Category Archives: Opinion

Olympics expose health risks

By Juan Betancourt

Contributing Writer

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a city already stricken with contaminated surrounding bodies of water and now overwhelmed with the sudden outbreak of the Zika virus. The city won the bid back in 2009, but health concerns have since overshadowed the upcoming games. Continue reading

Privilege to privacy disputed

By Jubenal Aguilar

Managing Editor

courierme@dcccd.edu

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

A single iPhone sparked a legal battle between Apple and the FBI over privacy and national security issues. The FBI wanted access to an iPhone 5C belonging to Syed Farook, one of two shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif. attack that left 14 dead last December. The agency wanted to know if the shooters conspired with the Islamic State group in carrying out the attack. Continue reading

Chaplin masters silent comedy

By Diamond Victoria

Editor-in-Chief

couriereic@dcccd.edu

 

“City Lights” (1931) was filmmaker and actor Charles Chaplin’s first film since the introduction of sound synchronization in talkies, the name given to movies with sound, three years earlier.

Chaplin is a master of silent filmmaking, and this proto- rom-com’s ability to win over hearts and minds through sentiment alongside animated gags only further proves his genius. Continue reading

Band behaves badly during brawl

 

 

By Erasmo Viera

Contributing Writer

Illustration by Junsouk Isaac Chun

Illustration by Junsouk Isaac Chun

Trash cans of vomit flew through the air, along with a few punches, when Illinois rock outfit The Orwells headlined at Trees during the 2016 Spillover Fest. Fans of the band usually anticipate some sort of wild shenanigans at their shows and were likely expecting the level to which the band stirred things up March 19. Continue reading

Director adapts dystopian novel, revamps ’82 classic

In 1982, Ridley Scott released his dystopian film “Blade Runner,” based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The film was a success and nominated for two Oscars in 1983. However, the final cut version released in 2007 is what’s really worth watching. Continue reading

Allen’s breakthrough film stands test of time

By Diamond Victoria
Editor-in-Chief

Film Review

Rating: Five out of five “Diamonds”

In 1977, “Annie Hall,” starring, written and directed by Woody Allen, edged out the original “Star Wars” blockbuster sci-fi flick directed by George Lucas and won the Oscar for best motion picture. Allen won best director and best screenplay for the film.

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Social media influences millenials’ choices

By Carolyn Bossmann

Editor-at-Large

Millennials are known for always having their heads down, staring at their phones. They hashtag, snap, post, click and share their way through every type of social media they can get their hands on. While these actions have sometimes been viewed negatively, they are actually creating a platform for media to be shared freely worldwide. Continue reading

Texas considers legality of daily fantasy sports

By Sam Doherty

Copy Desk Chief/Sports Editor

Illustration by | Junsouk Isaac Chun

Illustration by | Junsouk Isaac Chun

Daily fantasy sports give unathletic, lazy or just plain nerdy men and women the chance to excel at something sports-related, aside from rooting for their favorite team. On Jan. 19, however, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined other state lawmakers that have deemed daily fantasy sports illegal. Continue reading

Protests lead to diversity in Academy Award presenters

By Carolyn Bossmann

Editor-at-Large

Illustration by Junsouk Isaac Chun

The 88th Oscars will be televised Feb. 28, but there will be a few noticeable absences in the crowd, including Will Smith and Spike Lee, according to cnn.com. Continue reading

Lifting up ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

Film Review

By Diamond Victoria

Editor-in-Chief

 

Rating : Three out of Five “Diamonds”

David Bowie influenced almost every aspect of popular culture during his 47-year career. A fixture in fashion, music and film, he proved to be one of the most enduring and influential artists of the past century.

Known mainly for music, Bowie also convinced moviegoers in 1976 that he was not a one-trick pony.

“The Man Who Fell To Earth,” directed by Nicolas Roeg, proves Bowie would have probably gathered as wide a fan base for his acting alone as he eventually did for his music. Continue reading