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Top 3 Tik Tok Trends

By Betsy Carranza 

Tik tok is an app full of entertainment; it started the year of 2016 by the chinese company ByteDance. The app has about 1.1 billion active global users by early 2021. Tik tok is a popular social media platform where people go out and make videos based on their opinions or on anything they wish to let others know about, or also videos of them and their friends going out and having fun. Tik Tok allows users to make and share 3 minute, 60 second or 15 second videos.  Based on Investopedia.com 69% of Tik Tok users are between the ages 13 and 24. 60% are females. Its users spend an average of 46 minutes per day on this app. What made this app so astronomically big was the trends that were happening through the app. For example, the top three trends as of 2021 are 1. Devious Lick 2. Dom Toretto and Family 3. Doja Cat (feat Sza) verse “Kiss Me More”.

There’s a  trend that even made it on the news which was called the “Devious lick”. This trend encouraged high school students to steal soap dispensers, laptops, and boxes of face masks. This all started when someone posted a video that got more than 7.2 million views in just two days. The video was about a kid opening up his Jansport backpack, with the caption of  “Only a month into school and got this absolute devious lick”, which was revealed  later in the video that he took a hand-sanitizer dispenser. The majority of people participating in this trend did this on school campuses. According to USA Today, students as young as 15 years old have been arrested and charged in states including Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, and Alabama for offenses including vandalism, theft, and criminal mischief. This is a trend where students would get together and try to impress others. This trend is an example of how you shouldn’t always participate in every trend that is going on in social media. Just because others are doing it, does not mean you should tag along and do the same. 

TikTok says it has passed 1 billion users - The Verge

If you’re obsessed with Tik tok as so many of us are, you would have also seen the trend “Dom Toretto and Family” getting memed so hard all over Tik Tok. This all started when the new movie “Fast and Furious 9” came out with the main character “Dom Toretto” played by Vin Diesel. His role was all about being with and fighting for family. “Fast And Furious” is not just one movie; it has a series. In order for you to understand these movies, you will have to watch them from the beginning, but in order to understand this trend, you could watch any movie from “The Fast and the Furious”. Vin Diesel  just wants to enjoy a grill out with his loved ones, but now people online have turned his admirable dedication to his family into a meme. Everyone has a family, but not quite like “Dom Toretto”. They turned Dom Toretto’s soft side into a meme. This whole trend was about Toretto being obsessed with his family. People would videotape themselves anywhere and simply say the word “Family,” and a picture of Toretto would emerge, along with an audio message that said “Did you say family?”

This last trend involves the singer Doja Cat (feat sza)  and her song “Kiss Me More”.  This was a trend I believe everyone can participate in since it was so easy to do. In the song when SZA was just singing, you would hear this sound of a bicycle bell. How this trend works is you would be in the beginning of the clip dressed casually, and then when you hear that bicycle bell then you would flick your wrist and then change into a nice fit. Many do this trend when it’s their prom day or a special occasion. This trend is to show off your outfit. TikTok has inspired countless dance trends since its debut, but one of the most viral (and simple) of 2021 involves a simple flick of the wrist.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios: Review

By Joseph Kilis

Screams are heard in the distance as you walk through a pitch black hall. Losing all sense of direction, you follow the person in front of you, hoping they know where they are going. Suddenly, a strobe light and loud booms play in front of you as you walk into a psychopath flipping around a chainsaw. 

This reality is only available within Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights, on select nights from September 9 to October 31, of which I had the privilege to attend on Saturday, September 18th. I had always wanted to go, as a computer screen was the closest I had gotten to anything remotely scary, and I wanted to experience the real thing–the pure adrenaline running through my body with every corner I walked around. So when I bought my ticket, I was ready.

We began the night by going through The Texas Chainsaw Massacre themed maze, based on the original film of the same name that premiered in 1974. The set design was absolutely stunning; from the skull-and-bone art pieces to the dried skin hanging from the ceiling matching almost exactly to its film counterpart. The sounds of chainsaws were terrifying, along with the gruesome visuals of mangled corpses and a lot of blood. Seriously. A LOT of blood. I even recall running out of the maze to avoid being scared once more due to the intense horror visuals I had never experienced before. Whether it was the fact that it was my first maze, or that it was my first ever intense scare, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre maze was by far the scariest one I had walked through.

