Dark, well written Netflix drama focuses on teen suicide

By Gustavo Buenrostro Netflix original content hits another homerun with “13 Reasons why,” a dark, brilliante, told adaptation with fantastic performances. The show is about the aftermath of the suicide of high school student Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford. The story follows Clay Jensen, played by Dylan Minnette, who had feelings for Hannah and discovers that she left cassette tapes behind explaining why she decided to commit suicide. The…

April 12, 2017
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Theater to present women centered war drama

By Roslin Ojeda  “The Accrington Pals,” written by Peter Whelan in 1981 abd based on a battalion during World War I, will be showcased by the Theater Department. The battalion was also from the town of Accrington which is located in Lancashire, England. The play will be directed by Kelly Hogan, who is an Intro to Theater professor and has directed other plays on campus. Hogan said the reason she…

April 12, 2017
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Deep, dark fears awaken in ‘Metamorphosis’

By Francisco Portillo The first play of the semester, “Metamorphosis,” takes a look into one of humanity’s deepest fears: being discriminated upon based on physical differences. White drapery is placed all around the stage, giving the audience the sense that they’re watching a play taking place in a cocoon. The play is located in P2-205 and the audience is right in front of the action with the actors on the…

March 22, 2017
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Real Estate returns with solid indie tracks after four years

By Felipe Rodriquez It’s been four years since Real Estate has released a new record and although the band has seen a new lineup, former guitarist Matt Mondanile’s absence demonstrates an unfillable void with its new sound. Real Estate’s new record “In Mind,” is a solid return from the band’s long break from songwriting. Following the release of their last album, “Atlas.” Its dreamy riffs and and catchy hooks made…

March 22, 2017
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Drake gives fans ‘More Life’ with new album

By Tiana Hunter ‘More Life’ is the sixth solo album from triple platinum artist Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake. The long awaited album was finally released March 18 after many push back dates. Back in October he alluded to dropping another album which many people thought would be released on his birthday, October 24. After much speculation, Drake published a video on his instagram giving fans a release date….

March 22, 2017
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‘Kong’ delivers with mediocre results

By Francisco Portillo “Kong: Skull Island”  fails to rise above mediocrity despite being a film with a large, talented cast and establishing an interesting backstory to the titular character. The fact that the word king has been left out of the title is no accident as the movie doesn’t deserve the title of king. The inclusion of the word King would imply that the movie is worthwhile. Instead, the movie…

March 15, 2017
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‘Logan’ gives fans a faithful R-rated comic-book film

By Francisco Portillo  Fueled by an amazing performance by Hugh Jackman,  “Logan” is the best on-screen representation of the Wolverine character to date. Director and writer James Mangold finally gives fans what they’ve been waiting for with the perfect mixture of humor, emotion, vulgarity and gore. The greatest thing about this movie is it’s R-rating. Without having to cater to a younger audience, Mangold is given free reigns to portray…

March 8, 2017
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Horror comedy explores social commentary

By Dorany Pineda  There is nothing standard about Jordan Peele’s brutally smart feature film debut “Get Out,” a comedy horror satire about the African American experience within a white suburban neighborhood. “Get Out” is a social commentary about white racism and the real-life anxieties of the black experience in this country, which, as the film reveals, can sometimes descend into nightmare. The film opens with a scene of a young…

March 1, 2017
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Student showcase art at writing center

By Eddie Garcia  East Los Angeles College students can now have some of their artwork on display in the Reading and Writing Center located on the second floor of the Ernest Moreno Arts and Humanities building, also known as the E-3 building. Claudia Jimenez of the Writing Center and Marisa Marofske of the Art Department turned a promising idea into reality. It’s a new project that gives more exposure to…

March 1, 2017
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Theater arts students flourish in competition

By Dorany Pineda Design students from the Theater Arts Department won big at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) that took place Feb. 14-19 at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Stephen Azua and David Sanchez won first place against 68 other competitors in the Design and Technology categories of the Region 8 competitions. Azua won for his Lighting Design in East Los Angeles College’s production…

March 1, 2017
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