Category Archives: Entertainment

‘Revenant’ bears a Hardy helping of DiCaprio

Many moviegoers of late have been hit in the face with a visually stunning and overly intense piece of cinema from Alejandro Iñárritu, director of last year’s Academy Award-winning Birdman,…

The future is strong with the ‘Star Wars’ franchise

After buying Lucasfilm, and the attached Star Wars franchise, the Walt Disney Company needed to get a return on their near $4 billion investment. With “Star Wars VII: The Force…

Whipping cookies into shape for the holiday season

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the winter world of baking and preparation for Santa’s hungry arrival. But who says cookies can’t be a little healthy…

Talented teachers strum banjos and heartstrings in local band

We all know the staff of Carmel High is exceptionally talented, especially in the realm of music, but what some of you may not have known is the extent to…

‘Romeo and Juliet’ coming soon to the Black Box

On Jan. 14 in the black box theater, a modern take on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will open under the direction of 2010 Carmel High graduate Christopher Sullinger. It…

Glass House shatters limits on local band scene

A descending guitar riff wafts from a house in Monterey, leading into a tonally rich major chord. “I like that, let’s end on that one.” “No, I don’t like that.”…

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ slight disappointment

Sweat, blood and tears—these are three words that would be best to describe Francis Lawrence’s movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Much to my dismay, the book, written by…

Nothing odd about ‘Odd Couple’ production’s success

The curtain opens on a messy apartment. Four men are playing poker, and the fifth chair is empty. They gripe about the surrounding mess, owned by Oscar, and they comment…

David Mitchell’s latest novel leaves readers on cloud nine

Award-winning British novelist David Mitchell has traditionally been acclaimed for his historically based, humorous masterworks that intertwine multiple stories into one. For example, his best-known piece is “Cloud Atlas,” whose…

Latest Bond film makes Spectrecal of itself

“Spectre” marks the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, and the fourth in the reboot series, as a noble attempt to keep alive a franchise that is quickly growing…