The recent blockbuster movie, “First Man” tells the story of famous astronaut Neil Armstrong’s life before and during the space race and during the United States’ Cold War against Russia.
This movie takes you through the life and journey of Neil Armstrong. The movie starts off showing him running a test flight, scratching the atmosphere in a rocket-powered jet. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
Marvel’s Spider-Man was under development by Insomniac Games for over 3 years. On September 7th, 2018, fans were finally able to get their hands on the video game upon its highly anticipated release.
The PS4 exclusive game was critically acclaimed, earning outstanding support from large game reviewers such as IGN and GameSpot, rating it 8.7 and 9 out of 10 respectively.
The game received enormous amounts of hype on multiple social media outlets and fans were thrilled by all the creativity and ingenuity being put into it. The game truly lived up to all the hype and anticipation brought on it and proved to be well-worth the wait. FULL STORY
by Elijah Ramos
When you think of 14-year-old boy trying to make extra money, you may think of a fryer or a dishwasher, but for “White Boy” Rick, he is an overachiever.
Rick grows up in a pretty toxic environment during his childhood. His sister is a drug addict, his dad is a gun dealer and his mom is not in the picture. He has a job for his dad’s company, as he spends time watching his dad buy and resell guns.
The two become partners in this gun business and plan on opening a VCR store in the future. Eventually, Rick starts exploring the streets on his own and sells some of his dad’s guns to local drug dealers at the young age of 14. FULL STORY
by Enrique Gutierrez
Following the recent Battle Royale video game trend, Call of Duty enters its 15th year of continuation with the never-before-seen “Blackout” Battle Royale mode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces a battle royale mode called “Blackout” to join the over-populated battle royale community. The new game mode has brought the attention of many streamers and players that do not usually play Call of Duty. Blackout has gained popularity and interest since its announcement and is going to change people’s view of Call of Duty for a long time.
Treyarch released a beta for those who pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 early. Those people have the opportunity to play the new game mode earlier than anybody else. The beta was live for Playstation and Xbox starting September 10th and ended a week later on September 17th. The beta was live for PC gamers September 14th through September 17th. FULL STORY
by Elijah Ramos
BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 crime and drama film that will have you laughing out loud but also taking in and understanding a powerful message on racial discrimination and breaking down racial barriers in the late 20th century in America.
This Spike Lee directed film hones and focuses in on a powerful message. This is one of popular figure Lee’s first directed films in a while, and honestly in my opinion one of his best in a long time.
He tackles the issue of racism and it’s history, which is never easy. As a director, you are bound to receive a lot of criticism and controversy when talking about racism and taking sides in your film. FULL STORY
by Enrique Gutierrez
Rainbow Six Siege enters its year 3, season 3 update with Ubisoft introducing new in-game improvements, a renovated Hereford Base, the return of Favela, a new Elite Skin Set and two new additions to the Rainbow Six Siege team.
The long awaited update and game patch has finally released September 4th on all platforms, introducing Operation Grim Sky. PC players were been able to play the new operation as Ubisoft released it on a test server mid-August.
The biggest Twitch TV Rainbow Six Siege streamers including Macie Jay, King George, and Beaulo have shared the content across the web and given a taste to those who were unable to play the test servers. Rainbow Six Siege has exploded and has gained interest over the past month due to it being on a limited time sale and popular Fortnite streamers promoting the game. Thanks to their partnership with Fortnite streamers, they have drawn interest and new players are coming to join the Siege community. FULL STORY
by Nick Hernandez
The end of Fortnite’s Season 4 was highly anticipated. The live “Rocket Launch” and the unveiling of the “Visitor” skin left countless players speculating as to what might happen in Season 5.
The giant rift in the sky that exponentially grew led to many theories and at the start of Season 5 players found out what all the hype was about.
Upon updating Fortnite, players were greeted at the Battle Royale game menu with an ominous desert gas station loading screen. When they joined in-game, the mini-map showed various new “Points of Interest” across the updated world. Such spots included Paradise Palms and Lazy Links, which were new to players and left many enthusiastic for what was to come. FULL STORY
by AJ Castillo
Although there are still 3 months left in 2018, this year in rap is one that will not be soon forgotten. With highly anticipated releases from the likes of Drake, J. Cole, and Travis Scott, this year has been one of massive proportions in the industry. However, five albums in particular separate themselves from the pack.
When Kanye West returned to Twitter, fans knew that something exciting was bound to take place, yet no one could have expected this big of a year from the rap legend. Producing five albums including a solo work and a duo with his longtime friend Kid Cudi, West has once again shown that even with his age, he is still one of the top artists not only in hip-hop, but in music as a whole. FULL STORY
by Nikolas Molina & Elliston Ospina
Recently in the hip-hop industry, three albums dropped by mainstream artists in a span of three weeks. Life’s A Trip by Trippie Redd, Astroworld by Travis Scott, and Stay Dangerous by YG all have unique sounds differing from one another.
Life’s a Trip – Trippie Redd
Trippie Redd’s debut album, Life’s A Trip, did not live up to hype and anticipation that was received before its release.
Trippie differentiated from his traditional music style, which was his strength and what people listened to him for. He did not stick to his emo or sad style of music usually mixed with a lot of bass, as seen in songs such as “Dark Knight Dummo” featuring Travis Scott.
However on this album, he did show some new-age flare in songs like “Oomps Revenge.” Five of Trippie Redd’s fourteen songs were singles that had already been published, much to the dismay of his listeners. FULL STORY
by Joshua Blake
Madden ’19 is the newest installment for the franchise which became available on all platforms August 10th. I have spent countless hours on this game and I can confidently say that I am very disappointed in this years addition.
Electronic Arts’ (EA) lack of effort with this game is evident, as there is next to nothing different from last year’s installment. It looks and plays almost identically to last year’s Madden. The game is filled with countless bugs and glitches and there are an absurd amount of micro-transactions, which is not new for Madden whatsoever. Micro-transactions are extremely controversial in the current gaming world, as games such as Fortnite and Madden thrive off these in-game purchases.
The game lacks new, quality features that should’ve been added to the franchise and instead gives you the same game as last year, just with slightly improved graphics and a new roster. Madden ’19 overall is a very low quality football game. FULL STORY
by Caleb Wiley
With the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner” being so beloved and Ridley Scott being the great and successful director that he is, Denis Villeneuve had big shoes to fill in directing the sequel “Blade Runner 2049”.
He did not disappoint, delivering a beauty that might very well be another classic, and even surpass the first one.
The movie was one of the best thrillers of the year, with enough action to complement the story. The cast was very talented and did a wonderful job. Amazing scenery and imagery, that did not overdo itself by seeming too futuristic, made the audience believe that this is what the near future may look like. FULL STORY