The Plank - Arts

Plank Article Jackson Sloat ’23

Breaking down the 2021 Oscars

The Oscars are a once-a-year event presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that recognized the finest in film making in the past year.  This year’s ceremony will take place on April 25 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Plank Article Jackson Sloat ’23

Opinion: Improvements make “NBA2k21” almost a slam dunk

Released on Sept. 4, 2021, the Current Gen version of “NBA2K21” is developed by Visual Sports and 2K sports. There’s also a Next Gen version of the game that is only accessible for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but this review focuses solely on the Current Gen edition that can be played on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Stadia, and PC platforms.

Plank Article Jackson Sloat ’23

“Tenet” wins some battles, loses war

“Tenet” is an action-packed yet thought-provoking film directed by Christopher Nolan, which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattison, and Elizabeth Debicki. This mind-bending action thriller follows a secret agent (Washington) and his trusted friend Neil (Pattinson) as they try to prevent Sator (Kenneth Branagh) from starting World War III.

Plank Article Jackson Sloat ’23

Jesuit Drama prepares for online fall play in remote settings

For the Jesuit High School Sacramento community, much has changed due to the pandemic. While academics and athletics look notably different, another part of Jesuit that has been forced to make adjustments has been Jesuit Drama. The program has gone from in-person shows and rehearsals in the Black Box theatre to Zoom meetings, and performances over live streams.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood can be viewed with a Netflix subscription or rented on Amazon Prime for $3.99.

The pursuit of prosperity and power led to the boom of the American economy, but it was not without its corruption. The period epic There Will Be Blood directed by Paul Thomas Anderson comments on this through the ambitious and fervently-driven oil miner, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis).

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

The Role He was Born to Play

“Could you do anything else?” 

This was an important question posed to Riley Shanahan ’10 in a New York City Starbucks many summers ago when he was still a student at Jesuit High School Sacramento.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

A Home on the Stage

The transition to Jesuit High School Sacramento for many freshmen is a crossroads for self-discovery and change. For Kevin Sheahan ’20, the Black Box Theater is the place where he found his passion and voice.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: 1917

A poster from the movie "1917" seen through the eyes of Jason Reyna '20

Update April 16, 2020: Right now you can stream the movie on Amazon for $5.99 or on Youtube for $3.99.

Trench warfare is a hellish nightmare, and Sam Mendes’ film “1917” captures that terror and anxiety with its harrowing long takes and immersive set design. Yet, where visuals and sound prevail, the story declines.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20

Fahey’s Film Reviews: Parasite

Blurred images of people with censor strips over their eyes standing and laying in lounge chairs  in a backyard.

Update April 16, 2020: Right now you can stream the movie on Amazon for $3.99 or for free if you have a Hulu subscription.

Everyone knows the famous saying “the grass is greener on the other side.” This proverb, however, is challenged by Korean director Bong Joon-ho in his film, “Parasite,” which pits the different classes of society together in his darkly comedic thriller.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Ode to social justice

Student in spotlight sitting thoughtfully in folding chair on dark stage.

Jesuit High School Drama’s fall play, “In the Matter of Scott Daniel Warren, or Scenes and Fragments about a Play in the Desert,” challenged a complex reality, leaving an impact on its audience. 

The show, which touched on aspects of immigration, blended Catholic social justice teachings, contemporary influences, and real accounts. Centered around the prosecution of Scott Warren, who provided aid to two migrants, the play dissected the intent behind Warren’s actions.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Jesuit’s fall play dramatizes social justice

A single black and white poster for Fall Play taped to a wall.

With a keen awareness for topical events, Jesuit High School Drama presents “In the Matter of Scott Daniel Warren, or Scenes and Fragments about a Play in the Desert,” a company-written play that explores and grapples with the realities and morality of immigration. 

Plank Article Jaiveer Gahunia ’20

Preparation for the play

Three posters stapled to bulletin board inviting students to "Come find out what the show's about!"

Each year, Jesuit High School Drama puts on two shows in the Black Box Theater — a fall play and a spring musical. Production for each of these shows requires hours of dedication from actors and technicians to create polished and memorable performances.