Sausage party – Patrick Connolly

“Sausage Party” is a brilliant, raunchy, R-rated parody of the Computer Animated formula for family films. While it’s somewhat underwhelming at first, it goes in a different direction than the advertisements indicate. It’s mostly compensated with repeated viewings, as well as in the film’s final third, when it goes completely and utterly bananas. By the way, I do not apologize for any food puns that will be made in this review.

The meat of the story focuses on Frank (Seth Rogen), who learns that “the Gods,” or humans, are nothing but evil creatures who feed on the talking food they buy at the grocery store. Eventually, he hatches a plot with the other talking food items to make the humans run away and never return. Oh dear, the plot I’ve just described made it sound like it’s a children’s film! It’s anything but that.

I’ve seen “Sausage Party” twice now. The first time I saw it, I was underwhelmed that the film didn’t focus on the food trying to escape from their houses in order to avoid getting eaten. Perhaps it would be less original than the direction they chose instead, but it would have been more focused.

The second time I saw it, I still stood by my original reaction to an extent, but at that point, I was able to appreciate the visual gags and witty dialogue even more.

Any complaint that I had, however, was almost entirely compensated for by the film’s third act, where it goes in a direction that would have made Mel Brooks very proud. I won’t give anything away, but I’ll put it like this: over the next couple of days, I couldn’t look at my food without imagining them walking and talking—not to mention telling me that I’d eaten one of their cousins for dinner. Yes folks, this film is that effective.

Oh, and if you need any other reason to see it, Alan Menken composed the opening song for the film. You’re welcome.

I give “X-Men Apocalypse” two out of three claws – Sara Massa

Nothing brings out my inner dork like superhero ephemera, so naturally, “X-Men Apocalypse” is right up my alley. This film is the third installment of the rebooted X-Men films, following “X-Men First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” We see old characters from the first two X-Men movies come back, such as Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). We also see some fan favorites, such as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The basic plot revolves around a new villain, En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), rising after sleeping through several millennia. His goal upon waking is to rid the world of humans so that mutants can reign supreme. Like most films, “Apocalypse” is a mix of good and bad aspects. The main plot of the film is pretty sturdy, but what concerns me is the relative scarcity of Storm in the film. In much of the advertising she features heavily, but the finished product fails to deliver what it implicitly promised.

Another issue is the apparent need to put at least one scene in the movie where Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) reappears for no reason, only to flee into the wilderness almost instantly. It’s like whoever is in charge of these films doesn’t know how to do a single X-Men film without Hugh Jackman. If I say so myself, Evan Peters was the movie’s MVP. Even though the film still confuses me, I am looking forward to what comes next in the saga of the X-Men.

Horoscopes for September 18th-September 25th – Jason Windrow

Aries (March 21- April 19) Aries, think deeply about the word “apparatus” this week. Its origins, its history, and its syntactical properties. Use it as much as you can, even if you use it the wrong way. Ignore as many people as you can this week; focus on doing something with a pen and paper.

 

Taurus (April 20- May 20) Focus on a project that will bring you happiness and joy for your entire life. This project can be big, small or in the middly-mediumy zone. Maybe set up a joint bank account for you and your partner or design a fashion line for next year’s New York Fashion week.

 

Gemini (May 21- June 20) This week, you will experience hardship and disappointment. Unfortunately, every time you get into the car to travel, you will find that you are stuck behind old white men with personalized license plates and bumper stickers that express where their children went to college and how much of a great dad they are.

 

Cancer (June 21- July 22) Cancer, it’s time to watch the all of Anne Hathaway’s filmography this week. From “Princess Diaries” to “Les Mis,” watch all of them, and find a special meaning behind Anne Hathaway. Determine her net worth and importance to our society this week.

 

Leo (July 23-August 22) Leo, say phrases like “hot off the press” and eat a lot of tic tacs this week. These two things have no correlation, but the stars are confident that these two activities combined will culminate in a great week. If you ever feel down this week, drink a cup of water and eat one singular tic tac to feel better. Just one.

 

Virgo (August 23- September 22) It’s your season Virgo, and you have all the power, but you should really try your best to see how your friends are doing. Mercury is in retrograde, and although you may be thriving, those close to you might not be feeling so hot. Cheer them up by buying them balloons and seltzer.

 

Libra (September 23- October 22) Do something creative this week. Make a sculpture entirely out of your lunch food and hide it somewhere where only you can find it. Drink from the bottom of your water bottle somehow. Create a Rube Goldberg machine.

