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Dan Harmon Fired

“Community” is one of the best shows on television right now. There has never really been a show like it, before or since. And that unique voice is the product of the cleverly demented mind of its...
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Raised By Pop Culture: Shows to Remember

Television has been around for over 70 years now. This means there have been a lot of shows in that period, with most of them becoming forgotten in time. There are a few shows in particular that need ...
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‘Workaholics’ Star To Perform for I.V. Charity

Do you enjoy laughing? Of course you do. Unless you’re a robot. And even a robot will be able to enjoy the great weekly event Laughology. Laughology, which has been around for several years now, tak...
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A Serious Guide to Enjoying Things Ironically

When you hear somebody telling you they only enjoyed something “ironically,” it’s only human nature to ask them what the fuck they are talking about. Can you enjoy something ironically — wheth...
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Raised by Pop Culture: What’s Under the Covers?

Why is it that whenever you’re at a concert of a band you’ve never heard of, the loudest you cheer is when they do a cover? It doesn’t even have to be a song you like, or even a particularly goo...
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Is Film Better Than Digital or Just Nostalgic?

Christopher Nolan, director of the new successful string of Batman films, has recently gone on record in a Directors Guild of America interview defending film while denouncing digital moviemaking. Nol...
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Reel Loud Films Recall Silent Era

Digital movie-making is changing the landscape of the film industry. It’s at a point now where it seems that filmmakers using film cameras, film stock and editing film splicers to produce movies are...
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American Reunion Strikes a Chord With Fans

It’s hard for me to think of the ’90s as something to be nostalgic about. I mean, wasn’t the ’90s just a few years ago? Seriously, it’s only been, like … Holy shit: 13 years! I have nieces...
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Pollock to Host Sitcom Conference

Scripted comedies have been a staple of television from the very beginning. With great, classic TV shows such as “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “The Honeymooners” and “I Love Lucy,...
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New Documentary Explores Radio Activist’s Tragic Death

“Radio Bandido” is a recent documentary directed by Pepe Urquijo about the mysterious death of his friend Oscar Gomez in 1994. Gomez was a DJ at the UC Davis college radio station who came to visi...
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“Secretary”

I still don’t know how I feel about “Secretary.” I can’t call it a bad film, because it wasn’t. I can’t say it wasn’t well acted, because it was. I can’t say it was badly written. I ca...
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NBC’s ‘Community’: Worth Joining

If you haven’t seen “Community” yet, stop what you’re doing and go watch it. NOW. I don’t care if you have to pay for Hulu+, that Netflix isn’t streaming it or that it’s getting harder t...
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‘Bunraku’ Proves Puppets Aren’t Just for Little Kids

“Bunraku” is my favorite avant-garde, post-apocalyptic, kung fu, Western, noir, Socialist propaganda film I have ever seen. To put it in a word: awesome. Now, I don’t know if I’d necessarily c...
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Artsweek Finds Light “In Darkness”

I’ve never been inside a sewer. I’ve never been trapped in complete blackness for over a year. I’ve never had to fear for my life every second. But after seeing “In Darkness,” I feel like I ...
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Raised by Popular Culture: “For Your Consideration”

Wow, that was a fun and/or sobering week. I’m still deciding which. You see, from Tuesday, Feb. 14 to Saturday Feb. 18, the Pollock Theater at UCSB screened five of the Oscar-nominated foreign films...
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