On Friday, April 19th, I was fortunate enough to see Poor Yella Rednecks, a play about the struggles of a family starting a new life in America, written by Qui Nguyen. The cast includes Tim Chiou (Quang, bully kid), Samantha Quan (Huong, Thu, San, Cop), Maureen Sebastian (Tong), Paco Tolson (Playwright, Immigration Officer, British Narrator, Little Man, Puppeteer, Bobby, Bully Tommy, Grocery Boy) and Eugene Young (Nhan, Little Man, Cowboy, Grocery Boy).
The play was very discriminating toward the Asian and Caucasian races in a very humorous way. For example, actress Samantha Quan, who had a great performance, portrayed a hilarious but spot on accent of someone of Vietnamese descent. The reality of immigration is implemented in the play by the family who consist of Quang the dad, Huong the mom, Tong the grandma and Little Man the son who struggles to start a new life. The family faces issues like racism, poverty, infidelity and the problems of their previous lives.
Poor Yella Rednecks presents real problems that a lot of families endure coming to the United States as “aliens”. For example Little Man gets bullied and ignored at school because he can only speak the Vietnamese language. The family and friends are also harassed by rednecks of their new home in El Dorado, Arkansas. This results in Nhan trying to convince Quang to move to Houston, Texas in order to be around more of their kind.
The family begins to struggle as Huong refuses to move anymore and Quang sends their life savings to his abandoned family in Vietnam. Their relationship is impacted further after Quang cheats on Huong in Houston and they go their separate ways for a while. The family begins to realize how much they mean to each other in a place where they have to survive being viewed differently.
I give this play an A because of its authenticity and how down-to-Earth it was in addition to how much swearing took place. I think all the actors did great but the best was Samantha Quan. Worth noting was her mindset on stage that, to my knowledge, resulted in great facial expressions and reaction time. The play had obviously had a lot of care and effort put into it when you notice the small details. For example, the actors had made it look natural in segments that required perfect timing. I also really enjoyed the hip hop segments where a character would appear out of nowhere with sick rhymes.
This play is great for those who enjoy comedy as well as live entertainment. You can see this play on the date of April 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 30th.
Reporter: Makai Walker
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, radio and television host Larry King suffered what many believed to be a heart attack, but turned out to be an angina attack. King was on his way to the hospital for an angiogram, when he began suffering chest pains, thus sending him to the hospital in an ambulance and into the intensive care unit.
Larry King was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. King began his career right after highschool when he became a journalist for the local newspaper. As he got older, he got a job as a reporter for CBS, and worked his way up the ranks of the broadcasting world. King’s rise to fame began in 1985, with his show, Larry King Live, on CNN. For over 25 years, King was a part of the CNN crew, and began a new line of shows, making his career the epitome of broadcasting.
This is not King’s first bout with heart issues. Back in the 1980’s, King was diagnosed with heart disease, and needed to be monitored often. In the early morning of February 24, 1987, King knew something was wrong and went to the hospital where it was determined he was suffering from a heart attack. King was known to smoke two and a half packs of cigarettes a day for 33 years, but that all stopped when he had his heart attack. King had a quintuple bypass surgery done, where all five of the major blood vessels leading to the heart were diseased. He made a full recovery, and was back on the air a few months later.
It has also been reported that King’s health has been in decline recently, with it being known that he has had breathing problems the last few months. His breathing issues were the reason for him to get an angiogram.
In September of 2017, King announced that he had beaten lung cancer, a condition of his that he kept private. King went in for a routine check up where he underwent a chest x-ray. The doctor said that “‘something looked funny’’’, and King underwent further tests. The doctors found the tumor, which was in the beginning stages, and removed the tumor. King stated that "The doctor said to me, ‘It was malignant but you were in the first stage. If it had stayed and we didn't find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it and you were lucky.’” The surgery removed roughly 20% of Kings lung, and he is now cancer free.
King is reported to make a full recovery and is expected to return to his shows within the coming days.
