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Emerald Recommends: Songs of the summer 2017

As the end of the school year approaches, students will be faced with their first issue of the summer: What songs make it onto a summer playlist? Although the Oregon weather has yet to fully remind us of summer, the Emerald has selected its favorite songs to help put you in …

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Podcast: The Bachelorette episode 3 recap

This time on the Emerald Podcast Network Casey Miller and Sarah Urban discuss episode 3 of Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. This week Rachel continued her search for love on two group dates and one one-on-one date. Crazy confrontations, mystery villains, strange dates on Rodeo Drive and new power …

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Podcast: Double Take: Wonder Woman

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald staffers Dana Alston and Kylie Davis discuss the newest export from the DC Cinematic Universe, “Wonder Woman.” This episode was produced by Emerson Malone.

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Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ rescues a floundering DC cinematic universe

It’s been a rough few years for DC Comics fans who want to see their favorite heroes light up the silver screen. The publisher best known for Superman and Batman envisioned a dark, brooding cinematic universe that could compete with Marvel’s colorful series of films. But from the onset, when …

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Podcast: The Bachelorette episode 2 recap

This time on the Emerald Podcast Network Casey Miller and Sarah Urban discuss the second episode of Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. This week Rachel continued her search for love on two group dates and one one-on-one date. There were babies, basketballs, and Barkfests; but mostly there was a …

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Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is devoid of life

In 2003, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was a massive hit and became the first film in a billion-dollar franchise for Disney. Based on a popular ride at Disneyland, “Black Pearl” continues to be one of the most rewatchable blockbusters of the last 20 years. …

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Davies: Amazon pilot ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ brings nuanced Judaism to forefront of television

As an American Jew, I will always stand by the idea that American comedy is Jewish comedy, especially when it comes to television. Shows such as “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” explore the neuroses of American life through Jewish habits, whether cultural or religious, but often the character’s Jewishness is …

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Podcast: Bachelorette Season Premiere

In this week’s premiere Bachelorette podcast, Arts & Culture writers Casey Miller and Sarah Urban discuss the season premiere of The Bachelorette, featuring Rachel Lindsay as the Bachelorette. We talk about the crazy antics of the Bachelors trying to make a good impression, the Bachelor whose life motto is “Whaboom!”, …

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Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ can’t recapture the franchise’s signature horror

Human beings are frightened by what we don’t know. It’s why horror films like “The Exorcist” continue to scare audiences decades after their premieres. These films, and others like them, are designed around the horror of ambiguity. Characters run, hide and try to fight back against the unknown, leaving spine-shivering …

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Grad Guide 2017: Notable UO alumni

In honor of the upcoming graduation ceremony, the Emerald has a complied a list of notable University of Oregon graduates.  Randy Shilts (1951-1994): After working at the Daily Emerald as an award-winning managing editor, Shilts came out as gay and began lifelong work as a social justice journalist. While he struggled to …

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Podcast: Troy Campbell on why Disneyland is designed the way it is (Vol. 2)

The convoluted design of the Disneyland experience is explained in this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network. This is part two of Emerald writer Dana Alston’s conversation with University of Oregon marketing professor and former Disney Imagineer Troy Campbell. Listen to part one — in which Dana and Troy discuss …

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Comedian W. Kamau Bell brings his political humor to the Hult Center on Friday

W. Kamau Bell has a lot to say. Take the title of his new book for example (it’s a mouthful): “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.” Bell, who …

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Review: Alexi Pappas’ debut film ‘Tracktown’ follows a potential Olympic track athlete coming of age in Eugene

Sports films are almost invariably earnest. Following a team or a single athlete’s journey to victory (whether in competition or otherwise) allows filmmakers to tug at an audience’s heartstrings with ease. Even average films in the genre can generate sobs and cheers. “Tracktown,” a new sports drama co-directed, co-written and …

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Review: Marvel reaches goofy new heights with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe walks a tricky tightrope. It’s a franchise that relies heavily on formula and familiarity, with a majority of its installments following a superhero’s origin story. Sticking to that formula has allowed companies like Marvel to rake in billions in ticket sales. But as time wears on, the …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends Netflix originals

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast network, Podcast Editor Emerson Malone joins Arts & Culture Writers Dana Alston and Sararosa Davies to discuss the highs, lows and aesthetics of Netflix’s original programming. Shows discussed in this episode include Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” Judd Apatow’s “Love” and the eighties …

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Netflix shows to watch instead of going outside

Who says the arrival of Spring has to mean spending more time outdoors? The rain may be (kind of) gone, but days spent lounging around the house are still very much alive. Sometimes going outside is overrated — the best days are the ones with no agenda but to visually …

