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‘Titanic 3D’ still great, but minimally improved

‘Titanic 3D’ still great, but minimally improved

Nona Penner

April 5, 2012

The disaster of the Titanic is a story that both awes and horrifies. In 1912, the so-called “unsinkable ship” hit an iceberg and pulled down 1514 people to their watery graves. This tragic moment provides an interesting backdrop for director James Cameron’s timeless tale of love and rebellion. Originally released in 199...

MOVIE: “The Lorax” is a fun watch, but not memorable

MOVIE: “The Lorax” is a fun watch, but not memorable

Amelia Yang

March 4, 2012

Thneedville is an artificial town full of inflatable trees and enclosed on the sides from the outside world by metal walls reminiscent of some industrial wasteland run by a money-hungry maniac who has found a way to sell air. This is where “The Lorax” takes place. A young resident of Thnee...

MOVIE: ‘The Vow’ entertains, makes few waves

MOVIE: ‘The Vow’ entertains, makes few waves

El Estoque Staff

February 12, 2012

What’s the biggest obstruction to true love? Amnesia, that’s what. “The Vow”, directed by Michael Sucsy (“Grey Gardens”) and released Feb. 10, is a formulaic romance timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day festivities. In it, Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams), a happil...

Boys soccer: Last minute magic leads to 1-1 tie

Boys soccer: Last minute magic leads to 1-1 tie

Rachel Lu

February 5, 2012

Los Gatos has been having a strong season with seven wins in seven league games. A perfect 7-0-0 record, Los Gatos was looking to add on another win to their perfect record on Feb. 1. The Matadors had other plans.Down 0-1 with one minute left in the game, senior Clayton Pugh had one final ...

MOVIE: ‘Red Tails’ flies without altitude

MOVIE: ‘Red Tails’ flies without altitude

Amelia Yang

January 23, 2012

  “Red Tails” brings a historical twist to the genre of inspirational stories based on true events  — but it seems doomed from the start to end up as one of those movies history teachers show in class year after year. The movie follows the all-African American squad of pilots in th...

Boys soccer: Matadors shut out Lynbrook Vikings 4-0

Boys soccer: Matadors shut out Lynbrook Vikings 4-0

Rachel Lu

January 8, 2012

All teams want a strong start. After a strong preseason, the Matadors surged into the first two games of the season, scoring eleven goals total, and shutting out the other team.The Matadors started the season off with a 2-0 record after their 7-0 rout of Cupertino High School in their first league...

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Morahd Shawki

December 11, 2011

  To most, the Roots are simply Jimmy Fallon’s house band on his talk show. However, The Roots have actually had a long-established and immensely respected hip-hop career and recently released their latest album, “Undun.” The album does a whole lot more than do their reputation justice — the Roots may have created the best alb...

Girls basketball: Matadors fall to Cougars after early lead

Girls basketball: Matadors fall to Cougars after early lead

Rachel Lu

December 10, 2011

Coming off a strong win against Yerba Buena, the Matadors went up against the Newark Memorial High School Cougars in round two of the Monta Vista Invitational Tournament. The Cougars had beaten the Matadors just a few days earlier, but came back to beat them again 27-38 on Dec. 9. The stellar defense and strong drives to ...

‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ shows brighter future for Twilight saga

‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ shows brighter future for Twilight saga

Cynthia Mao

November 24, 2011

  There’s one surprising thing about “Breaking Dawn Part 1”: Kristen Stewart took acting classes. On Nov. 18, Stewart returned as Bella Swan, the human girl with a vampire fiancé, for the fourth installment of the infamous Twilight series. Throughout the movie, we can see her acting has improved quite a bit. It sure beats Taylor Lautner’s ...

Music: Clinton concert rocks the house

Music: Clinton concert rocks the house

Soumya Kurnool

October 16, 2011

  Former President Bill Clinton sure knows how to party. To mark a decade of service to nations around the globe with the William J. Clinton Foundation and celebrate his own belated 65th birthday, Clinton hosted "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J....

Aqui’s identity crisis makes for a great meal

Aqui’s identity crisis makes for a great meal

Amrutha Dorai

September 25, 2011

At first glance, Aqui appears to be your average Mexican restaurant. The menu bears all the typical staples of Mexican cuisine: burritos, fajitas, enchiladas. But then, things start to get a little confusing. Crab cakes? Thai chicken? What is this place? Aqui doesn’t seem to know. Everything about the restaurant oozes identity crisis. Located on S. De Anz...

Music: Broken no more

Music: Broken no more

Rachel Lu

September 25, 2011

Last year, singer and actress Demi Lovato checked herself into a rehabilitation program after personal insecurities that have led to eating disorders, self-mutilation, and depression finally caused a public breakdown. But there are no breaks for her as she quickly returns to work with a brand a new CD “Unbroken” wh...