75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
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75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
Anton Chigurh, one of the characters in No Country for Old Men, looks completely devoid of human emotion, and incapable of feeling any remorse for his victims. Graphic by: Christian Montecino

Cougar critique: “No Country for Old Men”

Christian Montecino May 11, 2023

How the Coen brothers crafted one of the most iconic villains to date Ethan and Joel Coen are no strangers to making movies with incredible antagonists. Tom Chaney from “True Grit,” Marge from “Fargo”...

Barry has the makings of a modern classic, a black comedy exploring deeper themes of morality, growth, trauma and the cyclical nature of violence. All actors involved are on their A game, making the comedic moments irresistibly funny and and emotional scenes devastating. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Cougar critique: “Barry”

Miles Newman and Hugh Murphy April 28, 2023

HBO Max hit series, “Barry,” is entering its final season as one of the best shows on television “Barry,” the widely acclaimed series on HBO Max, has started its fourth and final season. HBO...

Think and Grow Rich is a 1937 self-improvement book by Napoleon Hill that has sold millions of copies. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Cougar critique: “Think and Grow Rich”

Alejandro Hernandez March 7, 2023

Napoleon Hill’s infinite wisdom lives on almost a century later “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is a 1937 book of 238 pages with 15 chapters. It outlines Hill’s 13 steps to riches, a philosophy...

The Broadway show Chicago has been performed for 25 years. Photo By: Jocelyn Wood

Opinion: Jazz hands make the world go round

Jocelyn Wood January 27, 2022

VHS students share their Broadway experiences While VHS holds many plays and musicals, Broadway is known for theatrical performances in the Theater District located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City....

Reviewing required reading

Reviewing required reading

Miles Bennett May 30, 2019

Here’s a few short reviews of some of the books we read in AP English for those going into it next year or for those who like to read other people’s opinions on things. I didn’t review all of...

Ya like jazz?

Ya like jazz?

Douglas Sandford April 22, 2019

Jazz is a very broad genre of music that has had an avid following since its inception in the 1920s. In Christian Gallo’s History of American Music class, we’ve been going over jazz and its progression...

Unlike the film Mary Queen of Scotts, one may find a middle ground in reading about history or learning about it in such classes that use this book rather than in a film.

“Mary Queen of Scots” Movie Review

Garrett Jaffe January 20, 2019

"Mary Queen of Scots," released Dec. 7, 2018 is directed by Josie Rourke and stars Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, is a film taking place in 16th century England about the cat-and-mouse power struggle...

What do VHS students think about pop punk?

What do VHS students think about pop punk?

Douglas Sandford October 17, 2018

It seems that Ventura High School has a large variation in music fans. I constantly see kids wearing shirts with certain bands or rappers on them, or kids bumping certain music in their cars in the parking...

Drawing of SLAYERs album cover for Seasons In The Abyss.
Drawing and photo by Garrett Jaffe

SLAYER Editorial: Slaying superstition in students

Garrett Jaffe October 17, 2018

The relentless and repentless beating of the kick drum, brass knuckle bearing bass strums, piercing macabre screeches of the electric guitar alongside the ghoulish, contemptuous lyrics and voice of lead...

A24 films Hereditary heart rate challenge. These are these are real results from selected screenings of Hereditary audience members fit bit information throughout the movies run time. Drawing by: Tatum Luoma

Film and fear in the flesh

Garrett Jaffe and Sam Hicks October 9, 2018

2018 looked as if it was doomed to the same Hollywood tropes that plague the box office with reboots of classic movies such as “Predator” and “Halloween” or new instalments of atrocious, worn out...

They are better then I expected, stated freshman Jack Schatzman. Photo by: Sarah Clench

Cougar Crunch #1

Sarah Clench and Caroline Marsden September 16, 2018

Welcome to the Cougar Crunch, a semi-weekly food review about the nutrition and lunch options at Ventura High School. We will review lunches, snacks and beverages from the cafeteria and snack bar. This...

Blenders acai bowls: Nutritious and delicious

Blenders acai bowls: Nutritious and delicious

William Maxwell January 25, 2018

If you’re in the mood for a delicious snack or meal, you should make your way over to Blenders in the Grass. In one serving of a Blenders acai bowl there are 506 calories, so it’s great tasting and...

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