Netflix's 'Stranger Things' gives 80's vibes from the first frame to the last.
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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is a nostalgic, thrilling summer binge

’80s nostalgia is a genre of pop culture that’s so saturated, it seems impossible to escape. All around us are remakes, reboots and revivals of life from a bygone era. One of cold war paranoia, bold neon pop music — screens dense with Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and John Carpenter. …

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Théophile Baquet (left) and Ange Dargent (right) play Théo and Daniel in Michel Gondry's 'Microbe and Gasoline,' now showing at Bijou Art Cinemas.
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Review: ‘Microbe and Gasoline’ is like ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ for kids

In the newest film from writer-director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), imagination and intellect are the formative hallmarks of youth and young manhood. Microbe and Gasoline focuses on Daniel Guéret (Ange Dargent, in his first acting role), a young teen given the grade school nickname “Microbe” for …

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Ghostbusters shines with a cartoonish take on the ghostly and ghoulish.
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Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ doesn’t live up to the original, and is all the better for it

One of 2016’s most fiercely debated films, Ghostbusters has been a lightning rod for online controversy and earnest think pieces for everyone. Now with the full film out for the world to judge, the time has come to step away from conversations of ‘ruined childhoods’ and perceived misogyny. When separated …

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Hackers from fsociety are honing Project Mayhem as they shack up with Darlene in Mr. Robot's second season. (Creative Commons)
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Double Takes: Mr. Robot season 2 begins cryptically, beautifully

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent piece of media. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone share their thoughts on Mr. Robot’s two-part season two premiere. “I tell you, the human condition is a straight-up tragedy, cuz.” – Leon …

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Berg: The latest Purge is every bit as hypocritical as America itself.

It’s hard to paint The Purge: Election Year as anything but a hit. Having grossed over $45 million in just five days on a $10 million budget, it stands to be one of 2016’s most profitable investments for Universal studios. The action-horror sequel outgrossed a new Steven Spielberg project, The …

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Review: In ‘Swiss Army Man,’ life in the wild is better than back at home

Swiss Army Man’s overarching theme is simple but poignant: just how banal, unnecessary and ultimately alienating so many practices that we take for granted in society are. No culture is free from arbitrary taboos and customs which, if you pull back, reveal themselves as completely useless, if not harmful. One …

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Nike OTCE's Alexi Pappas congratulates Oregon junior Annie Leblanc for coming in first place in the women's 1500 meter run. The University of Oregon hosts the annual Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, April 17, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Tracktown film premieres in Eugene during U.S. Olympic Trials

Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher’s  film Tracktown premiered at the McDonald Theater in Eugene on Tuesday evening before a sold-out crowd. The film, a fictional story based off of Pappas’s experiences and observations as a professional runner, was appropriately screened while the 2016 Olympic track and field trials are taking place …

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Berg: Yes, Fall Out Boy’s Ghostbusters theme is bad. But there’s more to it.

It seems like everyone has an axe to grind with Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters. Whether you find the notion of an all-female cast pandering, or considering the use of African-American stereotype to be uncouth, negative emotions have prematurely surrounded the film. This week, the cycle of outrage extended to …

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Independence Day: Resurgence isn't worth the time, money, or attention.
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Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ a lame follow-up to the 1996 epic

I don’t think many people would think twice if you referred to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 disaster epic Independence Day as a “classic.” The film was a box office smash, and left cultural shockwaves that resonated throughout the ’90s. It’s an ideal summer B-movie that blends impressive practical effects with a …

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Pixar's Finding Dory came out on Friday.
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Double Takes: ‘Finding Dory’ dives into the backstory of a beloved side character

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent film, album or television show. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone share their thoughts on the new film Finding Dory. Thirteen years after Finding Nemo, Finding Dory returns to a familiar ensemble of …

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Students learn how to master the sports flick in ‘Stoked 101’

Who among us hasn’t sat through a roommate’s footage from a Mt. Hood ski trip, scored to something obnoxious and filmed dizzily with a GoPro helmet camera? This spring term, University of Oregon assistant professor Rick Silva led the course ARTD 410: “Stoked 101” to look into the craft behind …

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Review: ‘Popstar’ a predictable charmer

The music industry is absurd. It’s been that way for ages, only intensified by the dawn of social media, autotune and autobiographical documentaries about 21-year old pop stars. Thus, it’s an easy target for parody. With Popstar: Don’t Stop Never Stopping, The Lonely Island (the comedic trio of Andy Samberg, …

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100 episodes of Bob’s Burgers: Where the show’s gone and what’s yet to come

As Bob’s Burgers hits its 100th episode, it’s worth looking at how far the show has come since its humble debut in 2011. Or, more precisely, how far it hasn’t come. It still hasn’t enjoyed the culture-eating ubiquity of The Simpsons or Family Guy, nor has it provided endless fodder …

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(from left) Louise, Gene, Tina, Linda, and Bob Belcher. (Creative Commons).
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Emerald Recommends: the best Bob’s Burgers episodes

In honor of the 100th episode of Bob’s Burgers being aired tonight, the Emerald recommends the finest episodes from the Belchers’ six seasons. “Hamburger Dinner Theater” (season one, episode five)  The fifth-ever episode of Bob’s pulls no punches as it reaches absurd levels of gruesome black comedy. Linda recruits everyone …

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For the love of the craft: a look at the Northwest Animation Festival

Sven Bonnichsen loves animation. He grew up on the 1933 King Kong and the original Star Wars trilogy. As a kid, he would read books on special effects and animation, such as Kit Laybourne’s The Animation Book. What he found most interesting was how anyone could create stop-motion shorts with …

