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What is Water: A Review and Discussion of “Chinatown” (1974)

On Wednesday, May 6, the Carsey-Wolf Center kicked off its new series, Inside Perspectives: Neo-Noir and the Contemporary City, with a 1974 favorite,  “Chinatown.” Directed by Roman Polanski and ...
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‘Mad Max’: Burning Man meets the Blues Brothers in Fury Road

Seriously. Holy motherfreakin’ crap. The thing about car chases is that they’re a common staple of action movies and it’s very difficult to make them seem fresh and new. George Miller’s fourth...
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“Age of Ultron” Gives Us What We Expected And Not Much Else

Like the Hulk, I feel I have two sides: one that wants to say how fun “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was and recommend that everyone see it. The other half thinks, “CRITIC SMASH!”  As much as I’...
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Selling DOPE: Straight Out of Sundance, Modern-Day Teen Odyssey Makes Its Way to UCSB

A critical hit and audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, “DOPE” was seen by some lucky UCSB students who were given a free advanced screening of the film last Thursday. Courtesy of A.S....
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“Danny Collins” Isn’t Original, But Who Cares?

This movie is like a roller-coaster. No, it’s not full of twists and turns; instead, you know exactly what you’re going to get before it’s all over. But it’s still a lot of fun to go on the r...
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New Sean Astin Film Barely Scratches “The Surface,” Spoiler Alert!

The surface of Lake Michigan is tepid, slow and without a hint of danger. Oh, the irony. Starring Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Chris Mulkey, “The Surface” is a well-shot and ballsy...
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200 Million Girls Are Missing | UCSB’s Girl Up Club Hosts “It’s a Girl” Documentary Screening

In countries such as India, China and many other regions of the world, girls are being abused, murdered and abandoned simply because of their gender. On April 16, UCSB’s Girl Up Club hosted a screen...
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Ecological Storytelling with Hayao Miyazaki

Encouraging the Preservation of the Environment Through Animated Film
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Talent Trade Conference Shares Industry Secrets with Aspiring Actors, Screenwriters

“That Ari Gold character is tame compared to [agents in] the CAA,” said Justin Winters, a screenwriter who has been around the block when it comes to talent agencies. Winters delivered this one-li...
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“Grasshoppers for Grandpa” Gives an Inside Look to the History for Downtown Bar

The site of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens is Santa Barbara’s last visible remnant of the Chinatown that once was. Today, the space is open for business under the name The Pickle Room. But nine years ag...
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Nick Frost: Conversation with a Zombie Slayer, Alien Fighter and Bad-Ass Cop

If you’ve been asked who Nick Frost is, chances are you’ve shook your head in confusion before being told, “You know, the fat guy from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz?’” Suddenly, yo...
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Kirk Cameron and More “Honored” at 35th Golden Raspberry Awards

The Academy Awards are the most prestigious awards for film in the world. Actors, directors and writers dream of getting onstage and exposing their faces to millions who would otherwise not give two ...
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Film Review: “Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell” Provides Exhilarating Look at Patagonia Climbing Expedition

“Follow your dreams” is an often-repeated piece of advice that most have heard, and many agree on, but how does the well-known mantra fare when said dreams top over 10,000 feet off the ground? Acc...
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Student Documentary Gets Selected for SBIFF: Blue Horizons Students Dive Deep with “Mussel Man”

Out in the open ocean past the Santa Barbara harbor, the mussel man drives a self-designed boat at 4:30 a.m. to the harvest ropes. Using a fisherman technique rarely found in the U.S., he pulls up mor...
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Utah Report: I Went to Sundance and It was Awesome

Every January, Hollywood descends upon (or ascends to, technically) the picturesque snow globe that is Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. Since its founding in 1978, Sundance has been a f...
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