By Remy Zerber
The Harry Potter Reunion Special premiered on HBO Max on New Year’s Day, and it is a very fun experience for Potterheads to see their favorite actors reunite on the set of their favorite film series. It was especially fun and very nostalgic for fans to see the Golden Trio (Daniel, Rupert, and Emma AKA Harry, Ron, and Hermione) back together in the Gryffindor common room. They all look very different now; Emma has a pixie haircut and Dan and Rupert both have beards. Rupert also has a baby now with his girlfriend.
Another moment that fans loved in the reunion was the hug between Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). It was so cute when they hugged! For years fans have shipped them together romantically but they have always said they are just close friends. The shipping started because Emma admitted she had a crush on Tom when she was 11. However, it ended because he said she was like a little sister to him. Now they are close friends and he has said he is very protective of her. In the reunion, they said they love each other as close friends.
An aspect that fans loved was the friendship between Helena Bonham Carter and the rest of the cast, specifically the Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter moments. The reunion showed a moment where they both ran up to each other and hugged on the set of Gringotts. Then she challenged him to a race down the stairs to the Lestrange vault while she shouted “We’re snogging down here!” It was hilarious! She also made Dan read a letter that he wrote her on set. It said “Dear HBC, it was a pleasure being your co-star and coaster in the sense that I always ended up holding your coffee. I do love you, and I just wish I’d been born ten years earlier. I might’ve been in with a chance. Lots of love, and thanks for being cool.” He laughed and blushed at the note when he read it.
By Remy Zerber
“2011” is a new song by the band 5 Seconds of Summer, released on December 3, 2021 to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. It has many references to their other songs like “Nothing lasts forever/And nothing stays the same,” a reference to their song “Wherever You Are” on their first EP. “2011” is about looking back on their lives in 2011, which were much simpler according to them. In 2011, which is when they started the band, they were just teenage boys living in Australia.
For their anniversary, they made podcast episodes breaking down each year they were a band starting with 2011. Band members Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, and Calum Hood explained how it all started and how they all met. They even explained how they shot to fame in 2013. It was interesting to see how they became so successful. They uploaded all their podcast episodes to YouTube, and some of the episodes were animated. Some episodes had quotes that they said in them, which was funny. It was interesting to see them discuss growing up in the spotlight from teenagers to young men, as they are all in their twenties now.
They also did a live show that they recorded and posted on YouTube. It featured all their songs, new and old, like “She Looks So Perfect,” “Gotta Get Out,” “Amnesia,” and “Outta My Limit”. They performed “2011” for the first time too. They added in some clips of them performing various songs over the years. They even had some funny skits in the show that served as commercials. Fans that have been following them since the early days will appreciate these nostalgic clips. Additionally, they each did solo interviews for the camera where they discussed their experiences in the band.
5SOS fans or people nostalgic of 2011 times should check out these new releases!
The latest edition of the MCU that has rocked the nation.
By Madison Sciba
Spoiler alert to the five people who have yet to see the latest Marvel movie. Spider-Man: No Way Home arrived in theaters on December 17th after over two years of anticipation. Fans rushed to the big screens and gave No Way Home one of the most successful opening weekends of all time. It has become a sensation all over the world with the Marvel community exploding over two of the greatest character reveals: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both reprising their previous roles as Spider-Man to aid Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
I had the opportunity to watch the movie opening day, something essential if you wish to avoid spoilers. Although rumors of them being in the movie had circulated, the appearance of both Maguire and Garfield shocked audiences with screams and cheers erupting in theaters. Anyone familiar with Garfield’s Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man movies knows about the tragic death of Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy after she fell and Garfield’s Spider-Man was unable to save her. In a deja-vous moment, MJ, the girlfriend of Holland’s Peter Parker falls during the battle, with Garfield’s Spider-Man being the one to catch and save her. The look on Garfield’s face was indescribable, even bringing many in the audience to tears.
Marvel movies are known for their end-of-the-credits scenes, but for the amount of hype that went into No Way Home, this did not translate into the first post-credit scene. All audiences got was a hint that Tom Hardy’s Venom might be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The second post-credit scene was not as disappointing, with fans finally getting a trailer to the long-anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There was also a reappearance of Wanda after fans last said a sad goodbye to her in the award-winning Disney+ miniseries, WandaVision. After pushing release dates back months due to the pandemic, fans continue to sit on the edge of their seats for the Doctor Strange sequel, hoping it will answer several questions left unanswered in both WandaVision and No Way Home.
