‘Identity Thief’ disappoints with cheap, uninspired humor

By Jair Fuentes “Identity Thief” turns a unique concept into a typical road trip comedy which follows Sandy Patterson, a man who has his identity stolen by a woman. Jason Bateman stars as Sandy Patterson alongside Melissa McCarthy as Diana, the con artist who steals Patterson’s identity. Right away, Patterson discovers that he is over the limit on his credit card and his crazy journey begins. Two thousand miles away…

February 11, 2013

‘Paranormal Activity 4’ fails to frighten audience

By Jair Fuentes   “Paranormal Activity 4” fails to top its predecessors in the latest installment of the successful found footage franchise. The film follows a teenager named Alex, played by Kathryn Newton, and her family, which includes adopted brother Wyatt, played by Aiden Lovekamp, and takes place in Henderson, Nevada. After discovering Robbie, the boy from across the street, playing in their backyard, Alex begins to wonder why he…

October 23, 2012

Technology takes over learning

  By Jair Fuentes   Students should leave technology outside of the classroom. Over the years, technology has advanced to the point that the internet can be easily accessed almost anywhere, especially in schools. With technology such as iPhones, iPods, iPads and tablets, it has  become faster and more convenient to surf the web. In fact, for some people, it has become addicting. They feel the need to be on…

October 19, 2012

ELAC plans to cap winter, summer units

By Jair Fuentes Recent changes at East Los Angeles College have been affecting students, and now a unit limitation requirement may affect winter and summer sessions. With budget cuts already eliminating programs and cutting classes, students’ schedules have not been exactly what they expected. A pending revision to the Los Angeles Community College District Board Rule 8603 states that students are allowed to register district-wide for up to nine units in…

October 3, 2012

Students will miss shuttle service

  By Jair Fuentes   Budget cuts in the education system have been affecting schools nationwide. In a string of recent changes at East Los Angeles College, it’s been announced that the shuttle service has been cancelled for the fall semester. Cancelling the shuttle buses makes a difference in a student’s educational plans and can hinder students from their potential success. The shuttle buses, which East Los Angeles College has…

September 12, 2012

Burton, Depp fail to impress

  By Jair Fuentes  Director Tim Burton fuses two generations and takes a stab at dark humor in his latest film “Dark Shadows,” which is loosely based on the popular gothic soap opera of the same name. This film marked the seventh time that Burton and Johnny Depp have worked together.  In the film, Depp portrays Barnabas Collins. As a young boy, Collins and his parents moved to America in…

May 16, 2012