Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Catching Fire’ is epic, dark and outstanding

By Nathan Frontiero

November 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

The first “Hunger Games” movie pissed me off. Series author Suzanne Collins helped pen the film’s script herself, but the adaptation was troublingly devoid of the substance that made the book so great. Perhaps the best thing about “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is how it vastly improves on the first film. A muc...

Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective

By Jackson Maxwell

November 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

When looking for movies to enjoy in the crowded world of cinema, the general public has always gravitated towards films that give them a rush. Recently this rush has mostly been delivered by a towering fictional hero who dominates the screen, letting the audience accompany him or her...

“Thor” thunders past its predecessor.

By Soren Hough

November 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

When I saw Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” a few years back, I was confused. That isn’t to say I didn’t understand the movie, and I wouldn’t say it wasn’t badly made – I just had no opinion on its content. Perhaps it was the thin c...

‘Kill Your Darlings’ is a unique coming-of-age piece

By Yoshi Makishima

November 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Destruction is necessary for creation. Art comes at a price. This is the lesson of debut director John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings,” which takes Faulkner’s philosophy of artistic ruthlessness to a murderous extreme. The title of “Kill Your D...

Wes Anderson: the antidote to hum-drum Hollywood

By Jeremy Paskoff

November 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

There are a lot of Hollywood directors whose styles blend together, making most movies today feel voiceless and bland. Wes Anderson is a director who does the exact opposite giving his films a certain charm and style. Although critics receive his work with very mix...

Giving thanks at the cinema

By Yoshi Makishima

November 12, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Thanksgiving is coming up and that means two things: massive tryptophan comas, and the beginning of the holiday movie rush. To take advantage of holiday crowds, cinemas will be rolling out the action-packed blockbusters, bawdy comedies and a few pieces...

The wisecrackers from MST3K have still got it

By Tommy Verdone

November 12, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Last Saturday night, Joel Hodgson and the rest of the original crew from Gizmonic Institute made a comedic appearance at Calvin Theater in Northampton. Hodgson, along with his old buddies Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank) and Mary Jo Pehl (Pe...

“12 Years a Slave” is a Landmark Achievement

By Alex Frail

November 12, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“12 Years a Slave” is a loaded title. It tells you the movie’s endgame will follow a grueling roadmap of a dozen years of hardship. The movie’s brilliance is that it can overtly reveal its conclusion and can hint at the severe cruelty of its villains while refusing to let you look away. It is a masterw...