Overall, Spider-Man: No Way Home is a must-see film. If you plan on watching any of the next MCU films, you will need to have seen No Way Home first. There is a reason it has been so successful and extremely popular.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Walt Disney Animation Studios team up once again to bring Encanto to the big screen. Filled with catchy songs and tear-jerking stories, Miranda and Disney continue their animated film winning streak.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest film, Encanto, is a tale about the struggles of self-identity among the pressures of an extraordinary family. Set in Colombia, Encanto follows the Madrigals and the legacy they hold. Helping keep the town alive for future generations, the Madrigals are the foundation of their small town due to the Encanto, a miracle of magic from their abuelo. Through their special magical powers and casita, the Madrigals show their service to the town. From Luisa’s super strength to Camilo’s shapeshifting abilities and Dolores’s astonishing hearing skills, each Madrigal is gifted a special attribute. All except Mirabel. When the magic of the Encanto is in jeopardy, Mirabel decides to take matters into her own hands to save the legacy. Will Mirabel, the only ordinary Madrigal, be able to prove her place in her family’s tree?
Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again and adds yet another Walt Disney Animated film to his resume. Similar to Miranda’s award-winning pieces like Moana and Hamilton, Encanto features catchy and admirable songs that can be loved by many. His signature formulation of upbeat, rhythmic instrumentals, combined with singing and rapping, is evident in a number of songs in this film. Even so, many fans on Tik Tok found it bizarre that Miranda was not cast. The creator is also known for playing special roles in his own films such as the piragua guy in In the Heights and Vivo in Vivo. Although Miranda was unable to be heard on the big screen, the chosen cast had an outstanding performance. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz shows off her vocal talent as the main character, Mirabel Madrigal. She is also supported by Orange Is the New Black star, Diane Guerrero, who plays Isabela Madrigal, and Wilmer Valderrama from That 70’s Show, who plays Agustin Madrigal.
Encanto is now available to stream anytime and anywhere on Disney+ and in theaters for a limited time.
A new Netflix original film is climbing the ranks with its humorous take on serious, real-world issues. Don’t Look Up broke the Netflix record for most hours viewed in a single week, racking up 152 million hours streamed.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
Don’t Look Up, directed by Adam McKay, revolves around the many difficulties scientists face when presenting their findings to the public. Kate Dibiasky, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Dr. Randall Mindy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, are faced with a life-changing discovery. To their revelation, they find that a comet is headed towards earth with the ability to destroy the planet on impact. In complete distress, Dibiasky and Mindy immediately get in contact with both NASA and the government to initiate a plan of action to save humanity. However, their doctorate education from Michigan State was not enough to prove the seriousness of the issue. Throughout the movie, the two struggle to educate society on the reality that is to come as the denial of politicians and society’s stronger interest in celebrity drama makes it difficult for any progress to be made. Will the scientists be able to overcome these obstacles and get the world to believe them?
Due to the film’s star-studded cast and its satirical approach being enough to break viewership records, how is it really being received? With a cast containing Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothee Chalamet, Kid Cudi, and Jonah Hill, just to name a few, this movie was set to become popular amongst Netflix users. Although the message of the movie was loud and clear, responses to the film are still mixed. Turns out, Don’t Look Up received only 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics see it as a misfire while viewers on Tik Tok can’t look past the randomness of the cast. It’s ironic how a film about listening to scientists is only being criticized in actual life during the second year of a global pandemic.
If you haven’t watched it yet, Don’t Look Up is available to stream 24/7 on Netflix.
Netflix kicks off their 2021 holiday collection with Love Hard. The romantic comedy stars Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Harry Shum Jr. and more. (Image Courtesy of IMDb)
By Isabelle Delostrinos
It’s officially that time of the year, new cheesy holiday movies are back! First up, we have Netflix’s Love Hard. This romantic comedy joins Netflix’s growing list of original holiday movies. Last year the public was graced with The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens, A Christmas Prince, The Holiday Calendar, Klaus and more. The streaming platform is continuously building up their resume as a producer of content and not just a source for rewatching classic TV shows and movies. They are constantly demonstrating their ability to engage with every type of audience, this time trying to catch the attention of rom-com-holiday cheer movie lovers.
