In the midst of midterm season, it’s a good idea to take advantage of a weekend and just de-stress yourself. What’s a better way to relax than to watch a movie in one of many of the local theaters? Last week, if you recall, we at the Clog wrote about “The Secret World of Arrietty,” a gorgeous animated film from Studio Ghibli currently showing at the California Theater on 2113 Kittredge. This week, we took another movie break (you can never have too many) and watched “Chronicle”, a different kind of super-hero film currently showing at United Artists Berkeley 7 on 2274 Shattuck Avenue. Released earlier in the month under the radar, the movie has been slowly gathering momentum due to positive reception from film critics and enthusiast communities. read more »


Friday, Feb. 17 was a special day for cinema as it was the opening day for the US theatrical release of Studio Ghibli’s new film, “The Secret World of Arrietty.” Of course, it was imperative for us at the Clog to catch a showing on opening day, with Totoro plushies in tow.

Based on the novel “The Borrowers” and its subsequent sequels by Mary Norton, the movie follows a young 14-year-old girl named Arrietty, who lives with her mother and father under the floorboards of an old, rural home owned by an elderly woman named Jessica. Arrietty and her parents are “borrowers” or little people (little enough in which mice are a threat) that “borrow” essentials from the home above such as food or tissue paper. On a venture through the house with her father, Arrietty is discovered by a young boy named Shawn, Jessica’s sickly nephew who arrives at the home for a quiet retreat. Arrietty and Shawn soon form a friendship and of course, like all forbidden relationships, tribulations follow. read more »


Popcorn

During a lull of new movie releases, you might be willing to watch a movie that’s assuredly terrible – just for the sake of going to the movie theater.

An easy alternative is checking out the Flashbacks at the United Artists Theater on 2274 Shattuck Avenue. The UA screens an old, critically-acclaimed movie at their theater every Thursday at 8 p.m, giving movie-goers the opportunity to have a cinema experience with classics they may have missed out on. For many Berkeley students, these may be ones that were released even before they were born. As an added bonus, read more »


3137191362_f6c47aa72dTo all those who’ve asked, “why would anyone pay upwards of $10 to sit in a claustrophobic dark room with a bunch of strangers for over an hour and a half eating $6 popcorn?” the Parkway Speakeasy Theater in Oakland has answered: they don’t.

Or at least, they didn’t. The Parkway Speakeasy Theater will close their Oakland location this Sunday after 12 years of lesbian fashion shows, educational porn screenings, transgender film festivals and their weekly “Rocky Horror Picture Show” production.

This place was the opposite of everything movie theaters stand for: no overpriced concessions, no previews, no cramp connected theater chairs and screaming children (age minimum is usually 21) and the best part: booze. Far from the standard nachos with plastic cheese, they also serve made-to-order salads, sandwiches and pizza (the co-owner also happens to be a California Culinary Academy graduate). read more »