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Deadpool’s not your typical Marvel hero

Deadpool’s not your typical Marvel hero

Cole Hanson, Copy/Content Editor

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

  “Deadpool” Feb. 12 2016 (R) Directed by Tim Miller Starring Ryan Reynolds ★★★★☆ Viewers be warned, this is not your typical superhero movie. The explicit, fourth-wall breaking experience that is Marvel’s Deadpool stands as a refreshing contrast to the mainstream superhero genre....

Escape the Room is exactly what it sounds like — in a good way

Escape the Room is exactly what it sounds like — in a good way

Miranda Li, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

Escape the Mysterious Room Escape the Room Real Escape Game San Jose ★★★★★ Panic. Yells diffuse through tense air, hands flail, feet shuffle nervously. Three, two, one… time’s up, and the room explodes in laughter and noise. Escape the Room games are paid, timed experiences in which...

Kanye’s ‘The Life of Pablo’: beautiful, stupid

Kanye’s ‘The Life of Pablo’: beautiful, stupid

Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

  ‘The Life of Pablo,’ Kanye West Hip-Hop/Rap Feb. 14 2016 ★★★☆☆ Listen, I didn’t want to like this album. Regardless of whether or not you subscribe to the metaphysical idea that the artist exists independently from his art, we can all agree on one thing: Kanye West can...

New Nintendo console codenamed NX

New Nintendo console codenamed NX

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

Nintendo is in a difficult position — it needs a new console to remedy its mistakes and get sales back on track. However, abandoning its current home console, the Wii U, risks upsetting loyal fans who bought the console expecting lasting support, not a measly catalog of future releases. Nintendo’s...

Smash Bros. is done with downloadable content

Smash Bros. is done with downloadable content

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

“Super Smash Bros.” makes me yell at my best friend. And laugh at him, high five him, cheer with him and sulk with him. It brings eight people together in my family room, all engaged in the action taking place on-screen. As a video game franchise, Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros.” offers arguably...

At Sugarbaby, Los Altos comes full circle

At Sugarbaby, Los Altos comes full circle

Spencer Dembner, News Editor

March 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

Ask Darren Howze why he does what he does, and he points to a hand-painted sign over the store’s entrance. It says, “It’s a Beautiful Day to be Sweet.” Howze, along with his wife Colleen, is the owner of Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe, a new candy store nestled on State Street that opened in February....

Best Director

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

  Will Win: George Miller Could Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Should Win: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Birdman, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s previous feature, and a swirling, manic gift of a movie, won him last year’s ‘Best Director’ belt. This year, the Mexican director focuses his efforts in t...

Best Actress

Hanna Khosravi, Features Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

  Will Win: Brie Larson Could Win: Saoirse Ronan Should Win: Brie Larson This year’s Best Actress category presents a classically varied cast of characters: A young victim of abduction who finds her strength in the upbringing of her son, a wife who discovers a dark secret about her husband’s...

Controversy at the Oscars

Eric Thiem, Business Manager

February 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

For the second year running, only white actors and actresses have been nominated for every major acting category in the Academy Awards. But this time around, people all over the country aren’t taking this lying down. Spreading like wildfire, the controversy has sparked national outrage and prompted n...

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle

Savita Govind and Anisha Desai

February 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Waking up to a blaring alarm in the morning, right in the middle of peaceful, deep sleep is a daily struggle for most high schoolers. Now, instead of trudging through the morning half-asleep, students can download Sleep Cycle to help them out. An interactive alarm clock, Sleep Cycle tracks sleep patterns an...

Best Actor

Akhil Jakatdar, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

  Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio Could Win: Matt Damon Should Win: Michael Fassbender Five men. Ten combined Oscar nominations between them. Two Oscar winners among them. The field for the 2016 Oscars Best Actor in a Leading Role nominations is rich and filled with many deserving candidate...

Best Picture

Spencer Dembner and Josh Kirshenbaum

February 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Will Win: Spotlight Could Win: The Revenant Should Win: Spotlight This year’s group of nominees for Best Picture has a little of it all. From the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies to the Financial drama The Big Short, to the frontier epic (The Revenant) to both post apocalyptic and extra-terrestrial...

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