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The day my friend lit my soul on fire -

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Police raid 81-year-old’s property to confiscate a single pot plant -

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Overtime goal lifts Massachusetts’ soccer over VCU -

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Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers lead ‘Search Party’ at UMass -

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Nobel Prize recipient Amartya Sen gives talk about closing the economic gap -

October 24, 2016

Greek 101 event hosted by Greek Health Advisors -

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The UMass men’s soccer team is lifted by the strong play by Josh Jess at both ends of the field in 1-0 victory of VCU -

October 24, 2016

UMass women’s soccer crushes VCU 3-0 Sunday afternoon -

October 24, 2016

The NFL is too lenient on abusers -

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UMass field hockey comes away with weekend split in Philadelphia -

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Early mistakes cost UMass football in loss to South Carolina Saturday -

October 22, 2016

UMass hockey holds on in 3-2 win over Army West Point Friday night at Mullins Center -

October 22, 2016

Cassidy Babin’s season-high nine saves secures 0-0 double overtime tie for UMass women’s soccer -

October 21, 2016

Arrest warrant issued for Southpoint shooter -

October 20, 2016

Men’s soccer unbeaten streak ends against URI -

October 20, 2016

The Hawkshot: Sarah Hawkshaw, her unusual shot and more -

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Hockey Special Issue 2016 -

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Question 2 about giving 33K kids a choice in education -

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Apple crop reduced in wake of drought -

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UMass political RSOs provide the tools necessary to vote in this year’s election -

October 20, 2016

The Wrestler at Amherst Cinema

If anyone has seen any awards show or heard any movie buzz it has had to include the buzz about “The Wrestler” and Mickey Rourke’s performance. The movie is shot mostly on a hand-held camera, following behind Rourke who gives a marvelous performance that involves using his whole body and emotional spectrum being beaten and pummeled to a pulp. It isn’t just the staples that break Rourke’s ribs, it is also the heartbreak and loneliness that he must endure. His daughter hates him. He is locked out of his trailer on many nights and is played for his money by…

Awards Wrap-Up from the Boston Globe

Ty Burr and Wesley Morris are two beloved critics by us here at the Collegian (Shayna and Myself especially). They had done an Oscar video a few weeks ago about who will get snubbed and forgotten when the time comes for the predictions. It is interesting to look back on it. They just did a peice (Burr juust got back from Sundance in time to shoot a video for their Take 2 series) about the picks. It is intersting to look back on what they said and what happened with the predictions. Snubs, maybe: Here is their recap:

Oscar Nominations Have Been Announced!

Today was the big day for the Motion Picture world. Some huge nominations for “Benjamin Button” (13) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (10). The most enjoyable news is the nomination for Richard Jenkins (Best Acotr) for “The Visitor” (a little seen film that deserves to be seen by just about everyone). Here’s a link to the New York Times very own Oscar watch guy The Carpetbagger. he is pretty funny and has some great stuff online. Video Announcement from Full List Here of the Nominations:81st Oscar Nominations Best motion picture of the year“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner…

A Revolution in Acting

After Kate Winslets recent victories at the Golden globes (best supporting actress for “The Reader” and best actress for “Revolutionary Road”) I thought I should write up a short review of “Revolutionary Road.” Let me start off by saying this: the movie is all about the acting. The acting is pitch-perfect (I love that term). DiCaprio and Winslet show what they’re made of. Winslet uses her internal struggles, her eyes and her body language like no other actress has in a film so deeply routed in an era when that was how a woman spoke. While DiCaprio is more forward,…

The Curious Case

To say “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is the year’s best film is too high of a compliment (it is getting a few of those), but the film is surely one of the best of the year. With David Fincher’s direction the film moves through one man’s story with ease, grace and a much needed omnipresent feel. The audience is allowed a once in a lifetime opportunity to read from Mr. Button’s very own journal and life-story through the voice of a dying woman’s daughter’s voice. Katrina thumps outside the window, always on the edge of land and the…

Clint Eastwood: As good as they get

With “Gran Torino” opening to some great reviews, Eastwood winning a major acting award for the film already, I thought it was fair to post an interview that the New York Times did with him. He is a true American actor and hero of cinema. Look at his body of work, there is a lot, and ther eare some of the greatest gems in American Cinema to date. Here’s the Article Here is the Film’s trailer in case you were wondering what the movie is about:

Golden Globe Nominations Announced

Today was the day that the grand ol’ Golden Globe nominations get announced.Another one of those glitz and glamour showcases for the rich to shine. But in all fairness we watch the rich, pay for them to be rich, to entertain and then be rewarded for entertaining us. It is something for actors, writers, directors and everyone else involved in a moie to strive for: an awrd for their hard work. With that let’s toss out the nominations. Best Motion Picture – Drama:“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”“Frost/Nixon”“The Reader”“Revolutionary Road”“Slumdog Millionaire” Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture…

I must disagree with Shayna, it happens

Shayna Murphy reviewed Danny Boyle’s new film “Slumdog Millionaire” earlier this week. And I must disagree with her “B” rating. Now I know our rating system is flawed (which one isn’t?) and it is completely subjective. But I must give Boyle’s new film an “A” on our rector scale. The film breaks so many conventions of the common love story. Yes, all the cliches are there. But what Boyle does with them is what separates this film apart from others in recent years. He uses the conventions as a back-drop for the slums of India and the story of a…

