Phantogram’s latest album repeats past successes, builds new strengths

To avoid falling into a repetitive trap, while still maintaining elements of their old style, artists must take risks that straddle a very thin line. Phantogram, an indie rock and electronic duo from upstate New York, manages to walk this line in “Voices.” Building on the successes of their previous record and EPs, Phantogram assembled […]


Orientation shows to feature wide range of talents

  The Tufts Undergraduate Orientation Shows, which exhibit some of the many talented student groups on campus, will include even more talent this year. Beginning today, five shows held at separate venues will each display the expertise of a broad range of performance groups on campus. On the first night of orientation, incoming freshmen will […]


‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ far exceeds expectations

  Rarely does a movie promoted with so much hype and such huge promises not only deliver in ways audiences expected, but also go beyond preconceived notions in a powerful and moving way. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, is a sprawling tale of fatherhood, love and family. The film […]


Interview | Derek Cianfrance talks documentary background, collaboration with Gosling

    The following is from a roundtable interview the Tufts Daily attended and participated in with Derek Cianfrance, writer and director of “The Place Beyond the Pines.”   Question: Ryan Gosling shrieks in this movie. When you heard that for the first time, were you unbelievably excited?   Derek Cianfrance: Here’s what happened — […]


‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ far exceeds expectations

  Rarely does a movie promoted with so much hype and such huge promises not only deliver in ways audiences expected, but also go beyond preconceived notions in a powerful and moving way. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, is a sprawling tale of fatherhood, love and family. The film […]


Thrilling ‘Red Dawn’ is barely believable

  Drawing from current events to create a dystopian alternative reality, Dan Bradley creates a world in “Red Dawn” that proves both exciting and disappointingly immature. An explosive, fast-paced flick that touches on themes of national pride and modern vulnerability, this movie may not have been boring, but it wasn’t smart either. Basically, it’s exactly […]


Inauthentic ‘Taken 2’ falls short of its predecessor

Every few years, that special kind of film comes around – the kind that, despite being indistinguishable from other movies in its genre, still manages to become a hit. It’s the kind of film that will be quoted and watched repeatedly, with its absurdity enjoyed rather than ridiculed. “Taken” (2008) was that kind of film. […]


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