Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

‘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...