‘Meet the ATA: Halloween Edition’ Review

By Camille Yost On October Friday the 13th, Advanced Theater Arts presented to Tustin High School a wonderful production of ‘Meet the ATA: Halloween Edition’ showcase. The ten different scenes captured both the spookiness and comedic takes on the holiday dedicated to the dead. A notable scene, “Kev Burger” was about a couple who stopped…

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

By Alec Nunez After the acclaimed success of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (2015), 2017 brings audiences his latest work, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Following Yorgos’ style of dark and twisted stories, this film follows Steven, a charismatic cardiovascular surgeon, who takes a fatherless teenage boy, Martin,  under his wing after he intrudes…

It’s A Must-See

By Jair Martinez The classic horror movie It, which might as well be titled Coulrophobics Worst Nightmare, is getting a remake. Maybe you’ve heard about it or maybe not, but either way, this is definitely a must-see movie of 2017. Just from the snippets seen in the trailers, It 2.0 seems to be similar to…

The Recent Evolution of DC and Marvel

By Jason Aquino Comic books have been on the rise in popularity in recent years. We’ve gone from having a decent comic book movie every few years to having three or more appearances from the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, and Batman every few months. Just last year, we got six comic book movies from both…

Doctor Who?

By Jair Martinez The time has come once more—the time of the Doctor. The incredibly popular British TV show, Doctor Who, is getting a new lead actor but he will still be playing the same character…it’s complicated. Any Doctor Who fan, or a Whovian as they prefer to be called, knows exactly how this works….

Fargo: A Dark Comedy Crime Drama

By Jason Aquino FX’s “Fargo,” based on eponymous film by famous director duo, the Coen Brothers, is set in a tiny Minnesota town. “Fargo” is a black comedy crime drama that features small city folks who get involved in the affairs of crime syndicates and tend to cause a myriad of violence. The story blends…

Black Mirror – The Dark Side of Technology

By Jason Aquino Humans have relied on technology to help them throughout history, but within the future of technology, uncertainty lies. Everyday, science fiction’s technology has come closer and closer to reality and has always been considered progressive. Black Mirror, a television show on BBC, deviates from other sci-fi shows by depicting the possible dangers…

A Tale As Old As Time

By Camille Yost Disney’s animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” was transformed into a live action film that released on March 17, 2017. This film, rated a 7.9/10 on IMDB, has hauled in 462 million dollars worldwide. “Beauty and the Beast” has surpassed the 201 million brought in by the live action “Cinderella”, released in…

Say Bye to “The Bye Bye Man”

By Yaire Alfaro If you’re enthusiastic about thrillers and horror films, the newly released film, The Bye Bye Man, is NOT the right fit for you. The movie is directed by  Stacy Title and written by  Jonathan Penner; it was also released on January 13 and rated PG-13 (due to terror, horror violence, blood, and…

Everyone is Falling in La La Love with La La Land

By Gigi Hume Way back in ‘ye olden days, musicals were the norm at the box office scene, and a widely popular one in that. Tales of romance combined with light-hearted tunes of Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Debbie Reynolds harmonized into audiences’ hearts and created an uplifting energy, and in a time of war…

The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon

By Kyle Arbiola Stuck with nothing to do after school the rest of the week? Longing for some form of entertainment to pass the time? The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon is the answer to your prayers, it is quite the Shakespearience. The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon is a two-hour satirical play performed by Ms. Markley’s advanced drama class. The play…

The Waking Life- A Movie You Won’t Sleep Through

By Galilea Oregon Ever since my freshman honors English class studied philosophy last year, I have been extremely intrigued by intangible subjects such as time, space, love, and the very perception of reality. After we presented slideshows on philosophers and their theories on the intangible, we watched the film “Waking Life” directed by Richard Linklater,…

The Entertaining Redhead and Her Latin Husband: Their Journey to Success

By Eileen Obregon In the beginning of the 1950s, T.V. shows had become the everyday family time to-do. Tens of millions of families had T.V.s, with many shows having viewers ranging from 3,213,000 to a maximum of 6,283,200. A particular show, however, broke the boundaries of T.V. production by having not only different nationalism, but…

4 Frightening Movies to Watch this October

By Alexyss Ortiz and Melanie Mercado October is the month of everything scary and mysterious. It’s the month when you have an excuse for looking scary in the mornings and of course the month when you can dress up as your favorite characters. It’s especially the best time to stay home and watch scary movies…

Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

By Jair Martinez and Karley Bailey Another reboot? Rest assure that this one will probably be the last reboot. We have seen the best version of Spider-man on film in the movie Captain America: Civil War and now Tom Holland, the new actor that plays Spider-man, will get his own solo movie, Spider-man: Homecoming. Everyone…

