Emmy Wenstrup is a junior majoring in film and media studies. She is an Arts Editor for the Daily and can be reached at [email protected]

Summer TV recap: Quantity over quality

This summer, just like the last, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions allowed for long-anticipated series to both make their debuts and return to the small screen. From mega-budget prequels to quieter critics’ hits, the summer certainly had plenty of options for TV lovers. Whether any of it was good is another question. Let’s start with […]

2021–22 academic year sees the return of the movies

This academic year was a big one for the movies. Major, long-anticipated blockbusters finally hit the theaters after being delayed by the pandemic. As COVID-19 restrictions relaxed, the film festival season also picked back up and delivered some excellent smaller productions that fostered discussion, praise and accolades.  For the blockbusters, the fall semester was dominated […]

Patience is rewarded in stunning Best Picture nominee ‘Drive My Car’

It seems impossible that on the cusp of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, there should only be one Japanese film ever to be nominated for Best Picture. It is a perfect choice then, for that film to be “Drive My Car” (2021). The film is an emotionally intense three-hour-long meditation on grief based on the […]

Planetarium’s ‘Beyoncé Experience’ did not ‘Put a Ring on It’

On the cold, wet night of Feb. 4, the Boston Museum of Science hosted “The Beyoncé Experience” in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. According to the museum’s website, the show “redefines nightlife in Boston” and “engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination.”  For those unfamiliar with the spot, the Museum of […]

Oscars predictions 2022: Who will the Academy nominate?

It’s the end of Oscars season, meaning it’s time to predict which pretentious movies from 2021 that few people watched will win the coveted awards. The official nominations are scheduled to be announced on Feb. 8, but here’s a list of what to look for in the big five categories: picture, director, screenplay, actor and […]

BEATs members find community through shared love for drumming

Tufts has no shortage of quirky acronyms for quirky student groups, between TUSC (Tufts University Social Collective), SUCC (Stand-up Comedy Collective), TDC (Tufts Dance Collective), TMC (Tufts Mountain Club) and many more. What better name, then, for Tufts’ only street percussion group than BEATs (Bangin’ Everything At Tufts).  Daniella Rothstein, a sophomore who joined the […]

Kristen Stewart exceeds high expectations in Diana biopic ‘Spencer’

Kristen Stewart and her latest subject, Princess Diana, are so much more than mere cultural icons.  That seems to be the thesis of Pablo Larraín’s latest biopic, “Spencer” (2021). It takes place over three days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and — one of my new favorite absurdly British terms — Boxing Day at the royal […]

Weekender: ‘Titane’ is a cinematic tour-de-force

After hearing some ominous thuds, our protagonist exits the locker room, her naked body still dewy from the shower. A car, the same flame-adorned Cadillac she was dancing on just a few hours ago (she’s an exotic dancer), waits for her outside. She responds to its seductive call by entering the vehicle, and a few […]

What to watch this spooky season

With spooky season fast approaching, many viewers may soon be tempted by the ever-popular horror genre. Filmmakers often use horror as a critical lens to examine what society itself may be afraid of, as Jordan Peele does with “Get Out” (2017) and Bong Joon-ho with “Parasite” (2019). In other cases, filmmakers take traditionally “scary” motifs […]

‘Reservation Dogs’ is changing the representation game

The name Taika Waititi on any project makes it worth watching – the Māori actor/director/producer extraordinaire seems able to add his certain flair to anything and make it work, whether that be a satirical yet moving look at a brainwashed Hitler Youth in “Jojo Rabbit” (2019) or a vampire mockumentary in “What We Do in […]

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