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Film Review: “The Promise” | UCSD Guardian 04/24/2017

All stylistic and literary aspects of plot and characters aside, this film is worth seeing because of its ultimate goal of providing insight into the Armenian genocide. Director Terry George, who also directed “Hotel Rwanda,” frankly depicts the vicious Turkish prosecution against the Armenians and reveals the emotional turmoil of this period.

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/16/film-review-the-promise/

Film Review: “The Promise” | UCSD Guardian Although “The Promise” may seem like an archetypal historical romance, its charged examination of the Armenian genocide lingers.

Calvin Harris, Free From the Shackles of Mediocrity | UCSD Guardian 04/22/2017

Harris, the life-sized DJ Ken doll who’s produced mall classics like “Feel So Close” and “This Is What You Came For,” has been lurking at the edges of pop excellence for years. The pieces have long been there. He had hooks and extravagant features but still lacked substance (or something similar to it). He made songs for the summer but never the song of the summer. His songs were destined to walk through department store purgatory for years instead of our precious personalized playlists.

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/09/calvin-harris-free-from-the-shackles-of-mediocrity/

Calvin Harris, Free From the Shackles of Mediocrity | UCSD Guardian We don’t expect much from our DJs except for a humble jockeying of the discs, but Calvin Harris aspires to become something more as a nascent auteur.

Book Review: “Free Women, Free Men: S*x, Gender, Feminism” | UCSD Guardian 04/20/2017

The best moments in the book happen when Paglia applies her wit and rhetorical skill to more oblique topics. The take-downs of popular campus feminism are essential Paglia, and they’re terribly affecting and rousing for those who agree and disagree with her both. But, they’re predictable and the tacts she takes are less unexpected than they would be had criticism of popular campus politics not become its own little cottage industry since the height of her career.

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/16/book-review-free-women-free-men-s*x-gender-feminism/

Book Review: “Free Women, Free Men: S*x, Gender, Feminism” | UCSD Guardian Like anyone great, Camille Paglia is not for everyone. For the people she is for, she is everything. She is, for a certain type of well-read and out-of-vogue feminist, what Christopher Hitchens was to the more iconoclastic and precocious eighth-grade eristics. Paglia was the Susan Sontag of the ’90s...

Conversing with Comedians: Pete Holmes & Judd Apatow | UCSD Guardian 04/15/2017

"I remember filming a pilot with Kumail Nanjiani — he will be in a very funny upcoming Apatow movie called “The Big Sick” — that was so bad, I smoked a cigarette after the show because I wanted part of me to die." - Pete Holmes

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/05/conversing-with-comedians-pete-holmes-judd-apatow/

Conversing with Comedians: Pete Holmes & Judd Apatow | UCSD Guardian Comedy legends Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes were kind enough to grace the UCSD Guardian with their digital presence and meaty answers. Read ahead to learn how these artists — nay, modern philosophers — waxed poetic about their new HBO series.

Play Review: “Spring Awakening” | UCSD Guardian 04/14/2017

Muir Musical has put its own spin on the production, making extensive use of “shadows” that accompany the protagonists and ventriloquize song through dance. It’s an interesting proposition, in the same line as Deaf West Theatre’s incorporation of ASL into performances.

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/09/play-review-spring-awakening/

Play Review: “Spring Awakening” | UCSD Guardian The premise might seem patently absurd: 19th-century German teens get embroiled in a salad-toss of s*x, latin discourse, wet dreams, abuse and atheism. Well, that’s “Spring Awakening” for you. Adapted from a 100-year-old German play and packed off to Broadway in the ‘90s, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sat...

A Sitdown with Jason Matkin | UCSD Guardian 04/10/2017

Going professional in the music industry requires more than a few investments upfront: cash for studio recordings and equipment, cash for travel, and time to play and perform. It’s a difficult balancing act, especially when you’re a full-time student at UC San Diego. Jason Matkin, business major and singer-songwriter straddles the line between these antithetical obligations with the hope of succeeding in both.

http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/09/a-sitdown-with-jason-matkin/

A Sitdown with Jason Matkin | UCSD Guardian Going professional in the music industry requires more than a few investments upfront: cash for studio recordings and equipment, cash for travel, and time to play and perform. It’s a difficult balancing act, especially when you’re a full-time student at UC San Diego. Jason Matkin, business major and...

04/07/2017

Reaching a breakthrough point of advancing from SoundCloud to Spotify, “American Teen” is instrumentally versatile and captures Khalid’s pre-collegiate boyishness and relaxed attitude.

Reviewer: Melissa Palafox
http://ucsdguardian.org/2017/04/05/album-review-american-teen-by-khalid/

Album Review: “American Teen” by Khalid | UCSD Guardian Khalid who? He may only have a slim Wikipedia page, but Khalid is hungry for the spotlight and ready to enter the professional music industry. He’s a high school senior from El Paso, Texas, yet he’s already gotten recognition for his deep vocals and sultry persona. Reaching a breakthrough point of a...