Bordertown: America’s Stern Mother as a Cartoon

By: Destiny Gomez Shock was thrown at the world on January 3rd, when the first and most anticipated episode of “Bordentown” aired on Fox. Bordertown targets the relationship between 2 families, the American Buckwalds and the Mexican Gonzalez family, living in a makeshift city called “Mexifornia.” Amidst all the current controversy happening in politics, I’m…

10 Cloverfield Lane — A Spoiler-Free Review

by Gwynn Van Houten When the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released on January 15, just two months before its premiere, it seemed strange that it was some of the first news we’d been given of a new Bad Robot film. It received scant promotion and marketing; until it was released, moviegoers and media…

The Academy Awards: A Night of Success

  By: John Mendoza The 88th Academy Awards presented by the AMPAS, more commonly known as the Oscars, was a night filled with great appreciation towards the feats reached by people in the film industry. It was also a night filled with much controversy. Many people both inside and out of the Academy were puzzled…

American Sniper Book Review

By: Joshua Muller American Sniper, now a Hollywood movie, is an autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s experience in his four long tours in Iraq. God, country, and family were the most important things to him and he shows this in his writing. Chris gives readers background on his life and choices he made while…

A New Generation of Jedi

By: Joshua Muller         Star Wars Episode VII has quickly become one the highest grossing movie in history. Upon its release fans were discouraged due to the bad feedback episodes one through three got. The movie release on December 18th broke multiple records at the Box office and gave fans a new hope on the…

“Little Shop of Horrors” Is A Must See

By Nayeli Medina Tustin High School has a variety of talents ranging from sports, music, dance, and visual performing arts. Theater specifically has made an impression with a variety of performances from musicals to successful shows that demonstrate the passion of students who strive to improve every performance; they make these plays come to life. The theater department produced,  “Little…

How Bad are the Badlands?

By: Gwynn Van Houten The latest show in AMC’s lineup, Into the Badlands, aims to fill a void that appeared before comic book lovers when The Walking Dead proved to be a poor adaptation of its source, for better or for worse. This original post-apocalyptic action series, based loosely on 16th-century-Chinese novel Journey to the West, is…

10 Anime Recommendations that Aren’t Attack on Titan

By: Jacqueline Chavez, Jacqueline Martinez, and Gwynn Van Houten Paranoia Agent Strange things are always happening in Tokyo (in the anime world of course) so seeing a hooded juvenile, with a bent golden baseball bat, attacking random citizens around Tokyo, while wearing inline skates shouldn’t be much of a big deal, right? In Paranoia Agent,…

Fourth Arc of Legendary Manga Series to Receive an Anime Adaptation

By: Gwynn Van Houten For long-time manga readers and fans of the classics, the name JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure probably rings more than a few bells. JoJo’s has been a global phenomenon since its debut in 1986, and the mangaka, Araki Hirohiko, is practically a household name among Japanese comic readers. The first six parts of…

One Punch to Rule Them All

By Gwynn Van Houten Think of every action-packed series you’ve ever watched. Most of them are a little similar, aren’t they? Through trial and tribulation, loss and sacrifice, the main character grows and gradually develops to become the strongest they can. He or she encounters foes that grow in strength as well, all leading up to…

Attack on Titan Live action film hits U.S theaters

By Jacqueline Chavez Get ready my fellow anime fanatics, for the time has come to dust off your 3dm gear and swing over to your local movie theater. Tomorrow is the first part screening of the widely awaited Attack on Titans live action film. AOT (Attack on Titans) was originally a manga series created by…

The Homecoming of Tustin High School Alumni, T. Jefferson Parker

By: Karli Stichter and Shannimarie De La Cruz Tustin High School, established 1921, has been home to several unique and diverse individuals. Not only have these students made an impact on Tustin High and have left their legacy, but they have gone out and made a name for themselves in the world. Mrs. Christine Matos,…

‘Palo Alto’, Understands the Teenage Struggle

By Kassandra Ferrer “Palo Alto,” a movie directed by Gia Coppola, improved into a short story collection by James Franco, portrays raw emotions of the teenage search to fit in, find love, and define identity. This film emphasizes three conflicted teenagers living in wealthy Californian suburbs trying to resolve their agonizing problems. The beginning engages the…

Tustin High’s Chemo Girl

Cancer — A six letter word that has the ability to leave even the toughest people speechless, and after watching Tustin High School perform “Chemo Girl and Other Plays” I can see why.  The Little Theater was packed on Friday, March 28 as everyone hurried to find an open seat for the last night of…

Is America Ready For Bordertown by Fox?

By Karley Bailey   “Bordertown” is an original animation series created by Mark Hentemann and co-produced by Seth Macfarlane (“Family Guy”). Staff writers include artist, cartoonist and writer, Lalo Alcaraz.   Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly and author of the book Taco USA, worked as a consultant. This new Fox series introduces a humorous new outlook on the mix of Latino/American…