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CSULB Student Films at Indie Film Festival

Ross Siev, Staff Writer

October 12, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Today

A down-on-her-luck woman attempts to rob a bank; a deadbeat father overcomes the guilt brought on by neglecting his overachieving son; a promiscuous woman reluctantly adopts her 12-year-old half-brother—all in the span of about 30 minutes. “Monica,” “The Impossible” and “Burning Memories” were some of the California State University, Long Beach student-produced short films screened at the second annual Long...

Exiting the labyrinth

Micayla Vermeeren, Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Today

Renowned director Guillermo del Toro hosted a private event Wednesday, entitled "In the Labyrinth" to discuss his creative process and the unique sense of dark fantasy woven into most of his films.   Throughout his career, del Toro trusted that "[his] interests, which lied in the fantastic, would guide [him]" through the industry and gives him the opportunity to share his own perspective on reality.   "You...

He Named Me Malala documentary film

Shawnkira Sanchez, Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television

There are times when silence is not an option. Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, an activist for global education is the subject of a new documentary film, “He Named Me Malala.” Her defining moment came at the age of 15 years old when she was targeted and shot by the Taliban while on a school bus for demanding girls’ rights to education. Oscar-winning documentary film director Davis Guggenheim poetically captures...

Comic Con invades Long Beach

Comic Con invades Long Beach

September 14, 2015

The scenes were surreal: John Snow eating a burrito on the floor, a “Jurassic Park” tour vehicle driving down the freeway and a women's restroom filled with “Justice League characters.” Fiction...

Unforgettable ‘Amy’

Unforgettable ‘Amy’

Madison D’Ornellas, Opinions Editor

July 31, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews, Today

On screen we watch her looking painfully nervous. Awkwardly standing in a dimly lit studio next to one of her heroes and a legendary jazz singer, we watch as she stops her side of the duet abruptly. “I’m...

A whole world of film

Kevin Flores, Diversions Editor

July 11, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Today

Whether you’re trying to learn a new language or just trying to escape the American-centric lens of domestic blockbusters, exploring the cinematic oeuvre of other cultures will certainly broaden your horizons. Here are four flicks from far-flung lands to get your feet wet in the world of foreign film. Betty Blue (Director’s Cut) (1986): MPAA Rating: Unrated Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix Almost Shakespearean in its...

Review: ‘Dope’ lets the good times roll

Review: ‘Dope’ lets the good times roll

June 27, 2015

While “Dope” lacks in freshness of plot and relies heavily on character tropes, this Sundance film makes up for in entertaining harebrained schemes and subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor. ...

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ entertains but lacks fresh story

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ entertains but lacks fresh story

Branden Raulston, contributing writer

May 7, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews, Today

Release: May 1 Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Distributor: Walt Disney Studios MPAA: PG-13 Rating: 3.5/5...