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‘Shoplifters’ manages to steal the hearts of moviegoers

‘Shoplifters’ manages to steal the hearts of moviegoers

Angel Ortega

January 21, 2019

With an incredible cast and immersive storytelling, “Shoplifters” delivers one of the most poignant films about family and love.“Shoplifters,” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, revolves around a Tokyo family living in poverty who shoplift for basic necessities just to get by. When ...

‘Operation Absolute Zero’ adds good and bad to ‘Black Ops’

‘Operation Absolute Zero’ adds good and bad to ‘Black Ops’

Ulises Duenas

December 22, 2018

Note: This review reflects solely on the new content added to the original "Black Ops 4" game.Treyarc has taken a page out of Ubisoft's book by making the first batch of DLC for "Black Ops 4" feel like a new season in the game's life cycle. "Operation Absolute Zero" adds a new controversial character as wel...

Podcast Video: Arts in Review – When books become movies

Podcast Video: Arts in Review – When books become movies

Alex Coba, Grant Schmieding, Ulises Duenas, and Natalie Hanson

December 19, 2018

In our last podcast for the semester, we decided to tackle a major topic that everyone has a different perspective on - film adaptations of best-selling books, beloved or otherwise. From "The Lord of the Rings" to "Twilight" to comic book adaptations, there's a lot of movies out there that owe it al...

‘F is for Family’ is good, unclean fun

‘F is for Family’ is good, unclean fun

Ulises Duenas

December 9, 2018

At this point, raunchy tv comedies are a dime a dozen. Finding one that actually makes good use of its mature rating is difficult. "F is for Family" not only has clever jokes that hit most of their marks, but it also shows that character growth is possible without losing the core focus of a show.This show follow...

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ brings nostalgia for the holiday classic

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ brings nostalgia for the holiday classic

Alex Coba

December 5, 2018

Good grief, it's Christmas time again and with it comes all that commercialism this time of year brings. It's lucky that the Chico State Department of Music and Theater put on the perfect escape from the rampant commercialism: "A Charlie Brown Christmas."The iconic Christmas special was beautifully adapted t...

‘Odyssey’ is a near-perfect ‘Assassin’s Creed’

‘Odyssey’ is a near-perfect ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Ulises Duenas

December 4, 2018

Evolution is often necessary in games, especially when a formula becomes stale. While "Odyssey" is far from the typical "Assassin's Creed" game in terms of story and gameplay, it's still a game that fits within the series.The best aspect of "Odyssey" is that the entire game feels like an epic journey, similar t...

Podcast: “Red Dead Redemption 2” delivers top-quality gaming, uneven story

Podcast: “Red Dead Redemption 2” delivers top-quality gaming, uneven story

Natalie Hanson, Alex Coba, Grant Schmieding, Ulises Duenas, and Ricardo Tovar

December 4, 2018

After hundreds of hours of playing this game, it's time to weigh in. "Red Dead Redemption 2" had a lot to live up to since the original took the gaming world by storm. We set out to play the whole thing, address these expectations and analyze what makes this game worth the ride. Listen here.0:37 General ...

‘Creed II’ tells an electrifying story of family and perseverance

‘Creed II’ tells an electrifying story of family and perseverance

Ulises Duenas

December 2, 2018

"Creed II" blends the world of drama and sports in a way that feels natural and engaging. This film is packed with captivating performances, with Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa standing tall as champions.The most impressive thing about "Creed II" is the perfect balance it achieves. ...

New ‘Spider-Man’ game content not living up to the hype

New ‘Spider-Man’ game content not living up to the hype

Alex Coba

November 30, 2018

Another month and another DLC package drop for the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 game, and along with it some more unmet expectations.Turf Wars is the second in the “The City That Never Sleeps” Spider-Man game trilogy's downloadable content (DLC). This DLC takes place after the events of the pr...

‘Fallout 76’ is an atom bomb of disappointment

‘Fallout 76’ is an atom bomb of disappointment

Ulises Duenas

November 30, 2018

Sometimes it doesn't pay to take risks. Bethesda proves that with "Fallout 76." This is a game that does a lot of new things for the series, but ends up being a lesson in sticking to what you know.Upon launch, this game was downright unplayable. Performance and connectivity issues plagued it and, besides all of that, the game...

‘Castlevania’ reigns as Netflix’s new king

‘Castlevania’ reigns as Netflix’s new king

Ulises Duenas

November 8, 2018

"Castlevania" is not only the best thing Netflix has pumped out this year, but it's also the most pleasant surprise of the year. The first season of the show was good, but because it was only four episodes it was hard to tell if the follow-up would top it. It did, in a magnificent way.The highlight of...

Playlist: 15 classic rock songs that are truly timeless

Playlist: 15 classic rock songs that are truly timeless

Grant Schmieding

November 5, 2018

I’m not a huge fan of the term “classic rock”—it’s too broad. There’s often much debate about what music actually belongs in this category, but here’s a list of truly timeless rock songs. This list barely scratches the surface of all the great rock songs that ha...

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