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The circle of life

By Jack Xu

September 26, 2019

In 1994, one of the most remarkable Disney movies - “The Lion King” - was released by Walt Disney. It tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's paternal uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking...

‘Ready or Not’ enjoyable but unremarkable

By Dexter Tatsukawa

September 20, 2019

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s horror/thriller movie “Ready or Not” is an enjoyable experience, but not one worth rewatching. The film begins with the wedding of the couple Grace (Samara Weaving) and Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) and follows Grace as she is introduced to Alex...

In honor of Nipsey Hussle

By Thomas Denome and Gianella Ordonez

May 8, 2019

Tragedy struck the hip-hop world a month ago when Los Angeles-based rapper Ermias Joseph Asghedom, better known as Nipsey Hussle, was murdered outside his clothing store in the southern part of the city on March 31. This news was not only tragic, but heartbreaking for the South LA community and close friends...

Lil Pump’s ‘Harverd Dropout’ is fun, bouncy and oddly tongue-in-cheek

By Patrick Yu

April 25, 2019

Lil Pump, who has never been a particularly minimalistic rapper, has just followed up his self-titled debut with his sophomore album, “Harverd Dropout.” The album’s name is a cheeky reference to the rumour (joke) that Pump attended Harvard, only to drop out to save the rap industry. The rumour...

‘Pet Sematary’ has merits, yet is a cliched, boring dead end

By Patrick Yu

April 21, 2019

"Pet Sematary” continues the line of Stephen King story adaptations, following the wildly successful “It”. But unlike “It”, “Pet Sematary” fails to convey a similarly unique and odd tone, instead falling back on old cliches that make the film a formulaic - albeit scary - horror flick. ...

Reliving history through period TV

Reliving history through period TV

By Saanvi Thakur

March 28, 2019

Recently, the demand for period TV shows, or TV shows set in a historic time period and demand has gone up. Most period shows have between three to five stars, and the ratings left by viewers glamourize them even more. Period shows transform the black and white photos of the past into color and allow us...

Movie Literate: Broaden cultural horizons through foreign films

Movie Literate: Broaden cultural horizons through foreign films

By Claire Torii

March 4, 2019

“I’m not really in the mood to read subtitles right now,” is a common phrase whenever I try to convince my friends to watch some of my favorite foreign films. A lot of the time, I want to show them the French and Japanese films that I grew up on and that helped me embrace my mixed-race identity, and informed me about When I’m faced w...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ does not deserve an Oscar

By Patrick Yu

February 27, 2019

This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture are “Black Panther”, “Blackkklansman”, “The Favourite”, “Roma”, “Green Book”, “A Star is Born”, “Vice”, and, inexplicably, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. How this insultingly inaccurate movie is listed to as one of the year’s best movi...

Isn’t it cliche

Isn’t it cliche

By Kate Gabrielson

February 26, 2019

Romantic comedies: after a while, they all tend to blend together. An average-looking young woman with low self-esteem vies for the attention of her Dream Guy, only to discover her soul mate was right in front of her all along. Try as it might, “Isn’t it Romantic” is no different. It just takes a siz...

H.E.R Concert Photo Gallery

H.E.R Concert Photo Gallery

By Harley Anderson

February 7, 2019

Bay Area natives H.E.R. closed off her first American tour in San Francisco a week after being announced for 5 Grammy nominations.

Netflix’s attempt at science fiction

Netflix’s attempt at science fiction

By Eden Pollitt, Senior Design Editor

February 3, 2019

If you haven’t already watched Bird Box you probably have heard about from social media. Memes about Sandra Bullock’s children, boy and girl, filled Instagram feeds and YouTubers began playing the “Bird Box” challenge. But is the movie worth the hype? In short, no. While I found Birdb...

‘Aquaman’ is a fun superhero romp, represents a turning point for the DCEU

By Patrick Yu

January 23, 2019

According to IMDb, “Aquaman” has grossed 978 million dollars worldwide - making it the most financially successful film of the Warner Brothers owned franchise, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). This milestone is particularly impressive given the franchise’s poor form. But why is “Aquaman” a success? ...