The Sun is Also a Star was released May 17, 2019 to all theaters nationwide. It was directed by Ry Russo-Young, an American director from New York City who also released the hit movie Before I Fall.
The main characters Yara Shahidi as Natasha Kingsley and Charles Melton as Daniel Jae Ho Bae tells the story of Kingsley (Shahidi) who believes in science and facts and not fate as she looks for a way to go back to Jamaica in an attempt to avoid deportation. It also follows Jae Ho Bae (Melton) on his journey to becoming a doctor.
Jae Ho Bae was always the good kid, living up to his parents high expectations. Jae Ho Bae on his way to a important meeting sees Kingsley from across the train station. Something about Kingsley makes him think that fate has something much more in store. After taking many different trains is set on trying to find her. He intervenes and saves her life.
Although I don't really enjoyed the movie the actors really made the movie believable. In almost every scene there emotions seemed real. I think they chose good actors to play each characters . Overall this movie was an okay movie I would not pay to see this movie at least not in theaters. I would rate this movie a 7/10 and a C.
Reporter: Natalie Garcia
The OC Night Market comes to town three times a year on dates: May 17-19, June 14-16, and August 23-25. As of 2019, it’s the sixth year of the market being at the OC Fair and Event Center. Besides eating a lot of junk-food and uncommon recipes, you can indulge in eating contests, watch live performances, and stroll through the artwalk (art for sale). You can also try some Ramen in a cup or some delicious funnel cakes. The event opens at 4pm and ends at 12am all nights.
The majority of the vendors sell food items that are priced at around $10. Raul Hernandez, senior at Estancia High, ate at Friedays and shared his opinion afterwards. After eating Friedays’ pizza fries he said “they were really good… it exceeded my expectations”. If you want to visit the OC Night Market then you should be aware of its atmosphere.
Juan Uribe, another senior at Estancia High, says that “the atmosphere was very inviting and encouraging for people to come together and explore a different culture”. If there aren’t any live performances in the moment there is hip-hop music booming throughout the whole premises. All of the eating is outside due to vendors location, so wear outdoor clothing as well as comfortable shoes.
The OC Night Market attracts large sums of people so obtaining a place to sit and eat proves to be quite difficult. Another thing to take in to consideration is the waiting lines, many people come to the market so the lines tend to get long. If you are willing to wait a little longer to try out some unique foods then definitely give the OC Night Market a shot.
Reporter: Makai Walker
Homecoming, a new documentary available on Netflix, is written by Beyoncé, produced by Carter (the executive producer), and Dora Melissa Vargas. It stars Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and their children. The documentary first premiered on Netflix on April 17th, 2019 and features live performances of Beyonce’s songs performed at Coachella.
Homecoming is more about the aspects of Beyoncé’s life from being a famous pop star and didn’t reveal much about her childhood. Although, she did share how much work was put into the performance behind the scenes. She also shares the meaning behind her performances that most people might have not noticed until they watch this. Her explanations help the viewers connect the puzzle pieces of the deeper meaning. Beyoncé was able to use her voice to express the ideals and importance of both black culture and black college culture.
Also seen in the film, Beyoncé shares her pregnancy struggles with the world and explains how she had to work out and eat no carbs in order for her to lose weight and be able to fit into her costumes. She did mention how she got rusty in dancing because she hadn’t danced in so long and got weak in certain muscles that wouldn’t allow her perform as she used to. All of these issues acted as a wakeup call for her, so she had to work incredibly hard in order to do her next performance at Coachella where she would be the first black woman to headline the festival. After much disciplined work, she accomplished in fitting into her old suit.
Beyoncé serves as inspiration to anybody and everybody. She is living proof that anything is possible no matter how hard one thinks it is, you just have to set your mind to it. It may get difficult at times, but as long as you are trying you will get closer to your goal. Also, Beyoncé never lost her identity even after becoming famous she carries it within her performances. That is something everybody should look up to because sometimes we forget where we came from due to money or fame. It proves how you can have everything and keep your identity, your past, your family, your culture, etc. The word “documentary” can be turn off many people but trust me when I say this documentary will not bore you! It is a well deserved A.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
The Last Summer, a new movie on Netflix, came out on May 3rd, 2019. It was directed by William Bindley, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Bindley. The two main film stars are KJ Apa and Maia Mitchell. KJ Apa is well known from the current show called Riverdale and Maia Mitchell is most likely known from The Fostersand Teen Beach Movie. The film’s genre is an American romantic comedy. This movie’s targeted audience is teenagers, specifically seniors graduating high school.
This movie expresses the sense of a entering new chapter in one’s life. The new chapter after high school may lead to getting a higher education or even training for a specific career, but no matter what path one takes - it’s filled with good-byes to the past and hellos to new beginnings. Throughout the movie, it shows activities that the main characters did during their summer because it was their final break before they went their separate ways to college. Their summer was filled with various activities for them such as jobs, parties, family problems, working hard for that last-minute scholarship to ensure financial needs from their desired school, internships, etc.
It’s a very accurate film in many aspects when it comes to the summer activities, saying goodbye to friends and family, and most importantly in its of portrayal of unexpected family problems. The film is not just accurate, but it’s also very relatable for seniors that are graduating. It shows points of view from not only different races, but different members of subgroups - popular and the more quiet. It really does get a good grip on the average high-schooler’s life. Even if the viewer doesn’t relate to one of the groups shown, the stories within the groups consist of something different that anybody can relate to. This film is similar to The Perfect Date since the time period is also a senior year in a high school. It’s a different storyline but both movies are similar. If you enjoyed The Perfect Date, then you will love this movie. The Last Summer gets an A+.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
On April 25th, 2019, Marvel Studios newest (and allegedly last) Avengers movie hit theatres and it was epic. If you watched Avengers: Infinity War, you know that it left everyone in tears and with lots of questions revolving around the disappearance of numerous Avengers superheroes including, Spider-man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Groot (Vin Diesel), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and many more.
With the loss of all of these superheroes the Avengers accepted defeat. In Avengers: Endgame we see some new faces Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) who help the Avengers in their new mission, to fix what Thanos (Josh Brolin) had destroyed in Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame brings back people thought to be dead and gone, and breaks more hearts as they kill off more of everyone's favorite Avengers superheroes. Although the deaths are unexpected and heart wrenching, they are justified and important to the plot and if they had ended any other way the audience would’ve been left unsatisfied.
The movie had the audience clapping, laughing, gasping, and crying. There are a lot of unexpected twists for Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the movie and some very heartwarming moments between Hawkeye and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Endgame still leaves the audience with some questions of the future of some of the superheroes and answers most of the Infinity Wars questions. I suggest re-watching Infinity Wars, going to the bathroom before the movie starts, and bringing tissues. I give Avengers: Endgame an A.
Reporter: Nessa Osso
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