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Zodiac Watch II

By Juliet Tarot

It is Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius season. Sagittarius is a fire sign; Capricorn is an earth sign; and Aquarius is an air sign.

Sagittarius (11/22-12/21) 

Sagittarius, this week you can expect change but take this as an opportunity to better yourself.

Sagittarius is a fire sign. You are most compatible with fellow fire signs Aries and Leo, and air signs Libra and Aquarius. Sagittarius are known to be the funniest and most outgoing sign in the whole zodiac. I’ve never met one Sagittarius who wasn’t funny.

Capricorn (12/22-1/19)

Capricorn, this week I see acceptance. Learn to be okay with change. It’s not always a bad thing.

Capricorn is an earth sign. I am a Capricorn myself. We are most compatible with our fellow earth signs Taurus and Virgo, and water signs Scorpio and Pisces. Capricorns are known to be hard workers, very passionate about what they do.

Aquarius (1/20-2/18)

Aquarius, be on the lookout this week. Remember to stay positive.

Aquarius is an air sign. You are most compatible with fellow air signs Gemini and Libra, as well as fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. Aquarius are known to be the weirdest of the zodiac signs. Having this zodiac sign is pretty rare. There aren’t many Aquarius out there. Every Aquarius I’ve met, especially girls, are super unique.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021): Film Review

By Karissa Meno

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid premiered on Disney+ on Friday, December 3, 2021 and was found all over Twitter that same day. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was definitely something different coming from the original live action Diary of a Wimpy Kid from 2010 and something to reflect upon with the book.

This Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Studios, 20th Century Animation, and Color Force Production was directed by Swinton O. Scott lll, with producers Jeff Kinney, Bradford Simpson and Nina Jacobson. The music was composed by John Paesano with screenplay by Jeff Kinney. The cast contains the voices of Bradly Noon (Greg Heffley), Ethan William Childress (Rowley), Erica Cerra (Susan), Chris Diamantopoulos (Frank), Hunter Dillon (Roderick), Christian Convery (Fregley), and Gracen Newton (Manny). 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Disney+ Movie Trailer and Photos | POPSUGAR Family

The story starts off just like in the book and original movie: Greg is starting middle school soon. We are introduced to Rowley, Greg’s best friend who doesn’t get the concept of middle school and “acting his age.” We’re also introduced to Greg’s family, which, just like in the book and original film, contain Greg’s mom Susan or Mrs. Heffley, Greg’s dad Frank or Mr. Heffley, Greg’s older brother Roderick, and Greg’s younger brother Manny. The characters are animated to have the same physical factors as they do in the book with large heads and feet and skinny legs and arms.

Roderick gives Greg advice on how to get through middle school and is faced with the challenge that Rowley may not survive middle school (but trust me, no one does). They also must survive the famous moldy cheese. Greg starts to give subtle but not so subtle advice to Rowley on how to survive middle school. As they head into their new and uncharted school they try to get through the day as much as possible. After the first day, Greg hopes to help Rowley survive middle school for the rest of the year. Even though Rowley takes Greg’s advice for a few weeks, as Halloween approaches for the new middle schoolers, they fall back into certain aspects that lead them to be chased down by a few reckless teenagers trying to bully and take Greg and Rowley’s candy.

After Halloween, Greg has to deal with having no video and ends up giving Rowley a popularity mechanism. The day they go back to school, Rowley starts to gain new friends and become more popular like Greg wishes for. As Greg and Rowley grow apart and Rowley gains a new best friend, Greg starts to grow jealous and tries to make Rowley jealous in the process. After a few terrifying encounters with Greg’s neighbor Greg realizes that it was time to do right by Rowley and do what he wants even if people judge him (or run away from him either way). 

The movie itself had me confused when I would see the physical features of most characters. This new, short film is based on the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the events that happened are meant to sequence with the events in the book. In the movie, each event happened in a significantly different way. The animation was greatly significant as well as the coloring and other factors of the animation that made it interesting to watch. Some of the beginning and end storytelling was drawn just like it was from the book, which I always found nice to see. Some of the voicing matched up perfectly with most characters or sounded a little too young for “meant to be older characters.” Even though the movie happened very fast it all made sense and transitioned smoothly. As most people would say, the movie wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad (I just hope they don’t consider making a sequel).

