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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Armon Mahdavi

Armon Mahdavi, Staff Writer

Armon Mahdavi is a senior in journalism at Carlmont High School.  He loves film, literature, and long walks on the beach.  He enjoys heated arguments and a good existential crisis.

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Alien: Covenant is the latest disappointment in the franchise. Ridley Scott took the worst aspects of Alien and Prometheus and meshed them into one passable film.

‘Alien: Covenant’ is barely tolerable

May 23, 2017

The original “Alien” film could be described by words such as masterful, terrifying, and unprecedented. The recent addition to the franchise could be described by words like defective, amateurish,...

While film has a rich history, some feel that the medium has fallen in quality in recent years. Yet these five movies prove that film is just as creative as it ever was.

Film is still alive and thriving

May 9, 2017

In a conversation with the Associated Press, acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese stated that “cinema is gone.”  Although Scorsese has had an unrivaled career as a director and film enthusiast, I sadly...

Kendrick Lamar has been said to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. His new album solidifies that.

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ exceeds expectations

April 27, 2017

Imagine this: you are 29 years old, and you have already been hailed as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Your last two major studio albums have been deemed classics, and the expectations for what...

Comedians have been facing scrutiny over controversial jokes, but the problem is that people are forgetting why we laugh in the first place.

Take a joke

April 10, 2017

The trouble with life is that humans are frequently faced with absurdly dark and unfair events that seem so cruel that they are almost unfathomable, and I feel the best way to handle these events is jokes....

Picking a your college major is a defining life choice. However, some majors are treated with more respect than others.

Study where your heart is

March 21, 2017

“The only benefit of a literature degree is that you will be able to write a great suicide note.” This is what a fellow student said to me after I told him what I planned on studying in college....

Less than half of American adults read literature, but reading is now a more important activity than ever.

Literacy is dying, yet it must live on

March 7, 2017

We live in a period where our ideas aren't discovered individually; instead, they are shoved down our throats. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, only 43 percent of American adults read...

Grief is one of the most painful aspects of the human experience, but it is something everyone will go through.

After the night, there is mourning

February 22, 2017

Seeing a loved one get buried deep into the earth really makes you realize that the true power of love is exemplified through immense suffering. The trouble with getting older is not your own journey...

As of now, libertarianism is a hot topic. The party promises freedom and minimal government, but is that really a good thing?

Making the case against libertarianism

February 8, 2017

Over 4 million Americans voted for the Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the 2016 election.   In comparison with past third-party candidates, those numbers are quite impressive. Johnson’s...

At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, many feel the simplistic nature of some of the paintings damage the validity of the artwork.  Others feel the simplicity is what makes these paintings masterful.

Art is not just for your entertainment

January 18, 2017

If someone defecates on a Target bag and calls it art, is it truly art? Many would say no.  There is a common belief that the purpose of art is to entertain the viewer, and that it should portray...

Bernardo Bertolucci is one of the most famous and well-respected filmmakers of all time, but recent revelations about his actions on the set of one of his most prestigious works is causing quite a stir in the art world.

Film ‘Last Tango’ faces rape controversy

December 7, 2016

Film buffs around the world were shocked this past weekend when news arose that the infamous rape scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “Last Tango In Paris” was non-consensual. The film is about...

Film has always showed its audiences the visual beauties of other parts of the world. But as far as casting is concerned, the industry has been criticized for not being culturally diverse.

Hollywood faces scrutiny for a lack of diversity in films

November 19, 2016

In Marvel’s recent film, “Doctor Strange,” the casting choice of Caucasian actress Tilda Swinton to play a Tibetan character has led to many complaints of a lack of diversity in American films...

With the F.B.I.s recent statement claiming to have discovered more emails related to Hillary Clintons private server, the Clinton campaign has hit a setback.

Clinton campaign sails through rough waters before election

November 1, 2016

On Friday, Oct. 28, federal law enforcement stated that new emails related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private server were discovered.  The emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer,...

With the Electoral College, Americans may not have as much of an influence in the election as they thought they did.

Americans look at the Electoral College with skepticism

October 18, 2016

Election Day is just around the corner. However, many Americans either don't understand or like a key component of the election: the Electoral College. This system, in which appointed electors cast...

November is all too close, and many are wondering how much of the population will show up to the polls. If history repeats itself, the answer is clear: not that much.

To vote or not to vote: an American dilemma

October 7, 2016

America has a sad history when it comes to voter turnout, and citizens are wondering if this election will be an anomaly or another slice of the same. In the United States, the percentage of eligible...

As students head home from Carlmont eiger for a three day weekend, the pigeons decide to go home as well.

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October 7, 2016

As students head home from Carlmont eiger for a three day weekend, the pigeons decide to go home as well.

Cage the Elephant ends their SF show with a bang, filling Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with beautiful lights and intense sounds.

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October 7, 2016

Cage the Elephant ends their SF show with a bang, filling Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with beautiful lights and intense sounds.

In Paris, one can find beauty in the most unusual places. On a summer day,  Parisians open their windows to enjoy a cool breeze.

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October 7, 2016

In Paris, one can find beauty in the most unusual places. On a summer day, Parisians open their windows to enjoy a cool breeze.

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