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The Invincible Ip Man Trilogy

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John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

November 22, 2019

If Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist to live, what does that make the man who trained him? Ip Man, also known as Yip Man, was the grandmaster of Wing-Chun, the school of martial arts which produced Bruce Lee (who became famous in the 1970’s for his films including kung fu movies Fists of Fury an...

Spreading Awareness Through Melodies

Melanie Martinez's K-12 album cover. 
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Aubreanna Gray, FCHS Journalist

November 15, 2019

Singer Melanie Martinez got her start from her 2012 audition on The Voice, and although she didn’t win, she only grew from there. Martinez’s very first album dropped in 2015, and was called Cry Baby. This singer from Canada let her creativeness shine in this album. Since then,  Martinez has been k...

Book Review – Carrie By Stephen King

Book Review - Carrie By Stephen King

Madison Fain, FCHS Journalist

November 5, 2019

If Halloween inspired you for a spooky read, look no further than Stephen King’s classic horror story, Carrie. King is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has written many horror and fantasy novels including Pet Sematary, The Dark Tower, Cujo, Christine, Thinner, It, and The Shining. His first ...

Is ‘El Camino’ Breaking Bad?

Is 'El Camino' Breaking Bad?

MacKenzie Morris, FCHS Journalist

October 22, 2019

For many years, fans of the Breaking Bad franchise have followed the show’s twisted story-line since its original release in 2008. From a glance, this series appears as a perfect ballad of crime escapades, with everything from intense shootouts to stacks of money piled high to the ceiling.  The st...

Joker: The Darkest Comic Book Movie

Joker: The Darkest Comic Book Movie

John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

October 22, 2019

Joker is a dark, realistic character study of a mentally ill man whose entire life has been meaningless--meaningless, that is, until he sparks political controversy by murdering three men on a subway and slowly losing touch with reality.      Arthur Fleck (played with broken perfection by Joa...

Bringing Home The Blood: Rambo, Last Blood

John Rambo from 'Rambo: The Fight Continues'

John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

October 4, 2019

The character of John Rambo set a new kind of action character standard in 1982 with First Blood, leading to a series of movies collectively known as Rambo. Mostly silent and efficiently destructive, John Rambo is emotionally, mentally, and physically scarred from the loss of his friends in the Vietnam...

The Man Of No Equal: The Equalizer Review

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John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

September 13, 2019

Witty, combative dialogue, actor Denzel Washington, and Russian mobsters would seem like a perfect recipe for a cliche action movie. Yet The Equalizer surpasses most action flicks by focusing more on character motivations than simple, blunt force action. Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a retired CIA...

Book Review: The Hate U Give

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Aiden Matula, FCHS Journalist

September 6, 2019

In the last decade, the issue of racism, and the stereotypes associated with it, has become seemed to become more prominent in society.  Author Angie Brown tackles this issue in The Hate U Give, a compelling novel about a 16-year-old girl who witnesses the death of a childhood friend at the hands of a ...

John Wick Trilogy Takes Action to a New Level


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John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

September 3, 2019

When it premiered in 2014 as a bit of an underdog action flick, John Wick quickly earned my vote for one of the best and most stylish action movies to ever exist. Some believe it has revolutionized the action genre as a whole. Directed by Chad Stahelski, this brutally violent but engaging movie features a deadpan...

The End Of Arrow

“Almost, but nothing ever really dies. There are always echoes.” Konstantin Kovar, Arrow season five.

John Bernat, Fluco Beat Editor

August 20, 2019

Arguably one of the best superhero shows ever, Arrow is known for having created its own universe of superheroes (known as the “Arrowverse”) on the CW Network. Over the course of seven seasons, it has provided a direct platform for shows like The Flash, and has served as a direct inspiration for shows such as...

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