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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Film fanatics

Arjun Dhruv and Lily Jiang April 13, 2024

Before the football season starts, MV Football Head Coach Ceazar Agront begins watching films of previous games and filling the holes left by seniors for the upcoming season by finding new people to replace...

The decline of originality in media

The decline of originality in media

Corinna Kuo and Michelle Zheng March 8, 2024

Literature teacher Jessica Kaufman recalls watching the first “Ghostbusters,” which was released in 1984, with her dad as a kid. A few years ago, Kaufman saw a rebooted version of her childhood movie...

Ruth (Hattie McDaniel) laces up Vivian Leigh (Scarlet O’Hare) while trying to convince her to eat something before leaving.

Diversity without representation

Ananya Chaudhary September 15, 2023

Making history on Feb. 29, 1940, Black actress Hattie McDaniel became the first person of color to win an Oscar for her performance as Ruth in “Gone with the Wind.” Though her accomplishment deserves...

Senior Krupa Shanwares short film documents the harsh reality of being a young athlete living with fame

Studying cinema

Jami Lim June 1, 2023
Exploring the works of the Contemporary Literature film unit
The 1968 art horror film Hour of the Wolf explores the nature of dark thoughts intruding on ordinary life.

Drawing a line between art and suffering

Jami Lim March 20, 2023
Understanding the role of dark themes in entertainment and mental health
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How vlogging brought me closer to myself
Jake Gyllenhaal and  Abdul-Matteen play brothers Will and Danny Photo | Universal Pictures

“Ambulance” drives past its welcome

Nameek Chowdhury and Krish Dev April 25, 2022

“Ambulance,” directed by Michael Bay, places audiences in a two hour chase sequence of an ambulance zooming through downtown Los Angeles. The film, released in theaters on April 8, is just what you...

Parallels between cinema in the 1970s and modern movies

Parallels between cinema in the 1970s and modern movies

Nameek Chowdhury December 10, 2021

As an adolescent during the 1970s, art teacher Jay Shelton remembers going to the theater to watch films during what he describes as a “magic era.” For him, the decade was defined by its creative freedom,...

James Bond, now retired, in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of MGM

‘No Time to Die’ stakes its claim as the ‘most emotional Bond film’

Nameek Chowdhury October 13, 2021

Kicking off with the classic gun barrel sequence, "No Time to Die" is the latest addition to the 58- year-old James Bond franchise and the last time Daniel Craig will play the character. The highly anticipated...

Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  Photo | ​Marvel Studios

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is a refreshing entry for a new phase of Marvel hits

Justin E Kim September 7, 2021
The newest addition to the MCU successfully tests the waters of classic martial arts flicks

Tokenism and Tropes

Shreshta Ranganathan, Staff Writer May 22, 2021

Hollywood is not only the biggest entertainment industry, it is also home to one of the most diverse audiences, which is exactly why it has fallen under fire for its lack of inclusivity. Though the industry...

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

Kickstarting the year: MV Cinema Club hosts first meeting

Justine Ha September 16, 2019
Club hosts different Kahoot games testing movie trivia and distributes free donuts
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