Stephanie Hoechst
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Stephanie Hoechst is the executive arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying English and film & media studies. She can be reached at

Top 10 movies of 2018

“Roma” Throughout its over two-hour run, the incredibly rich “Roma” slowly constructs the world of one woman, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), and the depths of her experience as a maid in the early 1970s for a family in Mexico City. Directed, produced, written and edited by Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” is semi-autobiographical. Besides being the most gorgeous film of […]

Torn Ticket II’s ‘Blood Brothers’ explores class, privilege

You might not have ever heard of Torn Ticket II’s upcoming musical, “Blood Brothers.” Director Jessica Pearson-Bleyer is excited to bring the West End classic to life at Tufts. “Blood Brothers” follows twins Eddie and Mickey’s lives after they’re separated at birth. Their mother, unable to care for both, gives one of the twins to an […]

‘Boy Erased’ explores faith, sexuality with nuanced poignancy

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. At first, the core of “Boy Erased” appears to be a call to action. A statistic citing that gay conversion therapy is still legal in 36 states appears onscreen before the end credits. While this fact is absolutely relevant to the film, it would suggest that “Boy Erased,” directed […]

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels to showcase innovative retelling of Greek myth in ‘Eurydice’

Pen, Paint, and Pretzels (3Ps), Tufts’ student theatre organization, will perform its fall show, “Eurydice,” this weekend in Balch Arena Theater. The production, co-directed by senior Chopper Carter-Schelp and sophomore Rosa Stern Pait and stage managed by sophomore Laura Wolfe, moves the myth of Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice, out of its original ancient Greek setting and […]

‘First Man’ tackles Neil Armstrong beyond the legend

Hollywood has produced many ambitious movies about the perils of space travel over the past five years, including “Gravity” (2013), “Interstellar” (2014) and “The Martian” (2015). How, then, can a movie about Neil Armstrong ever hope to stand out at a filmic moment already so fixated on aggrandizing and dramatizing space travel? The answer: Don’t […]

Art history professor Christina Maranci to speak on Armenian art, new book

Christina Maranci will give a lecture on her recently published book, “The Art of Armenia: An Introduction,” on Oct. 4, in which she will discuss the meaning and content of her book, as well as her own academic and creative processes. Maranci serves as chair of Tufts’ Art History department, as well as the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian […]

Expanded cinema installation to break down traditional film

The Tisch Library roof will be lit up with film projection tomorrow from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Natalie Minik, a technical specialist and part-time lecturer in the Film and Media Studies department, has organized an experimental film event, entitled “Mixed-Use: A Night of Expanded Cinema with the AgX Film Collective,” to showcase the potential for film as an […]

‘Queer Art of Scale:’ Aymar Jean Christian on web television, intersectionality

Tufts’ Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of Drama and Dance and the Boston Cinema/Media Seminar will host a lecture by Aymar Jean Christian called “The Queer Art of Scale: Producing Indie Pilots for Web TV” this evening. Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University, as well as the founder […]

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is a sweet but unremarkable high school love story

We all know the classic high school rom-com formula: Unpopular Girl likes Popular Boy. Unexpected circumstances bring them together. Unpopular girl comes out of her shell. Romance ensues, miscommunication abounds but, in the end, everything works out for the best.   It is a cute, relatively uncomplicated premise, and the Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved […]

‘Eighth Grade’ depicts adolescence unfiltered

I challenge you not to squirm in your seat with familiarity as you watch Kayla, the lovable, socially awkward protagonist of “Eighth Grade” (2018), stumble through her tumultuous final week of middle school. Though it’s been out since July, I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t seen stand-up comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut to do so, if […]