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Modern indie horror “It Follows” will scare viewers celibate

Modern indie horror “It Follows” will scare viewers celibate

Nik Lucaj
March 14, 2015
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Reviews

19-year-old Jay Height (Maika Monroe) just wants to find a cute guy with a car to drive around in that can help her forget that she lives on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan during a technologically boring time period (late 80s-early 90s) with nothing but pine trees and suburban housing to entertain...

“The Duff” is just another teen movie

“The Duff” is just another teen movie

Bailey Peraita
March 5, 2015
Filed under Culture, Reviews

"The DUFF" is a newly released teen comedy based on a book by Kody Keplinger “The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend” about your run-of-the-mill, stereotypical troubles of name calling and bullying in high school, just with a millennial twist. Directed by Ari Sandel, known for "West Bank Story"...

Synapse delivers a heartfelt dance spectacle

Alci Rengifo, Editor-in-Chief
November 26, 2014
Filed under Culture, Reviews

The ache of longing, the search for identity, the desire to rule, these and other themes culled from the depths of human experience defined the fall program of Synapse. Staged by the Santa Monica College dance department, Synapse is an annual celebration of all the facets of modern dance. On Sunday...

“Interstellar” is a grand space opus

“Interstellar” is a grand space opus

Alci Rengifo
November 12, 2014
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Like him or not, Christopher Nolan is firmly established as an "event director," as one of those filmmakers who is known by reputation as much as by his film titles. The success of his "Dark Knight" trilogy has granted him the power to direct whatever the man wants, and for his latest outing, the sci-fi...

Dances with boards: “Locals Only” tries to ride a great wave

Dances with boards: “Locals Only” tries to ride a great wave

Alci Rengifo, Editor-in-Chief
October 8, 2014
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Theater

After over a year in production, "Locals Only," the much heralded, first ever collaboration between multiple Santa Monica College departments, has finally premiered on the campus main stage. The expensive, ambitious project is a musical fairy tale full of adolescent views of love, life and the perils...

“Gone Girl”: A tale of love and darkness

“Gone Girl”: A tale of love and darkness

Rachel Gianuario
October 8, 2014
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David Fincher’s newest hit is another in the lineup up of Fincher-eqsue dark, bone-chilling mystery thrillers, with more twists and turns than “whitewater” river rapids. This weekend, “Gone Girl” led the box office with $38 million, with John R. Leonetti’s horror sequel about a demon possessed...

“Wetlands,” a film that bares all, but says nothing

“Wetlands,” a film that bares all, but says nothing

Alci Rengifo, Editor-in-Chief
September 17, 2014
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Reviews

We live in the age of sensationalism. In the landscape of current post-modernism, the limit is pushed in music, TV and film for the sake of being pushed, there does not even need to be the pretext of a coherent, focused idea(l). For a clear, in your face example, look no further than Germany's little...

“As Above, So Below”: “The Goonies” suddenly got really dark.

“As Above, So Below”: “The Goonies” suddenly got really dark.

Rachel Gianuario, News Editor
September 3, 2014
Filed under Culture, Reviews

“As Above, So Below”, from the director of “Quarantine” (2008) and “Devil” (2010), John Erick Dowdle, has become one of my new favorite horror flicks. This is not to say that the film isn’t wrought with irrationality and unintentional comedic moments, but what is important is its sheer...

The Kill Team is a foggy journey into the heart of darkness

The Kill Team is a foggy journey into the heart of darkness

Rachel Gianuario
August 14, 2014
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“The Kill Team”, while gruesome and shocking in visuals, only explores a very narrow scope of the broader picture director Dan Krauss, previously nominated for “The Death of Kevin Carter” (2004), is aiming to clarify. The horrifying story of the U.S. Army platoon of infantry soldiers that...

Flashback Fridays: La Femme Nikita

Flashback Fridays: La Femme Nikita

Alci Rengifo, Editor In Chief
July 25, 2014
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Top Stories

With "Lucy" opening in theaters this week featuring Scarlett Johansson as the latest, hot blonde packing major heat, French director Luc Besson is returning to a specific kind of storytelling that has defined much of his pop action filmmaking career. In 1990 Besson made his breakthrough with the glossy,...

Flashback Friday: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Smells Like Nirvana”

Flashback Friday: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Smells Like Nirvana”

Juan Lopez, Digital Editor
July 18, 2014
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To start off with a cliche, it has often been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In 1992, Kurt Cobain said in an interview that he didn't realize Nirvana had "made it" until they had their own "Weird Al" Yankovic parody in the form of "Smells Like Nirvana." After trying to track down...

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” evolves past predecessor

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” evolves past predecessor

Juan Lopez, Digital Editor
July 14, 2014
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Top Stories

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Grade: B After 45 years and seven movies of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, you would think that they've run out of steam. With the one dimensional leading characters and wooden acting in the last film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is better than it has any r...