Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘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...

Trapped in the cinema

By Lauren Romag

September 18, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Having the opportunity—nay, the privilege—to get trapped in the closet with R. Kelly for Amherst Cinema’s Sing-Along event, a group of floor mates and I bravely went where few would think to go on a Friday night. Whil...

“The Hunt” manipulates the emotions of the audience

By Soren Hough

September 17, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

What would you do if a child erroneously accused you of abuse? Nobody should have to answer a question like this. Unfortunately Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), the kindhearted protagonist Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” finds...

“Blackfish” dives into viewers’ minds

By Soren Hough

September 17, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Filmmakers have long understood that animals garner more sympathy than humans. In a strange phenomenon of mass desensitization, the injury or death of a fellow Homo sapien just doesn’t have as much of an impact on moviegoers....

Video game stars to release Punisher passion project

By Soren Hough

September 10, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

“He is constant like the Northern Star. He is like the Grim Reaper. He is the angel of death.” These are the epithets a small group of cosplayers, actors and choreographers use to describe Frank Castle, the Marvel antihero...

The Allure of the Movie Trailer

By Cory J. Willey

September 10, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

In this era of entertainment, film marketing can be almost as important as the content of the work itself. So many movies clamor for the top spot at the box office every weekend that many may fail simply because they didn’t...