Christopher Panella is an Arts editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a senior studying Film and Media Studies. Chris can be reached at [email protected]


Comfort Cartoons: Neo-noir and gothic ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

Following the episodic adventures of Batman, Robin and Batgirl, the series takes on a darker tone that feels inspired by both Tim Burton’s two Batman films and the ‘70s and '80s comic books. Those interpretations are seen in every detail: Gotham City’s skies are dark even during the day, the buildings are tall and gothic and gangsters sneak around in alleys and side streets.


Pokémon announces remakes ‘Brilliant Diamond,’ ‘Shining Pearl’ and new ‘Arceus’ game

The Pokémon Company finally announced its most anticipated games of the past 25 years on Feb. 26. The franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary with many things — like the surprisingly fun virtual Post Malone concert — but the crown jewels of the commemoration were the “Pokémon Brilliant Diamond” (2021), “Pokémon Shining Pearl” (2021) and “Pokémon Legends: Arceus” (2022) game announcements.


Comfort Cartoons: Eccentric ‘Ed, Edd n Eddy’

Ed is dumb but lovable, Double D is intelligent and anxious and Eddy sports a short temper and acts as the de facto leader of the group. These eclectic personalities lead to fighting within the group that’s both humiliating and hilarious.


Weekender: Revisiting Daft Punk’s immeasurable impact as the duo retires

To celebrate the duo’s 28-year career — including perfectly pounding albums, gorgeous visual storytelling and live concerts that fans were chomping at the bit to get into — let’s take a deep dive into their music. It’s a great opportunity to “Lose Yourself to Dance” (2013), as the duo would want.


Comfort Cartoons: Zany to the max ‘Animaniacs’

In this column “Comfort Cartoons,” my goal is to revisit some of the most formative and re-watchable animated shows. We’ll be discussing their nostalgia, their merits, how they’ve held up and what it’s like to watch them again as a (relative) adult.


‘Chromatica’ Oreos are a tasty, colorful eating experience

The line of limited-edition cookies is inspired by Lady Gaga's latest release, “Chromatica” (2020), a dance-pop album exploring mental health and healing. Gaga’s Oreos are a spin on the classic sandwich cookies, with pink cookies and green icing in the middle.


Holiday season must-watches

While the holiday season is going to look a little different this year, your ability to watch classic holiday films from the safety of your residence prevails. Here's what the Arts & Pop Culture editors have to say about their favorite holiday movies.


The best music of 2020

It’s certainly easy to list all the ways consuming music changed. But plenty of our normal listening activities remained. We still take walks around the neighborhood. We continue to listen while studying or ignoring our roommates and families. And as always, the shower is still the stage for our world tour performances.


Miley Cyrus reborn as rock diva in ‘Plastic Hearts’

Cyrus’ seventh studio album explores who she’s been and who she is. But that’s fairly difficult for an artist who’s always changing, especially sonically; it makes “Plastic Hearts” a statement of self-reflection.


‘Armor,’ ‘Tundra’ expansions build on strengths of Pokémon ‘Sword,’ ‘Shield’

“Sword” and “Shield” have received two downloadable content (DLC) expansions, “The Isle of Armor” (2020) and “The Crown Tundra” (2020). The DLCs replace the remake games that Nintendo is known for.


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