By Sabrina Berguiristain Kristie Rodriguez
“It's conflict and it's compromise, and it's very, very exciting”
Through his critically acclaimed musical La La Land, Damien Chapelle, director of Whiplash, has revolutionized what it means to be an aspiring artist in modern day society. Los Angeles, the city where dreams are made, is the home to two ambitious artists: Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a passionate pianist who is determined to open his own jazz club. Both artists quickly form a friendship as they experience different conflicts and struggles to fulfill their dreams.
So why is La La Land such an upstanding film?
The actors of the film, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, outstandingly encompass their characters through their sincere performances. The singing, choreography, and overall soundtrack of La La Land creates a bursts of emotions; for instance, “Another Day Of Sun” opens the movie with an ambience full of hope, joy, and excitement. The cinematography and film style, such as the setting of a dream city combined with bright, colorful wardrobe create a visually pleasing experience and fill the audience with wonder. Moreover, the plot surrounds the main idea that being a visionary has its moments of triumphs and troubles; something that people of all ages can strongly relate to. Overall, the film La La Land dedicates itself to dreamers, creators, and innovators while shedding light on the sacrifices they make in order to do what they are truly passionate of.
By Boris Spektor, Senior
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual trade show in early January that presents new technologies and concepts from 4,000 presenting companies. Here are the top five prototypes/products showcased at this year’s CES.
Car Tech - Faraday Future FF91
Faraday Future unveiled a self-driving car that runs on a huge 130kWh battery to deliver up to 378 miles between charges. Oh, and it also goes from 0-60 in 2.39 seconds, slightly beating out the acceleration of a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Camera - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
The new iteration of Panasonic’s Lumix line has everything a professional photographer could want, including 4K (the same resolution as the screen in the movie theater) capture at 60fps, body based image stabilization, and support for 10-bit color images (for a wider color range).
TV - LG Signature W OLED
Want to replace your picture frames on the wall with TVs? Then this product is for you! At 2.57mm thick (half the thickness of your iPhone), it’s so thin that it comes with magnets so you can mount it to a wall, leaving it looking like a poster. Oh, and it also has a soundbar that adjusts itself based on the environment for the best speaker positioning. Pricing has not been announced, but expect it to be extremely expensive.
Laptop Concept - Razer Project Valerie
What do you get when you combine one of the fastest laptops money can buy with three screens? A hernia, that’s what. This monstrosity weighs 20 pounds, is around 3 inches thick, and has a mechanism that extends two 4K screens out of the laptop body (which fold back into the body when not in use). This is completely ridiculous, and may never reach production, but hey, laptops can dream big, too.
Computer Tech - AMD Ryzen
The computer industry needs a kick in the pants more than ever, and AMD will happily provide it. From 2006 to now, Intel Corporation has been uncontested in processor speeds, so they have not been innovating as much. A high-end intel chip from 2016 is only 25% faster than a chip released in 2011, and the speed of innovation is further slowing. This is set to change this year, as AMD Corporation is releasing their new processor chip platform which will make them competitive again with Intel, fostering competition and innovation.
Dear Jethel Hernandez,
I fondly appreciate your advice for the junior community . I was delighted when you asserted the various activities that juniors can partake in during the upcoming summer. I agree that colleges would be satisfied to see that students are getting involved in activities that embrace their driven passion. Although this is accurate, in the article you insist that "MONEY SHOULD NOT BE AN EXCUSE". When there are some people who don't have enough money for these programs, thus, they need scholarships which some colleges do not offer.
Tiffany X. Herrera
“Surviving the Holidays,” by junior Hunter Huseby, was definitely the most relatable article when I read in the Phoenix Flyer. Hunter goes into detail about what teenagers face during the holidays and what solutions could solve these holiday struggles. Because I am personal friends with the author, I know that Hunter did research for her article on one of the biggest social media platforms, Instagram. She asked her followers what were some of the struggles they face during the Christmas break. I believe another great idea would have been to have the readers of the Phoenix Flyer participate in giving ideas for the solutions to these holiday struggles. Overall, Hunter Huseby’s article is very entertaining and humorous, and I think that every teenager and even young adult could relate to on many many levels.
