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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

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
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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
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...

Rolling out the jade carpet: Exploring the recent surge in Asian representation in media

Rolling out the jade carpet: Exploring the recent surge in Asian representation in media

Hannah Lee, Emily Xia, Ruth Feng, Elena Khan, and Aditya Dash September 27, 2018
The impacts from new films "Crazy Rich Asians" and "To All the Boys I've Ever Loved"
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...

(From L-R): Bryan Cranston as Chief, Bob Balaban as “King,” Koyu Rankin as “Atari Kobayashi,” Bill Murray as “Boss,” Edward Norton as “Rex” and Jeff Goldblum as “Duke” in the film ISLE OF DOGS. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“Isle of Dogs” is pawsitively enjoyable

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...

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...

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

British Literature curriculum uses technology in teaching Macbeth

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...

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