Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Dad on a Rampage: "Taken"

February 12, 2009


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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. Try not to stop, or take pictures, or flirt with charming strangers that you meet along the way.Tip two: If you must fli...

The Wrestler at Amherst Cinema

By kevinkoczwara

January 24, 2009


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If anyone has seen any awards show or heard any movie buzz it has had to include the buzz about "The Wrestler" and Mickey Rourke's performance. The movie is shot mostly on a hand-held camera, following behind Rourke who gives a marvelous performance that involves using his whole body and emotional spec...

Awards Wrap-Up from the Boston Globe

By kevinkoczwara

January 23, 2009


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Ty Burr and Wesley Morris are two beloved critics by us here at the Collegian (Shayna and Myself especially). They had done an Oscar video a few weeks ago about who will get snubbed and forgotten when the time comes for the predictions. It is interesting to look back on it. They just did a peice (Burr...

Oscar Nominations Have Been Announced!

By kevinkoczwara

January 22, 2009


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Today was the big day for the Motion Picture world. Some huge nominations for "Benjamin Button" (13) and "Slumdog Millionaire" (10). The most enjoyable news is the nomination for Richard Jenkins (Best Acotr) for "The Visitor" (a little seen film that deserves to be seen by just about everyone).Here's a ...

A Revolution in Acting

By kevinkoczwara

January 13, 2009


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After Kate Winslets recent victories at the Golden globes (best supporting actress for "The Reader" and best actress for "Revolutionary Road") I thought I should write up a short review of "Revolutionary Road."Let me start off by saying this: the movie is all about the acting. The acting is pitch-perf...

The Curious Case

By kevinkoczwara

December 26, 2008


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To say "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is the year's best film is too high of a compliment (it is getting a few of those), but the film is surely one of the best of the year. With David Fincher's direction the film moves through one man's story with ease, grace and a much needed omnipresent feel.The audience is allowed a once in a lifetime opportunity to read from Mr. Button's very own journal an...

The kids of Journalism 393F have taken over…

December 12, 2008


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Some films must be seen – they’re almost too unbelievable to disregard or to ignore. Some, like those of the “Showgirls” variety, are mere flashes in the poor taste pan. Poor, yes, but they’re the stuff of laughs, not of legend. Such films may air in perpetuity on cable, softened up for public consumption by network executives leery of their content, but tem...

Clint Eastwood: As good as they get

By kevinkoczwara

December 12, 2008


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With "Gran Torino" opening to some great reviews, Eastwood winning a major acting award for the film already, I thought it was fair to post an interview that the New York Times did with him. He is a true American actor and hero of cinema. Look at his body of work, there is a lot, and ther eare some of the greatest gems in American Cinema to date.Here's the ArticleH...

Golden Globe Nominations Announced

By kevinkoczwara

December 12, 2008


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Today was the day that the grand ol' Golden Globe nominations get announced.Another one of those glitz and glamour showcases for the rich to shine. But in all fairness we watch the rich, pay for them to be rich, to entertain and then be rewarded for entertaining us. It is something for actors, write...

I must disagree with Shayna, it happens

By kevinkoczwara

December 7, 2008


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Shayna Murphy reviewed Danny Boyle's new film "Slumdog Millionaire" earlier this week. And I must disagree with her "B" rating. Now I know our rating system is flawed (which one isn't?) and it is completely subjective. But I must give Boyle's new film an "A" on our rector scale.The film breaks so ma...

Weekend DVD Rental

By kevinkoczwara

December 5, 2008


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The underbelly of cities has been told many times before. Whether it is in Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown,” or Danny Boyle’s adaptation of “Trainspotting,” the underworlds of society have been explored, opened to the public eye and seen in almost perfect lights. So what could “City of God” bring new to the table? The m...

Boston Theatres This Weekend…Coming to Amherst

By kevinkoczwara

November 25, 2008


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Ty Burr and Wesley Morris rarely disagree like they do here about the new Danny Boyle Film "Slumdog Millionaire." It is getting rave reviews across the country and talk of Oscars is heavy.Here is there weekly "Take 2" on the film:This Thanksgiving "Milk" is opening and that is being called a "masterpiece" across the board. Here ...