movies

Anticipated bestseller hits the silver screen

September 13, 2018 Opinion

“A Simple Favor” is finally coming to theaters. Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick star in this mysterious book turned movie. The movie is about two polar opposite moms that each have their own hidden secret. Lively, who plays Emily, will actually end up missing and Kendrick, who plays Stephanie, will try to find her while ...

‘Overboard’ manages to stay afloat

May 15, 2018 Opinion

The 1987 Gary Marshall romantic comedy, “Overboard,” has been revamped with a new script and cast that answers the call for a more diverse, modern approach and all-around 2018 appropriate. Originally starring real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, the film surrounded an uppity heiress and the Oregonian contractor she stiffed. After falling overboard and ...

Return of the troopers

April 25, 2018 Opinion

It’s always fun to see old friends again, especially when you know they make you laugh. Seventeen years later, Vermont gets its finest police force back. Make no mistake. During the entire time of “Super Troopers 2,” I found myself laughing at jokes that already passed but still made me giggle long after the punchline. ...

Netflix and chill, Cannes

April 25, 2018 Opinion

Millennials will agree there is just something fundamentally right or comforting about streaming platforms. The idea of almost free, unlimited movies and TV shows, available on a multitude of almost unlimited devices whenever you want is a hallmark success of our generation. In some way, we pride ourselves on our dedication in supporting them. This ...

El Podcast

April 17, 2018 Multimedia

El Podcast is a bi-weekly show that focuses on pop culture, current events and everything in between. Hosted by Valeria Mejia and Monserrath Arreola, two spunky Latina journalist studying at San Francisco State University. Transcript: Valeria: My name is Valeria Mejia. Monse: and my name is Monserrath Arreola and this is El Podcast. Monse: I ...

“A Quiet Place” whispers something new

April 11, 2018 Opinion

I think we all take the sense of hearing for granted far too much. We never appreciate the subtleties of how far audio has made strides within the film industry. Films like “Gravity” get all the praise, yet sometimes people don’t realize it’s for different reasons such as the immersive sound atmosphere this film creates. ...

‘Thor’ manages without Mjolnir

November 11, 2017 Life Opinion

Four years after the not so well-received “Thor: The Dark World,” “Thor: Ragnarok” looks to move the God of Thunder’s franchise to a more fun, hilarious and exciting environment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this third installment of the “Thor” series, Thor’s sister, Hela the Goddess of Death, comes back to Asgard to seek ...

Top 5 hidden Netflix horror movies

November 1, 2017 Life Opinion

Halloween is approaching, which means certain spooky traditions that people hold dear are beginning. One of those traditions include screenings for horror movies. Ghosts, monsters and evil things run amok in horror movies, which is why people love them. Glen Walters, Ph.D., explained this desire to be scared in the 2004 Journal of Media Psychology. ...

SFFilm Festival focuses on women in cinema

April 12, 2017 Life

Alternative visions of womanhood are taking center stage at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. More than 50 movies showing at this year’s SFFilm Festival were directed by women. Several of these were presented at the festival’s College Days series attended by students from both SF State and UC Davis. Five selections were shown ...

Ethnic studies documentary premiers at the right time

May 18, 2016 Life

Black and white archival footage of students marching, with fists held high, captures the racially-charged conditions on college campuses in the late 1960s in a new documentary that made its Bay Area premiere at Castro Theatre May 15. The film focuses on the student-led demonstrations that sparked the creation of numerous Ethnic Studies programs across ...

Cis actors continue to take credit for trans rights

February 23, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

When I heard the news that a movie would be made based on the life of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, I was cautiously optimistic. When I heard that Eddie Redmayne, a cisgender actor, would be playing Elbe, that optimism plummeted. This isn’t the first time a cisgender actor has been cast in the role of ...

Oscar nominees spark strong opinions amongst cinema students and faculty

February 3, 2016 Life

This year’s Academy Awards nominations were greeted with a large amount of controversy after it was revealed that every actor and actress that received a major nomination was white. #OscarsStillSoWhite began trending on social media this year after the list of nominees that was revealed appeared to be even whiter than past years. Junior cinema student Nicole ...