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11 Times You Related to Linda Belcher on ‘Bob’s Burgers’

Out of all of the character’s on Bob’s Burgers, Linda Belcher is the one that often steals the show. While you may not want to admit to yourself right away that you are basically a spitting image of this quirky mom in the show, after reading this, you may reconsider. …

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Review: ‘Civil War’ is a Marvel’s greatest achievement yet

Since 2008, Marvel Studios has been flying in the face of common Hollywood logic. In an industry where every movie must concern itself about hitting the biggest audience possible, leaving a blank slate for new fans with every entry, they’ve made no qualms about telling serial stories. Eight years later, …

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How much Marvel do you need to watch before ‘Civil War’? Here’s a quick guide to the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an irresponsibly large collection of films and TV shows all connected in tiny ways, which eventually come together for huge event flicks. The latest of these is Captain America: Civil War, which hit screens this ast weekend. But if you’ve never gotten in before, you face a …

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Netflix added the the 1984 romantic comedy "Sixteen Candles" to its library on May 1 (Creative Commons).
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Netflix shrinkage: what’s coming to and leaving the service this month

If you’ve ever scrolled through Netflix for hours on end and thought to yourself, “Is my favorite movie and TV show streaming service getting smaller?” then you’d be absolutely right. All Flicks (a website that collects Netflix’s entire library into an easily-searchable place), reported that Netflix’s library has shrunk by …

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Game of Thrones' season six premiered last night.
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Double Takes: ‘Game of Thrones’ returns with a tremble

In this installment of Double Takes, Emerald writers Casey Miller and Chris Berg review the season six premiere of Game of Thrones. Chris’s take The clock is slowly creeping towards midnight in Game of Thrones. With less than 30 episodes left until the saga of Westeros is concluded, there’s little time …

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HBO's 'Silicon Valley' returns with a complicated future for the minds behind the technology company Pied Piper.
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Double Takes: Season 3 of ‘Silicon Valley’ returns with no shortage of laughs or conflict

As the conclusion of Silicon Valley’s second season, it seemed as if Pied Piper, the data compression company created by Richard Hendricks (played by Thomas Middleditch), may finally have overcome its legal troubles against the tech giant Hooli. But of course, Hendricks was far from safe as he and the …

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Miles Ahead is playing this week at the Broadway Metro (43 W Broadway).
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Review: ‘Miles Ahead’ is no biopic – but so what?

It’s a point of fact that a lot of the new Miles Davis movie is fiction. Miles Ahead isn’t a biopic. Most of its action centers around two days Davis (Don Cheadle) spends with made-up journalist David Braden (Ewan McGregor), who’s looking to write the famed artist’s “comeback story.” From …

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Free Screening Alert – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

As a University of Oregon student, you are the apple of the advertising world’s eye. You are the elusive “social influencer,” who can turn the tide of a box office receipt with the power of your tweets. This results in every marketer under the sun catering their product to your …

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Podcast: Spoiler culture

Emerald writers Christopher Berg and Mathew Brock tackle the issue of spoiler culture in cinema and video games.  

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A tremendous voice cast and jaw-dropping visuals elevate The Jungle Book to new heights.
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Triple Takes: Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ is a brilliant remake of a classic

In this installment of Triple Takes, three Emerald writers share their thoughts on the new film The Jungle Book. Chris Berg Jon Favreau took one hell of a leap of faith by committing to remake The Jungle Book as a live-action/CG film. With one single human actor in the entire film …

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Hollywood has an older-man problem. It is common for young women to be paired with older leading men, such as in James Cameron's film 'Aloha,' where Emma Stone, 26, was the romantic interest of Bradley Cooper, 40.
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Brown: Hollywood has an older-man problem

I was watching He’s Just Not That Into You, one of my favorite rom-coms, the other day. As I watched Bradley Cooper heatedly rip Scarlett Johansson’s dress straps off her shoulders and lay her down on his office desk, I found myself asking: Isn’t he a little old? After a quick …

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Hardcore Henry is the most flimsy rollercoaster ride of the year.
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Review: ‘Hardcore Henry’ is a novelty with moments of pointed charm

Every action film is based on some desire for self-fulfillment. When we go to the cinema to see James Bond or Iron Man save the world in a globetrotting adventure, part of us wants to be in their shoes. We feel the adrenaline pump through their veins, brace ourselves for …

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Green Room shows off the main downside to the punk rock lifestyle - murderous skinheads.
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Review: ‘Green Room’ is a brutal punk thriller

Punk music is brisk and brutal. It’s the sound of energy, the emotion of release. It doesn’t linger, refuses to blink, and won’t pull back in the face of disgust. Green Room isn’t a movie about punk music. But it’s one that lives by the same moral creed. Jeremy Saulnier’s …

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The “smartphone sitcom” and what it means for TV

Television changes with every year, every presidency and every major world event. Looking back at the ’80s and ’90s, the landscape of television was entirely different; we couldn’t simply tune in any time online. Waiting for one’s favorite television show was a ritual in itself. Even the content behind shows’ stories …

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Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt get chilly for The Huntsman: Winter's War.
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Sneak Peek Alert: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

UPDATE: The Bijou Arts Cinema has cancelled tonight’s event, said Universal Pictures intern Alaina Waluk, who organized the screening. Did you know that you’re an “trendsetter?” That your opinion is the gust of wind blowing cultural ships across a sea of movies, TV, and music? In the world of marketing, college students …

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