Reporter: Myles Witte
Dumbo, a 2019 live action film inspired by the 1941 cartoon film. The new movie takes on a slightly different storyline with some similar scenes from the original film. The movie revolves around a circus called the Medici Brothers. One of the main characters Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) also known for his roles in S.W.A.T., Dead Man Down, and The Recruit is the father of two, Joe Farrier (Finley Hobbins) and Milly Farrier (Nico Parker) who after coming back from war was put on elephant duty by Max Medici (Danny DeVito) the owner of the circus. who played roles in Matilda, Space Jam, and Batman Returns.
The Farrier family goes into the elephant train car and realise that baby Dumbo was born. The Circus thinks Dumbo is a hideous elephant because of his massive ears. Max Medici (Danny DeVito) doesn't want the public to know about the elephant but Rongo (DeObia Oparei) had already released a paper about it. For the next Medici brothers show they have Dumbo in a baby carriage and the whole act goes horribly wrong when dumbo ends up being made fun of. Later on they bring dumbo out for another show and he's supposed to put out a fire to save a monkey from a burning building. Dumbo ends up stuck on the burning building, he jumps off and shocks audience by flapping his ears and flying around the circus. Vandemere (Michael Keaton) hears about the flying elephant and wants to add him to his own circus DreamLand. He doesn't end up succeeding because the Medici Brothers Circus frees Dumbo and his mother into the wild.
For a live action film the effects were really good. I was surprised at how well the actors interacted with the animals. The two Farrier kids Joe Farrier (Finley Hobbins) and Milly Farrier (Nico Parker) were phenomenal actors for there age.
I would rate this movie an A because it wasn't just a remake of the first 1941 film, but had its own storyline and and was a live action film. If you're a fan of Disney movies like The Lion King and Bambi I don't see why you wouldn't go see Dumbo you'll definitely enjoy it.
Reporter: Brian Luna
Green Book was released in theaters November 21st, 2018 is directed by Peter Farrelly also known by his movie Dumb and Dumber. This film was inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley who was represented by Mahershala Ali and Italian- American bouncer Tony Lip who was played by Viggo Mortensen who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. It was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film was named after The Negro Motorist Green Book which was a guide book for African-American travelers to know what hotels they could stay at in the mid 1920’s.
This movie expressed many feelings that not only African-Americans feel but any immigrant descendant can feel at some point in their life. “If I’m not black enough nor white enough, what am I?” and that is what society can make anybody question. Don Shirley was able to go anywhere to be able to entertain the white people, but he was not able to eat in those places he was there to entertained. He decided to not perform in one of his nights for refusing the way he was being treated. That same night they went to a place to eat where Blacks were allowed to eat, and he enjoyed playing music with them and for them for free.
This movie expressed many social problems that went on during the time period of 1962 that still resemble some of the social problems we face today. This movie is about racial injustice. They also show how a true friendship is developed in places that were least expected. This movie deserves an A for being an impactful and doing a well way of playing the time period.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
This past Friday, I was able to watch the thriller Greta and I was not disappointed. The movie tells the story of Frances McCullen (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl living in New York City who finds a purse on the subway and returns it to its owner, Greta Hidag (Isabelle Huppert). Upon returning the bag, Greta invites Frances inside and the two really hit it off. However, over time Greta becomes very attached to Frances and will not let her go. Frances soon realizes Greta's scheme after opening her cabinet and seeing many of the same purse intended to be left throughout the city. After being cut off, Greta begins to stalk Frances and her friends leading to disaster.
After watching Greta, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a thriller and good story. Overall, I would rate in an 10/10 because I enjoyed the way there was a good story line and the scary parts that made me jump. Though it is rated R, this is most likely due to the few bloody scenes and the language. Along with this, the movie ended with an insane cliff hanger that left me wanting more. If you liked Get Out and you're looking for something fun to do with your friends this weekend, go watch Greta before it's too late.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
Walk. Ride. Rodeo. is a Netflix production released March 8, 2019. It is based on a true story about a barrel racer named Amberley Snyder, directed by Conor Allyn is known for Overexposed(2018) and Zoe Gone(2014). Spencer Locke is from Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guideas Bitsy Johnson, played the role of Amberley Snyder, Missi Pyle as Tina Snyder, Bailey Chase acted the part of the father Cory Snyder, and Max Ehrich as Tate Watkins the boyfriend. As the film itself says Amberley Snyder performed her own stunts.
