Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“A Serious Man” is a Serious Success

By Mark Schiffer

October 27, 2009

The figure of the “nebbish” has had a long and proud history in film. Ranging from Woody Allen’s entire pre-Mia Farrow divorce output to Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of Harvey Pekar, the neurotic Jewish male has long held interest f...

“Om Shanti Om” Enchants Amherst Cinema

By Mark Schiffer

October 21, 2009

The theater at Amherst Cinema was packed almost to capacity this past Sunday at 1 p.m., a sign of an audience buzzing with anticipation for the special screening of Farah Khan’s 2007 Bollywood box-office hit “Om Shanti Om,”...

Bright Star: a visual masterpiece that captures eternal love and fleeting life

By Nora Drapalski

October 20, 2009

Named after one of his well-known poems, the film “Bright Star” is based on the true story of John Keats, an English poet in the Romantic movement, as seen through the eyes of his love, Miss Fanny Brawne. The story follows...

Rip them to shreds: dirty looks, hapless killer elicit more laughs than scares in slasher remake

By Danny Marchant

October 19, 2009

 The credited director of “The Stepfather” is Nelson McCormick. The credited writer is J.S. Cardone. Those are incredibly creative names for what are clearly two monkeys who turned to Post-It notes with ideas written on them to devise the s...

Jonze knows ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

By Lindsay Pierce

October 19, 2009

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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...