Christopher Panella

Christopher Panella is an Arts Editor and junior double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. Chris can be reached at [email protected]

Grimes’ frustrating art, ‘Miss Anthropocene’

The Canadian artist Grimes might be flooding the news recently: her drama with Azealia Banks (the highlight of which involved leaked text messages of Banks telling Grimes she “smell[s] like a roll of nickels”), her relationship with billionaire Elon Musk and confirmed pregnancy with his child and as of last Friday, her new album, “Miss […]

The Daily’s 40th anniversary: revisiting a 1999 “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” review

In 1999, the Daily wrote about the release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”. The review — or rather, a short summary about the release of the film — followed the box office success of “Menace” and discussed some of the key takeaways with which critics were leaving the theaters with (too much computer-generated […]

Lucy Hale, Jeff Wadlow talk making ‘Fantasy Island,’ working together

In theaters this weekend, “Fantasy Island” (2020) is a supernatural horror film following lucky — or so we’re led to believe — guests at a tropical island resort where their individual fantasies are fulfilled. The film is inspired by the “Fantasy Island” (1977–84) television series, but director Jeff Wadlow adapts the series into something sinister. […]

‘Supervision’ is great, but La Roux can do better

Over a decade ago, La Roux — then an English music act consisting of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid — released their explosive debut album “La Roux” (2009). It produced “Bulletproof” and “In For The Kill” arguably two of the biggest pop songs of the 21st century. And what did the duo do after such […]

‘Birds of Prey’ is fun, fabulous, a strong future for DC

The best thing the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) ever did was cast Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Quinn’s a fan-favorite character and possibly the most interesting character in Batman’s rogue gallery. Likewise, Robbie’s rendition was the only spark of charisma in “Suicide Squad,” (2016) which gave her very little to do. Thankfully, “Birds of Prey […]

Oscars predictions: What should win, will win, was snubbed, doesn’t belong

With the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner on Feb. 9, the Tufts Daily Arts & Living team threw together some predictions for the film industry’s biggest night of the year. Each editor took the five categories that gave them most intrigue and picked who should win, who will win, who got snubbed and […]

‘1917’ shows technical prowess with little substance

This review contains spoilers. The stakes of “1917” (2019) are evident less than about 20 minutes into the film: General Erinmore (Colin Firth) tells Lance Corporals William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) that they must get a message to Colonel Mackenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch) regarding an attack he is planning against the Germans. […]

For your consideration: ‘The Two Popes’, Pryce’s performance

In less than two weeks, the 92nd Academy Awards will air; millions will watch and argue about the nominees awarded, the dresses worn and the speeches given. There are clear contenders for each category — anyone following this awards season is positive that Brad Pitt is a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actor for his performance […]

From ‘Star Wars’ biggest year yet to the future of the franchise

2019 was perhaps the biggest year for Star Wars fans yet. From a critically acclaimed video game and the end of the Skywalker saga to probably the cutest, most meme-able character ever, this past year had something for everyone — even the most casual of Star Wars viewers — to enjoy. It brought the new […]

The Arts Section Presents: 2010s in film

The 2010s saw cultural milestones for film. Disney dominated big-box film — in 2015, Disney and Lucasfilm began the epic third trilogy of the “Star Wars” franchise (1977–), while Marvel dropped a whopping 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including four “Avengers” movies that mark the beginning and end of an era of Marvel […]