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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ is uncreative but funny

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 starts as the type of movie you don’t want to sit through. You stay because you paid for your tickets, and then it all ends up being worth it. The chemistry gets better, the jokes get funnier and the dialogue becomes realistic and relatable. The …

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Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ is epic and incomprehensible

Once assumed to be a niche genre, superhero films have become mainstream over the past decade. They’ve thrilled, charmed and inspired audiences across borders, both socially and culturally. But for all this good, plenty of bad has come in tow. Some boast visual style over a well-told story or mistakenly focus on …

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Batman is Donald Trump in the 30-year-old comic book that inspires ‘Batman v Superman’

Superhero comics are deeply political. Comic book movies are getting there. This Friday’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice draws on the symbolism-heavy 1986 comic book The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. As the film is about to come out and the comic it draws inspiration from turns 30 …

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Emerald Recommends TV to binge watch this break

Ah, spring break. As the weather becomes much nicer and student responsibilities fade away, the compulsion grows to draw the curtains, stay inside, and watch hours of TV on end. This week, you need not binge-watch those dark television programs about the trials of the human spirit, the likes of …

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Double Takes: Will Seth Rogen’s ‘Sausage Party’ be awesome or awful?

A CG film about moving, talking, singing, swearing sausages, Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party is sure to be polarizing. In fact, it already is. In this installment of Double Takes, two Emerald writers had drastically different opinions upon seeing the trailer; here’s what they had to say. Watch the trailer for Sausage Party below. …

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Double Take: Crimson & Cloverfield

After a surprise reveal in January and a pre-release marketing campaign loaded with cryptic puzzles, J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane, an anti-sequel and spiritual successor to the 2008 found-footage monster movie Cloverfield, has hit cinemas. For this installment of Double Takes, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone, with nothing …

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Review: ‘Zootopia’ is more than a kid’s movie

It’s something special when a parent can enjoy a stereotypical kid’s movie. This phenomenon describes Disney’s newest movie, Zootopia, which tackles the subject of disregarding stereotypes. Zootopia stars a small, suburban bunny named Judy Hopps who dreams of making the world a better place. She lives in a world of …

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Review: ‘Fuller House’ is predictable, cute, and mostly for ‘Full House’ fans

“Whatever happened to predictability?” echoes the theme song to Full House and its sequel Fuller House. It hasn’t gone anywhere. Fuller House is a predictable and cute follow-up series to the popular ’90s sitcom Full House. The shows share the same characters, the same plot points, and the same cheesy comedy. However, …

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