Film Review: “Trolls” 12/07/2016

Sh****ng sparkles can’t save this DreamWorks film; "Trolls” is a decidedly pedestrian release awash in a sea of clichés.

Film Review: “Trolls” “Trolls” opens according to the DreamWorks Studio gold standard: with a storybook, and a paradise lost. In this strange, magical world, boisterous little trolls spend their lives in obliviously ove…

TV Review: “Westworld” (Season 1) 12/05/2016

An enjoyable genre offering from HBO, Westworld nonetheless deals with growing pains as poor dialogue and pacing undercut a promising premise.

Reviewer: Alicia Lepler

TV Review: “Westworld” (Season 1) “Westworld” occupies a curious space in HBO’s production lineup. Well before launch, it was carefully advertised as the network’s next heavyweight hit. The studio bigwigs did everything in their po…

Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 12/03/2016

The wizarding world returns in a magical spin-off with thrilling escapades, spellbinding characters and, of course, Fantastic Beasts.

Reviewer: Ellysa Lim

Film Review: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” After “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2” premiered in 2011, it was hard to imagine a world where we couldn’t look forward to a new “Harry Potter” movie. Thankfully, J.K. Rowling seems to …

Book Review: Landscapes: John Berger on Art 12/01/2016

The novelist, essayist and art critic John Berger’s latest collection of pieces is as fine as everything else he’s written.

Reviewer: Susie Davidson

Book Review: Landscapes: John Berger on Art With his English accent, full head of wild curls and enthusiastic brilliance, John Berger was an impish pop-star prophet in 1972. His voice was overlaid upon images of famous oil paintings, he stoo…

Film Review: “Moana” 11/30/2016

With Moana, Disney once again delivers an exquisite and heartfelt movie starring their newest princess.

Reviewer: Ellysa Lim

Film Review: “Moana” Disney has the formula for a successful animated movie down to a science: a likeable lead character, a wacky animal sidekick, catchy songs and an underlying moral. When incorporated together, Disne…

A Meditation on Late Night TV’s Descent 11/23/2016

The fangs have been removed, the wit has been domesticated and the enterprise is soaring skyward.

A Meditation on Late Night TV’s Descent Late-night television talk shows, like all entertainment, exist to enervate us to the pain of consciousness and distract us from that most human sense of loneliness and isolation, created by the cu…

Film Review: “Arrival” 11/20/2016

Director Denis Villeneuve successfully avoids becoming a prisoner of the studio system and proves himself an enemy of tropes with "Arrival."

Reviewer: Sam Rockefeller

Film Review: “Arrival” The deep empathy held for family is far from a congruous experience. A parent’s gentle touch remains a faded, yet warm, memory. A single moment from an otherwise menial trip through the grocery sto…

Film Review: “Mascots” 11/19/2016

Director Christopher Guest has mixed results trying to recapture the magic of "This Is Spinal Tap” and "Best in Show” with his latest mockumentary, "Mascots."

Reviewer: Spike Hemans

Film Review: “Mascots” Netflix is really pushing hard to finance and distribute original content. So much so, in fact, that it will be adding another billion dollars’ worth of debt to its balance sheets over the next few…

Film Review: “Almost Christmas” 11/18/2016

"Almost Christmas" is a seasonal comedy that almost hits the mark with sharp humor and solid pacing, but fails to distinguish itself from your standard holiday family film.

Reviewer: Matthew Diamante Jennings

Film Review: “Almost Christmas” With the holidays quickly approaching, writer-director David E. Talbert gives audiences an early Christmas treat with his latest holiday film, “Almost Christmas.” It’s a simple concept: During a ho…

Cinema with Linguists: Talking to Aliens in “Arrival” 11/18/2016

In the inaugural edition of “Cinema with Professors,” we sat down with linguistics professors Sharon Rose and Farrell Ackerman to discuss what "Arrival" got right and got wrong about their field.

Interview by Jacky To

Cinema with Linguists: Talking to Aliens in “Arrival” In the inaugural edition of “Cinema with Professors,” The Guardian sat down with Sharon Rose and Farrell Ackerman, professors in UCSD’s linguistics department, to discuss the new …

TV Review: “Good Girls Revolt” (Season 1) 11/17/2016

Amazon’s "Good Girls Revolt” markets a fun and s*xy feminism that isn’t feminist at all.

Reviewer: Rachel Novotny

TV Review: “Good Girls Revolt” (Season 1) “Good Girls Revolt” bills itself as a feminist drama with a premium cable budget following three “career girls” determined to become reporters in the male-dominated field in 1970. Unsurprisingly, t…

Film Review: “Inferno” 11/17/2016

Tom Hanks dodges mercs and government agents to save the world from certain doom. Again.

