An unexpected journey through Middle Earth

By Anna Chanthaphavong


Peter Jackson, director of the hit trilogy “Lord of the Rings”, brings everyone back into the world of Middle Earth. Jackson will be directing The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Ring, into three movies; An Unexpected Journey, Desolation of Smaug and There and Back again. When I first found out about the making of the movie, I was excited for it, but at the same time was nervous of how it would turn out. But after after watching it in theaters, I fell in love with the movie like I originally hoped.

  For those who don’t know, The Hobbit is about Bilbo Baggins, a regular hobbit from the Shire, who finds himself accompanying 13 dwarves on a journey, which is lead by Thorin Oakenshield, soon to be king under the mountain, to reclaim their homeland in Erebor from the all mighty dragon, Smaug. Throughout the journey, they are faced with troll, goblins and elves, with Azog the Defiler on their trail. And in the story, Bilbo meets the creature Gollum, and finds something that could change the fate of Middle Earth.

The movie has a new cast like Sherlock star Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and Lee Pace as Thranduil. Jackson has also brought back previous actors from The Lord of the Rings such as; Ian Mckellen, who will be back playing Gandalf the Grey, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

I grew up reading J.R.R Tolkien’s work, so it’s a big part of my childhood. Jackson has done a fantastic job with creating The Lord of the Rings into a movie, and has done the same with The Hobbit. I worried that the characters would look terrible, since the story had dwarves, goblins, trolls and orcs. But he has chosen the perfect cast to portray all the characters, and has done amazing with the special effects. He uses special effects for all the goblins, orcs, trolls and rock giants, which seems impossible to make look realistic, but in the end, it turned out perfect. All the characters were exactly how I imagined them as a I child; with their appearances, voices, and personality right on the spot, and it amazes me how Jackson can do all of it. He has also shown the everyone the beauty of New Zealand once more with the scenery of the movie. But even though I love the movie, there was some flaws in it. A few unnecessary scenes were added, and were somewhat dragging on. But those little changes have not ruined the movie.

If you’re a big Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan as I am, I personally recommend you watching or buying The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And I also recommending watching the sequels, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, which will be coming out December 13, 2013. It will be including Orlando Bloom, coming back as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, a new female elf created by Jackson, and Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug. This movie will bring you on an action pack journey, throughout the beautiful world of Middle Earth.



Monsters Inc.

By Jasmine Ramirez 

Adorable, imaginative, funny, and exciting.  “Monsters Inc.” has it all.


“Monsters Inc.” is the type of film that no matter how old you are, the kid deep down inside you will love it. It’s not just one of Pixar’s best films yet, but one of the best kids films out there today. It’s fun, educational, kind of thrilling , and will have you crying and smiling throughout the movie.

This movie was written by PeteDocter, AndrewStanton and  Daniel Gerson. This movie was directed by David Silver mad and Pete Docter (who also directed the movie “Up”.) The main characters of this movie are the big blue-furred behemoth that looks like Hulk, he’s name is “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman) and also Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) which is the one-eyed green monster and it is also Sully’s assistant. One last character is Boo ( Mary Gibbs) This unafraid little human girl follows Sully and Mike back to the monster world.


The animators of this film take everything into account, making this look gorgeous inside and out, down to the very last hair on the Monster’s bodies, and also making it look adorable. The story of Monster’s working to be what Monster’s are known to us humans to be in a fairy tale is quite amusing. It’s written perfectly with just the right number of jokes and amazing moments and the screen time of everyone is timed perfectly. I love every second of “Monster’s Inc.” It’s definitely one of the best animated films out there! I guarantee you that if you watch this movie just one time you will fall in love with it and you would also want to watch it again.


I do not recommend this movie to little kids that get easily scared, so if you have a little brother or sister that get easily scared do not show them this film. This movie is about a “monster in the closet” the phrase that every little kid is scared off, it is the monster’s job to scare little kids in this film . Kids that get easily scared should notice that Sully ends up being the softy one of the movie that doesn’t like scaring kids.  Monsters may be scary for younger children, little kids may cry when Sulley accidentally scares Boo.


After all, This movie is adorable , funny, and just perfect. Now go on and watch this movie ! Don’t wait any longer!

If you would like to purchase this movie you could visit these following store: Wal-Mart, Target, or Toys-R-Us Etc. You can also buy this movie on websites such as: amazon or Ebay.

URBN Pizza catches my taste buds

By Rachel Pratt 

Walking into any regular pizza joint, I expect greasy pizza and fast food, sloppy service. As I walk into a dark, small restaurant to get some fast pizza on the corner of Vista’s smallest little cove, I notice this is not just any Papa Johns. This is a Connecticut inspired pizza pie restaurant that brings a different feel to any ordinary California pizza, a place known as, URBN.

  Not only is it a different feel than any conventional pizza joint, but the food is to absolutely die for. The “pies”, as the employees call it, are cooked in a wood-fired stove in front of the whole restaurant.

  The best part of this restaurant is being able to see your freshly made pie cook in plain sight to crispy or doughy, whatever one prefers. As soon as a smile brings a hot pie to my table, I instantly expect greatness to accompany my first Connecticut inspired pie. My first bite of pizza tasted nothing like I had ever prepared for—absolutely flawless. The theory that perfection does not exist does not apply to this magnificent pie joint. While most pizzas contain 50% grease and 50% pizza, this food item brought levity in all areas except grease! The evenly layered toppings held exactly what my taste buds were craving for with nothing short of satisfaction.

