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Review: Martin Scorsese brings his passion project to life with the profound and deeply religious ‘Silence’

Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s controversial 1966 novel of the same name, deals directly with the contradictions of devout religious belief. The story follows a pair of Portuguese Jesuit missionaries, Sebastiao Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garrupe (Adam Driver) who travel to Japan in the 17th century. They have …

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Podcast: The state of television in 2017

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, writers Sararosa Davies, Patience Greene and Emerson Malone discuss the state of television in 2017, namely Transparent (Amazon), Atlanta (FX), Broad City (Comedy Central), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) and many more. This episode was produced by Emerson …

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Alston: Why don’t movies capture the struggles of travel?

Winter break is something every student looks forward to experiencing. But those who left Eugene in December quickly found out that getting back to school in the snow is a special kind of hell. Most of Oregon reached sub-freezing temperatures and snow caused crippling traffic issues throughout Portland. Snow covered Eugene and …

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‘Fences’ and ‘Angels in America’ make the case for stage-to-screen adaptations

Theatre is an art form that has been around for thousands of years with its origins in Ancient Greece. The theatre’s counterpart, film, has had a relatively short history with the first movies being made in the late 1800s. Filmmakers and TV producers have been adapting theatrical works like plays …

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Review: ‘Jackie’ wastes genuine talent on a toothless biopic

Pablo Larraín’s Jackie wants its audiences to think it has a lot on its mind. Featuring striking imagery and a series of adept performances, the story, which follows the titular Kennedy matriarch in the days immediately before and after the JFK assassination, takes a contemplative approach to the traditional biopic …

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Emerald Recommends: The best movies of 2016

The Emerald Recommends the best movies released in 2016. From low-brow comedies to hard hitting dramas, 2016 provided a wide-array of films. We have selected our favorites of the year — one list of solely superhero films included. A&C film critic Dana Alston’s top movies: 5. Hell Or High Water Chris Pine and …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2016

Before the Emerald releases its best of 2016 lists of films, books, concerts, songs and albums, we felt it was important to balance praising the year’s best works of art with pointing out which let us down. These are not the worst pieces of the year; these are works that showed great potential and fell …

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Quadruple Take: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

With the release of a new Star Wars film, the Emerald has enlisted four writers to offer their views on the film. The response from critics so far has been mixed, so we decided to offer a multi-take review for the first Star Wars side story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Mathew Brock, associate arts and …

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Emerald Recommends: Our 12 essential holiday movies

To celebrate the home-run stretch before Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season as a whole, the Emerald has enlisted every writer on the arts and culture desk to recommend his or her favorite holiday movie. With classic cartoons, comedies and a few oddball selections, these are the films Emerald staffers will be watching during winter …

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Alston: The 2016 Oscar shortlist

It’s Academy Awards season yet again, and that means there are plenty of fine films competing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ attention. Several of the front-runners have already made their way to theaters; many more will be released over the next month. With winter break now …

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Award-winning film ‘HAZE’ dissects the Greek tragedy of hazing

“Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” “Not Zach Green!” In the fictional film HAZE, this knock-knock joke was caught on tape as an insensitive jab at student Zach Green, who tragically died from alcohol poisoning during a severe fraternity hazing ritual. The gravity of Green’s death sets the solemn undertones of the film …

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Review: In ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ the teen film comes of age

John Hughes imitators have found a lot of work over the years. While a decent “teen film” is never a bad thing, few offered more than laughs. Juno, from 2007, countered its emotional storyline with witty dialogue; too bad that dialogue never seemed completely genuine. Easy A served as a popular introduction …

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FX’s ‘Atlanta’ is this year’s must-watch TV show

Many people recognize Donald Glover from his five years co-starring on the NBC comedy Community, or from his rap career as Childish Gambino. But in September, Glover’s newest TV show, Atlanta, premiered on FX.  Atlanta, created by Glover, takes place in Atlanta, Georgia — one of the hip-hop capitals of the world …

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Review: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ disappoints hopeful fans

The beloved mother-daughter duo of Gilmore Girls has returned after a 10-year break. But in the third episode of the Netflix Original revival of the show, a 32-year old Rory Gilmore says that she’s “not back” in her hometown of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, for good. With four 90-minute episodes suited …

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What’s new on Netflix this month?

