Christopher Panella

Christopher Panella is an assistant arts editor. He is a sophomore double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. He can be reached at

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 8

Welcome, readers, to another coffee-induced ranting episode of my column, where I excitedly yell all of my opinions into space and hope someone listens. In this episode, I’ve decided to talk about something that has been keeping me awake and making me slightly nervous. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about “Solo” (2018), the next installment […]

‘Ready Player One’ is an explosive pop culture juggernaut

Pop culture can be all-consuming. Whether it be the film references (1980’s “The Shining”), music artists (Duran Duran) or the video games (1979’s “Adventure”), the last few generations have grown up with an indispensable cultural knowledge, all found in “Ready Player One” (2018). Helmed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, the blockbuster is well aware of this shared […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 7

As I write this episode on a plane (RIP spring break 2018), I find that the most pressing and exciting piece of Star Wars information this week is that EA’s latest Star Wars video game, “Battlefront 2” (2017), received a major overhaul in both game progression and format this past week. There’s also some “Solo” […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 6

“For everything you gain, you lose something else.” This is one of my favorite opening quotes from “The Clone Wars” (2008–2014) animated series and it surely applies to this week’s Star Wars announcements. From big changes for the future of the saga to sad but necessary goodbyes, here are a few of the top moments […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 5

Hear ye, hear ye! For this column, I’d like to talk about Rian Johnson’s recent reveal of deleted scenes from “The Last Jedi” (2017). The film is set for its home entertainment rollout starting March 13 on different apps for download and continuing on March 27 for its Blu-ray debut. With “The Last Jedi” basically […]

The Academy is diversifying, but will Sunday’s ceremony reflect that?

Diversity amongst Oscar nominees and the Academy has a murky past. After the past few years of #OscarsSoWhite, it seemed that the Academy took the hint in 2016 when it welcomed 683 potential members, with 46 percent of the invitees being women and 41 percent being people of color. The trend continued this past year, […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 4

This week, I’m talking about female characters in movie and web series “Forces of Destiny” (2017–). Now, as I’ve previously stated, my favorite character has always been Leia. She’s strong, resourceful and the leader of the Rebellion. She didn’t shed a tear (onscreen) when her home planet was blown up. That, my friends, is a tough character. […]

Op-Ed: Democrats need to ignore the conspiracies and make gun control their issue

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is still creating waves, and that’s a good thing. Prior to Parkland’s mass shooting on Feb. 14, it felt like Americans were desensitized to mass shootings and school shootings. A shooting would happen, politicians would provide their thoughts and prayers, and there would be online outrage. Give it […]

Q&A: Assistant Professor Frank Lehman dives deep into the iconic ‘Star Wars’ scores

Tufts Assistant Professor of Music Frank Lehman did not know his passion would make a viable career. When Lehman was exploring ideas for his graduate school dissertation, he discovered opportunities in the field of film scoring. Throughout his career studying the scores of the “Star Wars” series (1977–), Lehman created a database for all of composer John […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 3

With just five episodes left, “Star Wars: Rebels” (2014–) is coming to a tearful end. I have a lot of feelings about this series, particularly because I think it was incredibly well done and is severely underrated. (If only Disney had made it a Netflix series and not a DisneyXD series.) “Rebels” occurs 14 years […]