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‘Ad Astra’ reaches for the stars, but falls short

‘Ad Astra’ reaches for the stars, but falls short

Ethan Torban, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

WARNING: This review has spoilers for the 2019 film "Ad Astra." In Latin, Ad Astra means "to the stars," and although director James Gray tries to aim for exactly that, he falls back and burns up in the atmosphere. In most Sci-Fi/Space movies, the main aspect that never lacks are visuals. "Ad Astra"...

The debut album of mxmtoon is a beautiful look into the mind of a modern teen

The debut album of mxmtoon is a beautiful look into the mind of a modern teen

Rachel McCrea, Staff Writer

September 21, 2019

Independent artist mxmtoon's debut album, “the masquerade,” is a raw, honest, and gorgeous testament to the modern teenager. Mxmtoon (pronounced em-ex-em-toon), or “Maia,” as fans know her, is 19 years old and has been creating music since she first started singing in her middle school band...

‘Mangos a Go-Go’ snacks do not exceed expectations

‘Mangos a Go-Go’ snacks do not exceed expectations

Ailee Lim, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

I knew the name "Mangos a Go-Go" sounded familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It finally occurred to me that Mango a Go-Go is a Jamba Juice menu item. I knew that Mangos a Go-Go was a drink place, as Yelp has it under "juice bar and smoothies," so I assumed it was some sort of Jamba...

‘The Girl Downstairs’ offers enjoyment but leaves no lasting impact

‘The Girl Downstairs’ offers enjoyment but leaves no lasting impact

Andrea Butler, Staff Writer

September 12, 2019

As someone who reads and enjoys young adult novels, I loved this book a lot, but as someone who understands and analyzes texts, I can say with certainty that it is a young adult book. Young adult novels typically stay in their niche, and this book was no different; however, the historical setting...

‘The Hate U Give’ falls shorts of a powerful opportunity

Kaylene Lin, Staff Writer

September 7, 2019

"The Hate U Give," written by Angie Thomas, is a 444-page story that could have been written in one sentence: "police brutality is bad." Although the novel illustrates a powerful message, the story is so bogged down by irrelevant characters and unnecessary plotlines that it leaves the reader, well, ...

Lana Del Rey’s new album leaves little to critique

Lana Del Rey’s new album leaves little to critique

Zachary Khouri, Scot Scoop Editor

September 6, 2019

If you told me a year ago that an album called “Norman F***ing Rockwell” would be one of the best of 2019, I wouldn’t have believed you. And yet it is.  Lana Del Rey has always been a controversial artist. Since she emerged onto the alternative pop scene in 2011 with her hit song “Video Game...

Waffle & Wrap evolves typical breakfast food

Waffle & Wrap evolves typical breakfast food

Ailee Lim, Staff Writer

September 5, 2019

If you had told me five years ago that I would have ice cream out of a puffy waffle cone, I'd have said you were crazy. However, such egg waffle cones are a signature to Bubble & Wrap, a dessert-based establishment in Redwood City. The cones are made in a special iron, giving them "bubble-y" shapes...

Has America ruined Black Mirror?

Has America ruined Black Mirror?

Nika Lobykina

September 1, 2019

Black Mirror, one of the most highly reviewed and popular television series, has faced much criticism after their most recent debut of season five.  The first two seasons of the series belonged to and were created with Britain’s Channel 4 from 2011 to 2013; however, since signing over exclusive rig...

The Try Guys’ new book puts spin on modern philosophy

The Try Guys’ new book puts spin on modern philosophy

Andrea Butler, Staff Writer

August 27, 2019

Four guys. A myriad of YouTube videos. A lot of regrets. But even more great experiences and failures. Ned Fulmer, Eugene Lee Yang, Keith Habersberger, and Zach Kornfield are known as the Try Guys. They began at Buzzfeed making and producing videos, then later split to form their own company ...

Taylor Swift’s new album, ‘Lover,’ is what we need in pop

Taylor Swift’s new album, ‘Lover,’ is what we need in pop

Zachary Khouri, Scot Scoop Editor

August 27, 2019

Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album, “Lover,” dropped Friday, Aug. 23, and there is much to discuss. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter has been in the game for 13 years since the release of her 2006 self-titled debut, and she proves with her latest work that she isn’t going away just yet.  ...

‘Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile’ lives up to its name

‘Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile’ lives up to its name

Sean Vanderaa, Staff Writer

May 30, 2019

Netflix's new movie, "Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile" intricately displays the psychological torment and deception behind Ted Bundy, a serial killer who killed over 30 women in the late 1900s. I had high expectations for this movie, as its two most prominent actors are Zac Efron and Lily...

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