Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘This Means War’ fights stereotypical genres

By Hannah Friedstein

February 21, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“This Means War,” hit theaters last Friday, stepping outside the stereotypical CIA action-adventure genre.  The film, directed by McG, offers a clever combination of raunchy yet witty comedy, budding romances and fast-paced and exciting action sequences. Although the trailer of the film alludes to an actio...

‘Big Miracle’ accurately depicts whale recue

By Beth Gilson

February 16, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

When films use the catch phrase “inspired by true events” or “based on a true story,” it is typically used just to draw in a substantial audience. “Big Miracle,” however, has proof to back up that declaration. Th...

3D features cannot save the ‘Phantom Menace’

By Kevin Romani

February 16, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

History has not been kind to “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.” “The Phantom Menace” was one of the most anticipated films of all time when it was originally released in 1999. “Star Wars” and its seq...

Getting in the maximum amount of dates on V-Day

By Garth Brody

February 14, 2012

Filed under Movies

Valentine’s Day, like any other consumer-driven holiday, can and should be approached as a competitive sport. Fortunately, unlike gift-based holidays like Christmas, the surest path to a Valentine’s victory doesn’t have...

Rom-coms are troublesome, unrealistic

By Emily Merlino

February 14, 2012

Filed under Movies

Let’s get one thing clear: Those self-pitying girls that wear black and post Facebook statuses on the moral perils of buying into Valentine’s Day are not to be condoned. Some normal, sane plans for the day that celebrates...

Chronicle takes control

By Vincenza Parella

February 9, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Normally, movies in the shaky-cam genre are a wildcard in the film world. It’s hard to tell whether this technique will cause audience members to feel queasy from all the shaking or if it will further engage them by creating a...

Streep embodies the strength of “The Iron Lady”

By Margaret Clayton

February 9, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Released in a year of buzz-worthy news from across the pond, “The Iron Lady,” a biopic about the first and only female prime minister of the United Kingdom puts itself among events as large as the royal wedding, the su...

Tinker, Tailor, Awesome, Movie

By Geoffrey King

February 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Directed by Tomas Alfredson and based on the novel by John le Carré, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” is a beautifully crafted film that thrills and captivates. “There’s a mole, right at the top of the Circus. A...

“Woman” thrills but doesn’t fulfill

By Victoria Knobloch

February 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It will be a long time before our generation ceases to see Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. Just as Elijah Wood will remain forever Frodo in our hearts and Leonard Nimoy will always look strange without Spock’s ears, Radcliffe...

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” packs an emotional wallop

By Reana Garcia

February 3, 2012

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Movies

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is a marvelous film that successfully surpasses the often cringe-inducing label of the “9/11 movie.” Although the characters’ reflections on the day do trigger quite a few of the film’s...

‘Albert Nobbs’ provides unforgettable performances and only unforgettable performances

By Geoffrey King

January 29, 2012

Filed under Movies

Although “Albert Nobbs” delivers stunning performances, the film’s subpar writing and direction leaves much to be desired. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, “Albert Nobbs” takes place in late nineteenth-century century Dublin ...

Podcast: ‘The Grey’ surprisingly solid piece of film

By Danny Marchant

January 29, 2012

Filed under Arts Podcasts, Movies

Listen to Danny's Podcast: The Grey. “The Grey,” starring Liam Neeson and directed by Joe Carnahan, has been marketed as “the movie where Liam Neeson fights wolves.” Keeping with the tradition of Neeson’s recen...