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The best bad horror movies

The best bad horror movies

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

‘Roma’ delivers stunning performance, cinematography

Angel Ortega

January 21, 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

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

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 to take center stage at the El Rey

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...

A brief history of the Pageant Theatre

A brief history of the Pageant Theatre

Anna Porretta and Elias Denny

August 31, 2016

As the longest running theatre, the Pageant continues to bring the independent film world to Chico.Upon walking up to the Pageant Theatre the owner, Miles Montalbano, put away his flip phone, cracked open a Sierra Nevada and sat down on the steps leading up to the projection room with his copilot, a bor...

Alumnus light speeds into space in new stop-motion film

Alumnus light speeds into space in new stop-motion film

Ernesto Rivera

May 6, 2014

Josh Funk creates monsters. But Funk doesn’t use nuts, bolts or a high voltage of electricity like Dr. Frankenstein, nor do his creatures come from a black lagoon. His monsters are made from wires, foam latex, clay and plastic. They come from something much darker than a lagoon — his imag...

End of video stores puts end to options

Julianna Eveland

March 26, 2014

America is a country that is accustomed to having a plethora of options to choose from. After getting rid of most major video stores, however, options for movie watching are lacking. Hollywood Video and Blockbuster used to be the go-to places to rent movies. When I was younger, I looked forward to we...

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