Carl Svahn is an arts editor and writer at the Tufts Daily who is studying political science, history and film and media studies. He can be reached at [email protected]

WEEKENDER: The 2023 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival showed nerdom at its roots

If one were to stand next to the Somerville Theater on the night of Feb. 15, they would probably think the building was closed. No lights, no sounds and only the cold air blowing in their faces to provide any semblance of movement in the area. Yet just one door over in the theater’s own […]

‘Creed III’ belongs to Jonathan Majors and almost no one else

It feels unfair to mention “Rocky” (1976) when discussing “Creed III” (2023). As the first film in the boxing franchise without the Italian Stallion in any capacity (minus a producing credit), it’s clear from the get-go that this is the beginning of the post-”Rocky” era for the, until now, aptly named “Rocky” series. It was […]

The Legend of Vox Machina season 2 makes strides but still stumbles

It doesn’t always feel good to come full circle. Without enough change or perspective, it can feel like what it literally is: going in a loop. It feels almost worse to see such a lap happen to others, and both in and out of the show itself, that is the case with season 2 of […]

Tufts food crawl: Best bites of Medford/Somerville

If “The Menu” (2022) taught us anything, it’s that food is an art. From Davis Square to Cambridge and even into Boston, the Tufts area has some incredible food offerings. Here are some of our Arts writers’ favorite spots.  Carl Svahn: Kelly’s Diner Kelly’s Diner is dirty, and that’s what’s great about it. The tint […]

Best films of 2022

Siavash Raissi’s top 10 movies of 2022: “Turning Red” The authentic depiction of teenage adolescence in “Turning Red” is a refreshing take on the tropes commonly seen in animated movies. While the jokes in Pixar’s more recent movies have varied in quality, the film’s silliness adds to its charm as a genuinely entertaining experience for […]

‘House of the Dragon’ keeps ‘Game of Thrones” legacy alive

The final season of “Game of Thrones” (2011-19) was not bad. For all its fumbling and all its bluntness, the way the world last left Westeros was emblematic of the environment that the show and books that inspired it created. In the show’s aftermath, the prequel show “House of the Dragon” (2022) was released in […]

‘Tufts Concert for Ukraine’ rages against apathy

The walk to the auditorium was a quiet one — and cold. The rain-smelling April 16 night gave little notice that any kind of event, let alone a heavily promoted concert to support Ukraine amid the 2022 Russian invasion, was about to begin. It was only as the streetlamps leading to the Granoff Music Center […]

Video: “What song are you listening to?”

Video journalists Julia Carpi and Carl Svahn recently set out around campus to ask Tufts students an important question: “What song are you listening to?”

Analyzing ‘Dune’ in light of the Oscars

Fear is everywhere in Frank Herbert’s “Dune” (1965). It’s there when the members of House Atreides arrive at their new and hostile home, the desert planet Arrakis. It’s there when Paul Atreides, the protagonist of the book, questions what his role in said story will be. Most importantly, however, it surrounds the book and franchise […]

‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ spins a standard but satisfying tale

Dungeons and Dragons campaigns usually aren’t remembered for their stories. In a game so reliant on group charisma and improvisation, there’s usually little room for the intricate storytelling seen in more plot-driven mediums like film or television to shine. But in rare cases, like with the “nerdy-ass voice actors” behind the DnD web series “Critical […]