The Boiling Point

Joker

February 12, 2020

Though it may follow the life of the infamous supervillain, Joker breaks the mold of what a comic book  film can be. The film does not rely on fantastical action sequences or classic sci-fi trope. Instead it looks at a man who is cast down by society.  Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, a struggling comedian who battles mental illness ...

1917

February 12, 2020

Two British soldiers go on a journey to save their comrades in the World War I story 1917. The film’s director, Sam Mendes, is most famous for his 2000 Best Picture-winning American Beauty, a personal psychological drama set in the suburbs. That movie’s style would not seem like the blueprint for a war movie. Yet it’s not so far from 1917, where Mendes explores the mind...

Little Women

February 12, 2020

Hollywood’s most recent remake of Luisa May Alcott’s Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig, makes a unique statement about feminism.  Based on the 1868 novel, the movie focuses on four sisters in post Civil-War America as they struggle with familial relations, romance, adult life, and pressure to get married. Jo, played by Saoirse Ronan, the second-to-oldest sist...

Marriage Story

February 12, 2020

One of the most gut-wrenching movies nominated for best picture, Marriage Story, dissects the divorce process and leaves viewers feeling the losses in Nicole Barber’s (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie Barber’s (played by Adam Driver) separation as if it were their own.  Nicole and Charlie’s divorce seems to take on a life of its own, as their lawyers drudge through...

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

February 12, 2020

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes you through Hollywood in 1969, focusing primarily on a has-been alcoholic Western movie star named Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rick’s stunt-double, driver and friend Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt.  The storyline links Rick and Cliff’s friendship to the Manson family murders, which happened at the same time period ...

Parasite

February 12, 2020

Bong-Joon Ho is known for his wild allegorical tales, most notably Snowpeircer and Okja. Both are somewhat heavy-handed yet entertaining films which deal with the social issues of class struggle and animal cruelty, respectively.  Parasite finds Bong perfecting his use of allegory within an incredibly captivating plot, which follows a poor family that attempts to become e...

The Irishman

February 12, 2020

The Irishman follows a character named Frank Sheeran as he transforms from a lowly truck driver to a mob hitman and key player in the truckers union, set in 1950’s Pennsylvania.  This film differs from the rest of the nominees because it is a character study of Sheeran, meaning that rather than following a single primary conflict or ordeal, it follows his life in a...

Jojo Rabbit

February 12, 2020

Set in Nazi Germany, Jojo Rabbit is a tale of a 10-year-old boy with an unusual imaginary friend: a comedic incarnation of Adolph Hitler. Jojo, a soft-hearted, well intentioned, naturally kind boy played by Roman Griffin Davis, doesn’t fit in with other rougher, crueler children in the Nazi youth program. When Jojo discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in his house, ...

Ford v Ferrari

February 10, 2020

In Ford v Ferrari, an ambitious car racer turned manufacturer and a fiery driver are hired by the Ford  automotive company to take down Ferrari’s stranglehold on car racing and become the first American team to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most prestigious endurance car race in the world. Hollywood A-listers Matt Damon, who plays Carrol Shelby, and Chri...

What you need to know about impeachment

What you need to know about impeachment

February 4, 2020

With closing arguments wrapped up and the vote on President Trump’s impeachment in the Senate set for tomorrow, President Trump’s acquittal is all but ...

Opportunities to rise

Maital Hiller, 12th Grade, Firehawk co-captain

January 28, 2020

When I heard the news, I was in shock. Complete denial. I couldn’t grasp what TMZ posted and kept refreshing my phone to see if it was true. When the LA Times confirmed the tragic news, my stomach ached and tears immediately filled my eyes.  I wasn’t ready to let go of my dream of meeting one of my biggest role models.  “No way was Kobe Bryant dead,” I thou...

Keys to the game of life

David Saeedian, 12th grade

January 28, 2020

​The Black Mamba is a venomous, lethal, and fearless creature. Dusk or dawn the Mamba keeps his eyes on the prize, ready to attack. Cool, calm, and collected the Mamba tenaciously slithers his way into the lives of his prey. Three, the Mamba surveys the playing field. Two, the Mamba drives in. One, the Mamba takes his shot. Having finally captured its prey, the Mamba keeps his h...