The Cougar Chronicle

REVIEW: “First Man,” A Testament to America’s Efforts to Reach the Stars

Nate Borie, Film Analyst

December 7, 2018


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In the history of cinema, and in my personal opinion, there have only been three films that have exemplified the excitement and drama of space travel, the intense struggle to survive in an extremely hostile environment and in some cases, the ability to add something new and exciting to the genre. Thos...

REVIEW: Where the ‘What If’ game falls flat: Maniac

Fran Partlett, Film Analyst

December 7, 2018


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If you’ve ever seen World on a Wire, you’ve seen Maniac.   Netflix’s highly anticipated series, loosely based on Espen Lervaag’s Norweigan show of the same name, has plenty of nods to pre-existing work. Designer Alex DiGerlando draws on Kubrick-ian timelessness, integrating sterile futuri...

San Diegan sculptor, Manuelita Brown, visits CSUSM

San Diegan sculptor, Manuelita Brown, visits CSUSM

Adrianna Adame, News Reporter

December 7, 2018


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Manuelita Brown says on her website that her goal as an artist is to “edify and give expression to the human spirit, and to convey the strength, character and beauty of her own people, the descendants of African survivors in the Americas.”   The San Diego sculptor came to CSUSM to disc...

REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, JK Rowling Shows Her Magical Genius

REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, JK Rowling Shows Her Magical Genius

Nate Borie, Film Analyst

December 7, 2018


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What starts out as a little jarring thanks to an over use of CGI, slows down to a pace that is engaging, thought provoking and packed full of plot twists and surprises.   Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald has finally come to theaters and it contains no shortage of magic, wonder and mystery. Thi...

A celebration of American Indian culture

Annelisa Zamora and Meghan Knight

December 7, 2018


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By performing special pieces by Indigenous artists, sharing their culture through traditional bird songs, song from the southern drums and traditional games, the American Indian Student Alliance (AISA) presented their second annual Tukwut gathering on Nov. 19.   The lineup of entertainment included perform...

Former inmate works to break down toxic masculinity

Former inmate works to break down toxic masculinity

Sasha Anand, A&E Writer

November 29, 2018


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Feminism holds several meanings in today’s society. While feminism has its supporters, the negative connotation has kept people from wanting to be identified as a “feminist.”   On Nov.15, CSUSM organizations Transitions Collective and Feminists Unite hosted a screening and discussion panel...

Review: The Grinch, another impressive rendition of Dr. Seuss’s Christmas miracle

Review: The Grinch, another impressive rendition of Dr. Seuss’s Christmas miracle

Nate Borie, Film Analyst

November 29, 2018


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After Ron Howard’s brilliant live action interpretation of the curmudgeon who hates Christmas, it was hard to know if an animated remake would be any better.   With the help of an exceptional lead performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, beautiful animation and a familiar yet original story, Th...

Pride center hosts The Coming Out Monologues

Pride center hosts The Coming Out Monologues

Annelisa Zamora, A&E Editor

November 29, 2018


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Thirteen courageous students chose to share their happy or struggling experiences of coming out.   Every wall in the ballroom, except the mainstage, consisted of different colors resembling a rainbow.   Warmer colors such as red, orange and yellow were on one side of the room and wrapp...

Review: Arts engagement program rejuvenates a classic Shakespearean comedy

Dylan McCall, Assistant Entertainment Editor

November 29, 2018


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  The Globe for All’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a hilarious and interactive interpretation of Shakespeare’s original work. While they stay true to Shakespearean language, the cast and crew brought touches of the modern world into their performance with well-timed music, sounds...

Review: Adoption documentary highlights current migrant separation issue

Fran Partlett, Film Analyst

November 29, 2018


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Approved For Adoption (Couleur de peau: miel), a 2012 French-Belgian-Korean animation based on Jung Sik-jun’s cartoon autobiographical novel, is the fish you never reel out of the water.   The documentary-animation follows South Korean Jung’s hand-drawn exploration of his early childhood, having ...

Women at War speaks on the realities of being a soldier

Women at War speaks on the realities of being a soldier

Annelisa Zamora, A&E Editor

November 29, 2018


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Playwright, Rebecca Johannsen, debuted the latest edition of her play, Women at War at CSUSM on Nov. 7.   The play retells the true stories of four women soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Female Engagement Team (FET) that was deployed to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. These four soldiers ...

Hollywood lacks creativity, needs improvement

Hollywood lacks creativity, needs improvement

Fran Partlett, Film Analyst

November 7, 2018


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Let’s talk about Halloween. Let’s talk about real fear, hm?   As we approach the end of hearing ‘spooky scary skeletons’ blast from everyone’s Instagram feeds, we can take a moment to reflect on what the entertainment industry has deemed fit to serve us.   Hollywood churns out...