The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Birds of Prey Emancipates DCEU

February 15, 2020

By Rob Brandt, STAFF WRITER “A Harlequin is meant to serve a master.” They’re obedient and follow the rules set by who they serve….but what happens when the master goes away? All rules go away and all bets are off. That is part of what makes Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey so riveting, almost f...

Bojack Horseman: A reflection of inner demons

February 6, 2020

By Rob Brandt, STAFF WRITER If you have ever needed a show that is relatable, current, emotional, and an all-around feel-good party, look no further than the Netflix Original series Bojack Horseman. The show is an adult animated comedy that follows the misadventures of Bojack Horseman: the alcoholic, sa...

A DECADE OF POP CULTURE

A DECADE OF POP CULTURE

December 12, 2019

By Ethan Alonzo, COPY EDITOR The past decade brought waves of change. The 2010s were the decade for Internet memes, social media influencers, and diversity throughout Hollywood. The years before brought the creation of the iPhone and the start of the Obama Administration. However, as the years passed ...

The social impacts of social media

The social impacts of social media

December 12, 2019

By Jovill Pagay, CONTRIBUTOR Social media has opened doors for brands and young entrepreneurs. As society is becoming more technology based, companies are starting to connect with younger social media creators to form a new kind of marketing strategy in order to sell to their consumers. Instagram i...

Making Hollywood dreams more than fantasy

Making Hollywood dreams more than fantasy

December 5, 2019

By Rob Brandt, CONTRIBUTOR Lights, Camera, Action! Those three words have defined the film industry since its beginning. Many film buffs have a dream of becoming the next Steven Spielberg or have the dream of writing a film as iconic as a Quentin Tarantino blockbuster. Fans would kill to be on the set...

A reunion we didn’t know we needed

A reunion we didn’t know we needed

By Roberto Brandt, CONTRIBUTOR

November 7, 2019

"Zombieland: Double Tap" Zombies have just invaded your town and eaten all your friends and neighbors, you’re probably doubling down and fortifying your house. However, do you remember a few simple things while you were prepping for the end of the world? Maybe a toothbrush, or a flashlight, or eve...

Delayed album release raises concerns

Delayed album release raises concerns

By Elijah De Castro, CONTRIBUTOR

November 7, 2019

Think back to a time when music albums were set in stone. An announced date for an album release was actually treated as a deadline, not a suggestion. Once the music was released on vin, it was treated as the absolute final. Today, that is no longer the case. After several failed potential releases...

The best of the best: Halloween movies

The best of the best: Halloween movies

By Ethan Alonzo, COPY EDITOR

October 31, 2019

There are many time honored traditions when it comes to Halloween. Going door-to-door for candy dressed in costumes, carving pumpkins, and drinking one too many Witch’s Brew themed cocktails are Halloween staples. For those who want to be more cozy this All Hallow’s Eve, snuggle up next to the fir...

Cornerfest 2019

Cornerfest 2019

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October 24, 2019

On a warm sunny Sunday in downtown Berkeley, Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music held their Fall edition of Cornerfest on Oct. 19, 2019. This free, outdoor, live music festival brought people of all ages to enjoy the lineup of performers, including Westpark and LoCura. Visitors were also able to tas...

Joaquin Phoenix is no joke in new film

Joaquin Phoenix is no joke in new film

By Roberto Brandt, CONTRIBUTOR

October 17, 2019

Joker is disturbing masterpiece that you want to take your eyes off but just cant. It’s midday in Gotham city and the employees of the Ha Ha Entertainment Company vigilantly get ready for work. One employee sits staring at himself in the mirror, smearing his face in white greasepaint. Using his fingers,...

Joker: a film protaginist or a martyr?

Joker: a film protaginist or a martyr?

By Roberto Brandt, CONTRIBUTOR

October 10, 2019

The forever infamous comic book villain The Joker has been called many things. Clown Prince of Crime, Puddin, Mr. J, Criminal, Madman...what about Martyr? The Joker is known for his unpredictability and addiction to violence, and of course, his maddening laugh. Fans look up to him as their favorite ...

Hustler film strips negative stereotypes

By Jovil Pagay, CONTRIBUTOR

October 10, 2019

Life can pull us in different directions, and some of those directions lead to even more struggle. Sometimes, the struggles we go through cause us to make decisions or do things we may not want to do. This is the story for some of those who choose to become exotic dancers. While in the public eye, th...

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