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Music Review: Falling In Reverse “I’m Not a Vampire (revamped)”

by Paula Huerta

On February 12, 2021, Falling In Reverse released a new and improved version of their original song “I’m not a Vampire.”

The original was released back in 2011  along with the rest of the album, Drug In Me Is You and had a huge impact on the emo/hardcore community.  While the original had major success on YouTube, receiving 44 million views, the revamped version gained 2.8 million views!

Lead singer/songwriter, Ronnie Radke has been incorporating different genres such as rap, metal, pop, etc. into the band’s music over the years. However, he says the band features mainly pop now that he does “everything.”

I love that Falling In Reverse is so diverse because that means more people can enjoy the music since it’s not limited to one genre.

I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a new single! The song includes a very beautiful orchestra type beat.  

Personally, I love the music video and enjoy the song itself, but the majority of the band’s old fanbase no longer supports them since these fans were more fond of the band’s former “hardcore music.

So, if you’re looking for a diverse band leaning more towards the emo/hardcore genre, Falling In Reverse is the band for you.

I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do!

The story Behind Falcon and the Winter Soldier

by Arlene Perez

The Marvel Cinematic Universe fanbase is growing due to the popularity of its phenomenal hit miniseries WandaVision. And with the March 19th release of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, newcomers have a lot of catching up to do. 

So, if you’re new to the MCU family, but you want to watch this hot new show because you don’t want to experience FOMO, there are a few things you need to know. So strap on your seatbelt because we’re going for a wild ride back to the 1940s!

How it All Began

Captain America: The First Avenger is the 2011 Marvel hit that explores this American hero’s origin story.

Steve Rogers was a young kid from Brooklyn who had tried enlisting in the army several times because he wanted to do his patriotic duty and help his country defeat the Nazis. But sadly, he kept getting rejected due to his poor physical health and small stature. 

Though he faced rejection over and over again, Steve never gave up. Eventually, his perseverance and determination paid off when he was hand selected by Dr. Abraham Erskine to take part in a very experimental procedure.

I could tell you all about what happened, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for you. Check out this movie before tuning into the new Disney Plus series, or you’ll be lost for sure!

Why Should I Watch the Older Movies? 

Why, you ask? Well, the two main characters in the new series– Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier)–are  people that you meet along the MCU journey, and both of them have strong ties to Steve Rogers. 

You meet Bucky in the first Captain America movie, but you don’t meet Sam until the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So if you haven’t watched these films, then you won’t really understand the backstory needed to be able to fully follow the plot and understand the connection between these two guys.

My Suggestion? Watch These Films. 

You should at least watch the Captain America series before grabbing the remote and  going to Disney Plus’ newest series. Here they are: 

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Captain America: Civil War

However, if you have the time, energy, and patience to learn all there is to know about these Marvel heroes, go back and watch all of these incredible movies from the beginning to end so that you can catch up on all that you’ve missed!

Besides, what else do you have to do during Spring Break in this pandemic? So grab some snacks, and let the adventure begin!

Taliza Coffee Roastery

By Hermaione Sanchez

During these times, Starbucks drive-throughs are fully packed and the wait time is ridiculous. Hopefully, many others agree with me when I say smaller local coffee shops deserve more attention and credit. 

A great one I recently came across was Taliza Coffee. They have an extensive menu and offer not only coffee but many food items as well. Taliza is a hidden gem, with two locations in the Norwalk area. One, located at 13217 Rosecrans Ave, is technically in Santa Fe Springs, but is right around the corner from John Glenn High School. Meanwhile, their other location at 12200 Civic Center Dr. is close to the AMC Norwalk.

One of my favorite things about this place is the Porto’s Bakery items they offer. Along with that, you can choose anything from an egg breakfast, to bagels or croissant sandwiches, omelets, french toast with fruit, salads, burritos, wraps, and other lunch sandwiches like a B.L.T, veggie, chicken, and more. They also have soups, noodles, rice, and pasta!

The prices for the coffee, teas, smoothies and hot chocolate are fairly inexpensive. They range from $2.25 to $4.95 (left).

Naturally, the food items are more expensive, but with great variety, prices range from the cheapest being a bagel at $2.70 and the most expensive at $9.95. Many of the items are around $7-8. 

They have tables located outside for a safe and enjoyable time. The service is great, too; they are bilingual and get your order with a smile. The shop has some tables indoors as well as a TV (although due to COVID restrictions, they may be off-limits). They have free wi-fi and the password is displayed for customers. Besides walk-ins, they also offer online ordering. I think this is a great option during the pandemic.

