El Estoque

Kickstarting the year: MV Cinema Club hosts first meeting

At the beginning of MV Cinema Club's first meeting of the year, room B211 was filled with students eager to get started. Photo by Justine Ha

Justine Ha

September 16, 2019

Club hosts different Kahoot games testing movie trivia and distributes free donuts

Behind the camera

Behind the camera

Ruth Feng

January 29, 2019

Confusion. This was the initial reaction that physics teacher Jim Birdsong had when two students approached him with the idea of making a movie about his life. Birdsong has been teaching at MVHS for 24 years. He would describe his life as fairly stable, but seniors Sarah Feng and Anika Cheerla sa...

It’s impossible not to love ‘Love, Simon’

It’s impossible not to love ‘Love, Simon’

Nathan Stevens

April 11, 2018

Going into the theater, I didn’t expect much out of “Love, Simon.” The movie had been all over social media, advertised as a progressive rom-com about a closeted gay high school student. It looked generic. It wasn’t trying to be anything special. But it was. “Love, Simon” isn’t a movie ...

“Isle of Dogs” is pawsitively enjoyable

(From L-R): Bryan Cranston as

Michelle Wong

March 31, 2018

etails, as in most Wes Anderson films, aren't ignored in "Isle of Dogs” — the Oscar-nominated director's whimsical second attempt at a feature-length stop motion film. The film features all elements needed for a great production, highlighting attentive consideration of script, casting, animation and r...

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

A Film Lover: Razi Mahmood

Karen Sanchez

December 12, 2017

or senior Razi Mahmood, film is the best kind of art. There’s a sense of joy, a small satisfaction and excitement, when the theater slowly grows darker before a movie. The same can be felt when lying on the couch, warm, watching Netflix. The screen enters full screen mode and your eyes lay upon ...

British Literature curriculum uses technology in teaching Macbeth

The two films British Literature teacher Randy Holaday shows in his class. 2010 rendition (left), 2015 rendition (right).

Karen Ma

November 17, 2017

igh school students have long known the works of William Shakespeare. Although sentiments regarding the renowned English playwright and poet vary, there is no doubt that his notoriously obscure language and outlandish dialect often make comprehension and analysis of the text difficult for students. ...

Bluelight Cinemas hits the lights: local movie theater closes

Bluelight Cinemas hits the lights: local movie theater closes

Priya Reddy

November 16, 2017

When Art Cohen bought Bluelight Cinemas in 2009, he knew he was in for a lot of work. The movie theater, which had opened in the 1970s, had gone through several owners before it closed down for the first time in 2001and remained closed until 2009. It was then that Cohen, a former tech industry worker,...

Netflix releases “Audrie&Daisy”

Netflix releases

Mallika Singh

October 5, 2016

Two girls. Two nights. Two heartbreaking stories. “Audrie&Daisy,” a documentary produced in part for the purpose of being shown in schools, was released on Netflix on Sept. 23, 10 months after its January debut at the Sundance Film Festival. When Actual Films producers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk deci...

Movie Update: REX Productions gets ready to release new film, “Colorful”

Movie Update: REX Productions gets ready to release new film, “Colorful”

Anjana Melvin

December 20, 2015

In action: Junior Henry Wang films and sophomore Neel Chaudari checks audio as English teacher David Clarke and sophomore Jeremi Kalkowski act out the scene where the college student goes to talk to his professor about his final essay. Here are some excerpts from the script: Cat...

REX Productions releases ‘Absolution’

William (junior Zach Sanchez, pictured) attempts to reason with Jack (junior Thaddeus Tarshis) following a dispute over William’s lack of time spent with Jack. The conflict between the two and Jack’s subsequent guilt serves as the focus of the film. Source: REX Productions.

Varsha Venkat

April 24, 2015

 frustrated high school student named William (junior Zach Sanchez) stands, hand-to-head, on the dirt hiking trail as his friend Jack (junior Thaddeus Tarshis) walks away, map in hand. The screen goes dark, and Jack reappears, staring at an article reporting that William has been missing for a we...

Behind the Scenes of ‘Two Halves’

During one of the flashbacks in the film, Kristen (senior Kaz Tarshis) relives her and Mark’s (junior Mikey Goldman) first date in the park. The short movie is REX Productions’ sixth film since the club‘s inception last year. Source: REX Productions.

Varsha Venkat

January 28, 2013

REX Productions gives an inside look into the filmmaking process behind its latest movie. Read More »