On January 10th, 2010 Amberley Snyder got in a car crash, that left her paralyzed from waist down. Even before her accident, she was self-centered. She never went to go watch her brother’s baseball games, yet he went to go watch her rodeo performances. After, her mother was always right beside her even when times were rough, as she had to be the strong one for both her own daughter and herself. While Amberley Snyder was going through therapy and she had days in which she wanted to quit. Especially, the day of her 19th birthday she spent it in the hospital. Snyder’s goals were to walk, ride, and rodeo. Although she was able to accomplish the two of her goals, she inspired many people.
The movie the audience can take valuable lessons from the picture. From the very obvious never give up to keep trying even when you feel like giving up. Another would be that just because you are the one physically or emotionally going through something doesn’t mean it is not affecting someone else right beside you. This was a great movie because it was inspirational by knowing anyone is capable of doing anything you just have to have faith. I give it an A. I, personally feel that it can get to all types of audience there is no specific group that this movie is only for.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
Captain Marvel is a fantasy/science fiction movie that released in theatres on March 8, 2019. Actress Brie Larson plays the leading role of Carol Danvers who is Captain Marvel. The movie made $61.4 million on Friday, March 9th and is estimated to hit $156 million. The film takes the viewers back in the Marvel timeline to the story of Captain Marvel with Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe than you will definitely enjoy this film. The movie was comedic, with special regards to Goose, a cat, or so we thought, who happens to be the most entertaining character. The movie was filled with intentional inside jokes and previous Marvel movie references.
An interesting scene worth reminiscing is the one where Goose scratches Nick Fury’s eye. As seen in a vast majority of Marvel films, Nick Fury is known as a character with an eye-patch and the cause is now revealed. Viewers are also brought to an earlier time of the Tesseract and witness it being apprehended by Nick Fury for the first time. The special effects were great, seen in so much detail with Carol’s powers. Captain Marvel is able to project energy out of her hands as seen in the movie but I especially like detail. For example, the vibrantly-glowing veins and the flames are awesome. The plot of the movie was great as well. In the beginning she has dreams of an earlier memory of an enemy that obviously haunts her. The viewers later discover that the enemy yet to be her ally. Plot aside, this film would be great for a family night out because it’s for all viewers. I give this movie solid B due to my personal believe that there should’ve been more battles to show off Captain Marvel.
Reporter: Makai Walker
Captain Marvel, a woman who gets caught up in a war between aliens fights to protect the ones she cares about and through it all must try and figure out her past and who she really is.
It you saw Avengers Infinity War this movie will explain the ending and give you the story behind Avengers and how it all began.
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is trained by Yon Rogg (Jude Law) who tries to help her control her powers and not let her emotions get the best of her. They are both deployed on a mission and Captain Marvel is abducted by the Skrulls. As the movie progresses Captain Marvel figures out she had a life on earth and her name was Carol Danvers. She meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who helps her fight the Skrulls and uncover the truth of her past. Through all the problems Captain Marvel faces one of the toughest struggles and realized the people she thought were closest to her were the ones feeding her lies and keeping the truth away from her.
The special effects were good especially since they were in space you would want the scenes to look appealing. There is a scene at the beginning of the movie when Captain Marvel looks out a window and there is a futuristic city with floating vehicles and huge buildings and the visual was on point and satisfying. When they have her flying around and fighting the enemies the scenes are put together well and don't look fake.
Overall I would rate this movie a B, because it lacked a bit on the action scenes. It was definitely focused more on the story line due to the fact that it shows the viewers how the Avengers was started and how Fury ( Samuel L. Jackson) lost his eye If you're a fan of superheroes go watch the movie, you'll enjoy it.
