Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Singaporean cinematic auteur wows audiences at SOM

By Mark Schiffer

October 4, 2009

Filed under Movies

“The first chapter of my pitiful life,” goes the getai, or boisterous live performance, song “Lotus Flower,” “Born into a red-light district and life is hard / Life is terrible and I’m in a bad state / I have to slog hard to eke ou...

French sleeper hit, “Séraphine” garners well-deserved praise

By Cal Scannell

October 1, 2009

Filed under Fine Arts, Movies

With vivid visuals and the stunning performance of Yolande Moreau, “Séraphine,” now showing at the Pleasant Street Theater, will capture viewers with a sensitive portrayal of the little know painter Séraphine de Senlis....

“Taking back campus”

By Chelsea Whitton

September 30, 2009

Filed under Movies

The student strike in the fall of 2007 may not have been long-lived, but after two years of production, a University of Massachusetts student is ready to premiere “Taking Back Campus,” a documentary on the strike.  Directed by Rosie Walunas, a junior at UMass majoring in j...

Artists ask "Who Does She Think She Is?" in new documentary

By Cal Scannell

September 29, 2009

Filed under Movies

The Everywoman’s Center and the Women of Color Leadership Network will be presenting the film, “Who Does She Think She Is?” tonight at 7 p.m. in the Augusta Savage Gallery in the New Africa House. This event is free to ev...

Singaporean Spectacle showing at SOM

By Mark Schiffer

September 29, 2009

Filed under Movies

The Asian Arts and Culture Program is screening films at the Isenberg School of Management every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. throughout the fall semester. Covering everything from the Iranian coming-of-age story “Times and Winds”...

Soderbergh’s latest blows whistle on mental illness

By Nora Drapalski

September 28, 2009

Filed under Movies

Instantly, as a briefcase flips open and a tape begins to roll, the audience of Steven Soderbergh’s newest film, “The Informant!” is immersed in the world of Mark Whitacre and the life of lies and conspiracy he built to maintain it. “The Informa...

“Taking Woodstock” takes look at historic concert event

By Janam Anand

September 27, 2009

Filed under Movies

Ang Lee’s most recent project, “Taking Woodstock,” explicitly caters to a certain market, yet its draw is relatively comprehensive. It is based on Elliot Tiber’s memoir and set during what is arguably one of American culture’s...

Original “Fame” lives on, sort of

By Rachel Aylward

September 27, 2009

Filed under Movies

“Fame costs... and right here is where you start paying.” So started the remake of the 1980s musical hit “Fame.” While this movie does have a literal cost, you may find that the price of the ticket is actually worth it...

Tetro Dazzles, Manipulates Magnificently

By Mark Schiffer

September 24, 2009

Filed under Movies

Marvel at the pyrotechnic kaleidoscope that is Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro!” Be amazed, as Vincent Gallo’s titular character somehow manages to chew every piece of scenery on screen! Be astounded by the sensual curves...

“Ponyo” considers conflict between man and nature

By Nora Drapalski

September 24, 2009

Filed under Movies

Within the first ten minutes of watching Hayao Miyazaki’s newest film, ”Ponyo,” audiences can already predict what the story will be about. Fish meets boy, fish turns into girl and reunites with boy. Together, they explore...

Nine gives good characters, but lacks story line

By Nicholas Ortolani

September 22, 2009

Filed under Movies

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...

‘Sorority Row’ offers stab at legitimacy for talentless Hollywood offspring

By Kate MacDonald

September 21, 2009

Filed under Movies

 It starts with an accidental death, followed by threats, gory deaths and a disguised killer. Sound familiar? These traits can be attributed to countless horror films made in the last two decades. Yet Stewart Hendler’s “Sorority...