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]


Revisiting Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ 7 years later, with ‘Chromatica’ in mind

“ARTPOP” became a larger-than-life era, even for pop’s most outrageous and concept-focused musician. That’s important context for revisiting the album seven years later and questioning its status.


‘The Mandalorian’ continues to focus on parenting, brings in fan-favorite characters

The first two episodes of the show's second season are great re-entries into the world of “The Mandalorian.” We’re given exciting setups for the new season, full of franchise familiarity and new possibilities.


‘Avatar’ and ‘Korra’: The 2020 cultural juggernauts

Considering that “Avatar” first debuted over 15 years ago, it hardly seems the candidate to make such a strong comeback as (technically) a children’s show. However, “Avatar’s” newfound popularity –– as well as “Korra,” its sequel/spinoff series –– proves not only their mastery of TV storytelling, but their timelessness and relevance of cultural commentary.


Spooktober: Flicks and frights

Christopher Panella shares 13 movies and TV shows you should watch this month to get you in the Halloween spirit.


Ryan Smith discusses Virtual Creative Careers Trek, new additions to program

The Trek, which used to be a day trip to New York City, gives Tufts undergraduate students the opportunity to engage and connect with professionals in a variety of arts, media and entertainment careers.


Chinese fusion dance group Wuzee talks combining styles, building community

Founded in 2014, Wuzee is a Chinese fusion dance group that strikes a balance between traditional Chinese dance styles and more Western contemporary styles. “That ranges from very traditional Chinese/ethnic dances to ballet and hip-hop components,” senior and co-captain Claire Liu said.


Revisiting ‘Turn Off the Light’: Kim Petras’ hauntingly good Halloween album

There are ways to enjoy Halloween and “Turn Off the Light” this holiday season. Petras made the perfect soundtrack for the entire month’s festivities — that fun won’t stop given the current circumstances.


‘Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe’ is the franchise’s most satisfying story yet

It’s certainly impressive that creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh were able to find another adventure to add to Phineas and Ferb’s already jam-packed summer; it’s perhaps even more impressive that “Candace Against the Universe” is the franchise’s most mature and satisfying story yet.


2020 summer music roundup

It’s easy to close your eyes and imagine — or idealize — summer. Our mouths flood with the tastes of ripe, juicy fruits and our noses smell backyard barbecues. Our minds fill with nostalgic images of childhood bike rides in suburban neighborhoods and deep sunburns. Our skin aches for the touch of the sand and […]


Senior Profile: Ehrlich grows into hardworking filmmaker

The day after screening his senior thesis short film, Jacob Ehrlich was sentimental about his journey through the Film and Media Studies (FMS) department. “I came into the program with very little understanding of what it was like to make an indie film,” he said.  Ehrlich, a double major in film and media studies and […]


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