Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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The low thrum

April 30, 2014

‘Getting drunk and eating chicken fingers’

By Soren Hough

November 26, 2013

Fire up the go-kart, hide your drugs and grab your guns: the boys are back. After four years off the air, Canadian comedy series “Trailer Park Boys” is making its impromptu return in a brand new season and film. Fans of the show are understandably with the prospect of seeing their favorite...

“Thor” thunders past its predecessor.

By Soren Hough

November 19, 2013

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...

The golden age of ‘Arthur’ comes to an end

By Soren Hough

November 5, 2013

A nostalgic, familiar sight as Arthur and his friends are sitting in class with Mr. Ratburn, studiously paying attention as the curmudgeonly teacher drones on about math. But something is off. None of the characters look quite right. Their outlines are bolder and there’s almost no subtlety to their expressions. And now they...

‘Gravity’ never reaches its potential

By Soren Hough

October 22, 2013

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...

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

By Soren Hough

October 15, 2013

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...

“The Hunt” manipulates the emotions of the audience

By Soren Hough

September 17, 2013

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

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

“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...

UMass begins ban on tobacco products

By Soren Hough

September 4, 2013

On July 1, 2013, the University of Massachusetts went completely tobacco-free, officially banning traditional and e-cigarettes, hookahs and chew. Tobacco-free policies are supported by the Center for Disease Control, the Worl...

Summer box office saturated with explosions

By Soren Hough

September 3, 2013

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...