 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21) Determine how many (if any) adult humans in your area still use chain wallets. If you uncover a significant number of chain-wallet enthusiasts, make posters calling all chain wallet-ers to meet up at the local Dunkin Donuts. If people end up going, tell them they would be stronger if they linked their chain wallets together to make one big super chain.

 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Sagittarius, Get mad about the iPhone 7 this week. Throw a bunch of tantrums this week even if they’re about something as simple as your future phone not having a headphone jack. Be impossible, it’s your show and you’re the star, so don’t worry about it.

 

Capricorn (December 22- January 19) Double dip whenever you get a chance this week. Pass your germs to as many people as possible, and don’t cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Decorate someone’s life with your personal goobers.

 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19) Aquarius, you are on a boat this week. The waves rock the boat, and you go up and down. Think about the color yellow this week. Think about wearing fishermen’s plaid and walking with an umbrella just in case it rains. Have a lavender donut and drink milk this week.

 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Take a bath this week, and while soaking, make a list of the top ten people you would love to shop with at IKEA. These people can be your best buds, your crushes, or your favorite celebrities. Drink hot tea by yourself, and read your favorite novel again.

He said, she said – Jeremy Boutin & Gianna Rocchio

Hello fellow Anchormen and Anchorwomen! My name is Jeremy, a fellow super senior here at Rhode Island College. If there is one thing that continually surprises me, even after four years at RIC, it is the indescribable determination of my fellow students. I have met students who have kids, full time jobs, and/or sick relatives but still maintain a 4.0 GPA.   

“He said, she said” is a new advice column at the Anchor that is aimed to help alleviate some unneeded stress. My partner in crime and I are here to accept any and ALL anonymous emails sent to ask@anchorweb.org and answer them with the intentions of making your life less hectic.

 

I’ll see you next week!

Jeremy Boutin

 

Greetings and salutations, readers! Welcome to The Anchor’s advice column, “He said, she said.” I am that She, but you can call me Gianna. This is my first contribution to the Anchor, and I’m excited for the opportunity. Be sure to send your deep burning question to me and Jeremy at ask@anchorweb.org. There is nothing too boring or too saucy for us, so ask away! Our goal is to give you some real honesty from a couple different perspectives. Send in those questions and tune in next week for our responses.

Thanks!

Gianna Rocchio

De-stress with exercise – Sophie Costa

Stress comes and goes depending on what is going on in our lives. As college students, we tend to carry a ton of stress and anxiety around with us and it can be difficult to escape that burden. Using exercise as a coping mechanism towards dealing with stress and anxiety is helpful not only for your physical health but your mental health as well.

Exercise has been known to lower stress levels and it triggers the discharge of a soothing neurotransmitter called GABA. An additional side effect of GABA is that it essentially builds immunity to stress and helps you tackle demanding situations with less anxiety.

Additionally, exercise wildly increases your self-confidence. Feeling productive after a workout and seeing yourself attain new goals that you didn’t think were possible is a natural high. Working out, even for twenty minutes, sends out the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for the feeling of serenity and hopefulness. Dopamine becomes active during activity as well, which is the “feel good” neurotransmitter. This is responsible for feelings of relaxation and euphoria, which will enhance your confidence in and out of the gym.

Feelings of depression are not uncommon when stress is prevalent in our lives. Being active forces you to be slightly more interactive with those around you even if it’s so much as a wave or a smile. Even taking a short walk is a great getaway from that overwhelming feeling that tends to creep up on us. The best way to de-stress is by clearing your mind of all things that may be worrisome. Many people swear by yoga because it is best known for creating a calming effect and helping to relieve any feelings of anxiety and pressure. You don’t have to be a professional yogi for this relaxation period to provide you with the time that you need for yourself. In due course, yoga will strengthen your mind, your body and your soul.

It is important that you continuously make sure to practice moderation when it comes to exercise. Overdoing it will present the opposite of the desired effect, which will make you feel even more anxious and frazzled. Moderation is key, as a small amount of stress is a good thing, and it in fact keeps us going. However, we all need time just for ourselves to do something that’s completely in our own best interests, and that is exactly where exercise comes into play.

A theatre lover’s dream – Clancy Smail

It’s that time of year again, theatre folk! That’s right kids, it’s  The Broadway Christmas, the 30th annual Broadway Flea Market on Sept. 25. This event is sponsored by Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA) and all the proceeds made go towards that foundation. BCEFA is one of the nation’s leading industry based HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising organizations. The 29 Broadway flea markets and grand auctions have so far raised over 11.8 million dollars. The Broadway Flea Market happens every year in New York City on the last Sunday in September in Shubert Alley, and for the first time this year it will stretch along West 45th street.

