Miyazaki's final film epitomizes career-long aesthetic

It was a quote from engineer Jiro Horikoshi that inspired Oscar-winning animator and head of Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki to tell the aeronautical engineer’s story in his final directorial achievement, “The Wind Rises.” “All I wanted to do was to…

Titanfall: Sometimes bigger is beta

Only the beta of “Titanfall,” not the full game, is available right now. The opinions expressed in this article are reflective of my time with the beta. However, disclaimer, even the unfinished product is revolutionary and its reaction is nothing…

Vagina Monologues came, conquered

With the flair and audacity of Beyoncé’s surprise album, last Friday’s performance of the Vagina Monologues took the classic show in original and personalized directions. New monologues grappled with abortion, masturbation, transsexual experiences and the fluidity of queerness, as well…

Tuning in with KOXY's key players

They are the unsung heroes of KOXY radio: the playlist crafters, the mix masters, the tastemakers of Occidental. They are the KOXY DJs. Whether they started their show in pursuit of fun or fame, these gurus dictate much of the…

Warner Brothers doesn't Lego of Youth

Lego, one of the most popular toys in the world, now has a movie with an equally ambiguous title, “The Lego Movie.” Warner Brothers studios and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have created a star-studded animated movie made entirely…

Leno leaves on a high note

Four thousand six hundred and ten episodes later, James “Jay” Leno’s stint as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” is over. Feb. 6 marked the end of an era when Leno finally walked away from NBC. He went out on…

Hoffman, 46, leaves behind immortalized characters

Despite the emotionally complex and often tortured roles depicted on screen, movie audiences often believe that the actors, by contrast, walk off the set to glamorous and joyful Hollywood lives. Consequently, when Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday, Feb. 2,…

Wild night in the Glen sets new tone for semester

KOXY and ArtLab, Occidental’s student-run radio station and art club, respectively, tend to put on events or produce artwork individually, a trend among most clubs and student organizations at Occidental. But on Friday, Jan. 31, a night when the rest…

Costantino puts swing in Jazz Ensemble's step

The Occidental Jazz Ensemble rehearses in a circle – highly unusual for most large instrumental groups, who tend to group by section. Yet it works for this collection of students who laugh, gossip and joke at the beginning of practice. Many collaborate on…

Ain't no rest for the gamer

When I travel home I always bring a plethora of video game systems with me. Security at LAX becomes a hassle when I have to be “that guy” who has to use two separate bins – one for the PS3…

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