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‘mother!’: An allegory pushed too far

‘mother!’: An allegory pushed too far

Earlene Mary Escobal,
Contributor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion

The new psychological horror film, 'mother!' really messes with your head in a very uncomfortable manner. The psychological horror film was directed by Darren Arkonofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. It is about a man and a woman who are labeled as Him and mother respectively in the ...

Hollywood is running out of ideas

Hollywood is running out of ideas

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

June 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

Summer is practically here and with it will come three months of blockbuster movies. Unfortunately, most of these films will not be original ideas: they will be attached to a pre-existing franchise. Hollywood is taking it too far by pumping out films within established franchises. The franch...

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

May 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features, Students Abroad

On June 30, approximately 25 Cal State East Bay students — including myself — will fly from Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba, where we will take classes in documentary film and photojournalism, and produce our own films, long-form articles and photo essays as part of a new study abroad program create...

A new era of Disney remakes

A new era of Disney remakes

Samerah Begzad,
Contributor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

I’ve been a Disney lover ever since I was a child. I’ve always loved how Disney makes me feel happy, and the uniqueness of each story. One of my favorite Disney movies is not an original but a remake. 2014’s “Maleficent” tells the tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of its iconic villaine...

‘Guardians’ sequel digs deep: Superhero movie incorporates heavy subject matter

‘Guardians’ sequel digs deep: Superhero movie incorporates heavy subject matter

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

May 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

At 7:00 p.m. on May 4, groups of moviegoers decked out in costumes or their favorite comic apparel headed to movie theaters for the long-awaited sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Thursday was the first day the pre-shows of the new Marvel film began before its official release last Friday. ...

A ‘Groot’ second installment: Marvel breaks the cycle with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise

A ‘Groot’ second installment: Marvel breaks the cycle with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor

May 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

Hollywood has a habit of finding a theme, or movie formula, that works and then creates multiple movies based on the same idea with different actors. It’s as if they are repeatedly changing the cover of the same book. One recent formula driving Hollywood is superhero movies. The first installment of ea...

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

Cristian Medina,
Contributor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Sports

For many people, baseball is just a game. Some even find it boring. For others, it’s a way of life. It’s something that you’re born into and something that fills you with an indescribable sense of pride. For members of an Oakland youth baseball team, it was a way out of a less-than-desirable lif...

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

The new film “Get Out” is a turning point as a horror movie, and hopefully will inspire future filmmakers to take a different approach to making horror movies. When I saw the trailer for “Get Out,” I was looking forward to seeing a horror film that included a focus on African Americans, so...

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Marcus Bishop,
Contributor

March 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

In the summer of 2000, Hugh Jackman first donned the sideburns and claws of the mutant-Canadian Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine. Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, in “Logan,” hit the silver screen March 3. Since 2000, Jackman has reprised his role in nine different films. “Logan” w...

African-American history needs an upgrade now

African-American history needs an upgrade now

Michelle Johnson,
Contributor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

On a recent Sunday, I saw the film “Hidden Figures” at a small theater in El Cerrito with my mother. I had heard great reviews about the movie and I love the leading actresses — Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae — who portray women engineers in NASA’s Project Mercury that ...

“Birth of a Nation” praised, criticized

“Birth of a Nation” praised, criticized

Denika Williams,
Contributor

October 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

“The Birth of a Nation” is actor Nate Parker’s first film as a director, but his film is very different from the original. In this dramatization based on a true story, Nate Parker portrays an enslaved African-American man named Nat Turner who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. I saw th...

Bay Area journalist tackles mud in documentary

Bay Area journalist tackles mud in documentary

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

August 31, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

When North Bay freelance journalist Scott Keneally pitched an experiential humor story about a self-proclaimed “wimpy” guy taking on the extreme obstacle course Tough Mudder to the North Bay Bohemian and Outside newspapers in 2012, he expected a challenge. The Healdsburg resident didn...

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