Love Hard begins with an aerial view of sunny Los Angeles and an opening dialogue from Natalie, played by Nina Dobrev. Her never-ending quest to find her one true love has unfortunately become her brand as a writer for a trendy LA-based blog. Even her boss won’t let her stop going on horrible dates because of how well people engage with her posts. After she drags a stumpy Christmas tree into her one bedroom apartment, Natalie plops on the couch and opens up Flirt Alert. Surprisingly, Natalie finally comes across an interesting profile and ends up sending him the first message. And just like that, she’s found herself hopelessly in love. It only took the first 15 minutes of the movie for her to risk everything for this new guy. Could this finally be the match for Natalie?
Spoiler Alert! This movie may have a scene that could potentially put this movie on the map. Natalie’s progressive philosophy has grown a distaste for the 1950’s Christmas classic, Baby It’s Cold Outside. In recent years, controversy has stirred as many people started to really think about the lyrics of this song. What sounds like a dainty, romantic Christmas carol is really a man not understanding what consent is. As Natalie finds herself stuck in a caroling performance for the eldery, she’s forced to sing this song in front of a crowd. Her duet partner Josh, played by Jimmy O. Yang, begs her to go with flow and surprises her with a new, modern rendition of the song. Here’s a look at the first verse:
I really can’t stay
No problem there’s the door
I’ve got to go away
I hear ya, say no more
This evening has been
So very nice
I hope you get home safe tonight
What more could we ask of a 21st century holiday rom-com? A journalist with a failed dating life, living in the heart of LA. The difficulties of online dating. The emotional relief best friend who won’t let Natalie give up on love. An updated, millennial version of a Christmas classic. Even Natalie’s lack of enthusiasm for the holidays. Netflix really hit the nail for a cheesy, holiday rom-com. Love Hard was the perfect movie to kick off the holiday season on Netflix. After 2 weeks of releasing, the movie steadily kept its place on the platform’s top 10 list. It is projected that Netflix will be having about 10 more holiday movies to release this year, including The Princess Switch 3. Before even more cheesier and predictable movies come out, check out Love Hard to prepare you for this season.
An Amazing Show in San Jose
By Remy Zerber
Last week, I went to the Harry Styles concert in San Jose with my two friends. It was a night to remember to say the least. Styles is a great singer and performer. In case anyone doesn’t know who he is, Harry Styles is an extremely talented and popular singer. He started off when he auditioned for the X-Factor in the UK, and he got put in a band that would eventually be called One Direction. However, the band went on a hiatus in 2015 and all the members started their solo careers.
Harry Styles is a performer who promotes love and kindness. He even has a song called “Treat People With Kindness” about treating people well and making them feel good. He practices this message at every show he does by interacting with the audience. At the show I went to in San Jose, he read a lot of signs that his fans made. He even helped a fan come out of the closet. After he helped the fan come out, he exclaimed “Go forth and conquer on your life of freedom!” He helps fans come out a lot at his shows. He is a big advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. This is just one way he makes fans feel good.
People also love his music, which makes them feel good about themselves. When I asked my friend if this was his favorite concert he’s ever been to, he said, “Harry Styles’ was definitely [his] favorite concert that [he’s] ever been to. It was a magical night that [he] wouldn’t be able to recreate with any other artist. His interactivity with the audience was beautiful.” A lot of fans like it when he interacts with them.
Harry also loves fashion. He wears something different and colorful for every show he does. People also love this about him. He wore red pants and a shiny, pink shirt for his show in San Jose. For other shows of his tour, he has worn outfits that are every color of the rainbow. He has even worn sparkly outfits like his all-black sparkly outfit that he wore for his show in LA recently. His stylist, Harry Lambert, dresses him for all his events. His colorful outfits show support for the LGBTQ+ community. He even wore a dress when he was on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Harry’s lyrics are also a major attraction for people. They are so poetic and some are deeply symbolic like the line "Strawberry lipstick state of mind" from “Adore You.” His second album, Fine Line, has a motif of fruit throughout it, which is the album “Adore You” is from. Another example of the fruit motif is his song “Watermelon Sugar,” which is a happy summer song about the feeling love gives people. “Kiwi” is also a song with a fruit theme that I highly recommend.
