Massachusetts Daily Collegian

This ‘Island’ Will Make You Shudder

By Nicholas Ortolani

February 24, 2010

Filed under Movies

(Video Courtesy Paramount Pictures) Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” is a movie that builds with such foreboding that it reminds its audience what good horror movies can be. During its nearly two and a half hours, there ...

Country music film has plenty of ‘Heart’

By Nicholas Ortolani

February 3, 2010

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    There’s a scene early in “Crazy Heart” where Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) and Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) are discussing country music. She is interviewing him for a local paper, and they are discussing who is ...

‘Imaginarium’ has plenty of imagination, not enough sense

By Nicholas Ortolani

January 27, 2010

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  “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is a film with endless vision, and very little sight as to where it’s going. The latest project by director Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) continues his legacy of creatin...

Nine gives good characters, but lacks story line

By Nicholas Ortolani

September 22, 2009

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Do not let the friendly-looking rag dolls fool you – “9” is not a kid’s movie. The plot of the film is incredibly contrived, and, at times, tests both the audience’s sense of logic and empathy, which is a shame, considering that the art direction is brilliant...

“Basterds” An Inglorious Effort by Tarantino

By Nicholas Ortolani

September 10, 2009

Filed under Movies

What a beautiful mess this film is. Quentin Tarantino’s new endeavor, “Inglourious Basterds” is a rock’em sock’em caper that takes place during World War II. The movie, in part, follows a group of United States soldi...