Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Kill Your Darlings’ is a unique coming-of-age piece

By Yoshi Makishima

November 18, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Destruction is necessary for creation. Art comes at a price. This is the lesson of debut director John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings,” which takes Faulkner’s philosophy of artistic ruthlessness to a murderous extreme. The title of “Kill Your D...

Giving thanks at the cinema

By Yoshi Makishima

November 12, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Thanksgiving is coming up and that means two things: massive tryptophan comas, and the beginning of the holiday movie rush. To take advantage of holiday crowds, cinemas will be rolling out the action-packed blockbusters, bawdy comedies and a few pieces...

Branagh’s ‘Macbeth’ leaves something to be desired

By Yoshi Makishima

October 21, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Theatre

“Macbeth” is being shown at Amherst Cinema through National Theater Live, a service that streams taped plays performed by London’s National Theater to the United States. Though the recordings lack the immediacy and exhilarating unpredictability of a live show, the NT Live broadcasts allow these amazing performances...

‘Rush’ is a wild, testosterone-fueled ride

By Yoshi Makishima

October 14, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“Rush.” A short title. Onomatopoetic, monosyllabic. It doesn’t suggest a specific time, place or personality. It simply evokes a feeling. And at its strongest, Ron Howard’s latest film is just that: an uncomplicated expression...

“Austenland” is infectious but mediocre fun

By Yoshi Makishima

September 23, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“Austenland” is sort of the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I say “sort of” because it’s actually based on Shannon Hale’s novel “Austenland,” which was inspired by the 1995 film...