He even sometimes changes the lyrics to his songs to fit the message he is trying to convey that night. For example, at one of his shows, he sang “Golden” with he/him pronouns instead of she/her pronouns. Unfortunately, I did not get to experience this lyric change because he did not do it at the show in San Jose. He has done lyric changes for his other songs too, even songs from One Direction. Harry and Louis used to change the lyrics to their songs to be about each other all the time. For example, they always used to change the female pronouns in their songs to male pronouns. They did many other lyric changes about other things too.
The Harry Styles show was one of the best shows I have ever been to. I had a great time with my friends there. Harry’s interactivity with the audience was so cool to see in person. He is a great singer and performer. He really knows how to entertain the audience. His fashion choices that night were so good. He even shows support for important issues like LGBTQ+ rights. He is not afraid to blur the line between sex and gender because he wore a dress on the cover of Vogue magazine. People also love Harry for his interesting and poetic lyrics in his songs. Harry Styles is a great performer who has something to offer to everyone.
The iconic couple calls it quits
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid might be broken up for good. Zayn and Gigi have been dating on and off since 2015 (nearly five years) and have recently broken up, for good this time, after Gigi’s mother, Yolanda, accused Zayn of shoving her into a dresser and calling her derogatory names. Zayn is a singer and former One Direction member and Gigi is a famous model.
The details of the story of Zayn and Gigi’s break-up are complicated. The official story that got reported by news outlets is that Zayn hit or shoved Yolanda into a dresser because they got into an argument that was caused by Yolanda barging into Zayn and Gigi’s house at night, which is when he works on his music. It has not been confirmed that he hit Yolanda because he denied the claims when she filed a police report against him. Because of the police report, he now has four charges against him and he was also fined and must have no contact with the security guard that was there during the fight, John McMahon, and Yolanda. He must also complete an anger management class and a domestic violence program. Zayn and Gigi have a baby girl named Khai together.
Zayn and Gigi have broken up but she still wants him to co-parent Khai because she says Khai needs her father. Bella Hadid, Gigi’s sister, has always disliked Zayn according to some sources. She and her brother, Anwar, unfollowed him after the incident with Yolanda. There are rumors that Bella always disliked Zayn because she was jealous of his relationship with Gigi and thought he ruined her career, but these are just rumors so it has not been confirmed. Yolanda also agrees with Bella that Zayn ruined Gigi’s career because Gigi started knitting and doing housework when she got back together with him last year, which left no time for modeling and attending parties. This made Yolanda furious because she is very protective of her daughter.
Zayn’s family seems to think the whole situation is made up because they have been showing their support to him through their Instagram Stories.
Some fans agree with them, saying that Zayn would never hit a woman because he has said that he was raised around women so he respects them a lot. Other fans are sad that Zayn and Gigi broke up because they were their favorite celebrity couple.
Zayn and Gigi have broken up because of a fight between him and Yolanda. Gigi still wants Zayn to be around because they have to co-parent their daughter together, much to the dismay of Bella and Yolanda. There is a lot of discussion about whether or not the whole situation is made up. Some fans are just sad because their favorite couple broke up.
HBO Max’s The White Lotus is a tropical getaway turned upside down. The series is a culmination of comedy, satire, and never ending drama, and is brilliantly executed in a short span of only 6 episodes.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
Vacations don’t always go as planned. What is anticipated to be a relaxing, peaceful time away from real-world responsibilities sometimes ends up to be even more stressful than your regular routine. The White Lotus, an HBO Original, is a drama filled, satirical comedy that follows the vacation of a newly wed couple, dysfunctional family, and grieving woman. Their ability to enjoy Hawaii at an exclusive resort fails to eliminate the real problems that they face in their everyday lives. Five star dinners, scuba diving lessons, and ocean views can’t save them from their struggles.
The first episode begins with a heavy attention getter. Beginning at the airport, a troubled Shane Patton, played by Jake Lacy, cusses out a friendly retired couple trying to ease his tension. He makes his way to the window as he watches a dead body be boarded onto the plane he would later be getting on. The next scene cuts to a week earlier, where he and his newly wedded wife are on a boat en route to the White Lotus
resort. Here, the story introduces the Mossbacher family and their separate family dynamic. The youngest son Quinn is sitting alone fiddling with his electronics while the parents are bonding at the railing of the boat, and older daughter Olivia makes fun of the other guests with her friend Paula. As Olivia gives each person on the boat a fake, outrageous background, a single woman named Tanya McQuoid, played by Jennifer Coolidge, looks blankly out into the ocean. As the boat docks and guests are greeted by the hotel manager, Armond, each of their untypical vacations begin.
