Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Catching Fire’ is epic, dark and outstanding

By Nathan Frontiero

November 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

The first “Hunger Games” movie pissed me off. Series author Suzanne Collins helped pen the film’s script herself, but the adaptation was troublingly devoid of the substance that made the book so great. Perhaps the best thing about “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is how it vastly improves on the first film. A muc...

‘Ender’s Game’ doesn’t get off the ground

By Nathan Frontiero

November 5, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It’s a shame to see a beloved novel lose so much of itself in the jump from page to screen. I read Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” many years ago, so some of it has escaped my memory, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing in writer/director Gavin Hood’s adaptation. The film fe...

‘Carrie’ a self-aware horror that stands on its own

By Nathan Frontiero

October 31, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

An outsider. With a despondent musical cue and an ethereal rush of sound, this role is assigned to a young girl as soon as she is introduced in the film. This is Carrie, hauntingly played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Director Kimb...

Looking back on ‘The Shining’

By Nathan Frontiero

October 31, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies

Stanley Kubrick produced a masterwork of suspense, escalation and visceral horror in his adaptation of Stephen King’s third novel. There’s so much about “The Shining” that has transcended both the horror genre and broader pop ...

‘Runner Runner’ is a disappointing mess

By Nathan Frontiero

October 15, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

The pitch for “Runner Runner” actually sounds pretty good. It suggests a fast-paced crime thriller featuring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck set against an exotic tropical backdrop. But the final product, unfortunately, is a jumbled, confusing film that leaves a lot to be desired. It seems co-...