After the terrifying Texas Chainsaw Massacre maze, my group made their way to what was known as the Terror Tram, which was based on the very popular movie franchise The Purge. This Terror Tram is the ride that Universal Studios has during the day, known as the Studio Tour but with a twist. Halfway through the original tram route, the trams drop off the riders and put them through different sets that are shown during the normal Studio Tour, but dressed with walls that people jump out of, actors, and dead bodies. The scares for the Terror Tram were fairly mild, which was a lot of fun, and a great cool down from the more intense scares within the mazes. Although the sets were gory and gruesome, the actors interacted greatly with the people walking through by lunging at them with all sorts of weapons, such as knives, chainsaws, daggers, and even a guillotine making an appearance. 

The next maze we went on was based on the Netflix original show, The Haunting of Hill House which premiered in 2018, with one season. This maze was by far the best one of the night; the sets were insanely detailed, along with unique scares by using the power of mirror illusions and lighting. Almost as terrifying as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Haunting of Hill House made almost exact replicas of the sets introduced in the show, and gave off a great scare for the people there. I have to admit, I almost was too tired to go in; but by the end, the adrenaline made me ready to go the rest of the night. 

The Curse of Pandora’s Box was the next maze we travelled to, as the entrance was near that of the Haunting of Hill House maze. This maze had really good scares and moderate sets, as they were really simple builds all on black painted walls. What made this maze stand out was its use of blacklight and glow-in-the-dark effects. Every set piece glowed in bright neon colors such as green and yellow highlighters. This allowed for a bright maze, where scares were somewhat predictable, but made up for it with its use of neon and lighting. The contrasts from bright to dark made those dark scenes that much scarier, as the black hallways you walk down in are to the point where you could not see your hand waving right in front of you. 

Our last, and one of my personal favorite mazes, was Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. My favorite horror icon (i.e Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Pennywise the Clown, Chucky, etc.) has always been Michael Myers. The Halloween movies have always been some of my favorite films, so naturally when I had the chance to do the maze I was ecstatic. The set design was great, bringing in a diner, an auto shop, and a house into the different scenes that I got to walk through. This maze had a great balance with jump-out scares, similar to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and mirror illusions from The Haunting of Hill House. Although, to me, it wasn’t one of the scariest ones of the night, it did manage to be a lot of fun. This maze, though, had by far the best ending out of all the previous mazes of the night. The ending was some sort of a mirror maze, where figurines and people dressed as Michael Myers stood at every corner, giving the illusion that he was everywhere. And I mean, everywhere. The ending was the cherry on top of a great maze, making it one of the most memorable ones of my visit.

Although overall tiring, Halloween Horror Nights is a MUST do for anyone that has any liking for horror. Being able to see some of your favorite horror movie characters in real life, and then having them chase you, is an experience like no other. The mazes were top notch; with movies and shows ranging from the early 1970s to the late 2010s, they gave a great lineup for any horror lover. If you like being scared, DEFINITELY buy a ticket, and try your best to survive Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

Music Review: “Lalisa” by Lisa from Blackpink

By Laci Bassaj

Lisa from the K-pop group Blackpink made her solo debut on September 9, 2021 with her first single entitled “Lalisa.” This single makes Lisa the third member of Blackpink to make a solo debut, following bandmates Jennie, who made her solo debut in 2018, and Rosé who made hers earlier this year. The highly anticipated single album includes two tracks called “Lalisa” and “Money,” along with instrumental versions of both.

“Lalisa” is a hip-hop song full of confidence, celebrating Lisa’s rise to success. The first time I listened to this song, I immediately loved it, and it only gets better the more I listen to it. I particularly enjoy the third verse, and find myself replaying it nearly every time I listen to the song. The repetition of the song’s title “Lalisa” in the chorus made the song extremely catchy, and I’m sure this song will be stuck in my head for quite some time.

The second track, “Money,” is about exactly what the title suggests. The song features how much Lisa loves making money and spending it. I found that the lyrics of “Money” were quite generic, and there wasn’t anything about them that really stood out to me. The majority of the song felt repetitive and underwhelming, but it finally picked up in the outro. The outro is much more upbeat and energetic, making it stand out from the rest of the song.

