Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

The Vulgarity of comedy

By Denise OBrien

September 10, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Long ago, I made the conscious decision to never, under any circumstance, watch a modern-day comedy with my mother in the room. If I can’t bear the thought of her presence during a romantic Disney Channel scene, I certainly...

Summer box office saturated with explosions

By Soren Hough

September 3, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

A decorated gladiator steps out into the sun, brandishing two swords while donning finely detailed armor. Around him, hundreds of men and women line the seats of a massive arena, wildly screaming his name. He walks forward to...

A farewell to Roger Ebert

By Alexa Hoyle

April 9, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living Blogs, Blogs, Entertainment, Movies and Television

Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday at 70 years old and the world lost one of the greats. The tragic death comes on the heels of Ebert announcing a “leave of presence” from his career to focus on his health. It’s impossibl...

People that deserve Oscars that haven’t gotten one yet

By Emily Merlino

March 25, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The world of acting is a rough-and-tumble Wild West shootout where only the best and beautiful survive. The ultimate reward for enduring in a town where appearances are everything and one man can make or break your life (Weinstein, anyone?) is...

Ways to relieve stress during midterm week

By Emily Brightman

March 8, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Health&Wellness, Lifestyle

The dreaded midterm week is once again bearing its gnashing teeth and University of Massachusetts students are beginning to feel the bite. Around campus, stress levels are rising rapidly as students prepare for the upcoming onslaught of late night study sessions and soul-crushing essay ...

Hollywood misrepresents women

By Allie Connell

February 27, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In her 1985 comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” Alison Bechdel created a litmus test for female characters and their positive representations in movies. There are three simple rules that a movie must follow to pass “The Bechdel Test”: there is a minimum of two...

Citizen criticism usurps the professional

By Emily Merlino

October 12, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the Information Age, when movies are rated on websites like RottenTomatoes.com and IMDB.com by millions and books are reviewed by everyone from famed Yale literature critic Harold Bloom to your college roommate on Amazon.com,...