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‘Joker’ is a beautifully sinister film

‘Joker’ is a beautifully sinister film

Angel Ortega

October 7, 2019

“Joker” is a gruesome, yet poignant adaptation of the infamous DC Comics villain. Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is a failed comedian who makes his living as a clown-for-hire. Fleck suffers from mental illness stemming from abuse he experienced in his early life and from the turbul...

‘The Goldfinch’ is visually appealing but lacks substance

‘The Goldfinch’ is visually appealing but lacks substance

Angel Ortega

September 30, 2019

Though this film has its moments of excellence, “The Goldfinch” is mundane and has its fair share of shortcomings. Based on a novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, “The Goldfinch” centers around Theo, played by both Ansel Elgort and Oakes Fegley, who struggles to come to terms with...

Toxic masculinity: shaming men for seeking help

Toxic masculinity: shaming men for seeking help

Angel Ortega

September 29, 2019

Shaming men for seeking and receiving mental health counseling and therapy reinforces toxic masculinity. I hate the idea that a man must put on a tough-guy persona if they are going through a turbulent phase in their life. It’s commonly viewed that if a man even so much cries or shows some emot...

Ameer Vann makes solo album after scandal

Ameer Vann makes solo album after scandal

Angel Ortega

September 24, 2019

Ameer Vann, former member of pop collective Brockhampton, has returned to the music industry following his sudden departure from the group over a year ago. Vann was one of the founding members of Brockhampton and played a huge role in the production and release of their first three albums. In May 20...

‘Ad Astra’ is an immersive, thematically deep drama

‘Ad Astra’ is an immersive, thematically deep drama

Angel Ortega

September 22, 2019

“Ad Astra” is a compelling sci-fi drama with stunning visuals, a cohesive narrative and a great performance from Brad Pitt. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) leads a voyage called the "Lima Project" into space in search of intelligent life. However, the ship and its crew disappear and are never ...

‘Ad Astra’ is an immersive, thematically deep drama

‘Ad Astra’ is an immersive, thematically deep drama

Angel Ortega

September 22, 2019

“Ad Astra” is a compelling sci-fi drama with stunning visuals, a cohesive narrative and a great performance from Brad Pitt. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) leads a voyage called the "Lima Project" into space in search of intelligent life. However, the ship and its crew disappear and are never ...

‘Hustlers’ is funny yet fleshed-out

‘Hustlers’ is funny yet fleshed-out

Angel Ortega

September 16, 2019

“Hustlers” is surprisingly profound and nuanced while displaying a compelling performance from the lead actresses. Inspired by an article written by Jessica Pressler, “Hustlers” tells the story of how exotic dancers Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) and Dorothy (Constance Wu), a.k.a. D...

‘Chico Print Party’ makes its debut

‘Chico Print Party’ makes its debut

Angel Ortega

September 12, 2019

The 1078 Gallery hosted its first Chico Print Party; a gathering where artists can showcase and sell all different types of printed, visual art pieces. The event was organized by Micah Black, an artist originally from Chico. Black had always wanted to curate or organize an event in Chico to support...

‘IT: Chapter Two’ flawed, but entertaining

‘IT: Chapter Two’ flawed, but entertaining

Angel Ortega

September 10, 2019

Though it may not have been as captivating as the first film, “IT: Chapter Two” brings a lot to the table, both in visual aesthetics and in narrative. The film begins 27 years after the events of the first film. Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a.k.a IT, returns to Derry, Maine, where he begins hunting and devouring children. ...

Through the Late Night Podcast: What is Kanye West’s best album?

Through the Late Night Podcast: What is Kanye West’s best album?

Angel Ortega, Mitchell Kret, Angel Ortega, and Mitchell Kret

September 9, 2019

“Through the Late Night” is The Orion’s Arts & Entertainment section’s new music podcast. Led by section writers Mitchell Kret and Angel Ortega, every other week you’ll get to hear them tackle different topics and issues facing the music industry as well as highly an...

Riff Raff headlines show in Downtown Chico

Riff Raff headlines show in Downtown Chico

Angel Ortega

September 8, 2019

Riff Raff performed a headlining show at the El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico on Friday. The concert was held in part as a celebration of the grand opening of the new Blaze N' J’s store in Downtown Chico, next door to the El Rey Theater. Fans were able to meet and take a photo with Riff Raff i...

‘Look Mom I Can Fly’ an introspective look at Travis Scott’s life and career

‘Look Mom I Can Fly’ an introspective look at Travis Scott’s life and career

Angel Ortega

August 31, 2019

From performing in front of just 15 people to selling out full-sized arenas, “Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly” documents Travis Scott’s musical career in his new Netflix original documentary. The documentary begins with an interviewer asking Scott, while they both ride a rollercoa...

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