Contrary to the guest experiences, the hotel staff is just as valued in this show. Strong narratives are created around Armond and the spa manager Belinda. The audience learns the complexities of being a service provider for those in the upper class while dealing with their own problems. Their constant need to put up a front and create an experience for difficult guests makes it more exhausting for them to deal with their lives outside of work. The lives of the staff are woven into the dynamics of the show and serve as a significant factor to the outcome of the show.
The storyline of the show triggers an abundance of emotion from the audience. As the vacations unfold and the experiences differ between each character, story writers and producers of the show were able to portray multiple realities into one show. From family problems, to struggles with grief and addiction, The White Lotus represents actual situations that happen in society today. The show features effortless performances from notable actors such as Sydney Sweeney from Euphoria, Alexandra Daddario from the Percy Jackson cinematic series, and Steve Zahn from Daddy Day Care. The cast’s overall talent and chemistry drives the show’s excellence and makes it what it is. The combination of a thoughtfully written story and a talented cast, The White Lotus is definitely a show worth binge watching.
If you didn’t already know, students are able to stream HBO Max and Peacock for free through their Saint Mary’s login. With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to stream The White Lotus and other exclusive shows like Friends and The Office just in time for winter break.
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After decades of San Francisco and Haight Street being the center of Bay Area vintage shopping, Berkeley establishes new retail spaces dedicated to curated vintage and streetwear.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
Before Instagram, vintage shoppers and collectors visited local thrift and consignment stores to find their holy grails. They spent hours digging through the Goodwill bins or clothing racks on the hunt for unique vintage pieces. From a perfectly worn pair of Levi’s to rare band tees, finding these items was like looking for a needle in a haystack. As technology progressed and social media came along, vintage enthusiasts witnessed their community grow right in front of their eyes. The quirky and unique themed vintage shops that have lived on Haight Street in San Francisco are now inspiration for many fashion lovers looking to plant their own seed in the culture.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, many shops and small businesses were impacted by the restriction of indoor shopping. Without an internet presence and ecommerce platform to sell on, many vendors found themselves struggling to support themselves. The Soso Market was founded in the midst of COVID by Indigo Vintage as a place for vendors to showcase their inventories and make sales in person. What started in a small parking lot in Berkeley and has since grown to become one of the most visited vintage markets in the East Bay. Once a month over 50 local clothing vendors, artists, and makers gather to provide the best finds and deals to fashion and streetwear lovers. From Y2K clothing and jewelry to sneakers and masculine styles, there’s something for everyone at the Soso Market.
The traction and popularity of the market has given small businesses on Depop and Instagram a chance to thrive and become something more than they have imagined. Since Soso Market has popped up onto the scene, many vintage curators have taken their hobbies to the next level. Within the last few months, two new vintage shops have opened on Telegraph Avenue. The Sneaker Shop features a wide selection of Nike, Jordan, Yeezy sneakers and more. They also have a collection of vintage clothing closer to the masculine end of the spectrum. This includes items like vintage Nike hoodies, Carhatt jackets and pants, and Levi’s denim. Just a couple doors down is Diffusion Studios. This store heavily focuses on clothing trends that appeal to both feminine and masculine styles.
After the openings of these new stores, Soso Market found its permanent brick and mortar on Telegraph as well. The in-house version of the outdoor market is called Soso Supermarket and follows the same structure as the original. Now, shoppers are able to shop local businesses throughout the entire week with special themed three day events throughout the weekends. Soso lovers no longer have to wait for the end of the month to see their favorite vendors.
To find more information about these shops, check out their Instagram pages.
If you’re looking for a new place to explore, be sure to check out Telegraph Avenue and the city of Berkeley. If you love fashion and finding rare, unique pieces, the vintage community is continuously expanding in Berkeley. Just 30 minutes away from campus, you can find aesthetic retail stores and restaurants to enjoy with your friends. Take a break from large corporations and fast fashion and shop locally owned, second hand clothing. You’ll be giving new life to pre-loved clothing while supporting small business owners and their goals to open up their own shop in the future. Vintage shopping is becoming more and more accessible and Berkeley is one of many examples that the culture is growing.
Melanie Moyer '22,