Entertainment

True Detective Breaks Traditional Crime Drama Archetype

By Louisa Mascuch

HBO has recently released a new detective series, True Detective. I know what you’re thinking, but I guarantee you that True Detective is nothing like what you’re expecting it to be based on the title. Okay, yes, it’s about detectives — but other than that it’s nothing like the flashy, fast-paced, predictable criminal justice shows that have become so ubiquitous in the past few years. Created by Nic Pizzolatto, the series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives tasked with solving the the eerie, cult-related murder of a young woman.

Bloggers Make Internet Full of Valuable Fashion Advice

By Sarah Carlin

When one thinks of a fashion blog, what comes to mind? Some may think of the fashion blogosphere as mundane, with thousands of people huddled over their computer screens in their basement, living unremarkable lives. Perhaps others would think of a high-society elitist group that travels worldwide photographing stylish models and artists. In actuality, it is a surprisingly wonderful mix of the two, which is what makes the fashion blogging world so fascinating.

Berkeley Rep Show Explores Little-Known Historical Period

By Emily Supple

The House That Will Not Stand weaves a scandalous, intriguing, humorous, and unquestionably poignant tale of the lives of three sisters going through the process of becoming Placeés, or highly regarded mistresses, for prominent white men.

Mar's Hidden World 3/7/14

By Marielle Boland

How do you bring true originality to film? The answer is not to create a brand new story arc, but to take quite popular, and frankly overdone story arcs, and place new characters in the situation. This gives the audience space to breathe with comfortability of a basic plot line, but also allows them to have their minds blown with unique, new ideas at the same time.

Vagina Monologues Proves Powerful to All

By Maura Lynch-Miller

“Rule Ten: No one can take anything from you if you do not give it to them.” The closing line of “A Teenage Girl’s Guide to Surviving Sex Slavery” summarizes what has been another profound year of performances for Berkeley High School’s production of the Vagina Monologues. The audiences’ hearts were once again touched by the strife, emotion, and beauty contained within the eloquently delivered stories, while equally impressed by the power the actors were able to bring to Eve Ensler’s words.

House of Cards Season Two Is as Addictive as Ever

By Michael McCabe

Early February brought television viewers two compelling opportunities to ignore their homework and spend many hours in front of the tube: the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with the drama of athletic competition, and the eagerly awaited release of season two of the Netflix series House of Cards, with its dark, cynical portrayal of Washington, D.C. politics. Not unlike the Olympic television coverage, the new season of House of Cards presents a mixed bag: some triumphs, some failures, and some boring filler.

ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron Lives Up to the Hype

By Eli Williams

The darkest places produce the best rappers. Sometimes we question why and how so many ex-drug dealers make it to the forefront of American culture. The “Boyz ‘n The Hood” life and style of music has come to define the genre of rap music. ScHoolboy Q will not be the last to make it out of LA.

Released on February 25, Oxymoron is the first album released in 2014 from the most dominant collective in rapping, Black Hippy.

PFA's African Film Festival Unites Generations

By Evelyn Goessling

“Live today, and tomorrow will take care of itself,” says Oti, the small-time Nairobi gangster in the 2012 film Nairobi Half Life. As someone who makes his living off of bribing cops and stealing car parts, Oti knows how to live in the moment. Unfortunately, the moment that Mwas, a hopeful young man from a nearby village, steps of the bus in the crowded Kenyan city of Nairobi, he is robbed. Twice.

Synecdoche 3/7/14

By Colin Davis and Colleen Hamilton-Lecky

It’s fun to believe we live in a post-racial society, but look at any Awards show and you will see this is far from the truth. The Academy Awards, which is supposed to reward the best storytellers in film from all backgrounds, is no exception.

Screenagers' 16th Showing Proves the Power of Teens Once Again

By Louisa Mascuch

Last Saturday marked the sixteenth annual Screenagers film festival. This year, the Bay Area’s young filmmakers, accompanied by their friends and families, took shelter from the rain at Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive to watch the short films of over fifteen youth directors. Many of the community members packed into the museum’s screening theater were Berkeley High School students, there to support the curators of the festival, ten juniors from the Communication Arts and Sciences learning community.

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