Disney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid animated movie gets a new poster and sequel

Red Notice: Movie Review

By: Karissa Meno

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Red Notice is set up to be a fun and adventurous movie, and as always contains a little comedy. The Netflix Original movie beats views of the Disney+ film Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.

This Flynn Picture Company, Seven Bucks Productions, and Bad Version, Inc. production is directed by Rawsn Marshall Thurber. This action/comedy has a starring cast of Gal Gadot (Sarah Black/The Bishop), Dwayne Johnson (John Hartley), Ryan Reynolds (Booth), Ritu Arya (Inspector Urvashi Das), and Chris Diamontopoulos (Sotto Voce) that make this movie eventful.

This movie offers the story of the worlds greatest con-artist (Booth) and intelligent FBI Agent (Hartley) looking for Ancient Egypt’s Cleopatra’s famous and expensive glamour eggs. While trying to beat the worlds greatest thief (Sarah Black) to the eggs as well. All while creating an action filled and adventurous roller coaster throughout different places.  

The movie begins fast paced, introducing our two main characters Booth and Agent Hartley. Booth is the world’s greatest con-artist and Agent Hartley is part of the FBI trying to track down Booth. Booth’s main objective is to gain Cleopatra’s extravagant glamour egg given to her by Mark Antony. After Hartley goes on a chase for Booth, a misunderstanding leads both Hartley and Booth to work together. They are given an offer by Sarah Black who also wants to retrieve the glamour eggs. Now Booth and Hartley are on a race to beat Sarah to the eggs. This adventure brings Booth And Hartley closer together as Hartley is looking to regain his reputation in the FBI. Later the three of them are forced to work together on their trip to the third egg.

The beginning of the movie is fast moving but still easy to keep up with. Ryan Reynolds as always offers some great comedy throughout any scene. Even though the action begins a couple minutes before the start, it was eventful to watch for an action/comedy. The events that follow make sense, in a way but are very random; and even though the story has an objective it lays a little bit of history behind the story all tying it up to the places they travel. I’ve never been one for your “historical con-artist action movies” but this one seemed eventful to me in some way that I never took a chance on action movies. Some aspects of the movie were your typical cheesy action scenes, but all is well and good enough for me.

If you love your action-filled car chases, slow motion air scenes, sort of predictable twists and turns, going from place to place, and some occasional safe-cracking, this is the movie for you.

Blue Banisters by Lana Del Rey: Music Review

By Orion

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

(7.5 stars out of 10)

Lana Del Rey returns with a second album this year, Blue Banisters and her eighth studio album overall in her discography. She had earlier released Chemtrails Over The Country Club in March, and had almost immediately announced another album to be released that same year in a different title of Rock Candy Sweet. After four single releases in “Text Book,” “Wildflower Wildfire,” “Blue Banisters,” and “Arcadia,” and multiple snippets on her now deleted instagram, Blue Banisters was released on October 22, 2021. Lana enlisted the help of seasoned producers such as Mike Dean and Rick Nowels and musicians such as the folk band Kassidy and Miles Kane on production with some even contributing vocals.

“Text Book” opens with Lana’s signature vocals singing about a lover and how their relationship reminds her of tumultuous relationship with her mother and father, and how her father often didn’t intervene when her mother lashed out, in the midst of the social backdrop of 2020. On the title track “Blue Banisters,” Lana vocalizes over a more piano based composition about a former lover in Oklahoma and how most men are intimidated by her high honors. She finds comfort from her pain in the midwest Americana and her friends but is still vulnerable.

In “Arcadia,” she compares herself to the state of California in both its virtues and faults where she uses Arcadia as an escape from her native East Coast in a more soulful tune. “The Trio” interlude has a sample from Italian composer Ennio Morricone being used with an out of place trap beat on the album, a notable instrumental interlude outlier from the more piano and guitar/drum based tunes of other songs. “Black Bathing Suit” has slight reverbed and almost cracking vocals near the end as she tells about her public perception both physically and socially, and how it doesn’t faze her (she even makes money off it), while asking her lover if he can handle all that and her maternal problems.

“If You Lie Down Next to Me” has Lana continuing a relationship with an untrustworthy lover which she knows is a liar but knows he is not over her despite his attempts. The track is notable for having a more horn-based instrumental outro reminiscent of 1920s jazz. “Beautiful” has Lana dealing with her depression in acceptance of her sadness rather than a look for a silver lining with wondrous light piano chords throughout. “Violets for Roses” has Lana finding happiness with the exit of a long, toxic relationship and the recovery of the world overall from the pandemic.

“Dealer” takes a much more soft rock turn as Lana literally screams to get out of a one-sided relationship on the metaphor as her lover and her drug dealer. It contains beautiful backing vocals and sometimes lead vocals from former Rascals frontman and solo artist Miles Kane.

“Thunder” has Lana vocalize over a soulful, bittersweet-like sound compared to the more somber songs; the lyrics are just as somber as Lana speaks of a facade of a happy relationship compared to the actual more lifeless and alcoholic abusive one.

“Wildflower Wildfire” has Lana sing about her past struggles and hospitalizations with alcohol abuse and her mother’s abuse, and with wishing to live free from all of that. “Nectar of the Gods” takes a more melancholic-folkish turn on Lana’s experiences with heroin and how it made her become more erratic and lost than before she took it. “Living Legend” has Lana serenade her early mentor Jane Powers in a song she wrote in 2013 with a powerful instrumental near the seemingly imitating Lana’s voice in a more ethereal like form. In returning to the more piano chords in “Cherry Blossom,” Lana sings about her future child and giving her the idealistic childhood that her mother never gave her, with hints at the child’s possible name. “Sweet Carolina” ends the album beautifully with a lullaby-like song dedicated to her sister Chuck who had recently given birth to a child this year.

Blue Banisters as a whole does contain some repetitive themes in some songs and at least one musically out of place song in “Trio.” However, it is perhaps one of her most introspective albums to date and the themes that are shown are extremely personal looks at Lana’s mental state in her relationships, her outlook on the world and her perception, and her hopes and fears for the future. Overall it is one of Lana’s most emotionally resonant albums in her discography and is one of her most unique and beautiful albums to date.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission–Movie Review

By Yael Ventura

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When a sinister organization threatens to wipe out all superhuman powers, the fate of the world is on the line. With two hours until the collapse of civilization, Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki manage to work as a team, but there’s still one problem. Deku’s on the run for murder.

Crew:

Original Creator: Kohei Horikoshi. 

Director: Kenji Nagasaki 

Screenplay: Yosuke Kuroda. 

Music: Yuki Hayashi. 

Character Designer: Yoshihiko Umakoshi. 

Animation Production: BONES. 

Cast: 

Izuku Midoriya – Japanese: Daiki Yamashita, English: Justin Briner

Katsuki Bakugou – Japanese: Nobuhiko Okamoto, English: Clifford Chapin

Shoto Todoroki: Japanese: Yuki Kaji, English: David Matranga

Rody Soul – Japanese: Ryo Yoshizawa, English: Ryan Colt Levy 

Pino – Japanese: Megumi Hayashibara, English: Cristina Vee Valenzuela

Flect Turn – Japanese: Kazuya Naki, English: Robbie Daymond

In a world where 80% of the population has a super power known as quirks, Izuku Midoriya is born without a quirk. His life goal to become the world’s greatest hero just like his idol and the symbol of peace, All Might, is cut short by the revelation. When Izuku comes across his idol on his way home, his life changes forever. Now with his new quirk of One for All, he attends U.A. High School with his classmates as they train to become pro heroes.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission brings out what fans love about the original anime series. A compelling story, unique original characters, high octane fights and stellar animation. The movie introduces new heroes with unique quirks and of course villains with powerful quirks. 

