Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“Ponyo” considers conflict between man and nature

By Nora Drapalski

September 24, 2009

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

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

 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...

‘Jennifer’s Body’ hosts plenty of laughs, few horrors

By Haley Navarro

September 21, 2009

Let’s get something straight: Diablo Cody is a comedy writer. Best known for her Oscar-winning script for “Juno,” its evident that Cody is sharp, witty and up on her culture. “Jennifer’s Body,” released in theaters on September 18, does not...

Local settings lend verve to poetry at Amherst Cinema

By Lisa Linsley

September 20, 2009

Late Thursday evening, the “Notnostrums,” an online poetry group, performed “When You Think Of,” at Amherst Cinema. A variety of places flashed across the screen, as the editors of the film, Guy Pettit, Emily Pettit and...

Online Poetry Journal Adapts for the Big Screen

By Lisa Linsley

September 16, 2009

Amherst Cinema has a history of featuring innovative films, films that challenge contemporary morays and occasionally turn them on their sides. Tonight, Amherst Cinema will try its hand at a new form of innovation, playing host to...

“Halloween II” cuts to the heart of exploitation

By Shayna Murphy

September 13, 2009

Somewhere between Quentin Tarantino’s witty, pop culture-infused banter and the sly commercial sleaze of the “Crank” series, people forgot what true exploitation cinema is like. Aggressive, offensive and always in poor tas...

“Basterds” An Inglorious Effort by Tarantino

By Nicholas Ortolani

September 10, 2009

What a beautiful mess this film is. Quentin Tarantino’s new endeavor, “Inglourious Basterds” is a rock’em sock’em caper that takes place during World War II. The movie, in part, follows a group of United States soldi...

Drag me to the cinema: summer movies in review

By Shayna Murphy

September 9, 2009

While some may have spent the summer perched by a window, longing for the rain to stop, others spent it in the air-conditioned, free-flowing soda fountain bliss of a local movie theater. Whichever side you belong to, this season’s films took us well bey...

‘Half-Blood Prince’ brings audiences ‘Half-Way’ to a magical finale

By Haley Navarro

September 9, 2009

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment in the Harry Potter franchise, opened July 15 and quickly secured its spot as a summer blockbuster. According to, as of August 30, the film has grossed $895,958,075 worldwide. The...

This Week’s DVDs To See

By Justin Gagnon

March 6, 2009

            It’s the wee hours of the morning and I just got home from seeing the midnight, or should I say all-night, release of “Watchmen.” If you get chance, definitely go check it out. Just try to ignore the fact that Snyder's interpret...

Dad on a Rampage: "Taken"

February 12, 2009

Ladies, when vacationing in Paris this summer, there are a few basic things one ought to know in order to prevent any mishaps from occurring.Tip one: After exiting the plane, proceed directly to the next available cab at your disposal...