Weekend DVD Rental

The underbelly of cities has been told many times before. Whether it is in Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown,” or Danny Boyle’s adaptation of “Trainspotting,” the underworlds of society have been explored, opened to the public eye and seen in almost perfect lights. So what could “City of God” bring new to the table? The movie is based on the novel by Paulo Lins. It is not a direct account of his life, but a fictionalization of his life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The movie takes on the life decisions that must be made by a young boy in…

Boston Theatres This Weekend…Coming to Amherst

Ty Burr and Wesley Morris rarely disagree like they do here about the new Danny Boyle Film “Slumdog Millionaire.” It is getting rave reviews across the country and talk of Oscars is heavy. Here is there weekly “Take 2” on the film:This Thanksgiving “Milk” is opening and that is being called a “masterpiece” across the board. Here is what Morris has to say about it. A.O Scott of the New York Times says this about Milk. This is Ebert’s take. And finally good ol’ Mick LaSalle of San Francisco who has a unique take on films, and an honest approach…

The Wrestler Trailer Finally Online

Variety has posted the trailer for the new Darren Aronofsky film “The Wrestler.”Mickey Rourke is getting praise from almost every critic and won over a lot of hearts at some major festivals. Check it out:

Weekend Movie Rental

Another weekend, another movie rental suggestion (just a day late). “The Visitor” played at Amherst cinema last spring. I got to go to a press screening, but never got to run the review in the paper because we ran out of time. So this is as good of a time as any to recommend this beautiful film. Let’s start it off by saying the movie is a roller-coaster of high and low emotional peaks. It tackles subject matter that is very relevant (illegal immigration) and touches on the connection that human beings can make when they get to know one…

DVD Pick of the Week

This weekend in Northampton there is a festival dedicated to Robert Altman. So this weekend for my DVD I figured I’d pick a movie that feels like an Altman film, but was a first for one of the new-era of American directors. P.T. Anderson’s first film “Boogie Night’s” was a breathe of fresh air in Hollywood when it came out. It was also a major role for Mark Wahlberg. The movie is about the porn industry to say the least. Burt Reynolds is classy as the head honcho, and has the porn star look down pat. Along with the rest…

Weekend at Home With Movies!

This is going to be the second piece to the weekly column I will be writing for Friday’s paper about the upcoming movies. This blog post will however be a DVD recommendation for the weekend, maybe 2 if it’s a rainy one, that people should check out. This week I will begin with a Norwegian film that I rented a few weeks ago, “Reprise.” The movie is about two friends whoa re aspiring writers. One with all the talent, and one with the ambition. They both attempt to get published, one does, and the other doesn’t. Then the talented writer…

Hellboy II Excedes This Movie Snobs Expectations

I must admit:Hellboy II was near the bottom of my Summer Blockbuster List. But I was moved to go see it, with the temptation of Chinese food being snuck into the theater (General Goa’s Chicken, Low Mein and White Rice, yum). I was mistaken when I wrote the preview for the movie in our Summer Guide . It was the only preview I would have the time to write (the other writers spent 4 or so hours, probably more, in the Daily Collegian office, in a basement with no windows, it’s a basement, on a beautiful spring afternoon at Umass)….

Cannes Film Festival list has been Announced

The Guardian’s film blog has posted the list of film playing at this years Cannes Film Festival. The list includes the 4 hour (2 movies running together) Che movie by Steven Soderbergh (starring Benicio Del Toro). The two films are set to be released in 2008 . This is an epic project from a director who has been holding off on some serious films for a while (making the “Ocean” films the last few years and some small budget, unheard of films). (Soderbergh won the Best Director Oscar for “Traffic,” which is an unappreciated film) Other notable filmmakers are Clint…

Chicago 10

I went to Amherst Cinema today at 2:30 in hopes of seeing a peaceful, empty theater and see “Chicago 10” well I was greeted with a not so peaceful environment. It was the baby-friendly showing and I was scared to enter for fear of whining and crying children. Well there was only one child and she only cried a few times. The movie was an experience though. If the protesters of UMass think they are rebels or creating a raucous, they aren’t. The people who ended up rioting after a peaceful protest in Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National…

If you have read the Collegian then you know something about…

the stars of “Stop-Loss,” and maybe a little about the writer/director Kimberly Peirce.But the Boston Globe’s Wesley Morris conducted a great interview with her recently that was featured in the Sunday Globe. It is a must read to what surely looks like an intriguing movie with some serious punch in this lull of serious and seriously good movies. Comedies are good when they aren’t all that is out. If the corporations only gave a damn about the moviegoers we’d have a good mix of serious Oscar contenders and good comedies all year round not just one or the other in…


I just rented “Enchanted” with my girlfriend because Wesley Morris and Ty Burr of the Boston Globe rave about Amy Adams performance. Well let’s just say it was well worth the free redbox rental. Adams is very enchanting (oh yes I did it) as the princess from a magical world banished by her prince charming s step-mother to New York City. The movie moves through each and every Disney princess movie creations from times past (“Snow White” “Cinderella” “Little Mermaid” and others) to make fun of all the movies and their cliches. It ends up working int he end even…

A. O. Scott Speaks about Michael Haneke’s Films

With the English version of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” coming out last weekend I looked around for some interesting stuff on the an who loves to punish those who go and see his movies. A funny concept but one that works and one that makes you self-conscious when you leave the theater. A.O. Scott is one of the best movie reviewers in the country and is the top-dawg over at The New York Times. He knows his movies but isn’t always as enjoyable to read as the Collegian’s own Shanya Murphy or the Boston Globe’s Wesley Morris but he knows…