  URBN Pizza is located on 203 Main Street in Vista and the phone number is (760) 724-8840. They are located right across from Vista Village. Want to take “take out”? Well, just call this number, they will make the pizza and then pick it up! Only thing I’m not hugely excited about this place is that they do not actually deliver the pizza. But let me tell you one thing, this pizza is surefire worth it!

  Just getting to think this place can’t get any better, eh? Well sink your taste buds into this. The environment was second to none with a warm and family-oriented feeling to it. As soon as I walked in, I didn’t want to leave and the dark mood of the restaurant made me even hungrier than I already was. The common audience does not consists of rushed soccer moms who need to get to a game in 45 minutes, but interested customers who love to see their favorite topping boil on top of their favorite weekly pie.

  Needless to say, I will never go back to any average, everyday pizza joint when this restaurant is booming in business like it is currently. I recommend URBN to anyone who not only likes pizza, but also enjoys new experiences and culture.


The Notebook

By Jenny Mejia 

The most romantic movie I have ever seen is called “The Notebook”.

  I’m the type of person who likes drama in movies about two love birds. Most people love this movie.  It’s so heart touching and it makes many people cry throughout the movie. I was one of those people that cried.

  The setting of this movie is around the early 1940’s.  It’s about two young teens who fall in love which each other. But there’s a problem with them being together. The boy, Noah,  is a local country boy isn’t very rich. Noah is attracted to Alli, who is very rich. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams play the parts of the two lovers.

  They  fall in love with each other but she moves away because her parents don’t want her to be with someone who is of a lower class than her. But that doesn’t stop Noah from loving her.

  In the beginning, it’s somewhat confusing. You have to pay close attention to the old man who is telling the story to the old lad.The old lady doesn’t remember anything he is saying.The end will shock you.This is the best part of the movie.

  Though the movie has a slow beginning, it becomes very interesting as the plot develops. The relationship between Noah and Alli will captivate you. It’s a great movie to watch with your friends or even your parents.

Lorde hits with “Pure Heroine

By Leyna Vo

Aspiring New Zealand artist Lorde debuts her first album at 16-years-old. The bold title “Pure Heroine” embodies the experience that Lorde gives her listeners. With her popular single “Royals”, Lorde rises to the top of the charts with her edgy and catchy tunes.

  Lorde’s lyrics are mature in songs such as “Buzzcut Season” and “A World Alone”. Being only 16-years-old, the artist knows her message that she wants to put out to the music world and does it well through lyrics that make you think and sing along.

  In addition to mature lyrics, Lorde captures her innocence and youth in songs such as “400 Lux” and “Still Sane”. “Still Sane” retells an experience that perhaps illustrates Lorde’s journey in songwriting and producing this album as her lyrics “all work and no play never made me lose it” serve inspirational to listeners and other young artists on the rise. It is evident that this young woman took experiences of her own and transcribed them into lyrics that are relatable to her listening audience.

  Lorde’s unique personality that proves her to be mature beyond her years yet innocent is also shown through her quirky, bass-full beats that make one want to dance and pop along with the upbeat jingles and snares. The rhythms and beats to each song are independent of each other but still keeps with her indie-pop, groovy sound.

  Lorde’s melodic voice in “White Teeth Teens” surely soothes her listeners as the tune is almost lullaby-like, whereas a deep, developed voice penetrates through the stereo in “Glory and Gore”, which makes you wonder if this artist is truly 16.

  This CD is “Pure Heroine” whether you listen to it in your room or your car during a drive. Every song gives you a different emotion and thought through raw lyrics and melodic instrumentals. The one downside to this CD is the how it only has 10 songs, and you will be surprised at how quickly the album ends because you are too lost in Lorde’s enchanting music.

  Regardless, listeners who enjoy the CD will surely be caught humming the dream-like yet head-bobbing tunes.


Sink your teeth into Twilight

By Lizeth Gomez

Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” is a must get book if anyone is looking for something to sink your teeth into.

“The New York Times” has made it one of the best books of the decade and a top pick for teens looking for romance and suspense.  I personally feel that the whole romance between a vampire and a mortal has been used a little too much, but other than that, it’s a great book.

Filled with unexpected and suspenseful moments, it is a story of a forbidden love between a vampire and a mortal.

Isabella Swan is the main character; she is the mortal that vampire Edward Cullen falls deeply in love with. I was interested in Edward’s character the most because Meyer describes him like he’s from a mythical land where men are beautiful and perfect vampires that fall in love with mortals and seems to overcome any obstacle thrown at him.

This book was very well written; the only thing I disliked was that it showed too much of Bella’s side; Edward should’ve been included a lot more throughout the book.  Personally, the book was way better than the movie itself. There was a lot of great detail that was left out and even changed. If anyone ever wants to make a book into a movie, stick to the book if it already has the reader’s attention in the first place.

“Twilight” isn’t the only book she made, its actually followed by New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. Each book filled with excitement, romance, and suspense. This book will make you want to read it all over again after you’re done reading it the first time. This is one book that you won’t ever forget and regret reading. Enjoy.

You can find this book at any Barnes and Nobles or even at a Walgreens.