The Orion

‘The Half of It’ isn’t a typical teen movie

Still image from The Half of It, a Netflix original film

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Over the years Netflix has built a reputation for producing teen romances and coming-of-age films — some that I love, and some that make me feel a little less than inspired, like Noah Centineo’s entire filmography. Among the new releases for May is “The Half of It,” a refreshing and sweet pe...

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

Left to right: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant star as Héloïse and Marianne in

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Of the vast amount of lesbian dramas that have emerged from the last decade, most have been the product of a male director, containing graphic sex scenes that don’t necessarily contribute to the plot, like Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” for example. Others, however, are ca...

‘Emma.’ is a visually breathtaking adaptation

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Emma.” gets another readaptation in Director Autumn De Wilde’s visually beautiful version of a classic story of rich, young matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. As far as the story goes, “Emma.” isn’t something under the radar in pop culture. There have been countle...

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

If anyone has been feeling a little underwhelmed by the latest films in the horror and thriller genre to come out—à la “The Turning”—then I’m here to say that “The Invisible Man” has come to the rescue. Directed by Leigh Whannell, who starred in and co-wrote “Saw” (2004), “The I...

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ is the sequel that hits softly

Noah Centineo holding Lana Condor

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel to Netflix’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), deepens Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) relationship, but doesn’t add much else.  This time around, Director Michael Fimognari takes the story of th...

The best bad horror movies

Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash

Danielle Kessler

October 31, 2019

October is a great time to enjoy spooky festivities such as Halloween parties, pumpkin patches and curling up with a good horror movie. However, one of my favorite sub-genres of horror are movies that are so bad, they're actually good. So without further ado, here is a list of my favorite bad horror mo...

Video: ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ film review

Angel Ortega and Rayanne Painter

October 21, 2019

Resident film critic Angel Ortega discusses "Between Two Ferns: The Movie."Angel Ortega and Melissa Hererra can be reached at [email protected]

Wild and Scenic Film Festival promotes nature and activism

Mitchell Kret

March 4, 2019

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival made a visit to Chico Feb. 28 to show 13 short films revolving around nature and activism. The festival was held in Ayres Hall, filled with diverse people from around the Chico community—students, families and many others who care about nature and the wilderness ar...

‘Roma’ delivers stunning performance, cinematography

Image from IMDB

Angel Ortega

January 22, 2019

“Roma” is one of the most emotionally intense films of the year with its minimalistic artistic style and strong female lead.“Roma," directed by Alfonso Cuarón, centers around the life of a middle-class family’s maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) who live in the Colonia Roma neig...

Top 3 independent films worth watching

Carly Plemons

January 26, 2017

The world of independent films opens a glimpse into the layered story lines that peel deeper into important social issues that most other films fail to discuss. These films showcase authentic culture and guide the viewer through the lives of people entirely different from their own, or even to a piece...

Chico’s Pageant Theater to be featured in national film celebration

Promotional poster for Art House Theater Day via (

Rylee Pedotti

September 22, 2016

On Sept. 24, venues across the nation are set to commemorate independent theaters and their everlasting contributions to cinematic culture. Locals will have their chance to join the celebration as Chico's Pageant Theater will be participating in the inaugural Art House Theater Day. Mirrored after mus...

Shortz! Film Festival to take center stage at the El Rey

Shortz! Film Festival logo. 
Photo courtesy of L. Renee Boyd

Rylee Pedotti

September 13, 2016

Local film aficionados are in for a treat when the fifth annual Shortz! Film Festival takes residency at the historic El Rey Theater Sept. 16-18.What began in 2011 as an interactive method for local filmmakers to share their work with peers, family and friends have now flourished into an acclaimed event fea...

Next Page »

Chico State's independent student newspaper