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Simien’s sophomore project ‘Bad Hair’ leaves us in tangles

Justin Simien's
October 30, 2020

In Hulu’s new horror-comedy, a black woman’s weave is more than just hair. It’s the key to a new promotion. It’s a status symbol. It also happens to be possessed by an evil spirit. At its core...

Movies to watch during our time in Self-isolation

Illustration by Melissa Joseph
March 30, 2020

As California remains locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has watched a couple of movies. Netflix and Hulu have been good partners for battling boredom while...

Carlos Mencia screams out for a dynamic comedy night

Carlos Mencia performing a stand-up act
February 26, 2020

From important messages on immigration to saving the world through oral copulation, Carlos Mencia and others had Chico enraptured Saturday night at the El Rey Theatre. Three comedians took the stage...

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ is funny, but not much else

Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Wichita (Emma Stone), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) continue to fight for survival in Zomebieland, 10 years after the events of the first film.  
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Publicity.
October 23, 2019

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is all flash and no substance.Taking place 10 years after the events of the first film, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Little Rock (Abigail...

The Orion Newscast: New Paint & Joker Review

The Orion Newscast: New Paint & Joker Review
October 9, 2019

https://youtu.be/9vGTj-M72Vw This week on The Orion Newscast, Butte Environmental Council commissions a new mural and our very own Angel Ortega reviews the controversial movie, Joker. Christian Solis can...

Tig Notaro clowns on Chico State

Photo courtesy of Bob Chamberlin from Los Angeles Times.
October 2, 2019

Clowns, internal bleeding, and Adele’s “Hello” -- this is what the crowd in Laxson Auditorium enjoyed as quick-witted stand-up comedian, Tig Notaro, performed Saturday night.Before Notaro...

‘A Madea Family Funeral’ delivers dull attempt at comedy in typical Tyler Perry fashion

Tyler Perry stars as Mabel
March 15, 2019

With a horrid narrative and writing style, Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” brings nothing new to the table and exhibits Perry’s consistently poor work ethic as a filmmaker. In...

Mike G takes insults for a good cause, raising money for Camp Fire survivors

Comedian TJ Hudson gave the
February 25, 2019

What would it take for you to sit in front of an audience and be publicly ridiculed in the name of comedy? For Mike Griffith, also known as “Mike G Ride,” it took having both a winning personality...

‘F is for Family’ is good, unclean fun

What a wonderful family. image from imdb.com
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,...

Comedy competition brings big laughs at the El Rey

First place winner, Christian Machado makes the audience laugh with outlandish humor during the San Francisco Comedy Competition on Thursday night. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford
September 22, 2018

It was a night of hysterical laughter and drum solos played on toasters. Chico's El Rey theater hosted the 2018 San Francisco Comedy Competition Thursday. This is a yearly competition where hundreds of...

Podcast: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ continues to deliver in its 13th season

The cast of
September 8, 2018

The Orion is finally making your dreams come true. For the first time (as far as I know) the Arts and Entertainment section is hosting a podcast. It's only fitting that such a momentous occasion is used...

‘Disenchantment’ can’t enchant its viewers

Elfo (left) Bean (middle) and Luci (right) prepare for combat. Image courtesy of IMDB.
August 27, 2018

Matt Groening is back with a new show called "Disenchantment," an animated comedy set in a fantasy world. Although it has the distinct style that Groening's shows are known for, it lacks the charm and...

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