Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Take a stand against consumerism with a handmade holiday

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

December 10, 2009

A big part of the Do-It-Yourself movement lies in anti-consumerism ideals. For a lot of DIYers, it’s the main reason they choose to change their buying habits. The holidays are often seen as a crafter’s greatest challenge: they take on the task of making gifts for all of their loved ones by hand....

MFA students’ “Shameless Self-Promotion” on view at the University Gallery

By Lisa Linsley

December 10, 2009

“Shameless Self Promotion” is currently on view at the University Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. It consists of artworks of Polaroid dimensions by UMass MFA students in response to Andy Warhol’s exhibit “The Minox and The Big Shot: Andy Warhol’s Photography.” “Shameless Self Promotion”...

No holiday cheer, but “Everybody’s Fine” here

By Kate MacDonald

December 10, 2009

Kirk Jones and company definitely did something right when they made this season’s newest family film, “Everybody’s Fine.” The director, known for “Nanny McPhee,” adapted his new film from 1990’s Italian flick “Stanno Tutti Bene” by Giuseppe Tornatore. The biggest difference, disregarding...

Rubblebucket blows your face

By Dave Mansfield

December 9, 2009

Jamaica Plain’s own Rubblebucket brought its spirited live act and hip grooves to the Pearl Street Clubroom last Thursday night, and gave the audience a memorable performance that had spectators young and old dancing. Opening act Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS), a reggae-dub band from Rochester,...

Top 10 cinematic sensations seen on the big screen this year

By Nora Drapalski

December 9, 2009

Charged with the task of sifting through the plotless horror tales and cringing chick flicks, we have unearthed the top 10 best movies of 2009 from beneath the piles of … bad stuff. Imagery and originality battled it out, narrowing it down to these few gems. 10. Bright Star. Although this extremely l...

Big screen blunders: disappointing films of 2009

By Shayna Murphy

December 9, 2009

(Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an earlier story published on December 9, 2009.) No best-of-the-year film list would be complete without a glimpse at the films that made audience-goers cringe in 2009. From harebrained comedies to ambitious prestige pieces that just fell short of the m...

“Good Rockin’ Tonight” Reintroduces Legend to New Generation

By Mark Schiffer

December 8, 2009

On Aug. 17, 1977, a very sad and confused southern boy was found dead in his hotel room. Whether believed to be the result of too many prescription pills, or simply the stresses related to touring, it was a loss that had a powerful cultural impact worldwide. It was at this point when the myth of Elvis...

Ronan furrows deep into ‘Lovely Bones’

By Samantha Marsh

December 8, 2009

On Dec. 11, 2009, Paramount Pictures will release a limited viewing of the much-anticipated film adaptation of Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel, “The Lovely Bones.” The film, directed by Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who meets an unfortunate demise ...

Benevento jazzes up the Valley

By Angela Stasiowski

December 8, 2009

Marco Benevento is quickly becoming known in the jazz circuits of New York, making Brooklyn his primary stomping ground. Yet this past Thursday, Benevento and his talented trio travelled to Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall for a new school culture shock unlike any the Pioneer Valley has experienced. The 1...

Stuff your stocking with a different kind of holiday cheer

By S.K. Murphy

December 8, 2009

For years you may have hurried down the stairs on Christmas morning, eager to thrash your way through the slew of toys and presents set out for you by jolly ole Saint Nick. And while the magic of those innocent times may have dimmed with age and too many keg stands, the joy of getting toys at Christmas time doesn’t have to vanish just because you...

WMUA Vinyl Sale a Huge Success

By Garth Brody

December 6, 2009

It was somewhere around the discovery of adjacent vinyls by KC and the Sunshine Band and Boris Karloff performing a dramatic reading of “Peter and the Wolf” that it became clear: Not a mite of musical minutia would be left unattended to at WMUA’s vinyl blowout on Saturday. It was pretty overwhelming....

10 Holiday Films Which Won’t Make You Cringe

By Mark Schiffer

December 6, 2009

It is difficult to say that that the holidays are an uplifting time for everyone. Packed toy stores, clusters of relatives and flight delays due to inclement weather all manage to form what for some is the pinnacle of stress for their year. Consequently, more and more people are taking issue with...