‘M3GAN’ is killer, with minimal buffering

You’re probably familiar with the old adage about shooting for the moon and landing amongst the stars. To begin this review by referencing that adage would be cheesy. Luckily “M3GAN” the latest theatrical release from the horror trailblazers at Blumhouse, pairs perfectly with a little cheese. M3GAN, short for Model 3 Generative Android, is an A.I. prototype willed and welded into existence by roboticist Gemma. Built to be the last toy any kid will ever need, M3GAN becomes just that and more when tragedy makes …

Lancers buck the Broncos in final game of tournament

Pasadena City College men’s basketball defeated LA Pierce 74-51 in the final game of the 5th annual Skip Robinson Classic tournament on Saturday. This is the Lancers’ third win in as many days, bringing their season record to 4 wins and 3 losses. In front of a modest crowd, the Lancers established an early lead with 14 uncontested points in the first few minutes and managed to maintain a 20 point lead over the visiting LA Pierce Broncos for the majority of the game. Attempting …

Monster spends millions to be mayor

Rick Caruso is a piece of shit. You won’t find these words blasted on the bills and banners that have littered Los Angeles for the past year, but that does not make the sentiment any less true. By the time this article will be published, the billionaire property developer will have spent more than $100 million dollars of his own fortune on his mayoral campaign. While that figure is a drop in the bucket relative to the $5.3 billion he has acquired by building upscale …

Punk rock public defender fights the system as PCC’s writer in residence

Through her career as a public defender, Juanita Mantz has articulated the flaws in our legal system in her new books, with a sharp understanding of how it perpetuates trauma using her talents that span across the judicial and literary spectrum.  Feeling pangs for social change during the pandemic, she sharpened the literary tools that she gained from her English Literature degree along with a passion for storytelling and published two books, “Tales of an Inland Empire Girl” and “Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender …

‘Halloween Ends’ and 9 other slasher movies you should be watching this October

“Halloween Ends” arrived in theaters and streaming on Peacock last Friday, with the promise of bringing one of the most iconic and identifiable horror franchises to a close. The series, which began with John Carpenter’s undisputed classic in 1978, has followed masked serial killer Michael Myers in pursuit of babysitter Laurie Strode for more than a dozen films spanning over 40 years.  Jamie Lee Curtis has starred as Strode since the original, and has vowed that “Ends” will be her final reprisal of the role. …

Activists from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus share Nobel Peace Prize honors

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to human rights advocates from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus who have stood up for the citizens affected by the Kremlin as war continues in Eastern Europe. The three honorees include Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties, a Russian human rights organization called Memorial and human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski of Belarus. “The Peace Prize laureates represent civil society in their home countries,” said the Nobel Committee in an official announcement. “They have for many years promoted the right …

The survival of Poo-Bah, Pasadena’s last great record store

Independent record stores are a dying breed. In the age of algorithms, music communities have migrated online. Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have replaced ritual crate digging at local shops. Even as music consumption continues to grow, physical album sales account for a shrinking portion of music revenue, causing more and more shops across the country to fold. The only way for stores to survive is to adapt. Poo-Bah Record Shop, currently in its third home, is living proof here in Pasadena. Since …

Biden’s student debt relief plan: What are you really mad about?

President Biden’s student debt relief plan has been met with cheers and jeers, and no one is cheering and jeering more than those Americans who will be untouched by it.  Critics have called this plan a glorified government bailout targeted at able-bodied, affluent Americans.  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called the plan “a slap in the face to every family who sacrificed to save for college and every graduate who paid their debt.” The validity of such arguments relies on an iteration of America …