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Catching Up and What to Catch Up On: Summer 2k17

Film: “Blade Runner 2049” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCcx85zbxz4 “Blade Runner” and our conception of neo-noir go hand-in-hand — it was definitional for the genre. Now, after 25 years and seven re-releases of the original sci-fi masterpiece, we’re finally getting...

Film Review: “Baywatch”

Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) has resuscitated the long-expired hit TV series “Baywatch.” Unfortunately, neither he nor anyone on his team is able to breathe new life into this shallow summer blockbuster. Sensational images of...

TV Review: “Riverdale” (Season 1)

One thing is made clear from the moment the pilot episode begins: “Riverdale” is not your grandfather’s Archie Comics. As Cole Sprouse narrates in the beginning of the series, “Riverdale” is a story about...

Play Review: “Baby Teeth” & “Are You There?”

“We all end up pulp.” This is the dominant motif of the bleak comedy, “Baby Teeth.” Part of the New Wagner Play Festival, “Baby Teeth” exposes and investigates our self-destructive tendencies to stifle our...

Interview with a Playwright: Steph Del Rosso

Playwriting is a complex process, taking many forms and yielding a diverse array of styles and artistic approaches. To Steph Del Rosso, a first-year in UC San Diego’s M.F.A. Playwriting program, artistic creation is...

Film Review: “Alien: Covenant”

Horror films often require incompetence as a fundamental flaw that allows the story to progress in the proper direction. This isn’t necessarily a criticism; interesting character development is best for imperfect individuals. Incompetence highlights...

“Rick and Morty” and the Meaning of Life

If you are one of the countless numbers of college seniors preparing to graduate and begin a new chapter of your adult life, it is difficult not to panic. Transition is tough, especially from...

Interview with a Playwright: Lily Padilla

The theater can seem like a world unto itself; as the lights drop and curtains pull back, it is all too easy to for an audience to escape into the dramas and tribulations of...

Play Review: “(w)holeness”

Four emotionally-damaged sex addicts, an eternally absent psychologist, an intern way too in over her head and a recreation center room — it sounds a bit like the beginning of a bad joke, but...

The Mystery of Disney’s Popularity at UCSD

There is still, someplace in my mind’s archive of vague motifs gathered from entertainment, this anachronistic idea of universities forcing students to cultivate their own gardens. It’s an archaic idea that crumbles easily to...

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