Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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 and by millions and books are reviewed by everyone from famed Yale literature critic Harold Bloom to your college roommate on,...

Modern vampires send inappropriate message

By Stephen Margelony-Lajoie

September 12, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

As the fourth season of the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” approaches and fanatics are still trying to maintain their composure and keep emotions in check after the fifth season finale of HBO’s “True Blood,” it’s getting...

Hollywood blockbusters: you may not like them, but they are important

By Herb Scribner

September 12, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

I understand why people don’t like Hollywood blockbusters. But I think they deserve a little credit, too. Think of all the hot new movies that came out recently only to grab the attention of movie-goers like the last bag of Rai...

Tom Hardy Shines in Plotless “Lawless”

By Danny Marchant

September 6, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

If 2011 was the year of Michael Fassbender, then 2012 is the year of Tom Hardy. Since his breakthrough role in “Inception,” Hardy has stolen the show in film after film. Last seen trying to blow up Gotham City with a nuclear device as Bane i...

The State of the Superhero Movie

By Danny Marchant

September 4, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Superhero movies are not going away. For those who enjoy them, excellent. For those who don’t, too bad. In 2000, Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” was released and started the modern era of superhero movies. But in the 12 years that Hollywood has been kicking off and rebo...

Summer fun, without the sun

By Staff

April 29, 2012

Filed under Movies

Everyone loves summer. Or rather, everyone loves the idea of summer. Many of us, though, while waiting in anticipation for the end of school, don’t necessarily love the realities of summer. It’s hot and sunny, and some of...