Letter to the Editor by Heidi Perez:
I especially enjoyed reading "Enveloped by the Rhythm" because of the strong message behind it. As someone with Cuban heritage, my family also celebrated the death of Fidel Castro and went through many struggles because of his dictatorship. This piece describes how even with his death and oppression of the Cuban people, the culture and spirit of Cuba lives on even in Miami where this news was heard. Although this article focuses directly on Cuba, it can also apply to other countries with oppressive leaders and government such as Venezuela and Syria.
I really enjoy reading The Phoenix Flyer, but I would like to see more information about colleges. It would be a good idea for the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen to get more information about college life, work, and majors. Also, it would be great if you could have information about college requirements considering that most of us do not understand the college process that goes along with it until junior or senior year. May I suggest contacting one of the original writers (alumni) to write a column since they are in college and have experience. Overall, The Phoenix Flyer is a great virtual newspaper, but it would be better if the flyer had information about colleges.
By Daria Samway, Junior
As the New Year rolls in, there were a few things that I wanted to remember and move forward with.
“Reflecting” on past happenings is how people grow wiser in the future.
Being “lost in thought” is okay… sometimes we have to wander before reaching a destination.
Even though things may seem overwhelming, it’s important to keep moving “forward.”
“Simplicity” is key. In today’s world, it’s really easy to get caught up in the drama of such miniscule events; however, it’s important to remember that not much is needed to be happy.
Find your “kin” because they’re the ones who support you when you can’t support yourself.
Find your “kin” because they’re the ones who support you when you can’t support yourself.
Listening to our youth is essential because their “innocence” and openness will determine the future.
Seeing things from new “perspectives” can be enlightening.
By Jethel Hernandez, Senior
As the year comes to its second semester and your desire to work declines exponentially, I advise you to keep yourself focused on your goals and duties. It may seem as the worst has passed after your first attempt at the SAT/ACT back in December, but remember that there is much more to come.
You should in fact budget yourself to take either test (ACT/SAT) more than once, or even consider switching from one to the other: It has been proven that each test benefits certain students with distinct abilities. Furthermore, you should be done with your summer programs’ application. Right now is time to relax and wait!!! Just leave the notification date marked on your calendar and move on… do not dwell on it or it will seem like an eternity before your get a response!
Your extracurricular activities are still pivotal; remember that these showcase your passions and distinctions in those one-dimensional college applications. You should look at it this way: elections are coming up at the end of the year for each club + most of the board (seniors) will be leaving = you should be excelling and showing your dedication to the club now, in order to acquire the leading positions.
Finally, junior year is also a great time to complete your community service requirements. Believe me, senior year will be caving in on you as sneaky deadlines approach for college, scholarships, Silver Knigt, and more! Yes, having a life is secondary at that point.
Maybe if I make it to end of this Silver Knight week, I will be writing to you next month. Until then, may this New Year keep you on your feet, but never forget to soar high enough to attain your resolutions.
By Avgustina Nikolova, Senior
The setting is Park City, Utah. Time is five to midnight, five to a fresh year. My tripod is prepped, my camera pointed at the dark sky. Fireworks erupt, lighting the night, reflecting off of wide smiles in the crowd. I wanted to capture the start of a new year; a new year that gives me an opportunity to explode into a refined individual. I wanted to capture the bang.
By Amanda Fernandez, Junior
You know what they say about New Year’s Resolutions? Nothing! Everyone seems to forget their resolutions. I propose that this year we all make resolutions that are achievable and easy to remember. For example, stop procrastinating and finish that darn New Year’s Resolution list. Here are a few easy resolutions. You should be able to adopt a few.