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Hip Hop Square Preview: An Old Show with a New Style

By Aaron Vad

May 21, 2012

On May 22, MTV will be premiering its new show, “Hip Hop Squares.” This is a reboot of the old 60’s show “Hollywood Squares”, an old American panel game shows in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win cash and prizes. Hip Hop Squares will retain these same principles, but instead of h...

Friendly foreigners at Tam

Friendly foreigners at Tam

By Sophie McGuinness

May 21, 2012

  Beatrice Biagini, Jeanne Cassiers, and Paul Fürstenwerth left their families almost one year ago to experience America at Tam High. They arrived with rudimentary English, minimal electronic acquaintance with their host families, no school friends and high expectations. As their last names m...

“Battleship” Review: This ship sunk itself

“Battleship” Review: This ship sunk itself

By Wesley Emblidge

May 19, 2012

“They ain’t gonna sink this battleship, no way,” says one Navy officer toward the last act of “Battleship,” in total seriousness. It made me contemplate, for maybe the hundredth time, how did we get here? How is hollywood so creatively bankrupt they resort to adapting a boring board game in...

Nothing can save clunky “Dark Shadows” from its own script

Nothing can save clunky “Dark Shadows” from its own script

By Wesley Emblidge

May 16, 2012

From just the first few shots at the beginning of “Dark Shadows,” you can already tell, this is obviously a Tim Burton film. Johnny Depp’s voice-over lets you know that, since he’s in it, there’s at least a 50% chance Burton directed it. Add in a Danny Elfman score, and stunning, stylized...

Getting Personal with Harry Potter

Getting Personal with Harry Potter

By Cassie Jeong

May 12, 2012

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise, hold your hippogriffs. Pottermore.com, a website designed by author J.K. Rowling with TH_NK and Sony, officially opened to the public on April 14. The site was previously only available to a “very small number” of beta testers, who gained access in 2011 by completing...

Book Review: “The Fault in our Stars”

Book Review: “The Fault in our Stars”

By Emma Boczek and Emma Boczek

May 10, 2012

In “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green’s authentic writing sweeps readers into the bleak world of 16-year-old Hazel, a quirky, sarcastic realist, who lives “busy days of Having Cancer,” which she was diagnosed with at thirteen. Hazel is a spirited, intelligent girl, trapped in a body that...

Mini music reviews of royalty inspired artists

Mini music reviews of royalty inspired artists

By Veronica Russel and Veronica Russel

April 30, 2012

Rule the school and its airwaves with artists that remind one of a simpler time, a time when feudalism was still at its prime and a king and queen ruled over vast territories. Artists like King Charles, Lord Huron, Empire of the Sun, and The Good, the Bad, and the Queen remind us of that age. By li...

Overlong “The Five-Year Engagement” still has fun despite runtime

Overlong “The Five-Year Engagement” still has fun despite runtime

By Wesley Emblidge

April 30, 2012

On the surface, “The Five-Year Engagement” sounds great. The director of “Forgetting Sarah Marshal” teaming up with his star from that movie, Jason Segel, on another R rated romantic comedy. A great cast makes it look even better, with Segal supported by Emily Blunt (“The Adjustment Bureau”), Chris Pratt (“Parks & Recreat...

Beth’s Community Kitchen review

Beth’s Community Kitchen review

By Sonja Hutson

April 19, 2012

Downtown Mill Valley has a new addition to its rows of quaint shops and restaurants, and, although I may be unrealistically optimistic sometimes, I think it’s safe to say Beth’s Community Kitchen is here to stay. This crossover bakery and restaurant is highly underappreciated, and I’m surprised...

Senior prom at the Redwoods

Senior prom at the Redwoods

By Mae Puckett

April 5, 2012

  As I walked into the 20th Annual Redwoods Senior Prom at the Redwoods Retirement Center, I was astounded by the scene. I was greeted by leadership students who checked everyone in, handing out name tags and fragrant corsages. Residents of the Redwoods happily socialized with Tam High students from the leadership class, wh...

Tyga “Careless World, Rise of the Last King”

By Aaron Vad

April 5, 2012

I’ll be honest, I did not go in to this album with high expectations. In my eyes, Tyga, the new Young Money rapper from Compton, seemed like another weak mainstream rapper who got way too much support from “rap” fans around the world. His newest release is “Careless World, Rise of the Last King.”...

Thrifting

Thrifting

By Jeannine Englander

March 27, 2012

Walking into a thrift store, I’m always greeted with the familiar smell of old books mixed with musty suitcases, maybe a hint of mildew. This scent has become nostalgic for me. I grew up spending a lot of time “thrifting” with my mom. In middle school, I was often embarrassed to buy secondhand and didn’t ...