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‘Cobra Kai Never Dies:’ Netflix’s ‘Karate Kid’ spinoff revives classic story for new generation

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By Rio Hundley, Features Editor

September 25, 2020

I still remember the first time I saw "The Karate Kid." I always felt a deep connection to the story and what it said about the true purposes of fighting and ideals of honor. It was the first classic 80s movie I saw, and ignited a passion for the campy comedies of the era. As an Asian/Pacific Islander Ameri...

Review: Pattinson and Dafoe make for a twisted, maddening duo in film ‘The Lighthouse’

By Thea Leimone, Culture Editor

September 18, 2020

The film 'The Lighthouse', released in May of 2019 and directed by Robert Eggers, follows two lighthouse keepers in the 1890s as they plan to spend four weeks on a small, rock-type island far out at sea to care for a lighthouse. The lighthouse-keeping duo are aging sailor Thomas Wake, played by Wille...

Review: South Korean film ‘Parasite’ touches on subjects of class, symbolism

By Jessica Jimenez, Staff Reporter

June 7, 2020

"Parasite," a film directed and produced by Bong Joon-ho, made multiple headlines after winning Oscars for Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film and Writing for Original Screenplay). Not only did it make headlines for winning four Oscars, but it is also the first non-English film to win t...

Music department cancels annual Spring Concert due to COVID-19

By London Sinclair, Staff Writer

June 7, 2020

While Los Angeles and the rest of the world safeguards itself against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by closing schools, restaurants and banning all gatherings of 50 people or more in line with social distancing — the Archer music department also fell victim to the virus. On Monday, Apr. 13, Orchestra D...

Teen in business: Junior Bella Morgan creates digital ceramics company Organic Matter Pottery

Junior Bella Morgan, founder of of Organic Matter Pottery, works in the Archer ceramics studio painting a mug.

By Lola Lamberg, News and Features Editor

May 31, 2020

Junior Bella Morgan drives to the UPS store near her house twice a week, a bulky package wrapped in bubble wrap sitting on the passenger seat. A salad bowl, a coffee mug or a dinner plate was made to order earlier that week by a customer elsewhere in the United States. Since November of 2019, Morgan...

Review: Justin Bieber’s album ‘Changes’ reveals his growth as a singer, person

Review: Justin Bieber's album 'Changes' reveals his growth as a singer, person

By Nyah Fernandez, Staff Writer

May 31, 2020

I have loved Justin Bieber ever since I heard his first album, "Justin Bieber My World 2.0," when I was just 7 years old. When I heard that Bieber was coming out with his fifth album, "Changes," I was expecting songs similar to his past albums featuring his youthful voice and soulful music melodies. Instead, we got songs that are heartfelt, showed e...

Review: Netflix Party sparks reconnection among friends during quarantine

The Google Chrome Netflix Party extension is at its peak in popularity among those practicing social distancing. The extension allows users from around the world to sync Netflix videos and chat simultaneously.

By Cydney Johnson, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2020

Ever since quarantine started, many people have been using Netflix Party, a Google Chrome extension that allows users to watch Netflix and chat simultaneously. The extension synchronizes video playback and perfectly mirrors the screen of the person who started the "party." Users have the option to custo...

Review: Netflix’s “Unorthodox” tells a journey of self-exploration with a twist

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By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

When I think of Judaism as an adolescent, the things that typically come to mind include Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, Hebrew school and Passover dinners. However, Netflix’s new four-part miniseries “Unorthodox” was a wake-up call that Judaism does not look the same for everyone. Released on March 2...

Review: “Outer Banks” makes us nostalgic for pre-quarantine days

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By Allie Worchell

May 20, 2020

“We're the Pogues, and our mission this summer is to have a good time, all the time,” John B. (Chase Stokes), the protagonist in “Outer Banks,” said in the opening scene. One of the biggest Netflix original hits to date, "Outer Banks" has taken over the screens of thousands of teenagers. While...

From Arabic to art: Community explores new hobbies during quarantine

These are some of the pieces Azrialy has made in her free time.

By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2020

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order due to the COVID- 19 outbreak, which has remained in place since. While at home, many students have picked up new activities and skills to entertain themselves. Students from all grade levels have been experimenting with a variety of new...

Review: Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ perfectly captures high school adolescence in a unique way

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By Cadence Callahan, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2020

On April 27, Netflix released the first season of the original show "Never Have I Ever." The show is rated TV-14 and was created by actress Mindy Kailing and writer/producer Lang Fisher. This series follows first-generation Indian American teenager Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and her b...

Review: Conan Gray proves his place in indie-pop music world with ‘Kid Krow’

Conan Gray's new album,

By Lizette Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

May 15, 2020

In 2013, Conan Gray was a YouTube vlogger speaking about his life in small-town Texas, but don't write him off as just another fad. His debut album "Kid Krow" proved that Gray is a new talent to watch. On March 20, the former Youtube star released a 12-track album that provided insight on his past love, childhood and overall life. Because of...

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