Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Ender’s Game’ doesn’t get off the ground

By Nathan Frontiero

November 5, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It’s a shame to see a beloved novel lose so much of itself in the jump from page to screen. I read Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” many years ago, so some of it has escaped my memory, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing in writer/director Gavin Hood’s adaptation. The film fe...

Cinematic Titanic stops off in Noho

By Tommy Verdone

October 29, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

In the not too distant future, a man and his buddies confront the big screen once again. This Saturday, Joel Hodgson and the original cast of the cult television show “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will stop in Northampton for the latest tour of their project, Cinematic ...

‘Gravity’ never reaches its potential

By Soren Hough

October 22, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

A woman, short-haired and weightless, folds her body up in relief. Light pours in through a nearby window, and as she floats gently in the sunlight, at once the image of a fetus in utero is evoked. The frame lingers here. Sh...

‘Prisoners’ is an arresting experience from start to finish

By Cory J. Willey

October 22, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Imagine the person you love most in the world. Now imagine they’ve disappeared without a trace. They’re out of your reach and you’re seemingly powerless to bring them back. The police have a suspect but they don’t have the evidence to hold them for long a...

‘Enough Said’ is an honest, charming look at middle-aged love

By Soren Hough

October 15, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It is sobering to know that this is one of the last times we’ll see James Gandolfini’s big, friendly face in theaters. From meteoric rise in the public consciousness with the HBO series “The Sopranos” to smaller roles in films like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Th...

‘Rush’ is a wild, testosterone-fueled ride

By Yoshi Makishima

October 15, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“Rush.” A short title. Onomatopoetic, monosyllabic. It doesn’t suggest a specific time, place or personality. It simply evokes a feeling. And at its strongest, Ron Howard’s latest film is just that: an uncomplicated expression...

‘Runner Runner’ is a disappointing mess

By Nathan Frontiero

October 15, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

The pitch for “Runner Runner” actually sounds pretty good. It suggests a fast-paced crime thriller featuring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck set against an exotic tropical backdrop. But the final product, unfortunately, is a jumbled, confusing film that leaves a lot to be desired. It seems co-...

“Don Jon” is an energetically refreshing take on romantic comedy

By Jeremy Paskoff

October 8, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

It is rare these days to see a film that truly stands out from the crowd. We almost never see a movie that takes a genre and approaches it with a never-before-seen twist, shattering the conventions of the classical Hollywood narrative. “Don Jon” does all of these ...

The interplay of theater and film

By Griffin Lyons

October 1, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies, Theatre

Theater and film are separate but intimately related forms of art. Theater is a type of live performance that has existed in one form or another for thousands of years across many different cultures. Film, the recorded pe...

‘The World’s End’ is a near perfect blend of sci-fi and comedy

By Cory J. Willey

October 1, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies

This year, we have seen a high quantity of films prophesizing the inevitable destruction of the world as we know it. So it would seem an almost impossible task for a similarly-themed film to stand out amongst this doom-obsessed crowd. “The World’s End,” however, accomplishes just that by d...

“Austenland” is infectious but mediocre fun

By Yoshi Makishima

September 24, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“Austenland” is sort of the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I say “sort of” because it’s actually based on Shannon Hale’s novel “Austenland,” which was inspired by the 1995 film...

Digging for gems on Netflix

By Araz Havan

September 24, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies, Television

Netflix has quickly become the go-to place to watch anything from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” The streaming service has grown in popularity and with it so have the options. While there...