“BlacKkKlansman” screening and Q&A with screenwriters draw parallels between 1970’s and today’s politics

The Media Arts and Culture (MAC), American Studies and Writing & Rhetoric departments as well as the Black Studies program hosted a screening of the film “BlacKkKlansman” in a full Choi Auditorium Nov. 15. The screening was followed by a Q&A…

Paying tribute to a comic legend: remembering Stan Lee

Stan Lee, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and co-creator of characters such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Widow, passed away Nov. 12, 2018 at the age of 95. As the veritable face of Marvel Comics, Lee ushered in and helped to…

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival tackles heavy issues through visual storytelling

The 13th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival hosted its final screening and awards ceremony at the Directors Guild of America in North Hollywood Oct. 24. The event was free to the public and hosted by comedian and actor Zainab Johnson. It featured screenings…

LeBron James and Ryan Coogler team up for “Space Jam 2”

There isn’t anything quite like the 1996 film “Space Jam.” The film features basketball star Michael Jordan, who teams up with the Looney Tunes cartoon characters to play basketball against a team of aliens. It is childish, self-indulgent and, above all,…

“Lady Bird” begins migratory journey towards Oscar nominations

Prior to entering the theater, I had no idea what “Lady Bird” was about. I had not seen a trailer, so my best guess, based on the title, was that it could be a confusing prequel to “Black Swan.” My curiosity…

Alum Ashly Burch partipates in career panel after post-Emmy win

Emmy-award winning writer and voice-over artist Ashly Burch ’12 returned to Occidental College to speak at the “Industry Insights: Careers in Media and Entertainment” panel at the Hameetman Career Center Oct. 26. Other panelists included John Bidasio ’68, co-founder of Westwind Media; Stacey Carr…

Darren Aronofsky directs my Sunday school panic attacks

Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, “mother!” is a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living in peaceful isolation until a strange visitor unexpectedly arrives and begins to cause conflict. Before my viewing, I stayed…

“It’s” here, “It’s” scary, it’s not going away

Trudging through 2017 is like listening to a mediocre comedian set-up another tasteless joke with a punchline that never comes. Considering that, it’s no wonder that America broke box office records to go see Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s…

Echo Park Film Center examines Japanese incarceration through archived films

The Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), a non-profit organization dedicated to broadening community access to cinema, opened its doors for the fourth screening of the “Race and Space in Los Angeles” series, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in Echo Park. Funded by…

MAC senior comps draw roaring crowds in a packed Thorne Hall

Media Arts and Culture (MAC) seniors presented their comprehensive projects April 13 and 14. With emphases in either production or critical media studies, MAC majors presented their comps in an array of short films and installation exhibits. Friday evening, at…

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