Tommy Gillespie

Tommy Gillespie is an Arts & Living editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior majoring in English. Tommy can be reached at thomas.gillespie@tufts.edu.


‘All Stars 4’ concludes with unprecedented, hollow twist

Hey, kitty squirrels! After Latrice Royale’s not-so-shocking elimination last week, we are down to the final four queens of “All Stars 4.” Going off track records, Trinity the Tuck is the frontrunner with four challenge wins. Monét X Change and Monique Heart both have three wins, while Naomi Smalls has one. However, as proven by […]


Weekender: Fawzia Mirza’s ‘Signature Move’ brings love and lesbian wrestling to Tufts

Defining a genre for any film can be tricky, but actor-filmmaker Fawzia Mirza has a very specific one in mind for her 2017 feature-length debut “Signature Move,” which was screened at a lecture organized by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and co-sponsored by the LGBT Center last Friday. “It’s definitely, to this day, the […]


‘RuPaul’s Best Judy Race’ results in a shocking elimination

Hey, Judies! Following episode six, it felt like “All Stars 4” had hit the reset button. Following Valentina’s elimination in episode seven, our six remaining queens enter the Werk Room. Talk shifts to the queens’ various track records. Latrice, fresh off her first challenge win, feels that she has justified her return to the competition, but […]


Attack on ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett being investigated as hate crime

“Empire” (2015–) star Jussie Smollett was attacked in Chicago by two unknown assailants early on Tuesday morning in an incident that police are investigating as a hate crime. According to the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was leaving a Subway sandwich shop around 2 a.m. in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood when he was approached by two individuals […]


‘Cold War’ seethes with melancholic glamor

As “Cold War” (2018) draws to its end, the penultimate scene places its protagonists, Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), on opposite ends of a table in a dilapidated labor camp shack, staring emptily at each other. The star-crossed lovers of Pawel Pawlikowski’s searing romantic drama never could have predicted that they would end up here: Yet […]


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4’ serves a ‘LaLaPaRUza’ for the history books

Hey, material squirrels! After RuPaul suspended All-Star rules at the conclusion of Manila Luzon and Monét X Change’s double Lip Sync For Your Legacy victory following last week’s roast of Lady Bunny, we were treated to a major face crack as the queens re-entered the Werk Room. In a twist reminiscent of the “All-Stars 2” (2016), […]


‘The City Without Jews’ shines unsettling spotlight on history of antisemitism

A copy of Austrian director H. K. Breslauer’s 1924 satirical film “The City Without Jews,” presumed lost for decades, was discovered in 2015 at a Paris flea market in astonishingly good condition. The film, based on Hugo Bettauer’s 1922 novel of the same name, became the subject of a crowdfunded restoration campaign led by the […]


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars’ reveals season four cast

Friday’s reveal of the line-up for “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” season four, scheduled to begin airing on Dec. 14, set off a wave of giddiness throughout the pop culture circuit. In an hour-plus special, last season’s winner, Trixie Mattel, along with fan-favorite queens from season two, Katya and Detox, announced the 10 queens who […]


‘22 July’ confronts extremism with a poised face

British director Paul Greengrass first gained mainstream recognition in 2004 with “The Bourne Supremacy.” The frenetic, rapid-cutting, unsteady camerawork of the Bourne series — somewhat derided by some critics as “shaky-cam” filmmaking — came to define action movies for the remainder of the 2000s, including the venerable James Bond series. Yet “22 July,” Greengrass’ Netflix-produced […]


‘Operation Finale’ squanders its history

The first impression that “Operation Finale” (2018) gave was that it has a Hollywood problem. Or maybe a history problem. Or perhaps a little bit of both. Regardless of semantics, it definitely has a problem. The Nazi-hunting thriller, produced by and starring Oscar Isaac, is a perfectly serviceable addition to the long line of similar […]


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