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Marvel movies have been declining in sales and audience as well as receiving poor reviews. Photo by: Aidyn Beltran Herrera

Opinion: Is the quality of Marvel Studios’ movies getting worse?

Aidyn Beltran Herrera and Coen Wagoner April 16, 2024

Are Marvel movies not good anymore? Ever since the pandemic in 2020, there has been talk amongst Marvel fans about the lack of quality in new movies. Marvel's latest movie, “The Marvels,” did not...

Kurosawas 1954 film Seven Samurai was a major inspiration for Lucas Star Wars. Likewise, Kar-wais 1994 film Chunking Express inspired the cinematography in Jenkins 2016 film Moonlight. Graphic by: Katie Rundle

Opinion: Taking the “foreign” out of foreign films

Jocelyn Wood and Katie Rundle March 21, 2023

Foreign cinema is finally dominating, rather than only influencing, the U.S. film climate When Bong Joon Ho’s 2019 film “Parasite” became the first foreign movie to win best picture at the 92nd...

Tyler Williams and his girlfriend, Alexis Lopez. The quote below came from the Williams father. Graphic by: Soraya Stegall

Movie review: “Waves”

Soraya Stegall and Julian Martinez February 24, 2023

 A journey of forgiveness and coming together in the wake of loss The 2019 film “Waves,” starring Taylor Russell and Alexa Demie, is the work of the independent film company A24. The company has...

The Banshees of Inisherin tackles many heavy topics including depression, grief, self-doubt and abuse. Luke Hansen 23 said, The theme of grief resonated with me because of how well and accurately it was displayed in this movie. Graphic by: Hugh Murphy

Opinion: “The Banshees of Inisherin” explores the human condition through a dark and twisted sense of humor

Miles Newman and Hugh Murphy February 24, 2023

Martin McDonagh’s magnum opus glistens from the performances of its two stars “The Banshees of Inisherin” was released on Oct. 21, 2022. The film has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, including...

As of Feb. 7th Spirited Away earned ¥30.4 billion, and was the highest grossing film in Japanese history. graphic by: Anastasia Nisky

Movie review: Chaos occurs when a young girl moves to a new city.

Anastasia Nisky and Brianna Ramirez February 10, 2023

“Spirited Away” depicts a lost girl in a spirit world trying to save her parents and get back home “Spirited Away” is an animated motion picture from Japan created by Hayao Miyazaki. It was released...

The book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has the most movie adaptations. There are about 20 film versions. Photo by: Emily Nguyen

Opinion: Movies versus books, which is better?

Isabella Fierros and Emily Nguyen April 18, 2022

Better read than watched? (For books by: Emily Nguyen) While watching movies may be a popular opinion for many, I personally prefer books.They are usually the base and source material for movies, which...

The New York Times cited that in addition to a lack of Latino actors, there is a lack of Latino executives, producers, and directors as well. Photo by: Peyton Redmond

Opinion: Let’s talk about Latino (mis)representation

Anna Guerra December 7, 2020

Despite being avid media consumers, Latinos have and continue to be historically underrepresented and misportrayed in film and TV.  As activism, equality and inclusivity continue to grow in our society,...

Dont throw away old Disney CDs because someday your crazy friend will need a photo of them. Photo by: Lily Carnagie

Are the originals really better?

Livia Vertucci November 20, 2020

The OG movies hold a special place in our hearts, do the remakes measure up? From Disney to Touchstone, there have been movie failures and masterpieces. Sure, we've all been disappointed after watching...

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Drive-Ins are coming back

Jocelyn Wood October 27, 2020

 Rolling back to the 50’s with Ventura County's drive-in Back in May, with the cancelation of the 2020 Ventura County Fair, Ventura was able to bring in “Concerts In Your Car.” The event debuted...

‘Tis the season to grab a blanket and watch “The Santa Clause”

‘Tis the season to grab a blanket and watch “The Santa Clause”

Yasmin Myers December 19, 2019

 Every other Christmas movie is inferior and that’s just facts [dropcap size=small]o[/dropcap]nce Thanksgiving ends, the festive spirit grows, just like the Grinch’s heart did on Christmas day. Holiday...

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