The coffee shop opens bright and early at 6am. Many early risers find this upsetting because they go to work earlier, at 4 or 5am, and the coffee shop isn’t open. While this is understandable, I think 6am is a good opening time. This opinion depends on the person of course and it is totally up for discussion. Everyone deserves coffee before work if they want it and if Taliza can’t offer that then another coffee shop will for you.

Another downside that I think many will agree with me on is that the shop closes at 5pm. Since it also serves many food items, I think it would be better for it to stay open longer, get more customers in for dinner or even coming home from work. It may be a possibility that because the business isn’t receiving as much attention, they can’t open for that long without losing money. Hopefully, as more customers come in, their hours become longer, but, we don’t know. Still, the limited hours are my only issue with Taliza.

Overall, this is my favorite coffee shop. I love coming here with my dad and getting new things every time. I love the environment and hope to come here with my friends once quarantine is over.

Visit their webpage for more information about Taliza and their locations.

Sweet Home: Manga Review

By Paul Kang

Sweet Home was originally a manga from an app called Webtoon, but now, you can watch Sweet Home on Netflix. The show is about a society that has a virus that turns people into monsters. Once the people become monsters, they exhibit and act upon the hidden and deepest desires they had while they were human. 

Turning into a monster!

The main character Hyun Cha is an orphan who lost his family in a car accident.  He and his neighbors fight vigorously to defend themselves from these creatures. Cha’s apartment becomes a safehouse for non-infected humans. 

Both the manga and the show give chilling thrills and freaky jump scares that really put you to the edge of your seat!

Creators and Info

The manga of Sweet Home was created and drawn by both Carnby Kim and Youngchan Hwang while the show was directed by Lee Eung-boks.

Sweet Home is a Korean manga, and it’s important to note that the show contains some profanity. This might not be a good fit for those squeamish around gore; however, it is a really good thriller and action paced manga and show.

About Hyun (Manga version)

Hyun lived with his family until the fateful day he chose not to go on a family trip with them. While driving on the road,  his father became distracted which resulted in the family’s fatal car crash.  

Instead of mourning, Hyun brags about how he is going to survive on the money he inherits. He makes no plans to attend his family’s funeral which results in his relatives  kicking him out. He goes to live in a small studio apartment by himself. Over time, the world becomes filled with monsters.

Manga Info

The manga provides amazing character development, allowing you to become attached to each and everyone of them. Though the manga has ended, this doesn’t stop fans from wanting more. So fans continue to beg the creators and ask them if they will continue the series. So far, the fans’ petitions have gone unanswered.

Show Info

The show has received over 1.2 billion views because of the intense excitement from the manga readers!  It received 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and many other positive ratings.

Though season one is over, the cliffhanger ending has fans all hoping there is more to come. Sweet Home fans–stay tuned!

TV Review: The Guest

Horror show will make you shiver

By Eliza Rodrigueza

Netflix has a new Korean show called The Guest. It takes place in South Korea and will get you hooked on the very first episode. Of course, that may not happen if you’re not a fan of horror.

Heaven of Horror explains the opening of the show this way: “In episode 1 of The Guest, the three main characters are introduced. First, we meet them as kids as we essentially witness how their lives end up being shaped by brutal events in their childhood.” You soon see them as adults. One is a psychic taxi driver who was born into a long line of shaman, one is a Catholic priest, and the third is a detective who is following in her mother’s footsteps.

Although at first the action and events in The Guest may seem slow moving, the more you watch, the more addicting it becomes. Give episode one about twenty minutes, and then WATCH OUT!

So far, there is only one season on Netflix, but all sixteen episodes contain situations that will leave shivers running down your spine!

Warning: This show is not meant for young children. It contains bloody and terrifying subject matter.

Cobra Kai Season 3 Review

By Brandon Nunez

The third season of Cobra Kai has officially wrapped up with 10 new episodes. It has the return of most of the ensemble cast reprising their roles, including but not limited to Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz, Martin Kove as John Kreese, and Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, among many others.

Season 3 takes place directly after the events of the school karate fight and John Kreese’s takeover of Cobra Kai in season two’s ending. The story also has Miguel in a coma and paraplegic from his injuries that he sustained from Robby, who is now on the run.

The story then continues with multiple different storylines such as Miguel learning to walk again, the negative reception of karate by the Valley after the school fight and its effects on the cast, and on the relationships that become repaired and broken from the aftermath of the school fight. It all culminates in a fight at a Christmas party between the students of Kreese’s Cobra Kai and a coalition of Johnny and Daniel’s students, and another fight immediately after–at first between Johnny and Kreese, then Kreese and Daniel.

