Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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

By Kate MacDonald

October 5, 2009

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

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

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...

Singaporean cinematic auteur wows audiences at SOM

By Mark Schiffer

October 4, 2009

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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...