Reporter: Brian Luna
On March 22, 2019, Netflix released an original movie titled, The Dirt, chronicling the rise and fame of 80’s rock band Mötley Crüe, known for their hit songs “Home Sweet Home”, “Wild Side”, and “Kickstart My Heart”. The film was directed by Jeff Tremaine, who is also known for his association with the Jackass franchise. The film stars, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) as drummer Tommy Lee, Daniel Webber as lead singer Vince Neil, and Iwan Rheon as lead guitarist Mick Mars.
The movie goes into detail with how the band started, and they rose to the top of the music charts. The story of Mötley Crüe began when Tommy Lee saw Nikki Sixx in concert and wanted to start a band. Sixx agreed and began looking for other members. After searching for a guitarist, Sixx and Lee decided on an older man with significant back problems., deciding on Mick Mars. Needing to find a lead singer, Lee remembered that one of his old pals from high school is the lead singer of a cover band. The three went to see Vince Neil, who blew the three of them away with his voice. With the band now formed, it was time to find a name, and create some music.
Their first gig did not start on a high note. The crowd was booing them and throwing food and drinks at the band,then Mötley Crüe went into action and began fighting members of the audience. This gained approval of the audience and the rest of the night went smoothly, thus beginning their illustrious career. For the next ten years, Mötley Crüe was one of the best metal genre bands, and would rock the music charts.
I was a huge fan of this movie, mainly due to the fact with how the movie portrayed the daily life of a rockstar, where Mötley Crüe’s lifestyle was never average. The actors chosen to play the members of the band played their parts very well. After hearing interviews from Mötley Crüe themselves, the actors sound and act just like the band during their reign atop the rock world. With the rockstar lifestyle, however, there were some dangers. The film is rated TV-MA for its visuals of nudity and drugs, as well as explicit language. I would rate this film 9/10 because, although the film was very good, it does not talk about the band as a whole once they are together, but rather as individuals. If you are a fan of Mötley Crüe or 80’s metal music, this is a for sure movie to watch.
Reporter: Myles Witte
To Whom it May Concern is an original play written by the students of Estancia’s production drama. They performed on January 17 through the 19th at the Barbara Van Holt Theater located in Estancia’s High School. Estancia’s drama teacher Pauline Maranian and Carlo Odicino worked together to produce the show. The play is based off of 4 different scenes. Each scene covered a different situation based on students, families, children, parents and peers from Costa Mesa. These stories are based on real life scenarios presented by members of Estancia’s student body. Each of the four scenes covered topics such as anxiety, depression, immigration, finances and the common struggles that many of us share.
Under Pressure was about a Mexican household with two parents who came to the U.S. as immigrants with hopes to provide their children with a better lifestyle. The youngest child Jordan was the only child in the family with the a goal to go to college, however, his parents were not supportive of his decision. Like many immigrant families they wanted him to work to provide for the family.
Easy Street was about a family struggling financially. The father was unemployed with nothing to little luck with finding a job, a mother who worked day in and day out cleaning houses, and a daughter who wishes her family didn’t have to struggle anymore. The episode gave two different points of views of the story. One being the family that doesn’t have money, and another family that has more than enough money but are a broken family.
Being able to relate to these two episodes brought a mix of emotions. They were so relatable that it was as if I was seeing my family up on stage. My parents came to the U.S to give my siblings a better life than the one that they had. With me being the only girl in the household my dad was completely against me wanting to go to college just like Jordan’s family. Till this day I struggle with my parents being accepting of what I want to do with my future. Just like in Easy Street, my dad is unemployed and money plays a major role in my family. With my mom being our only source of income we struggle trying to keep everyone at home happy.
For To Whom it May Concern being my first ever play I am glad to say that I had a great experience. The play was well organized and the students were incredible with their acting skills. I was able to notice the amount of emotions put into each episode. The four stories show how regardless of one’s issue they are not alone. The play was written by the drama students and It was no surprise that all three shows were sold out.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez