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

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 […]

The Emmys disappoint with COVID-19 concerns and questionable wins

After a painfully long three-hour ceremony stuffed with awful sketches, lengthy acceptance speeches and questionable wins, television’s biggest night is finally over. Allow me, also named Emmy, to walk you through this year’s Emmys.  As Seth Rogen pointed out in his presentation of the first award, the ceremony did not seem to be COVID-conscious. “They […]

‘The White Lotus’ was the best show of the summer

In mid-July, as the delta variant just began to tighten its grip on American communities, viewers turned their minds to the luxurious Hawaiian fantasy presented in HBO’s “The White Lotus” (2021), which follows a spattering of ridiculously wealthy vacationers and staff at a fictional resort of the same name. Instead of blissful escapism, though, the […]

Hollywood can’t break the male gaze

The “male gaze” is a term that was first used in the context of cinema by feminist thinker Laura Mulvey to describe the depiction of women in media as seen through a heterosexual male lens. Film has often relegated female characters to mere side pieces or love interests for leading men — the women of the James Bond franchise are an obvious example of the male gaze at work. However, even the most independent, ambitious and authoritative female characters can still be portrayed by the male gaze.

‘Dickinson’ gets distracted in season 2

First airing in 2019, the same year that “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” had its debut at Cannes, the show stood out as a satire of these oft-moody dramas, stuffed with modern music and language alongside observations of the ridiculousness of 1850s New England life. Season 2, which premiered on Jan. 8, features new characters, fun new cameos and a touch of witchcraft.

‘Minari’ redefines the rural American experience

Unlike awards-bait movies, though, "Minari" doesn’t feel like work to watch. Instead, it offers a portrait of a young family that provides a critical balance of comedy, drama and emotional beauty that allows its viewers to bask in its glory.