Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Jonze knows ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

By Lindsay Pierce

October 19, 2009

Filed under Movies

The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” is not quite a story for children, but more a story of childhood. The movie is dark, troubling and often violent, and may be too intense and unsettling for young children....

Local Cinema to host Bollywood Extravaganza

By Mark Schiffer

October 15, 2009

Filed under Movies

This Sunday, October 18, Amherst Cinema will be presenting Farah Khan’s 2007 Bollywood smash hit, “Om Shanti Om.” Garnering a total of $39 million at the international box office, “Om Shanti Om” is currently the 7t...

Class Action screening of “Capitalism: a Love Story” leaves audiences with bitter hearts

By Steven Baum

October 14, 2009

Filed under Movies

Last Wednesday, Class Action, an organization that strives to raise awareness of social inequality and rid the world of classism, screened Michael Moore’s latest film, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The event consisted of a...

Classic ‘Rebel’ still relevant

By Lindsay Pierce

October 12, 2009

Filed under Movies

“Rebel Without a Cause” first opened on Oct. 7, 1955, approximately one month after its star, James Dean, died in a fatal car accident. Dean’s fame stems from starring roles in only three films: “East of Eden” (1955), “Rebe...

Humor lost in heat of ‘Retreat’

By Danny Marchant

October 12, 2009

Filed under Movies

There is very little comedy in the new Vince Vaughn movie, “Couples Retreat.” For the two-hour duration of the movie, there are maybe five jokes. Most of them happen within the first 30 minutes, leaving an hour and a half ...

“It’s safe to wake up now” – A Review of Pandorum

By Nora Drapalski

October 7, 2009

Filed under Movies

3/5 Stars Prior experience watching movies of the hammy horror genre may make viewers a little nervous about going to see “Pandorum.” All the trailers and teasers showing men screaming as they are dragged away by weird lo...

‘Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser’ screened at Amherst Cinema

By Garth Brody

October 7, 2009

Filed under Movies

Filmgoers entered the sold-out Amherst Cinema theater Monday night to solo guitarist Rich Goldstein’s pleasant renditions of jazz compositions by Thelonious Monk. He played a range of styles as the theater filled up, from ballads...

Michael Moore’s Newest Love Child

By Steven Baum

October 6, 2009

Filed under Movies

As one of the most commercially successful documentary filmmakers in history, Michael Moore once again finds himself the subject of inquiry following the release of his most recent collection of criticism on America, “Capitalism: A Lo...

10 Horror Films From Off the Beaten Path

By Mark Schiffer

October 6, 2009

Filed under Movies, Television

Every year around Halloween, the same television channels play the same horror movies – “Sleepaway Camp” on TBS, “Hellraiser” on AMC, etc. While one would not wish to deride the positive qualities of these films, it...

Willis’s new flick fails as a thriller ‘surrogate’

By Kate MacDonald

October 5, 2009

Filed under Movies

Imagine a world in which no one gets sick or hurt, where crime is non-existent and discrimination is a thing of the past. Everyone is attractive, has a perfect body – far and wide, everyone gets along flawlessly with others. Wars are stil...

Barrymore ‘whips’ actors into shape in directorial debut

By Haley Navarro

October 5, 2009

Filed under Movies

Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, “Whip It!” does not disappoint. The film follows a young girl who is forced to compete in beauty pageants by her mother but secretly (and illegally), skates in roller derby at night. ...

‘Zombieland’ infects audiences

By Andrew Sheridan

October 5, 2009

Filed under Movies

Every one of us has to live by our own set of rules. Some rules tell us how to behave socially, while others may guide our ethical decisions. In director Ruben Fleischer’s maiden film “Zombieland,” a young man named Columbus...