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

A promotional image from Youtube original series
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...

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

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...

Music department cancels annual Spring Concert due to COVID-19

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...

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.
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...

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
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...

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.
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...

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

The promotional image for Netflix's original series
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”...

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

The promotional image for the Neflix Original series,
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...

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

A promotional photo for the Netflix original
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...

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

Conan Gray's new album,
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....

Review: ‘Home Before Dark’ shines as a mystery with an uncommon type of detective

The Apple TV series
May 5, 2020

Apple TV released the first season of its original series "Home Before Dark," inspired by the actions of real 9-year-old journalist Hilde Lysiak, on Friday, April 3. The series was created by Dana Fox...

The show must go on: US play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ adapts to coronavirus crisis

Sophomore Glorianna Chase takes the stage for a tech rehearsal show while Langdon Janos volunteers to fill in as an interactive audience member. In total, the Upper School play had five shows, all keeping within the 50 people or under order.
April 25, 2020

After months of preparation, the performance of the Upper School play, 'Every Brilliant Thing' by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, looked different than students and faculty expected. On March 12, just...

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