Overall, this release was pretty enjoyable, but since it was a single album it left me wanting more. Although “Money” wasn’t the best, I still liked the song, and I really loved “Lalisa.” I give it a solid 7/10 rating.

Candyman: Film Review

By Karissa Meno

Candyman (2021) a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Monkeypaw Production, and Bron Creative Production.

•Director: Nia DaCosta. •Producers: Ian Cooper, Win Rosenfeld, and Jordan Peele. 

•Cast: Tony Todd (Candyman), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Anthony McCoy), Teyonah Parris (Brianna Cartwright), Coleman Domingo (William Burke), Nathan Stewart Jarrett (Troy Cartwright), and Vanessa Estelle Williams (Anne-Marie McCoy)

I started off my Saturday night with the sequel to the original 1992 Candyman. This movie gave me high hopes but I started to slowly become less and less invested. The movie did have some ominous visuals, and great paper-craft like puppet storytelling. The plot and story of the movie were very clear laying all out on the table, but the movie itself was still missing something. The movie did not give me that horror and suspense that I was looking for. The gore scenes were pretty eventful, but not as horrifying as I wished.  

The movie begins with a puppet show recap of the 1992 Candyman with Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen, the story of Helen becoming insane and taking baby Anthony into a giant bonfire under the attack and terrorism of Candyman (Tony Todd). This is the story of Anthony McCoy, a struggling painter who finds inspiration from his girlfriend Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris) and her brother Troy Cartwright (Nathan Stewart Jarretr) and the story of Helen and Candyman one night as they all drank together. Anthony gets inspiration from the neighborhood where Candyman was originally found or where he lives.

This movie tries to involve the arts like painting along with the story of Candyman; that just doesn’t sit right. The movie does, however, make a clear reference to the mirror scene in the original, showing what’s behind the mirror. Much of Anthony’s story relates to much of Helen’s story, but instead of being a more eventful story, Anthony’s story feels more like trying your best to make a five paragraph essay sound smart without any background information. I found that the original provided a more eventful story than the sequel did.

The movie shows the slow process of the transformation for Anthony to become Candyman himself. Even if the Candyman story didn’t make sense, how simple it is to turn a normal person into a bee-infested, hook-for-a-hand killer doesn’t make sense. Anthony starts his research on Candyman at the abandoned building where the 1992 Candyman was set, and at an almost-always-empty laundromat, Anthony runs into William Burke (Colman Domingo) who explains to Anthony the story of his run-in with Candyman. Anthony is having trouble creating new paintings to express his racially-involved emotions. With his piece of a mirror with a description of how to “summon” Candyman, many people follow with this “legend” or “rumor,” with both a couple and a few teenage girls being slaughtered in the bathroom. During this, Anthony continues his research on Candyman in what seems to be a library with a chilling and horrific elevator scene.

Throughout the movie, we see the process that Anthony and Helen both experience with the terrorism of Candyman, as we watch Anthony become horrifically involved with Candyman affecting his relationship with Brianna and causing her to leave. Later, Brianna converses with her brother Troy as he convinces her to go to Anthony. On her way to see Anthony she is taken as the sacrifice for Anthony to become the Candyman. Resulting in a very fatal and mysterious ending.
This movie isn’t slow-paced, but is still uneventful. The horrific and halfway suspenseful scenes are fun to look at but were not keeping me on the edge of my seat. Even the ending felt unnecessary and was also possibly teasing yet another Candyman movie. I wouldn’t completely recommend this movie to others, but I would recommend the original 1992 Candyman over 2021 Candyman. This movie, along with many others, can’t grab my attention like older ones can.

Shang-Chi: Film Review

By Karissa Meno

•Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton

•Cast: Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), Awkwafina (Katy), Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Mandarin), Fala Chen (Leiko Wu), Meng’ er Zhang (Xialing), Michelle Yech (Jiang Nan), and Benedict Wong (Wong).

Shang-Chi was the perfect Labor Day plan. The phase 4 of Marvel continues to get better and better with the release of Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Marvel Studios and the cast are what made Shang-Chi perfect. The film offers amazing visuals as well as an incredible storyline. The beautiful scenery and visuals gave me chills along with the incredible fight scenes; and it even offers a little comedy.

