Mountain Road (artwork)

posted Oct 3, 2019, 8:08 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer/Artist

Posted October 3rd, 2019

Twist (photo)

posted Sep 30, 2019, 7:22 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Photographer

Posted September 30th, 2019

Miss Nora (photo)

posted Sep 30, 2019, 7:21 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Photographer

Posted September 30th, 2019

Foggy sunset (photo)

posted Sep 30, 2019, 7:15 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Olivia Kreft, Staff Photographer

Posted September 30th, 2019

Autumma (a Poem)

posted Sep 17, 2019, 7:48 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted September 17th, 2019


The cool night air brushed through the trees

Their leaves starting to turn

Vibrant summer green peeked through the gold, orange, yellow, and red

Not yet reaching their full potential a yin yang of color

Preceding the fireworks of color before they shed their coat of leaves

Hiding their beauty from winter's icy hands

Already a few leaves drifted through the air 

Scattered across the grass

Adding to the growing excitement of some as soon the rest would fall

Winter was coming

Detective Pikachu: mediocre movie of the summer (Movie Review)

posted May 31, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 31st, 2019

Hello Folks! Today we will be reviewing the movie Detective Pikachu.

This movie is about the disappearance of our main character’s father. In looking for answers, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) stumbles upon the R serum, which makes nearby pokemon go nuts.  After finding a Pikachu, Goodman realizes that he can talk with Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds). After teaming up with his father’s pokemon to investigate for further information, Tim uncovers certain doom for both human and pokemon life.  Can Tim save the world? Find out in Detective Pikachu!

In all honesty, I’m not a Pokemon fan, and so many of the pokemon references were swept under the rug for me. But I soon found that the movie was spectacular to look at and admire. However, the plot seemed way too cliche. If I had a nickel for every time I heard of an evil protagonist attempting to expose a chemical across the city to mutate humans, I’d have some serious change.

Beyond the plot, the visual imagery generated by the artist was amazing. Watching a realistic pokemon move around was incredible. As far as themes, I don’t think there were any learnable messages. You have your goodie two shoes of a guy trying to impress a girl, but instead gets caught with his pants down-- literally.  More importantly he tries to find his dad who was taken. The ending also seemed really confusing as the villain wanted to fuse humans with their pokemon, which doesn’t seem so much like a bad thing. If anything, the true villains are the makers of the movie for such poor plot quality. And for a Pokemon based movie, this had little to no battles whatsoever.  If the directors really wanted, they could have gone somewhere completely different with the movie. This could have been possibly just as good as Marvel’s Endgame. Alas, another one to add to the pile of mediocre movies.

Overall, I give this movie a 4/10. I surely wouldn’t watch again. At least not for the plot. Art is admirable though.

"Earth" by rapper and comedian Lil’ Dicky sets a mild environmental chord with listeners

posted May 30, 2019, 1:29 PM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated May 31, 2019, 4:39 AM ]

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 30th, 2019

After listening to this song, I thought it was okay. The lyrics are very simple, there’s not much variation, so they are not very distinguished in a sense of creativity. The beat was mellow and compares greatly to that of Maroon 5's current musical pieces. Songs like Maps, Sugar, and Misery are a great example. The song plays the role of sharing a feeling of self preservation and unified domestic tranquility. The purpose of the song seems cliche, as it's uncommon for artists to talk about the Earth and our love for it as a main message. This leads me to believe this song might've been paid for by a environmentalist organization. Of course without evidence, this is only a thought.

Is "Avengers: End Game" Worth The Price of Admission? (Movie Review)

posted May 20, 2019, 6:03 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted May 20th, 2019

For the last 10 plus years, the Comic Book Studio, Marvel, has been crafting a narrative of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Dr. Strange, and a multitude of others as they fight battles against numerous villains.  Although these stories often operated separately of one another, one threat loomed over all, an extremely powerful godlike being named Thanos. Last year, we witnessed the rise of Thanos as he captured several stones that could wield the power of the universe.  We saw the destruction of half of the population, and we witnessed all hope leave the heroes we have known. This Spring, the movie “End Game” was released as an extension to this story. “End Game” functions as a redemption story that moves from the brink of loneliness and despair to a historic victory through the cooperation of what remains of the Avengers.

One of the most important aspects of any narrative is character development, which “End Game” has in spades.  Over the three hour show time, the audience relates with a narcissistic billionaire, laughs at an ineptly gluttonous god, and is empowered by the sacrifices made by a mechanic AI.  This storytelling is so profound due to the large surplus of material that has been accrued over the past decade. Every character feels not only like a hero, but like a person. It is these human qualities that draw the viewer in and make it feel relatable.  However, due to the dependence on past films for sourcing, the movie is not very watchable to those that have not seen the previous films. It is important to have the prior knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before going in.

One of the largest disservices this movie does is to the villain: Thanos.  The film takes what had been an ominous, terrifying, unstoppable force and severely weakens his abilities with the progression of the plot.  This essentially damages the central conflict of the movie and makes it more about the internal struggles of the individuals rather than the collective concern of all humanity.  Despite this fact, the movie still entertains and leaves the viewer deeply satisfied, albeit for different reasons than those expected upon entering the movie.

In conclusion, I would recommend watching “End Game,” especially if you have seen most of the other Marvel movies.  It’s not perfect, but it will undoubtedly satisfy, and that’s the ultimate purpose of Cinema. In terms of a rating, I would give “End Game” a 6.5/10

Another Captain Enters the Marvel Universe (A Movie Review of Captain Marvel)

posted May 13, 2019, 4:38 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 13th, 2019

Captain Marvel is a trainee under Kree regiment on a mission to recover intelligence. In midst of battle, Marvel is captured and taken aboard the spaceship of the Skrull faction, a deceptive and hostile race of creatures battling against the Kree. Upon escape, Marvel lands on Earth only to rediscover her past life from her findings. With a clearer view of the situation, Marvel teams with the Skrull to fight off the tyrannical Kree and uses her abilities to their true potential.

This movie has a lot of good messages for the audience to consider. Throughout the movie, there are many instances where Captain Marvel is knocked down, but when she is being told by the supreme intelligence to give up, she breaks free and escapes once more to help her allies. This scene shows how important it is for humanity to stand up against evil-doers, even when the odds are against us. No matter how difficult the situation, one must keep moving forward. Another theme is the theme of morality over punctuality. In the movie, Captain Marvel comes to realize that the governing Kree are merciless killers only seeking their own benefit. Even after this revelation of disposition, Captain Marvel is determined to help the Skrull find a new home. Marvel is telling the audience it is never too late to do the right thing. Even though Captain Marvel was on the losing side, she still pushed for victory.

I thought that the movie was successful many areas of its development. Throughout the fight scenes, the computer generated images performed very well. As for the plot, there were a lot of unanswered questions that became fulfilled throughout the story. There were some great 90’s references including Pop-culture music, arcade games, and technology. I enjoyed the humor; it seems to appeal to all ages in that aspect. In the beginning of the movie, I thought that Marvel’s commentary throughout the fight scene seemed a little forced.

In total the plot was easy to follow. It was well rounded in terms of emotional appeal. Its use of inspiration, humor, and sadness mixed with an inspiring message fitted the film perfectly. All the characters were distinguishable and the actors all played their roles well.

With this said, I give the movie a rating of 8.5/10

Sunrise (photography)

posted Apr 8, 2019, 6:10 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted April 8th, 2019

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