If you’ve never heard of the Broadway Flea Market, I’ll give you a little insight into what the day entails. The day begins bright and early at 10 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. During this time, there are over 40 tables set up along the streets, all full of Broadway memorabilia, not to mention regular auctions that include some amazing prizes, such as backstage passes, free tickets, rare exclusive props, and a whole host of other things. There are also silent auctions, where you’re free to bid yourself out of house and home, although that isn’t encouraged! If frivolous spending isn’t your bag, then you can hop into the autograph and picture line, where you can take your picture with or get a BCEFA Broadway Flea poster signed by Broadway stars. Some stars they’ve had in the past include Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Phillipa Soo, Sierra Boggess, Danny Burstein, and many more. You can even catch some stars hanging out at their designated tables! Some of the tables at the 2016 event include Aladdin, Wicked, School of Rock, Waitress, The Color Purple, Dear Evan Hansen, and still more to be announced.

The Broadway Flea Market is a great place to connect with other theatre fans and meet up with some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. This year will be my fourth time at the Broadway Flea Market. By going to this event, I’ve gotten to meet some of my favorite performers, buy incredible theatre memorabilia, hang out with some of my best friends, and contribute to a great cause, all while being in “the greatest city in the world.” Hamilton, anyone?

If you enjoy the arts, theatre, musicals, charity, or just having a great time in the city, I highly recommend you hop on a train Sept. 25 and head to Shubert Alley.

 

A road paved with rock: Part One – Jonathan Carney

During the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing, little bit by little bit, the songs that first made me love my genre. I will include little anecdotes about when I first heard each song and what step in my journey it was, and where along my post-sixth-grade musical journey it appeared. I will also give a large segment of the complete story here.

The first “metal” song I was ever truly exposed to was System of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B.” I make use of quotation marks here because the band refuses to identify themselves as metal, or any genre for that matter. However, the general population considers them to be such. I was first exposed to this song in the seventh grade while attending the Fernwood school in Portland, Oregon—now “Beverly Cleary,” as her books take place on a nearby street. My journey was initiated by an eccentric individual with a mind too old for a seventh-grader, blood-red glasses and long red hair darker than mine that flowed to his shoulders. He was a member of the small group of three individuals I principally remember gravitating towards in my one year attending school in Portland. Honestly, I’m not sure he was as keen on being friends with me as I was with him. Still, one day at an after-school program, he took me to the computer, went on YouTube and told me he was going to show me something that would get me off of that “country nonsense.” And while it didn’t happen immediately, a year or two would prove he was absolutely right.

The song “B.Y.O.B.” rushes through the intro in an exhilaratingly burst of notes, and Daron’s initial screech is soon followed by Serj’s barking verse. This fast-paced song eventually surprises the listener by slowing down for a seemingly mellow, slower chorus, only to speed up immediately after. Close to the end of the song, one such transition is performed in such a sudden and unexpected manner as to jolt the listener out of the false sense of security that the calmer chorus created, a tactic SOAD is infamous for. SOAD wrote this hit back in 2005 as a protest against the war in Iraq. While I picked up on the anti-war sentiment, I would not learn the song’s full meaning until much later.

After first watching the music video, I would queue it up again and again after school, but for some reason, I was still too lazy to search for more songs like it, or even more songs by the artist. I don’t know why I never looked for more, in spite of my excitement. Perhaps I was afraid that if I found an even better SOAD song, it would make me love that first gem less. Then again, maybe the opposite would happen, and I would be disappointed by the rest of their material after hearing that first iconic song.

Still, this first song touched a part of me. I loved this unsettling, vicious ballad of corruption, a defiant and angst-fueled cry against a powerful external force.

A review of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV – Thomas Sack

Despite a thin plot, Takeshi Nozue’s 2016 film “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is an epic experience for all Final Fantasy fans! It is a dark, intense tale of war and betrayal that succeeds at leaving the viewer hungry for Square Enix’s upcoming video game, “Final Fantasy XV.”

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” takes place during the events of “Final Fantasy XV” and tells the story of King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, Princess Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, and the members of the Kingsglaive. When Regis accepts a false offer of peace from his longtime enemy, the nation of Niflheim, he unwittingly endangers the city Insomnia and the crystal it contains within its walls. Only Nyx Ulric, who must learn to stop dwelling on a grim past and instead look to the future, can save the day.

It is safe to say story is not a strong point in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.” This is forgivable, however, for three reasons: Firstly, the film is merely intended to whet one’s appetite for what promises to be a more gratifying story experience in “Final Fantasy XV.” Secondly, its story finds its roots in scraped content from Final Fantasy XV’s opening chapter. Thirdly, Square Enix never tries to astound audiences through plot when it makes films. Rather, it seeks to do so with breathtaking CGI and exhilarating action sequences.

