Sunday, December 17, 2017

Watch On the Rhine Loses its Message in Tedious Ambiguity

Photograph by Calliope Arkilic Berkeley Rep’s Watch on the Rhine is an ambitious production: written in 1939 by stalwart anti-fascist Lillian Hellman, the play explores family, sacrifice, the privilege of ignorance, and what it means...

Coco Dazzles with Wholesome Depiction of Dia De Los Muertos

Illustration by Siena Laws You know a movie is good when the trailer doesn’t do it justice. As soon as I came home from watching Pixar’s Coco, I watched every single teaser and clip available,...

Jazz & Orchestra Performance Displays Caliber

Photograph by Sophia Rodriguez-Bell The audience is abuzz with anticipation whenever the Berkeley High Jazz Band is in concert. Their shows are always met with high expectations, which the band consistently exceeds. Their November...

Wonder Explores Depths of Childhood

Illustration by Kate Greenblatt A movie based on the R.C. Palacio novel of the same name, Wonder, has just come out in theaters. The movie tells of a ten year old boy, Auggie, who loves...

Local Rapper Mistah F.A.B. Visits BHS

The Bay Area is not only known for the many artistic personalities that it has bred, but also for many of these people’s continued involvement in their local communities. Recently, one such artist came...

Joji Fails to Separate Persona from Music

Illustration by Mia Turner When somebody thinks of memes and the culture surrounding them, one of the big names that comes up is Filthy Frank. The man behind the Filthy Frank YouTube channel, George Miller,...

Lady Bird Acutely Portrays Adolescence

Illustration by Neelam Khan Adolescence is hard. Emotions run hot and nuclear as you yearn for the sweet escape of  a diploma. Relationships are difficult as you’re finding out who you really are and discovering...

Taylor Swift Reinvents Messy Persona on New Album Reputation

Illustration by Grace O'Keefe “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ‘cause she’s dead,” sings Taylor Swift on her new album, Reputation, which – as you might expect...

The Punisher’s Lack of Innovation Keeps Action Genre Stagnant

Illustration by Gemma Fa-Kaji The Punisher doesn’t disappoint, but that may be because the bar for action television series is so low. The violent scenes feel tasteful, there are compelling female characters and characters of...

YMTC’s Guys and Dolls Dazzles Despite Outdated Show Choice

Photograph by Olivia Leung-Brown The main focus of Guys and Dolls is, unsurprisingly, on the dynamics between men and women! There are men desperately trying to avoid marriage, trying to win women over, or just...