Film Review: “Inferno” Once upon a time, Tom Hanks’ leading-man glamour was enough to guarantee big payouts, and plastering his face onto posters for “The Da Vinci Code” birthed a multimillion-dollar franchise. With his …

The Hype About Hullabaloo 11/14/2016

We spoke with Senior AVP of UCSD AS Concerts & Events Michelle Luong for the lowdown on their upcoming events.

The Hype About Hullabaloo The colorful posters for UCSD’s second largest festival went up several weeks ago, reminding students that, come Nov. 18, they could expect to “Eat. Play. Dance.” in Matthew’s Quad. Two weeks ago, …

“The Daily Show” Q&A: Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood, Jr. 11/08/2016

One of our writers got on the phone with some correspondents from "The Daily Show" to talk politics, comedy and Ken Bone. Check it out.

“The Daily Show” Q&A: Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood, Jr. Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood, Jr. are correspondents for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and members of its “Best F # News Team.” Minhaj has been on the program since 201…

TV Review: “Black Mirror” (Season 3) 11/05/2016

Only by looking into an exaggerated, dark and satirical version of our world — a Black Mirror — can we see ourselves clearly.

TV Review: “Black Mirror” (Season 3) With the rise of social media, virtual reality and other novelties of the 21st century, the human condition is inextricably linked with technology in profound new ways. “Black Mirror” creates stran…

Film Review: “The Eagle Huntress” 11/04/2016

Director Otto Bell tracks Aisholpan’s harrowing entry into the world of eagle hunting.

Reviewer: Susie Davidson

Film Review: “The Eagle Huntress” A documentary is a perilous undertaking, in no small part due to an integral stipulation: that it ought to, in some part, convey events from our world. Films have become, by and large, journeys int…

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2016 11/03/2016

The Guardian A&E staff goes global and highlights 10 different films at this year's San Diego Asian Film Festival.

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2016 “Call of Heroes” The Western genre, by now, has been exhausted to the point that everyone knows the formula: A scoundrel realizes his inner goodness, via a distressed damsel, and saves …

Film Review: “Moonlight” 11/02/2016

Moonlight is an intimate portrayal of a troubled man’s struggles with society that speaks volumes with few words.

Reviewer: Kenji Bennett

Film Review: “Moonlight” It is difficult to make a film about a topic that is deeply personal, even more so to do it well. “Moonlight” is centered around a challenging narrative that is usually passed over in favor of ligh…

Songs of the Week (10.30.16) 11/01/2016

SONGS OF THE WEEK (Fall 2016, Week 6)

► Drake - "Fake Love"
► Kino - "Blood Type"
►Throwback: Bob Dylan - "The Times They Are a-Changin'"

Reviewers: Sam Rockefeller, Alicia Lepler, Liam Bass

Songs of the Week (10.30.16) Drake – “Fake Love” Drake was never the same after being punched by Diddy on a fateful 2014 day, igniting within him a sense of masculinity that had him pounding away at the gym a…

Album Review: “You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen 10/29/2016

Leonard Cohen's “You Want it Darker” is a contemplative ode to a long, industrious life and career.

Reviewer: Alicia Lepler

Album Review: “You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen He’s gotten old. He’s ready to walk away from the business of living. Leonard Cohen sings “You Want it Darker” with the desperation of a dying man. There aren’t many years left, and certainly the w…

Concert Review: The 1975 10/27/2016

Thousands of fans gathered in San Diego to witness the arrival of their most beloved British import: The 1975.

Reviewer: Jacky To

Concert Review: The 1975 The 1975 are an unusual band indeed, much in part due to its outlandish frontman Matt Healy, the millennial iteration of a classic 70s rockstar. While one can certainly gather this peculiarity from…

Play Review: “The Lion” 10/27/2016

Lyricist and musician Benjamin Scheuer’s autobiographical one-man performance "The Lion” manages to feel both surreal and genuine.

Reviewer: Sage Schubert Christian

Play Review: “The Lion” As Benjamin Scheuer walks onto the circular stage, the 33-year-old award-winning songwriter and performer wears a suit and tie and carries a guitar in his hands. By the time “The Lion” is over, he …

Songs of the Week (10.23.16) 10/27/2016

SONGS OF THE WEEK (Fall 2016, Week 5)

►Eminem - "Campaign Speech"
►2 Chainz - "Good Drank"
►Throwback: The Kooks - "Seaside"

Reviewers: Alicia Lepler, Sam Rockefeller, Liam Bass

Songs of the Week (10.23.16) Eminem – “Campaign Speech” For nearly eight minutes, Eminem raps to nothing more than his own vocal rhythm with only the lightest accompanying track. He gives us his presidential …

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