The movie shows the story of the man known as the Mandarin and his Ten Rings organization, with the story of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and his sister Xialing (Meng’ er Zhang) who grew up at the Ten Rings compound. After losing something important, Shang-Chi and Xialing must face their father alone as he goes on an impactful investigation to regain that important thing. This movie offers the symbolism of letting go of who you were made to be and to become who you are. The importance of family, home, and the people with the meaning of aiming for something much bigger.

Shang-Chi begins with the story of their father, Mandarin, who is looking rich in power and all of the above, but he is looking for more. While looking for more riches he meets Leiko Wu, Shang-Chi and Xialing’s mother. Years later Shang-Chi and Xialing are left with the Mandarin after the loss of their mother. As the years go on, we see Shang-Chi training with the rest of the soldiers while Xialing watches from the sidelines training herself and being better than the boys. On an important mission Shang-Chi is sent to finish, he runs away leaving Xialing behind.

Six years later, Shang-Chi is living a normal life with his best friend Katy (Awkwafina). After an attack with the Ten Rings men, Shang-Chi is obligated to find Xialing and help their father to regain his consciousness after he has come to believe Leiko Wu is being hidden away by her family in a secret civilization. A trip back home made Xialing and Shang-Chi realize they have to find their mothers hidden home. Once arriving at their home, Shang-Chi is taught to fight with nature and not violence, while giving Katy and Shang-Chi a meaning of becoming more mature. Shang-Chi is forced to fight his father, leading him to gain the Ten Rings and restore peace to his home. 

Shang-Chi is one of the best movies in the phase four MCU or MCM now. Shang-Chi has beautiful graphics and visuals along with interesting animals and new and exotic places. The fight scenes were well played out and incredible to watch. Shang-Chi has great promise to future films, hopefully bringing back Shang-Chi, Katy, and Xialing in other films, along with the continuation and investigation of the Ten Rings.

Shang-Chi was the perfect plan for my Labor Day weekend. Audiences agreed, as Disney once again reached the No.1 spot over the Labor Day weekend with an astonishing $90 million in ticket sales in both the U.S. and Canada.

Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Drops

By Karissa Meno

The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer is finally out after many months of asking. This Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studio, and Pascal Pictures production is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.

The trailer includes important appearances from Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spiderman), Zendaya (Mary-Jane Watson), Benedict Cumberbatch (Steven Strange/Dr. Strange), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Benedict Wong (Wong), with a special appearance from Alfred Molina who plays Dr. Octavius/Dr. Octopus from the 2004 Spider-Man 2 film. With theoretical and hopeful appearances from both Toby Maguire (Spider-Man 1, 2, & 3) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2).

The trailer offers so much leaving you with so many questions and theories. It also has a beautiful way of opening up the multiverse while providing a combination of Doctor Strange visuals and aspects, while offering an overwhelming amount of action creating a very exotic and eventful trailer.

With many theories going around about the possible characters and events in the movie, it’s hard to determine who the whole cast might be or what most scenes in the trailer might be. The trailer gives a lot of information just from little snippets of a scene, you get the general plot of what the movie will contain giving you that excitement and shocking feeling every trailer and Marvel movie should.

The trailer begins with how Spider-Man: Far From Home ended, revealing the true identity of Spider-Man with challenging tribulations to Peter Parker and his family and friends. Peter Parker contemplates the thought of what life would have been like if people didn’t know he was Spider-Man, and thinks to consider and seeks help from Dr. Strange. When arriving at the Sanctum, Dr. Strange tells Peter about a certain spell that could help Peter to regain his normal life back, even though Wong encourages Dr. Strange not to use the spell. But Dr. Strange goes against Wong’s wishes. As Dr. Strange performs the spell Peter continues to blab about those who should know about him being Spider-Man and the spell is ruined. The spell was a much bigger part of the timeline and everything is affected by the disruption of the spell, bringing in the Dr. Strange aspects into the trailer. With the troubled spell, much of Peter Parker’s world is turned upside down, figuratively and literally. The rest of the trailer and movie is up for elaboration until December 17, 2021.

