Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Engagement in UTSA’s film and media program led by student urgency

Mason Hickok, Editor-in-Chief January 24, 2023

It started in a GroupMe In the days leading up to the start of the fall 2022 semester, students in the forthcoming film and media program were hard at work to start a club. Finally, in mid-October,...

The daring life of a parody polka player

The daring life of a parody polka player

Malaki Lingg, Assistant Web Editor November 15, 2022

Rating: 4.0 Over the past few years, the biopic genre has slowly become saturated with films on influential musicians — “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman” and “Elvis,” to name a few. Music...

2022 Halloween horror releases

2022 Halloween horror releases

Malaki Lingg, Assistant Web and Social Editor October 25, 2022

With October comes Halloween, arguably one of the most fun and unique holidays celebrated in the West. During this time of year, a plethora of unique horror movies are released to set a spooky tone for...

Kanopy

‘Kanopy’

Mason Hickok, Editor-in-Chief September 26, 2022

With a back catalog of diverse films, educational material and arresting documentaries, Kanopy is a criminally underrated addition to a stacked lineup of streaming platforms. Despite having a limited approach...

Review: ‘Summer of Soul’

Review: ‘Summer of Soul’

Mason Hickok, Web Editor February 15, 2022

The year is 1969. July 24, 1969, to be exact. Neil Armstrong has landed on the moon, the Manson family is soon to enact their bloody rampage and it is the summer of Woodstock. Though, on this day, a seminal...

Youre like a drug to me

You’re like a drug to me

Bella Nieto, Managing Editor February 8, 2022

When I was young, my sister, as most teenage girls did at the time, had a "Twilight"-themed party. It was complete with plates that had the character's faces, movie posters covering the walls and a cake...

On Kanopy: The presence of resilience in ‘Radio Kobanî’

On Kanopy: The presence of resilience in ‘Radio Kobanî’

Mason Hickok, Web Editor January 25, 2022

“Radio Kobanî” is a 2016 documentary by Kurdish-Dutch director Reber Dosky. Filmed over a three-year period, it follows a young journalist named Divalon who –– through her grassroots radio station...

Unpacking Latinx misrepresentation in movies

Unpacking Latinx misrepresentation in movies

Bella Nieto, Managing Editor January 18, 2022

Despite a recent push in the movie industry to increase diversity, especially after the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2019, an Annenburg Study found Hispanic and Latinx folks make up more than 18% of the...

Living as the observer in Mike Mills’ ‘C’mon C’mon’

Living as the observer in Mike Mills’ ‘C’mon C’mon’

Mason Hickok, Web Editor January 17, 2022

Sitting down at one of my favorite local theaters on a Friday night, I did not expect that I would utterly fall in love with the film I would be watching. In his latest film, “C’mon C’mon,” Mike...

Portrait of Alex Ramirez. Photo courtesy of Alex Ramirez.

A conversation with Alex Ramirez

Mason Hickok, Web Editor November 9, 2021

Alex Ramirez, an artist whose reverence for the cinema and the culture that has shaped his work, sat down with me to answer some questions on his filmmaking, his teaching work as well as some of the ways...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Roadrunner Films: ‘The Lodge’

Mason Hickok, Staff Writer November 3, 2020

“The Lodge” sets the stage for a slow, stylized descent into a Christmas nightmare. Set to a backdrop of hymns, madness and repentance, the film conjures an interesting foray into fanatical religious...

Photo by Alex Hanks

Brace yourself for a life without movie theaters

Bella Nieto, Assistant News Editor October 30, 2020

The wafting aroma of freshly made popcorn. The mysterious stains on the carpeted floor. The long lines at the ticket booth. The blinding flash of light upon exiting the darkly lit movie theater. These...

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