Film Fridays: ‘Looper,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Hitchcock’

The big news this week was the overwhelming success of the Toronto Film Festival with The Guardian labeling it a serious challenge to Venice and Berlin’s preeminence on the international festival circuit. Rian Johnson’s Neo-noir “Looper” was premiered there last week to rapturous praise. Some even called it the best sci-fi
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Fashion Fridays — Into Fall

UC Berkeley looks toward the season after the add/drop deadline. Into fall with an Amber, Mahogany and Saffron color story, cohesive from lipstick to sandal strap. Ready for an English 190: Manifest Destiny’s Child seminar, with that 90’s crop top riding on a straight Oregon Trail skirt. This look’s about
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Read Some Books: Music Edition

“Waging Heavy Peace” by Neil Young As an old man, Young is taking a look back at his life in his new autobiography. His tone is conversational and curt, and one doesn’t realize right away that it is Young writing until he opens a paragraph with, “I remember one day
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Local Limelight: WATERS

After the folk group Port O’Brien broke up, front man Van Pierszalowski forged WATERS, whose debut album Out In the Light came out last year. Pierszalowski  took a departure from the acoustic, indie stylings of Port O’Brien and forged a distorted, lo-fi rock soundscape to introduce fans to a new side of
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Film Fridays: Veil Pun Here

This week, Californians were at the center of the latest episode in the uncomfortable and seemingly endless debate about depictions of the prophet Mohammed. The question of how to depict the prophet and his followers — if you are to depict them at all — has been argued back and
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Spielberg’s Address: ‘Lincoln’ trailer premiere

Half a score years ago, eminent actor and shoemaking enthusiast Daniel Day-Lewis starred as the ruthless-yet-charismatic Bill the Butcher in Martin Scorcese’s urban epic, “Gangs of New York.” In that film, he cursed, cut and conspired his way through the slums of 1860s’ New York — culminating in the 1863
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Is a Cigarette Worthy of an “R” Rating?

While entering my “Drugs and the Brain,” class today, the last thing I expected was to leave Wheeler auditorium battling through a heated inner dialogue about film ratings and evolution in censorship. Leave it to Professor Presti to connect my academic nemesis —science — with my passion for film analysis.
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