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Should we accept sex, violence, and crude language as normal?

Brandie Maguire July 10, 2015

Sex and violence are becoming more acceptable in our media-intensive culture.Most nightly news stations report on at least one murder or death every program. On Facebook, there is an abundance of celebrity...

Sac State organizations host events for Black History Month

Justyce Mirjanovic February 11, 2014

Every year, Sacramento State celebrates Black History Month in an effort to educate students about the importance of black history and all that African-Americans have accomplished.”[As students] become...

Don’t say no to the film “No”

Cristina Lule March 23, 2013

“No” is a political drama that centers on a historical moment during Chile’s efforts to end an authoritarian government. The film’s use of camera techniques places us in the era and instills the...

Movies about college make for a bad stereotype

Shanel Royal March 19, 2013

An attractive girl lies on a table clad only in a bikini while equally attractive men take shots of alcohol off her stomach. The crowd, wearing sorority and fraternity logos, cheers them on. This is a...

Hornet staff picks of the week

Staff March 12, 2013
Cristina Lule This little indie darling came out of its Sundance Film Festival debut last year with high praise. Right away, what got me intrigued was the premise: Three journalists head out to Seattle to do an exposé on a man who puts out a classified ad seeking a time-traveling partner. “Safety Not Guaranteed” has a quirky charm about it and equally charming quirky characters. The film’s odd premise keeps things light, but then I quickly realized how little it actually had to do with time travel. The real travel was either the journey the characters took discovering something about themselves or the time they spent living in the past. If you like time-travel films, “Star Wars” references or surprise endings, you should definitely check out “Safety Not Guaranteed.” Scott Barrett The first time I heard the French musician Françoiz Breut, it was by chance. The hours of albums on repeat thereafter and for years to come were entirely by choice. This past January, Mrs. Breut released her sixth album, La Chirurgie Des Sentiments, in line with her usual style, which is almost one all to herself. Her music is generally classified as indie, moody French pop and chanson. Francoiz’s songs are mostly sung in French, which, although I do not understand a word, draws me even further into the entrancing and mysterious sway that her vocals possess. Françoiz Breut is largely unknown in the American scene but take a chance and listen.

The Oscars use song and dance to mediocre success

Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane sing the closing song during the show at the 85th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, February 24, 2013. 
Cristina Lule February 27, 2013

During the opening monologue of the 85th annual Academy Awards, host Seth MacFarlane said the theme for the night was music in film. Boy, he wasn’t kidding. The three and a half hour long ceremony was...

Staff picks of the week

Staff February 27, 2013
By Elizabeth Ramirez - movie pick If you’re in the mood for a tear jerker, look no further than “La Misma Luna” (the original Spanish title of “Under the Same Moon”). This movie is in Spanish, but reading subtitles is not rocket science. It is a heartwarming movie that will make you emotional from beginning to end. It tells the story of 9-year-old Carlitos who is left behind by his mother Rosario who works illegally in the U.S. The story develops when Carlitos decides to embark on a journey to find his mother. This movie makes you understand what really happens when a child is left behind by his or her parent who travels miles for a better future and a child yearning for his or her parent. Child actor Adrian Alonso makes every scene worthwhile. You can see his frustration, sadness and determination to find his mother in his facial expressions and not just verbally. It warms the heart but it’s funny too, thanks to Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez. His sarcasm is sure to make you laugh. By Fabian Garcia - album pick Raphael Saadiq brings back a magical soul element with his 2008 album “The Way I See It.” The album sounds like something you might have heard back in the 1950s or 1960s when Motown hits were flooding the radio. A noticeable doo-wop vibe is present throughout all the songs as Saadiq sings about love and inspiration on what seems to be a vintage performance microphone. Tracks such as “Calling,” “Oh Girl” and “Never Give You Up” truly anchor the record as an homage to Motown’s musical style. By revisiting an outdated sound in R&B, he was able to breathe new life into an almost forgotten genre. Limited features and overall quality production propel this album beyond a mediocre rendition of old soul music. The songs may sound a little familiar because of similar melodies we’ve heard in famous oldies, but they actually stand on their own quite well as original works. Saadiq sings as smoothly as he did when he was with Tony! Toni! Toné! and clearly adds his own flair to each track with echo effects to imitate the past. If you’re into oldies, soul or just plain love-songs, then this album is something to look for. By Nathan Mendelowitz - game pick A great game you may have missed and should pick up is 2008’s “Prince of Persia.” Ubisoft decided to start new with the Prince of Persia franchise after a successful trilogy of videogames. The visuals are cell-shaded making it look cartoony, yet it is still clean looking and it makes the game vibrant and colorful. It’s a nice change from the dark and realistic styles of the previous games. Ubisoft also went back to what made the franchise great with acrobatic platforming. Players can have the characters jump around climbing huge structures and it has a parkour feel of running around the beautifully rendered ancient Persian environment. The combat is also simple with simple button commands to dodge and parry enemies. The other great aspect is there is no anger while playing since you can’t die. It’s a system inviting players to try different ways to get through each level on a trial and error basis. It’s fun and keeps the gameplay fresh. It’s a game worth getting, so don’t wait any longer to play.

Staff Picks: The Oscar edition

Staff February 20, 2013

Best Feature Film, picked by Anthony Nathan - "Django Unchained" Critiqued for its excessive use of the n-word and the not-so-subtle historical inaccuracies like “Mandingo” fighting and 1980s weaponry,...

‘Safe Haven’ is a safe film for romantics

Cristina Lule February 17, 2013

Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, “Safe Haven” offers us the same well-worn love story and predictable plot points leading up to a melodramatic climax. Katie (Julianne Hough) is...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?
James Heck December 5, 2012
Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at [email protected]
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