The first act starts off with an introduction to this movie’s villain, Flect Turn, and his cult, Humarise. Their goal is to erase the world’s quirk and leave only the quirkless humans. The cults release a smoke that causes civilians to act on their own, killing many. The movie then cuts to the film’s three protagonists as they engage on a stealth mission. The three heroes are shown rocking their new sleek stealth suits.

The second act then slows down as the heroes are positioned in different areas around the world. Newcomer Rody Soul is introduced and how he and his little siblings live in poverty. He does jobs for the bar owner and during one job, he runs into Izuku and his trio. Izuku, hero name Deku, follows Rody and is held at gunpoint with Rody. They escape and Izuku is wanted by the world as a mass murderer. This act slows down and has a road-trip-film like feel as the “wanted” duo make it to a safe point.

The final act and climax is where the movie really starts kicking into high gear. Bombs with quirk erasing smoke begin to count down all over the world. The three heroes: Deku, Bakugo and Todorki have located the headquarters of Humarise and come up with a plan. After being given a chip that can stop all the bombs around the world, they decide to break into the headquarters to stop the end of the world, within only two hours. Piloted by Rody, the three heroes make it off the plane and begin to break in. The movie then splits into three major fights. The first fight consists of Bakugo vs new villains Serpenters. Second fight consists of Todoroki vs new-commer Leviathan. The final and most important fight features Izuku vs the headmaster, Flect Turn. The final fight goes all out with the animation and emotional aspect of the film.

Everything fans love is here and on the big screen. The music really fits the vibe of the scenes, especially during very stressful situations during the final act. The animation is also stellar throughout the whole movie, especially during a fight scene where there are no cuts and all in one perspective. Emotionally, the movie does that really great as well. The viewers can feel the stress and thrill from fights. The film is an amazing addition to the anime series, a must watch for the fans.

Music Review: “Red (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

By Laci Bassaj

Taylor Swift released her second re-recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version), on
November 12, 2021. While the original album was only 16 tracks, Red (Taylor’s Version)
consists of 30 tracks, including re-recordings of songs from the original album, as well as songs
“From The Vault” that were originally supposed to be on the album but didn’t make the final cut.
The album has a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes, including features from Gary Lightbody of
Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran, Phoebe Bridgers, and Chris Stapleton.

This album is the second re-recorded album by Taylor Swift, following her first re-
recorded album Fearless (Taylor’s Version), released in April 2021. Similarly to her first re-
recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version) stays true to the original, with few noticeable
differences. The only exception is “Girl At Home (Taylor’s Version),” which originally had a
country sound to it, but has been transformed into a pop song. Along with “Girl At Home
(Taylor’s Version),” some of my other favorites from the album were “Message In A Bottle
(Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” and “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The
Vault).”

Another song that stood out to me was “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault).” When I was listening to the album, this was the song I was most excited for. This was the very last song on the album, and I almost wanted to skip all the other 29 tracks just so I could listen to this song as soon as possible, but I chose not to. “All Too Well” was already one of my favorite songs, and I love this version even more. To go along with the emotional song about heartbreak, Taylor Swift released a short film, which I also enjoyed. Overall, I loved Red (Taylor’s Version), and have been listening to it nonstop since it was released. Taylor Swift took an album that was already amazing, and made it even better. The songs “From The Vault” have become some of my favorite songs on the album, and I love the re-recordings even more than the originals. I loved this album and I look forward to the music Taylor Swift releases in the future.

Food Review: Mochi + Donuts = Mochinut

By: Noelani Discipulo

Dessert – Mochinut

CHEWY GOODNESS. 

Mochinut is mainly known for their chewy mochi donuts, which are made from glutinous rice instead of regular flour. The glutinous rice adds to the sweetness of the donuts as well as their chewiness. Their donuts come in an assortment of flavors that are glazed, embedded, or topped onto them. Mochinut varies their flavors every day, however at this location they do announce their flavors in advance at @mochinut_cerritos on instagram.