This trailer gives some hopeful and exciting view into what No Way Home is about, with the trailer raking in over 355 million views, beating 2019’s Avengers: Endgame trailer. Much of the trailer and events in the movie are being theorized. As more and more theories and rumors are coming in, it’s hard to tell exactly what the movie is going to offer or who it’s going to offer. Spider-Man: No Way Home will open a month and a half after Marvel Studios’ Eternals and Disney+ Series Hawkeye in theaters. Don’t forget to stick around for the post-credit scene and even the after-credit scene.

Certified Lover Boy by Drake: Music Review

By Vanessa Mojica

Drake recently came out with his sixth album Certified Lover Boy on September 3, 2021. This album is 1 hour and 26 minutes long. Surprisingly this isn’t Drake’s longest album to date. That title belongs to another album. This album features artists such as Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, Future, and Jay-Z. My personal favorite songs on this album are “Knife Talk” and “TSU.”

There have been many mixed reviews on this album. However, we cannot overlook the amount of success Drake has received from its sales and streams. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. It is easy to say this album is boring, the same old Drake is nothing new. However, it’s a classic Drake. What exactly is classic Drake? Well he is, after all, a certified lover boy…

Zodiac Watch

By Vanessa Mojica

It is Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio season. Virgo is an earth sign; Libra is an air sign; and Scorpio is a water sign.

•Virgo (8/23-9/22):

Virgos, your odds are looking really good this month. Try not to get so in your head, everything is going to turn out exactly how you want it to. 

Virgos are most compatible with their fellow earth signs such as Capricorn and Taurus, as well as water signs such as Cancer and Scorpio. Virgo, you have this reputation of being stuck up, a workaholic and organized. The boring earth sign, however like your fellow earth signs, you only show your true personality around those you like. 

•Libra (9/23-10/22):

Libras, this month expect change. This is a good change. 

Libras are the opposite of Virgo. Your best match is your fellow air signs such as Gemini and Aquarius, along with fire signs such as Leo and Sagittarius. Libras are very carefree beings and tend to be people pleasers. Wana have a great party? Invite a Libra, they are always down to have a good time. 

•Scorpio (10/23-11/21):

Scorpios, with your birthday coming soon, appreciate those who are truly there for you.

Scorpios are most compatible with their fellow water signs Cancer and Pisces, as well as earth signs Virgo and Capricorn. Scorpios are often referred to as the spicy water sign. The way you portray yourself one would assume you are a fire sign. However deep down you are an emotional wreck. That’s what makes you stand out though–you’re a mystery.

Video Game Review — Sonic Colors: Ultimate

By Yael Ventura

Originally released on the Nintendo Wii on November 10, 2010, Sonic Colors was loved by hardcore fans and newcomers alike. Ten years later, the team Blind Squirrel has remastered the video game, now in 4K/60FPS for today’s consoles and for new and old fans alike to the Sonic series. Sonic Colors: Ultimate hopes to capture what made the original great and beloved by fans with a multi-platform release. The game is available for purchase on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Epic Games Store. 

Sonic Colors: Ultimate features Sonic the Hedgehog, accompanied by his sidekick and best friend Tails the Fox, as they investigate Dr. Eggman’s new interstellar amusement park believing the doctor is up to no good. Along the way, a captured alien race called “Wisps” join up with Sonic as they free the captured aliens and uncover Dr. Eggman’s true plans.

The game features a mix of 3D platforming action alongside 2D side scrolling. As with what defines the Sonic franchise, speed is a major factor of the game. Blast through the new colorful stages to reach the goal as fast as you can. New to the franchise are “Wisps” which power up Sonic, letting players discover new routes and sections to each level, giving tons of replay value to the game.

The game is a wonderful experience to play through for fans coming back to the game after ten years or new ones who don’t know what a “Sonic the Hedgehog” is. Of course for as much as the game is great, it isn’t without it’s multiple issues. The game features a couple of glitches ranging from certain music not playing when needed, to the game play’s possible ability to cause seizures.

Blind Squirrel rolled out day-one patches to mitigate the very damaging glitches with more patches fixing smaller glitches. Most of the issues stem from the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which forced Nintendo to give out refunds to those who bought the game digitally and want their money back (they don’t normally provide this service). This remaster is splitting the fanbase apart with some who are happy with being able to replay a fan-favorite game and others disappointed to see the Sonic franchise release yet another unfinished game.

Even with it’s issues, the game still holds up as a good, fun, and enjoyable time with a ton of replay value.

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