As students returned from Thanksgiving break, many came to the sudden realization that it’s week 10 of the term, which can only mean one thing: It’s dead week. All of those readings you didn’t do, papers you didn’t write and key concepts that you don’t understand have to be understood …

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Review: ‘Moonlight’ is courageous, compassionate, and one of the year’s best films

Chiron is withdrawn and quiet. Nicknamed “Little,” he flees from confrontation, terrified of being chased and beaten by his peers. Who can blame him? Other children, and his own drug-addled mother (Naomie Harris) abuse him. Juan (Mahershala Ali), a local hustler, offers protection and understanding. He predicts Little will make …

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Podcast: Stacy Versus Star Wars

In the last month, Emerald illustrator Stacy Yurishcheva just watched the original Star Wars trilogy, plus The Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens, all for the very first time. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald illustrator Stacy Yurishcheva sits down with Emerald podcast producer Emerson Malone to discuss the franchise, …

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Best TV episodes to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit

As we prepare to head home for this Thanksgiving holiday, many of us are excited to spend time with our loved ones, take time off of school, stuff our faces with turkey and (fingers crossed) watch the Ducks beat the Beavers in the 120th Civil War game. For others, the holiday …

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‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator Dan Povenmire to speak in Eugene to aid nephew

Family is clearly important to Dan Povenmire, co-creator of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb and Disney XD show Milo Murphy’s Law. He has created multiple characters in his shows based on people in his life. For instance, Isabella, a side character from Phineas and Ferb, is based on his eldest daughter …

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Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ relies on nostalgia to counter a clumsy narrative

J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world captivated audiences young and old for decades with the Harry Potter series. The film adaptations, starting with Chris Colombus’ Sorcerer’s Stone, became the second highest grossing film series in history, with over $7.8 billion in tickets sold at the box office. Perhaps more remarkable was the …

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Alston: In film, comedy is the best way to talk politics

Laughter is the best medicine, and people are in need of a prescription. With the results of the election looming large weeks after they occurred, many are looking for a reason to laugh, and avoid any talk of politics. Movies are a natural resource; theater attendance reportedly spiked the weekend …

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Q&A: ‘On the Banks of the Tigris’ to deliver hidden history at Temple Beth Israel

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is a film about cultural ties and the ways in which history can hide them, according to director Marsha Emerman. It features musicians like the Iraqi-Israeli Yair Dalal, Maqam singer Farida and Ahmed Mukhtar. The Emerald sat down …

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The 18th Animation Show of Shows gives animators a chance at the spotlight

Animation is hard. Just ask Bryce Ballew, a digital arts major at the University of Oregon currently taking a class on the subject. “The first project I did … [took] about a week straight of work,” Ballew said. “It’s exhausting.” But according to Ballew, the quality of the final product …

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Emerald Recommends: The best boxing movies

The upcoming release of Bleed For This tells the tale of Italian-American boxer Vinny Pazienza and his journey back to the ring after breaking his neck in a violent car accident. Emerald writers Zach Price and Dana Alston decided to take this opportunity to count down their favorite boxing movies, as well as some that …

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Price: Superhero TV series cannot compete with their big-screen counterparts

As we approach the halfway mark of autumn, the cold, dark reality that winter is just around the corner creeps into many of our minds. But we mustn’t fret. With the shortening of days comes one silver lining: the return of our favorite TV shows. This fall, networks are continuing …

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Review: ‘Arrival’ is timely, powerful and deeply human

Denis Villenueve’s Arrival opens with an emotional gut punch. While difficult to discuss without spoiling too much, it is effective at establishing Dr. Louise Brooks (Amy Adams) as the poignant center of this story. It’s also important in signaling to the audience the kind of film they are about to …

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The evolution of Benedict Cumberbatch

The first time most of us were introduced to Benedict Cumberbatch was back in 2010, when he landed his lead role as the eccentric private investigator Sherlock Holmes in the BBC hit series Sherlock. Since then, the British-born actor has become the face of several blockbuster movie franchises, appeared as …

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‘The Daily Show’ election night special will provide the commentary our future needs

The Emerald recently asked The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondents Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood Jr. an important question during a media conference call. When asked what insulting tweet they can imagine Donald Trump sending them, correspondents Minhaj and Wood both laughed at the question, but as they were thinking …

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Review: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is misguided and immoral

Mel Gibson has had a rough decade. Arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence and blacklisted from Hollywood for aggressively anti-Semitic remarks, the actor and director known for sweeping epics like Braveheart and Apocalypto effectively disappeared from the public’s conscious for close to 10 years. Now, in 2016, he has …

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Review: ‘Doctor Strange’ rescues a tired narrative with breathtaking visuals

In the early days of the superhero movie craze (circa 2008), films like Iron Man and The Dark Knight offered an original thought: What if stories about masked vigilantes fighting crime and evil could offer action and drama in equal measures? These films relied on character relationships in tandem with …

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