There are multiple locations throughout the Southland, and each store offers different flavors and product offerings. At this location, they provide drinks and Korean-style hotdogs.

Their hours are from 11am – 10pm every day. The one downside is that they only provide half a dozen or one dozen donuts, and you can’t buy a single donut.

11312 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / IG: @mochinut_cerritos or @mochinut_official

How to Make Holiday Yams

By Joseph Kilis

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Cans Yams
  • 2 Cups Cranberry Sauce
  • Miniature Marshmallows

For Crumble:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Butter (Softened or Melted)

Instructions:

     1: Preheat your oven to 350°. Mash your yams at the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish, and mix half of your crumb mixture in with the yams. Smooth out.

     2: Add your cranberry sauce over the mashed yams, and also smooth it out. Make sure the sauce is cooled so it has some stability for the next layers.

     3: Add the rest of your crumb mixture on top of the cranberry sauce. It will crumble, so attempt to smooth it out without mixing it too much with the cranberry sauce beneath it. Add the cut nuts of your choice to this layer.

     4: Add a good amount of marshmallows to the top, just enough to cover all the cranberry sauce and crumble added. 

     5: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the marshmallows are a nice golden color. Take out to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Home Sweet Home Alone: Film Review

By Karissa Meno

Rating: 1 out of 5.

We love to start the holidays early, especially with our Christmas movies. There’s no better feeling than watching a Christmas movie, especially the Home Alone movies. Even though the new movies will never be better than the original, it’s just like every other Christmas movie.

Home Sweet Home Alone is directed by Dan Mazer, produced by Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson, with the story by Mikey Day, Streeter Seidell, and John Hughes. The cast consists of Archie Yates (Max Mercer), Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell.

The movie follows the same format as the previous ones, but focuses on Max Mercer, who lives in a similar family situation. Max and his mother Carol stop by an open house being run by broke couple Jeff and Pam, who can no longer afford to pay it’s mortgage. Max goes to the bathroom there, and afterwards converses about their collection of porcelain dolls. Carol suggests selling them for money, and after finding them worth thousands of dollars scramble to sell them, only to find one missing. Tracing the doll back to Max, they decide to try and break into the house to retrieve it. Max, on the other hand, gets ready for a trip to Tokyo for Christmas. On the day of, though, Max accidentally gets left behind, and subsequently has to face Jeff and Pam solo. He decides to fill the shoes of Kevin, and sets up traps to catch them in the act.

Even though every Christmas movie is meant to be wholesome and cheerful, I wasn’t feeling any sort of direct emotion towards the movie. The movie seemed uneventful and felt like every other remake of Home Alone. It felt stale and sort of dried up, along with being typical and harboring no aspects of the original Home Alone movies. The story was trying too hard to make sense of it all, and as a result didn’t seem as important. The movie felt slow but at the same time felt like the movie was happening all at once. If you enjoy any particular Christmas movie there are good characteristics to take away from the movie, but this Christmas movie was personally not my favorite.

Archie Yates as Max in HOME SWEET HOME ALONE, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Philippe Bosse. © 2021 20th Century Studios.

Food Review: The Good, The Bad, The BBQ Chicken

By: Noelani Discipulo

Lunch – BBQ Chicken

MUST HAVE CRUNCH.  

Do you crave chicken but that crunch is never satisfying enough? Then BBQ Chicken is a place for you. 

BBQ Chicken is a Korean fried chicken joint that offers more than just fried chicken. The secret to their crispy original chicken is that it is fried in olive oil. Their chicken also comes in a variety of seasonings such as: secret spicy, hot spicy, or honey garlic. The menu also includes boneless chicken, wings, sides, and other Korean foods like kimchi fried rice or tteokbokki (Korean spicy rice cakes). 

Their hours are from 11am – 10pm everyday. Personally, my favorite thing to get is their secret spicy boneless chicken and golden original whole chicken. If you are interested in trying more than one flavor, they do offer a half and half with the chicken of your choice. 

11322 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / IG: @bbqchickencerritos or @bbqchickenus

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