El Estoque

Diya and JJ on the streets: Song association

Jayanti Jha, Diya Bahl, and Ishaani Dayal December 7, 2021
Playing a game of song association with students and staff
The cover image of 30 is a simple yet impactful headshot of Adele.

“30” is an excellent showcase of vulnerability

Kripa Mayureshwar and Irene Tang November 28, 2021
Adele’s first album in six years is an emotional masterpiec
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are remakes of the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl released in 2006. Photo courtesy of the Pokémon Company

‘Pokémon Brilliant Diamond’ and ‘Pokémon Shining Pearl’ are faithful to a fault

Justin E Kim November 28, 2021
The remakes of the original Nintendo DS games are a refreshing reimagining, but stay disappointingly true to their inspirations
Forza Horizon 5 offers players freedom through an open-world experience. Photo courtesy of Microsoft

‘Forza Horizon 5’ provides endless enjoyment

Nameek Chowdhury November 27, 2021

“Forza Horizon 5” follows the same premise as of every “Forza Horizon” game: a car festival takes place in a certain country and the game provides an expansive open-world map, which offers events,...

The album cover features Taylor Swift sitting in a red Chevrolet Cabriolet and wearing a red hat, establishing the significance of the color

‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ perfectly balances the old and the new

Aashi Venkat and Shivani Verma November 20, 2021
Taylor Swift’s second re-recorded album is a compelling add to her discography
The chemistry between the Mars and .Paak is shown to great levels in these nine tracks, and are enough to set this record as one of the best albums released in 2021.

‘An Evening with Silk Sonic’ shoots high with honeyed nostalgia

Aditya Shukla November 19, 2021
Shimmering flares of soul and funk enthralls in this Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak debut
The Eternals teaser, the film was announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.

Marvel’s “Eternals” disappoints despite an eternal run-time and diverse cast

Krish Dev and Tanish Mendki November 14, 2021
Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao’s venture into superhero films is overwhelming
A look into the future

A look into the future

Students examine what lies ahead
The storefront of Nox Cookie Bar in downtown San Jose.

Dessert Detectives: Nox Cookie Bar

Krish Dev and Jefferson Le November 9, 2021
Reviewing Nox’s popular menu items
Sophomores Ashika Mittal and Mihret Tesfaye build their catapult.

Students attempt an engineering project

Devin Gupta and Gavin Hung November 4, 2021
Two teams build a catapult out of craft materials
Paul Atreides trains to eventually take his fathers place. Photo courtesy of Legendary and Warner Bros.

‘Dune’ attempts too much at once

Nameek Chowdhury November 3, 2021

More of a fantasy-based hero’s journey than a science fiction piece, Oscar-winning director Denis Villeneuve tackles the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” into a film adaptation which...

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