Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘No’ gets the critics vote of approval

By Jonathan Smith

April 30, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Largely overlooked at this year’s Oscars, Pablo Larrain’s “No,” — which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film — is a slick take on the classic election battle. Simply constructed, yet beautifully anchored...

“Room 237” an examination of Kubrick masterpiece “The Shining”

By Jonathan Smith

April 16, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

As part of Amherst Cinema’s on-going “Books into Film” series, there will be a one-time showing of the horror classic “The Shining,” originally adapted from Stephen King’s best seller of the same name, on Apri...

“Spring Breakers” certain to divide audiences

By Jonathan Smith

April 2, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Every year, thousands of college students in America embark on the ritualistic trip known as spring break, often migrating south to Florida and even into Mexico in search of things like sun, sex and parties. In recent years, spring break has been maligned as nothing more than an...

Is Ryan Gosling right to step away from acting?

By Jonathan Smith

March 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Last week, Ryan Gosling announced his intention to take a sabbatical from acting and concentrate on directing duties in the foreseeable future. Gosling stated, “I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the aud...

Johnny Marr’s “The Messenger” Review

By Jonathan Smith

March 5, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

This past month, guitar hero Johnny Marr received NME magazine’s “Godlike Genius Award” for his long and distinguished career with artists such as The Pretenders,  Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Billy Bragg, Electronic, The Heal...

Forty-five years later, “If….” still a renowned film

By Jonathan Smith

February 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Being an Englishman in America, I feel it is my duty to spread the word about some of the best, and debatably overlooked films to emerge from Britain in the past several decades. British cinema has often relied on being much grittier and blunt i...

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival Preview

By Jonathan Smith

February 12, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Fine Arts, Movies

Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the 20th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival. Sponsored by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and Curator Catherine Portuges, the festival is held almost entirely on c...

Review “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division” by Peter Hook

By Jonathan Smith

February 11, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Music, Words

The name Peter Hook may not mean much to the average music fan, but his work over the last 30-plus years will certainly conjure up great affection amongst many. Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook is the bass player, and founding member, of seminal pos...

Five movies to watch on a snow day

By Jonathan Smith

January 22, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

1. The Towering Inferno What better way to forget the arctic conditions outside than with this classic disaster movie? When a raging inferno engulfs a San Francisco sky scraper, only the super cool duo of Chief Mike O’Hallorhan...

“Killing Them Softly” receives mixed reviews

By Jonathan Smith

December 4, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

With big guns, stolen money and a plotline built around organized crime, “Killing Them Softly” looks like any other gangster film from an outsider’s perspective. While the film is, in many ways,  stereotypical of the genre, director Andrew Dominik attempts to take a different approach and...

Skyfall is a “tremendous film”

By Jonathan Smith

November 14, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

This year marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s inception on the big screen and the most recent Bond film “Skyfall” triumphantly reminds us why he remains one of the greatest icons of cinema. The film perfectly captures...

Morrissey impresses in Boston

By Jonathan Smith

October 10, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

BOSTON – Morrissey’s performance at the Wang Theatre in Boston last Friday proved to be a triumphant return to form for the controversial star, living up to fans’ expectations on the opening night of his North American tour. Over the course of the two-hour set, Morrissey entertained wi...