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We all remember that time in our childhoods when we stayed up watching classic, English-dubbed anime movies (on VHS!) from Studio Ghibli, such as “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989) and “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988) … and to our parent’s irritation, usually over and over again for weeks on end.

Years later, of course, we connected the dots and learned that one of our favorite films in particular, “Spirited Away” (2001), was in fact something of an elaborate metaphor and social commentary on the child brothels of Japan, but that’s another story. Actually, we’ve created an extensively detailed infographic to illustrate how we think you should feel about this, in case you’re interested.

In any case, we still love a good dose of nostalgia. We’re very excited to remind all of our fellow Studio Ghibli movie fans that the Berkeley California Theatre’s Ghibli marathon has been extended another week! The theater will continue these one-time reruns of classic Ghibli films only until the first week of October, so take advantage of the pre-midterm lull while you still can.

Here are the new showtimes: read more »


nefariousHuman trafficking is one of those “things” that people feel sorry for but do almost nothing to prevent. Statistics, no matter how shocking, present themselves in a way that requires no emotional commitment from the reader.

A non-profit organization representative presents you with a bunch of facts about some horrific event. You nod and feel bad for the victims involved. You go back home and check your Facebook or YouTube. Sadness is forgotten. Sound familiar?

“Nefarious” is a documentary that reveals the disturbing aspects of modern human trafficking. Exodus Cry, the team behind “Nefarious” is quickly gaining attention and spreading awareness across the country.

A free screening is going to take place right here at Berkeley. Note the word “free.” Free is good, especially when it is towards a great cause. “Nefarious” will be screened at Wheeler Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 29. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Remember … FREE. See you there!

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We here at the Clog are always on the lookout for ways to enlighten people about upping their hipster cred. So we would never pass up an opportunity like this one: a screening of the film (not “movie,” never “movie”) “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” at the BAM/PFA tonight June 16th at 7:30. General admission is $9.50 but UCB students are $5.50.

The film is directed by Brent Green. And if you were curious who that is, the information provided read more »