Christopher Panella

Christopher Panella is an Executive Social Media Editor and an Arts Editor. He is a junior double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. He can be reached at

Burns, Jones discuss making ‘The Report’

“The Report” (2019) follows Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) and his investigation into the “enhanced interrogation techniques” — a softer, more cryptic term to describe systematic torture — that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employed following the Sept. 11 attacks. Based on Jones’ real experience with the “Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Report of […]

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ is slow-burning excellence

This review contains spoilers. Shown by the Independent Film Festival Boston during its fifth annual Fall Focus at The Brattle Theatre, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019) is a meticulous film. Following Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, as she is hired to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a woman being married to […]

‘Parasite’ disarms before dealing final blow

This review contains spoilers. There’s a sense, when things are going far too well, that something bad is coming. It could be the calm before the storm. The anxiety of life being too good to be true is similar; the idea of everything going right can’t exist without the acknowledgement that something will eventually ruin […]

‘Jojo Rabbit’ is effective satire, but feels too safe

While watching “Jojo Rabbit” (2019), the audience is asked to laugh at — and sometimes, along with — the film’s main character, Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis). Jojo is a devout Adolf Hitler lover, a child who absolutely adores and idolizes the Nazi Party. His room is full of Nazi propaganda. He attends a […]

Eggers talks mythos and making of ‘The Lighthouse’

Following two lighthouse keepers — the younger, mysterious Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and the older, slightly senile Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) — “The Lighthouse” (2019) is a slow-burning descent into madness that’s thrilling to watch. It’s a fresh film that feels handmade, original and is thought-provoking. “The Lighthouse” was born from director Robert Eggers’ love […]

The wet weirdness of ‘The Lighthouse’

Madness isn’t exactly something to crash right into — there’s no cannonballing into a pool of insanity. Rather, it’s more likely that losing one’s mind is a slow wade through icy water, waves roaring and foaming. But there has to be a source to madness — not a moment that causes a mental break, but […]

Platt, Schlaepfer talk about honesty, timeliness of ‘The Politician’

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have a long list of successes. Shows like “Glee” (2009–2015), “American Horror Story” (2011–present), “Scream Queens” (2015–2016) and “Pose” (2018–present) are undoubtedly cultural touchstones. There’s variety in the duo’s work, but there’s no denying when something just feels like a Murphy/Falchuk production. Regardless if the show features Idina Menzel or […]

Ten films to look forward to for the remainder of 2019

With only a few months left in 2019, many of the year’s most anticipated films are soon to arrive. It may feel like 2019 has been quite long — it’s hard to believe Jordan Peele’s “Us” (2019) came out in March — but there are plenty of exciting releases to help close out the year. […]

Susannah Grant talks about creating Netflix’s powerful series ‘Unbelievable’

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault and rape. In December 2015, ProPublica and The Marshall Project published “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” an in-depth piece focusing on the survivors of a serial rapist and a police investigation that took place in 2011. The story begins with an 18-year-old girl who, for the purposes of […]

Lana Del Rey’s American Dream and ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’

If the 2010s have been defined by anything, it has been turmoil — changes in both the political climate and the actual climate, social divides that have permanently broken the ground underneath us and economic disparities that only seem to grow. What was once beautiful, or at least seemed that way, is now simply cracking […]