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
The House With Clocks in Its Walls (release date Sept. 21, 2018) Directed by: Eli Roth is an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He is more associated with the horror genre. Some movies he has directed are, ‘Inglourious Basterds”, “The Green Inferno”, “Hostel”, and“Knock Knock”. . .The House with Clocks in its Walls is based on a juvenile fiction book in 1973 by John Bellairs. The actors that star in this movie are Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic and Kyle MacLachlan.
The House with Clocks in its Walls is a very magical, adventurous, comedy. The story follows a 10 year old boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who loses both of his parents has to go live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). After witnessing abnormal activity around the house, Lewis eventually discovers that his uncle is a warlock.. Since Lewis doesn’t have many friends he calls on his uncle to bring to life a wizard who turns out to be evil. The remainder of the plot deals with Jonathan and Lewis stopping the trouble they brought. They have to stop the evil wizard and his wife before they change everything from the past.
I really enjoyed watching The House with Clocks in Its Walls because it was very entertaining. Some scenes of the movie were magical and the actors were very believable. In my opinion I think the actors did a spectacular job. I would rate this movie a B.
Reporter: Anahi Barcenas
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) was released August 17, 2018 to theaters nationwide based on the book called Crazy Rich Asians by. This movie was directed by Jon M. Chu, an American director and has also directed many other famous movies like Step up 2, Now You See Me 2, and Justin Bieber’s Believe. Crazy Rich Asians is the first American film with an all Japanese cast.
The movie stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu and Henry Golding as Nick Young in the roles of lead characters. While Wu has appeared in over 20 movies it is the first for Golding. This story is about Rachel (Wu) as she accompanies her long term boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding) to Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Rachel is excited to go to Asia for the first time but is nervous to meet Nick’s family after she finds out he's a millionaire. Being Nick Young's girlfriend, Rachel deals with jealous socialites and worse, Nick's own disapproving mother.
Going into this movie I didn’t really think i was going to like it. I usually don't like watching movies because I get bored quickly or distracted . Throughout the movie I did laugh quite a lot as it was funnier than I expected. At times it did get a bit boring but was enjoyable because of the slow development of the plot. The actors portrayed believable characters, however, think I would have liked to stay home and watch it on tv rather than paying to see it in the theater. I would give this movie a B, because it didn't meet my expectations, but it did make me laugh.
Reporter: Natalie Garcia
Halloween, Its been some time since Michael Myers has been on a killing spree. Laurie Strode(Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter Karen Strode(Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson(Andi Matichak) try to survive Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois with Michael Myers(James Jude Courtney) running around killing people once again. This mystery slasher film really gets the attention of the viewers right away. When John Carpenter’s Halloween theme song plays at the start of the movie you know, Michael Myers is back. After 40 years of being locked up in a mental institution Michael Myers finally escapes and is wanting to get vengeance for being locked up. The actor who played Michael Myers(James Jude Courtney) couldn't have played his role any better. He said “There’s a stealth efficiency to the way an actual trained killer works”. He once lived with a hitman who actually showed him how a killer doesn't waste time killing their victim. Michael Myers goes after the friends of Allyson sort of reminding the viewers how 40 years ago he did the same with Laurie and her friends. Later in the story Laurie Strode is put face to face with Myers and they fight it out until she finally traps him with the help of her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson. Overall, I would rate this movie a B+ because it delivered the suspense and the gore but I feel like towards the end they could've added just a bit more to the struggle between Michael and Strode. If you’re a die hard slasher fan I would recommend you watch it because you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Reporter: Brian Luna
Costa Mesa held its 4th annual art event, ARTventure filled with art, live music, and refreshments to celebrate the talents of local artists with an opening reception and awards presentation. The event is an family-friendly day full of live art entertainment, including musical, theatrical, literary, culinary, and hands on demonstrations. This ARTventure was held on October 5th and 6th, 2018, at the Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, by the Costa Mesa Cultural Art Committee highlighting Costa Mesa’s “City of Arts” motto.
The work of visual artists was displayed in various ways from paintings to drawings to photographs to sculptures. Over 100 different artists were featured at the event, along with young aspiring artists. Students from Costa Mesa High School shared their creations of clay plates, bowls, cups, etc. for sale, along with student demonstrations of how to use pottery wheels. Patrons enjoyed the art comparing various works to see which was their favorite out of hundreds of masterpieces.
There were relatively more adults than children along with some teenage volunteers helping out with exhibits. Live string music played while children and adults participated in making paper activities, painting, art, and crafts.
Art enthusiasts in Costa Mesa enjoyed a perfect chance to view local talented work while introducing their kids to appreciate creativity through art as many aspiring artists thrived on admiration.
Reporter: Guadalupe Olivares-Mendoza