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Review: ‘Dolores’ focuses on the key civil rights activist most have probably never heard of

Dolores Huerta’s story needed to be told. How could one of the most influential figures in every farm workers rights movement in the U.S. be so unknown? How could such a powerful activist from the civil rights era, who is still working today, not be a household name? The documentary …

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Bromfield: The Case For A ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Horror Movie

According to “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard, the big-screen adaptation of his cult animated sitcom — due in 2020 — might be called “Horseplay: The Horsening.” Well, probably not. It’s a classic Bouchard joke: a microcosm of “Bob’s” humor. It’s so absurd as to border on anti-humor, inexorably tied to …

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Review: 20 years later, ‘Gummo’ is still captivating and disturbing

In 1997, the New York Times named “Gummo” the “worst film of the year” –– which is understandable. Harmony Korine’s directorial debut has little-to-no plot. The movie is filled with disturbing imagery, and at times it feels like viewing a grainy home video. But of course, that is all the …

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Review: ‘Blade Runner: 2049’ is a visually breathtaking techno-noir

Science fiction isn’t for everyone. Just ask Ridley Scott, whose early work in the genre catapulted his career to acclaim but initially harmed his box office impact. The legendary filmmaker is no stranger to futuristic world-building. In 1982, his third film “Blade Runner” — techno-noir years ahead of its time …

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Review: ‘Harvest of Empire’ teaches ignored reality of US-Latin American relations

The documentary “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” forces people to confront what they never knew about the relationship between the United States and Latin America. Viewers are guaranteed to learn something profound about hope, oppression and achievement from the stories that make up this history, …

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Review: The Good Place continues its streak of greatness in its second season premiere

SPOILER ALERT “The Good Place” is a story-driven show with plenty to spoil for those who haven’t caught up. If you haven’t watched the first season, it is highly recommended you do so before reading the review below. Michael Schur is running the best show on television. Sure, that’s a …

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Steven Lewis Simpson talks about creating an authentic narrative in his film ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’

Filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson’s latest project, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” offers its audience the opportunity to slow down and listen. The film is an adaptation of author Kent Nerburn’s award-winning 1994 book of the same name. The movie follows Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), who has been tasked with writing a …

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Review: ‘It’ finds a balance between scares and childhood camaraderie

If you’re looking for a sign that Hollywood’s in bad shape, try this: “It” may be this summer’s biggest film. That’s not completely surprising. Stephen King — whose 1,000 page novel is the basis for Andy Muschietti’s new film — is a household name. Past King adaptations have a decent …

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Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ uses war to find grace in us all

“War is hell” is an adage that’s driven generations of war films. But few capture the  existential dread felt by soldiers like Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” A re-telling of a legendary evacuation from the beaches of France – where Britain suffered its largest WWII defeat – the film is steeped in …

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Review: Music controls the action in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’

Early in Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver,’ getaway driver and automobile savant Baby (Ansel Elgort), wearing earbuds, pulls up to a bank. Before his passengers (Jon Bernthal, Eiza González and Jon Hamm) launch their robbery, he scrolls through his iPod for the perfect beat —”Bellbottoms” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. …

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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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