Tommy Gillespie was an Arts & Living editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a senior majoring in English and Film & Media Studies. Tommy can be reached at [email protected]

Isabelle Huppert rises above ‘Frankie’

To paraphrase a supremely funny Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch, “Frankie” (2019) is the type of film you can take a warm bath in. The Isabelle Huppert-headlined movie takes us on a leisurely jaunt up and down the steep inclines of Portugal’s breathtaking coastal forests as its familial web of characters jostle with their own […]

Chalamet cannot drag ‘The King’ to glory

“The King” (2019) never exactly takes a false step. Pinpointing where the Timothée Chalamet-led adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad plays, which depict the Hundred Years’ War, goes wrong is a futile exercise that only yields scratched heads and shrugged shoulders. A faithful enough adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous historical plays? Check. A dutiful rendering of King […]

Weekender: Art, oppression, resilience converge at Boston Palestine Film Festival

Last Friday marked the premiere of the 13th annual Boston Palestine Film Festival, which opened with a screening of writer-director Elia Suleiman’s acclaimed dramedy “It Must Be Heaven” (2019) at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. The festival, which is organized by an all-volunteer team in partnership with the MFA and numerous sponsors, […]

‘Drag Race UK’ gets off to a smashing start

Oi, kitty girls! Following Yvie Oddly’s well-deserved victory in the season 11 finale, the world received a welcome four-month break from the ongoing onslaught of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009–) content. On Oct. 3, however, the reality TV behemoth finally hopped the pond. With its first two episodes, “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” (2019–) has served up a crop of […]

‘The Room’ star Sestero visits Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre played host to a perplexing spectacle last Friday night: a storm of plastic spoons flew blindly in all directions above the seats of the darkened historic theater, shouts from the audience deafened the dialogue playing out onscreen and characters entering the frame were greeted with resounding demands to identify themselves and […]

Weekender: ‘Republic of Camberville’ brings area to podcast life

Local writer Danielle Monroe’s eight-part fictional podcast “Republic of Camberville” (2019–) made its official debut on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Monroe, who dedicated the podcast to “the dancers, drug addicts and dreamers who call Camberville home,” sees “Republic of Camberville” as a chance to mine the rich spectrum of life […]

‘Ad Astra’ puts style before substance

“Retro” may seem like a misplaced descriptor for “Ad Astra” (2019), director James Gray’s effort in Hollywood’s recent surfeit of introspective, big-budget sci-fi. The future of the Brad Pitt-headlined picture takes on a distinctly contemporary grimness.  A man-made catastrophe threatens Earth’s survival. The moon, sporting a commercialized landing terminal complete with a Subway and a […]

‘Honeyland’ finds unadulterated beauty in Macedonia’s remote hills

The most revealing moment of “Honeyland” (2019), a Macedonian beekeeping documentary that some are heralding as 2019’s best film, arrives early on, during the first and only time when the film and its stoic heroine venture far outside their element. Hatidze Muratova, an ethnically Turkish woman living in a remote, mountainous corner of the Republic […]

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ struggles to stay afloat

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (2019) keeps taking its title character (Cate Blanchett) to wetter and wetter places. In Richard Linklater’s newest project, based on Maria Semple’s 2012 novel of the same name, the reclusive Bernadette Fox finds herself retreating from Los Angeles to Seattle to Antarctica, seeking both a greater sense of unity with the […]

In defense of ‘Vox Lux’

Just 22 minutes into “Vox Lux” (2018), Willem Dafoe’s buttery narration succinctly summarizes the genesis and damnation of its troubled star. Just days into the new millennium, the teenage Celeste Montgomery (Raffey Cassidy) stands at the candlelit pulpit of a close-knit Staten Island Catholic church to sing at a vigil for the victims a Columbine-like […]