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Have a life

I explicitly remember freshman year, staring at the list of newspaper dates posted on the door of Sisson 319, thinking about how sad it was to see the remaining numbers dwindle. I was a different person then, and my experience in the newsroom every year…

Sit down and watch ‘The Standups’

I love a good underdog. And while the comedians featured on Netflix’s series “The Standups” may not exactly be considered underdogs, their half hour sessions are an ideal platform for experiencing different comedic styles. Yes, they landed a gig on Netflix, which is a massive…

Katy Perry kissed a boy, but did he like it?

When Katy Perry rolled out her latest album “Witness” during the summer of last year, it was almost immediately regarded as a flop. Many fans already sensed she was past her prime when “Prism” was released in 2013, and it was hard not to be.…

Post-Parkland dialogues

On Feb.13, intelligence agencies across the nation were working with Congress on the worldwide threat assessment, focusing on lowering foreign terrorism and organized crime. The next day in Parkland, Florida, 17 lives were taken within the blink of an eye, not due to foreign terrorism…

Cinephile’s Paradise Part 2

As a continuation from my Feb. 9 article, this week I will continue to relay my experiences at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. With the Oscars just around the corner, my time at the producers’ and writers’ panels and the following luncheon with such…

Cinephile’s Paradise

From Feb. 1 through 4, I attended the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where I had access to 200 films, Q&As with filmmakers, industry panels and celebrity tributes. The festival lasts 11 days, and the events take place at several historical theaters in downtown Santa…

‘Call Me By Your Name’ just peachy

Forget the phrase, “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” The next generation of hopeless romantics will recite, “Call me by your name, and I’ll call you by mine.” The Oscar-nominated film “Call Me By Your Name” and my vote for Best Picture is never…

Avoid cabin fever

Although it’s not a psychiatric diagnosis, according to clinical psychologist Josh Klapow, doctors far and wide do acknowledge its existence. It has been heavily stigmatized due to horror films featuring individuals who are cooped up over long period of times and “go crazy,” but it’s…

Oscars overload

On Tuesday morning the Academy announced the list of Oscar nominations in all 24 categories. What follows are some hot takes from yours truly, as well as fun facts and firsts for this year’s list. Christopher Nolan finally got an Oscar nom! After “Interstellar,” “The…

The danger of high expectations in cinema

When expectations are at a minimum, everything greater becomes a maximum. In less obscure terms: when the bar is set low for a movie, it becomes an added bonus if it ends up being decent. During the previews prior to “Lady Bird,” the theatre showed…

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