The season also gives some much needed backstory on John Kreese’s youth and his time in Vietnam to show why he became the ruthless villain that he was in the movies and is in the show. It also has returning characters from the first and second Karate Kid movies such as Daniel’s former love interest Kumiko (reprised by Tamlyn Tomita), his old rival Chozen Toguchi (reprised by Yuji Okumoto), and Daniel and Johnny’s old high school girlfriend Ali Mills (reprised by Elisabeth Shue). All three of which help at least one of our protagonists for the better and even manage to (perhaps indirectly) bring the two together in the final episode.

The show has gotten flack for not including a major Asian character in the show (with the exception of Kumiko and Chozen who only appeared in some episodes of this season) as a show based on Asian martial arts should have at least one main Asian character. This criticism is fairly justified as many of the minority characters are often relegated as side characters with the notable exception of Miguel, and to some extent his mother Carmen (reprised by Vanessa Rubio).

Despite this, the show shines in almost every other aspect from a cohesive plot and likable characters to dialogue and action, which can become corny in some aspects but never enough to be overwhelming and never for very long.

Have You Heard of MF Doom?

The death of a legend

By Johnny Barraza

Underground rapper MF DOOM’s death caught all of his fans by surprise. His family announced his death at the beginning of this year, but what really shocked everyone is that he’s been dead since October 31. He was only 49. The cause of his death has not been disclosed, so it remains a mystery to his fans.

Metal Face Doom was known by many for two things: the first being the secrecy of his personal life and the other being his love for music. He was able to rap and make it seem effortless. 

Doom was famous for his lyricism and ability to use the beats he produced to his advantage. It was as if he manipulated the music to fit his desires.

Doom’s two most loved projects are Madvilliany and Mm.. Food. They each portrayed a story filled with great detail and featuring double-meaning wordplay. 

This guy was truly a talented artist who didn’t get the recognition he deserved, and he left this world far too soon.

LIL BABY’S ‘MY TURN’ NAMED BEST SELLING U.S. ALBUM FOR 2020

By David Gomez 

My Turn, an album by Lil Baby helped drive the rise of the Atlanta native into the next wave of superstars of rap. It also played a major role in Baby putting out a 2020 banner campaign.

Nielsen Music/MRC Data revealed on January 7 that My Turn was the most successful album in the United States in 2020 across all genres. 

 Baby’s sophomore album was the most-streamed effort of the year with the set of songs banking 3.93 billion streams during 2020. Additionally, My Turn received 2.63 million cumulative album-equivalent units for the project. 

However in typical album sales, the LP only sold around 40,000 physical copies. 

Behind Baby and T-Swift, were Pop Smokes’ Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die, Hollywood’s Bleeding from Post Malone, Eternal Atake from Lil Uzi Vert, and Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial from Roddy Rich. 

My Turn officially raked in over $19 million during the year and became the first project to go multi-platinum in 2020.

With his politically-charged The Bigger Picture anthem capturing the 2020 Album of the Year, Lil Baby took home HipHopDX’s Rapper of the Year honors. 

Congratulations Lil Baby, it was well deserved!

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day During the Pandemic

By Hermaione Sanchez

The pandemic has hit all of us hard. Many things have changed and that is without question. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take care of yourself and have fun on Valentine’s Day.

A quite popular idea that has been going around on TikTok is having a picnic. Now, if you are by yourself, you can simply have all this in your room or wherever you prefer and watch your favorite movie while enjoying the snacks and a cute set-up. If with your partner or best friend, you can have this at a park (away from strangers) or your front yard if you’re more comfortable with that.

Here is what this picnic consists of:

TikTok cake picnic, featuring cutting the cake with a wine glass!

It has very “vintage” vibes. Drinking out of wine glasses with your favorite drink, like lemonade, cranberry juice, soda, etc. Your choice, of course. Then, there’s a special way to eat the cake–this is the trend going around. You get a cake–usually it’s a cute/weird cake like a frog cake, or something unique (maybe even something homemade, which can only add to the fun). To eat this cake, you get an extra wine glass and just stick it in. You scoop the cake out and now you have a glass full of cake (pictured, above). There you go, that’s how you are going to eat! Fun right? Well, for some people. It is different and fun to try out.

Usually, there is a lot of fruit at picnics, too. Try a cute, medium-sized fruit platter with your favorite fruit or all kinds of berries. For the main food, you can either buy fast food or make something homemade. Usually, people will have a platter with ham, cheese, bread, and anything else they enjoy to make their own sandwich. You can customize this to your liking, of course. 

With this picnic comes some type of fun activity. If you’re alone, try reading your favorite book, watching your favorite movie, drawing, or painting. Doing whatever you love is ideal. If you’re with someone, the same thing applies–you can paint together, watch a movie, listen to music, or simply talk. Having a photoshoot is also great because of the cute picnic as a setting.

If picnics aren’t your thing, you and your partner can recreate your favorite fancy food or fast food at a table. To add a little bit of spice (no pun intended), you can have a cook-off.

Buying simple snacks and watching your favorite movie is always a fun simple option, too. Learn something new together or show each other your favorite food combos.

If you’re spending this day alone, make it all for you. Wear a beauty mask, take a warm bath or shower, play your favorite video game or movie, eat your favorite snacks or even a yummy cake! It’s all up to you to make this day amazing. Being alone doesn’t mean being bored and sad. It means you can do whatever YOU love and eat whatever you want. Love yourself always and remember to stay healthy and stay safe.

Best Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day

By Angelica Moreno

Even if you’re anti-Valentine’s, movies are still awesome no matter what they’re about. There is always a story to tell and actors trying their best to act. So here are some romantic movies to watch before the month is over.

Before Sunrise (1995), dir. Richard Linklater

With a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is a must see. Two strangers meet on a train and decide to spend the day together from the instant connection they feel from one another. They only have just one day to get to know each other because our main character is leaving for America the next day. The heartbreak sticks with you days after watching. It’s been with me for two years. P.S.: It’s also a trilogy, so the two additional movies connected to this one are just as good (Before Sunset-2004 and Before Midnight-2013).

Pride and Prejudice (2005), dir. Joe Wright

The story of enemies turned lovers, but they were in love the whole time and just pretended to hate each other. Innocent, sincere, poetic love is the only way to describe it. You don’t see stuff like this anymore unless you’re reading Shakespeare, but this one you can more easily understand.

About Time (2013), dir. Richard Curtis

Our main character can time travel, and he meets the love of his life. Every time something goes wrong, he can go back and do it over. He learns a life lesson by the end.

When Harry Met Sally (1989), dir. Rob Reiner

A rom-com classic. Almost an enemies-turned-lovers arc but they never had sincere hatred for each other, just dislike. Instead, friends become lovers as Harry and Sally bump into each other several times over the years. They never thought they would date because it was strictly platonic, but something just happens overnight.

Love, Rosie (2014), dir. Christian Ditter

The main characters have been friends since they were teens. They have an accidental kiss and it is never talked about after. Both pretend as if it didn’t happen, but time goes on without confessing their love for one another. Later, the girl gets pregnant–not by the love interest, but she keeps it a secret from him for most of the movie.

Sixteen Candles (1984), dir. John Hughes

She’s sixteen and crushing hard on the popular kid at school. He takes notice and somehow things are never in their favor for them to meet. A cute teen romance and ‘80s classic.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), dir. Lorene Scafaria

Just about a week left until the world ends, everyone on earth is living life to the fullest. Ending relationships, drinking to oblivion, and other promiscuous things are going on, and the main character gets dumped. His neighbor brings him three-month-old mail and he discovers he has received a love letter from his high school sweetheart. The neighbor then makes it her last mission on earth to have them meet once more… but there’s another plot twist…

Elizabethtown (2005), dir. Cameron Crowe

Right before Orlando Bloom’s main character hilariously fails at a “suicide attempt,” he gets a call from home that his father is dead. He goes back home to Kentucky to arrange the funeral and meets the love interest on his flight, the flight attendant played by Kirsten Dunst. She’s the quirky, go getting, interesting girl who changes his life. It’s an easy watch. Sort of in the dark and quirky comedy style of 500 Days of Summer, if that helps.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012), dir. Wes Anderson

A cute, young romance. Two preteens run away together because they are in love but are soon found by a search party. Their romance is sweet and innocent.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), dir. David Fincher

A peculiar and interesting story based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Benjamin is born at old age. His bones and body are that of an 80-year-old on the brink of death as a newborn; but as he gets older, his body gets younger as he ages in reverse. He also meets the love of his life at fifty-seven years old but nobody wants them being friends because he looks like an old man. From there, the story unravels itself. Although being last on the list, this one made me cry the hardest and longest (for a good thirty minutes, I believe!).

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