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Review: ‘The Circle’ imagines a world of deadly social media

Movies have a very contentious relationship with social media. “The Social Network” envisioned the founding of Facebook as a tragic breakdown in friendships. Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” took a brief glance at a girl’s suicidal thoughts and the death of a marriage and chalked most of it up …

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Review: Jeremy Wade wrestles with ancient shark in ‘River Monsters’ final season premiere

In the premiere of Animal Planet’s final season of “River Monsters,” host Jeremy Wade hooks the biggest catch in show history: a 14-foot “sixgill,” or cow shark, which he pulled from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Hence its name, the sixgill shark has six gill slits while most other …

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Review: Ridiculous action reigns supreme in the endlessly entertaining ‘Fate of the Furious’

It’s hard to imagine “The Fast and the Furious” once was a low-budget street racing franchise. Over the series’ seven previous installments, the action increased in volume and ridiculousness. In 2001’s original film, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel raced one another and outran a train. In “Fast Five,” the pair …

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Podcast: A discussion on ‘The Red Turtle’

News reporter Will Campbell and podcast editor Emerson Malone discuss the animated film “The Red Turtle” (2016) in this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network. The movie, which has no dialogue, follows a man deserted on an island with nothing but crabs, fish and turtles for friends. “The Red Turtle” …

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Review: “Your Name” is a clumsy supernatural romance with emotional heft

“Your Name,” the latest film from animator and former graphic designer Makoto Shinkai, is already Japan’s fourth highest-grossing film of all time. A supernatural anime romance with surprising emotional resonance, its appeal to audiences of all ages is immediately apparent. The characters are likable, the animation is awe-inspiring and the …

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Review: ‘Raw’ uses blood and guts to create an unnerving portrait of adolescence

Coming-of-age films are rarely surprising. While classics like “The Breakfast Club” and more recent successes like “The Edge of Seventeen” demonstrate the genre’s potential, it’s rare to find a film under that umbrella that’s truly unpredictable. Finding ways to mix up the formula is a task only the most unique …

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Review: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ uses its massive budget to generate more groans than excitement

Stupidity is a tough thing to manage in Hollywood. The era when pure camp was allowed into the multiplex is over. Instead, “dark” reboots currently rule the silver screen. In 2009, J.J. Abrams revived “Star Trek” with a young cast and serious overtones. Earlier, “The Dark Knight” proved that Batman could …

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Review: Hugh Jackman concludes his superhero run with the violent, grounded ‘Logan’

Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine nine times. Over those 17 years, the clawed and tortured anti-hero became a fan favorite, and Jackman became the face of the “X-Men” franchise. Known to himself and others as Logan, Wolverine’s popularity was unmatched outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But after nearly two decades of …

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Podcast: Stacy Versus ‘Arrival’

Quick: go look up the Sanskrit word for “war” and its translation, then listen to the third episode of Stacy Versus! In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, it’s Stacy Versus “Arrival,” the 2016 film from director Denis Villeneuve. Emerald illustrator and designer Stacy Yurishcheva sits down with Emerald …

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Things to do this week: March 2-8: ‘La La Land,’ Environmental Law Conference, taming test anxiety, Saturday Market at the Bijou, Color Brave Campus Dialogue

Thursday, March 2: Ducks After Dark: ‘La La Land’ at EMU Redwood Ballroom (1395 University St.), doors at 8:15 p.m, movie at 9 p.m., free for UO students with I.D. If you haven’t seen best picture award winning film (just kidding) “La La Land” yet, now is your time! Ducks …

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‘Moonlight’ wins in surprising upset at a politically charged Oscars

Donald Trump was the subject of many jokes and speeches in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre Sunday night at the 89th Academy Awards. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, hosting the high-profile ceremony for the first time, frequently prodded the president for his politically controversial statements and stances. “Remember when just the Oscars were …

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Podcast: Stacy Versus ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, it’s the second episode of Stacy Versus. This time, it’s Stacy Versus “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Emerald illustrator and designer Stacy Yurishcheva sits down with Emerald podcast producer Emerson Malone to discuss the Harry Potter franchise, how the 2016 …

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Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ combines racial commentary with predictable horror

“Key & Peele” was one of the most widely successful and acclaimed sketch comedy series in recent memory. Written largely by Jordan Peele and performed by Peele and his cohort Keegan-Michael Key, the show was celebrated for tackling issues of inequality and race relations while still generating enough laughs to …

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‘Wayne’s World’ celebrates its 25th anniversary

On this day in 1992, Saturday Night Live’s iconic film Wayne’s World first appeared in theaters across the U.S. Based on the long-time SNL sketch hosted by cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, the film captured the post-rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia that many young adults felt in the early …

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