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is pure eye-candy. The film opens by showcasing lifelike computer-animation that is the end result of a lengthy motion-capture process during production. Action sequences become increasingly more electrifying, and while loud explosions or the clanging of swords sometimes drowns important pieces of dialogue out, these scenes are the glue that holds the fantastical and realistic elements together so well.  

From a writing standpoint, dialogue in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” oftentimes feels natural, but it isolates viewers from the characters. It is quite difficult to find light-hearted moments in a film that only exists to establish the darker elements of Final Fantasy XV’s story.

In terms of voice acting, every character in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” sounds believable. Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, and Sean Bean shine as Nyx Ulric, Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, and King Regis, respectively. Fans of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will also enjoy hearing Todd Haberkorn as Luche Lazarus. That said, some vocal performances in “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” are weaker than others. Liam Mulvey struggles as Libertus Ostium, and Adrian Bouchet’s soft tone does not suit the gruff Titus Drautos.

“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is a film made specifically for Final Fantasy fans. It offers little to those unfamiliar with the video game series, but it is addictive and easily lends itself to subsequent viewings. One does not need to play “Final Fantasy XV” to enjoy this film!

Women’s Volleyball Team get their first win against Curry – Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Women’s Volleyball Team get their first win against Curry

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda

Assistant Sports Editor

 

This past week, the women’s volleyball team broke their losing streak with their first win against Curry. This was their first real game that was separate from the Brandeis Invitational. The invitational seemed to be a difficult start to the season, as they lost all three matches at Brandeis. In the first two matches, sophomore Outside Hitter Jillian Ward lead the team in kills, with 16 total kills in the first match against Endicott and 11 kills against Brandeis.

Helping out Ward in the first game was junior Outside Hitter Courtney Lambrese, with a total of 14 kills in the first game.  Endicott was their best match of the three, ending in a loss for Rhode Island College of 1-3. The scores of each set between RIC and Endicott were 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, and 14-25, respectively. Though it was a great start to the match, the Anchorwomen trailed off at the end, unable to keep their momentum up against Endicott.

Following this match was their match against Brandeis. This match started off strong as well, but the Anchorwomen were not able to take the win. The set scores with RIC and Brandeis were 21-25, 16-25, and lastly 17-25.  The third and final match in the invitational was the roughest game for the team, losing 0-3 with the set scores being 14-25, 10-25, and 11-25.

The team broke out of that streak to win their first game at home, with the win being a clean sweep of 3-0 against Curry College.  The first set ended in a 25-15 win but Curry College began showing some life in the second set with a 25-19 set. However, Curry were promptly put to rest in the last set with a 25-9 score. Ward lead the team again with 9 kills, which was the nail in the coffin for Curry, who had a total of 33 errors in the match. Finally, the team went up against Salve Regina, where Ward and Lambrese lead the team, but could not carry them to victory, as they would fall to Salve 0-3, with the first set being 15-25, then 19-25, and a final set score of 17-25.

Currently the team is 1-4, with their next event a tri-match at Salve Regina with Mt. Holyoke on Saturday, September 10th.

Rhode island College Club Hockey Looking for Players

Rhode island College Club Hockey Looking for Players

 

The RIC club hockey team is preparing to start their 2016-2017 season with practices beginning Monday, September 19, and a 23-game schedule beginning Saturday, October EXPERIENCED HOCKEY PLAYERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED SHOULD CONTACT COACH DENIS RIEL AT Denis.j.riel@gmail.com

 

The RIC club team plays in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Division II league. NECHA is part of the 450-school American Collegiate Hockey Association, the national governing body for collegiate club hockey.

 

RIC club hockey moved under the control of the athletic department, from student affairs, in the 2013-2014 season. The change has led to a significant change in attitude and approach to the hockey program. Though not an NCAA program, the philosophy of the RIC club hockey team is built around a committed, disciplined approach which provides experienced hockey players with a viable and rewarding opportunity to continue their organized hockey careers.

 

As a club program, a portion of the teams expenses are defrayed by player dues. Dues typically are in the $700 range and cover approximately 35 practices, 23 games, uniform, and transportation. The remainder of program expenses are covered by the school.

 

Interested players should meet with team representatives at the Club Hockey table on Student Affairs day, Sept 7 from 12:30 – 2 PM in the Student Union and attend an organizational meeting on Monday, September 12 at 5 PM in the Murray Center.