Film & TV

In Review: “Mank” Marks David Fincher’s Big Return in a Small Way

“Mank,” a film about filmmaking in the Golden Age of Hollywood, never quite manages to elevate itself above the trappings of the repetitive trope. 
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In Review: “The Queen’s Gambit” Should Be Everyone’s Next Binge

The series documents Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) from her life as an orphan in rural Kentucky to her journey in Moscow, where she becomes the greatest chess player in the world.
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Defeating Fear With Laughter: “The Great Dictator” in a Modern Context

Associate Professor Maggie Hennefeld, from the University of Minnesota, invited UCSB students for a Zoom discussion as part of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s ongoing series on subversive cinema.
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In Review: Is “Emily in Paris” Binge-Worthy or Cringe-Worthy?

Overall, “Emily in Paris” falls very short of becoming an iconic series and instead is more like a dollar store’s “Gossip Girl.” That being said, it was difficult to stop watching.
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In Review: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”—I’m Thinking I Need to Watch This Again

From the beginning, the film fulfills its dark and cerebral labels, and though not quite a horror movie, the cinematography contains elements of new wave horror films.
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SBIFF Film Talk: “Vera Cruz” Showcases a Colorful Hidden Gem of Santa Barbara Architecture

The film footage was captured over two years, using time-lapse photography and constructed camera poles to show the growth of the property’s art over time. 
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In Review: It’s No Big Dill If You Don’t Watch “An American Pickle”

Yes, “An American Pickle” is a comedy starring one of the genre’s most well-known actors, but it’s not the laugh-out-loud movie the trailer makes it out to be.
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“The Beelievers:” An Insider Glance Into the Bee-Loving Community of Santa Barbara

The short film “The Beelievers” presents an insider glance into the unconventional world of beekeeping and those involved in the upkeep of the bee population in Santa Barbara.
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SBIFF Film Talk: “Trail Heads” Presents a Glimpse Into the Collaborative Spirit of Santa Barbara Adventure

“Trail Heads" depicts the community established between previous rival biking and hiking groups after the devastating impacts of the Thomas Fire and mudslides. 
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“Grasshopper for Grandpa”: A Storied Essence of an Antique Santa Barbara

“Grasshopper for Grandpa,” a short film documentary about Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens directed by Casey McGarry, narrates the story behind this beloved spot and the legacy it left behind. 
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“Palm Springs”: The Perfect Film For This Never-Ending Quarantine

The film portrays the unfortunate yet legitimate human issues of struggling with a sense of belonging, self-identity and the meaning of life.
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In Review: Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”

“Da 5 Bloods” deals with emotional trauma caused because of the war, trust issues, complex relationships with fathers and the never-ending injustices experienced by Black people in America.
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In Review: “8:46” by Dave Chappelle

The special comes in the wake of nationwide and worldwide protests denouncing the murder of George Floyd and police brutality and systemic racism against Black Americans as a whole.
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“The King of Staten Island” Is Exactly What You Think It Is

In true Davidson fashion, “The King of Staten Island” tackles serious issues with abrasive sarcasm and laugh-out-loud one-liners.
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A.S. Program Board Presents: Ask Ari Aster

This event was any movie lover’s dream as students were able to pick Aster’s brilliant mind and learn more about the film industry.
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