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Listening with a critical ear is a craft
By Julian De Ocampo ’13 THE ROUNDUP Who cares about what the critics say anyways? Comb through the discographies of your favorite artists and there’s a significant chance that you’ll find the classic anti-critic anthem that’s become a staple of successful artists. Most fans don’t often hold the critics in better esteem. A poor review of someone’s favorite artist might have someone throwing down their copy of Rolling Stone and…
Soundtrack proves more effective storyteller in ‘Not Fade Away’
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14 THE ROUNDUP 5.5 out of 10 With the exception of the jazz themes from Marlon Brando’s “The Wild One,” I have never enjoyed a movie soundtrack. While I’ve never doubted the importance of music in helping to set the tone of a film, it’s very rare that a song selection or score has the same impact when taken away from the visuals. “Not Fade Away,”…
Death Grips’ abrasive sound mastered on ‘No Love Deep Web’
By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14 THE ROUNDUP Death Grips – No Love Deep Web 7.5 out of 10 Death Grips are so punk rock. On the morning of Sept. 30, the Sacramento-based act announced that they would be self-releasing their latest project, “No Love Deep Web.” Meant to be their second album on Sony’s Epic label, they expressed disdain toward the label, posting inflammatory comments to their various social-networking accounts.…
‘Red Dawn’ proves great remake of good 1980’s film
By Andrew Marini ’13 THE ROUNDUP “Red Dawn” – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson 7 out 10 When I saw that Chris Hemsworth was going to be starring in a remake of the 1984 film “Red Dawn” that helped propel Patrick Swayze into his stardom, needless to say I was excited. The original “Red Dawn” circulated around a group of Midwest born teenagers who take up arms…
‘Lincoln’ delivers dramatic, poignant impact
By Aakash Jain ‘14 THE ROUNDUP “Lincoln” — Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones 9 out of 10 Directed and produced by famed storyteller Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” takes viewers back to a time when there were only 34 U.S. states, the average American could not afford to paint his house and civil war convulsed the nation. Partly based on “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,”…
‘Cloud Atlas’ embodies new movie techniques
By Jonathan M. Gornet ’14 THE ROUNDUP “Cloud Atlas” starring Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Barry, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae and Jim Broadbent 9 out of 10 A fascinating feat of its own, “Cloud Atlas” accomplished the task of combining six different stories each unique to its own. It definitely went above and beyond standard movie plots. The movie conveyed a relatively new concept of multiple dimensions, especially in the…
‘Cruel Summer’ lacks consistency, underwhelms

By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14
THE ROUNDUP

G.O.O.D. Music – “Cruel Summer”
6 out of 10
Every once in a while an album is released amidst an almost unbelievable amount of hype.

Chances are that Kanye West released that album.

Roundup named best in state 2nd year in a row
Roundup staff also earns 1st place for Online General Excellence, 29 additional awards  The Arizona Newspapers Association named The Roundup the “Best High School Newspaper” in Arizona for the second year in a row. The ANA announced the award, co-sponsored by Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors, as part of it’s annual Better Newspapers Contest Sept. 29. The Roundup was also the 2011 winner. Along with this honor, The Roundup recently…