Tommy Gillespie

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

‘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 […]

Chief Curator Dina Deitsch speaks on Tufts Art Galleries’ past, future

Since Dina Deitsch took over as chief curator of the then-Tufts Art Gallery in July 2017, the gallery has changed immensely. Even the name of the institution, from the Tufts Art Gallery to the Tufts Art Galleries (TUAG), has been subject to change. TUAG are currently undergoing a total rebrand, both online and on paper. […]

Julianne Moore speaks at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre hosted “An Evening With Julianne Moore” on Thursday night. The event, which brought the star of the recent film “Gloria Bell” (2019) just minutes away from her old stomping grounds as a theater student at Boston University, featured a conversation with the Academy Award-winning actress and Boston Globe film writer Loren […]

‘High Life’ serves eerie chills, asks higher questions

Discord reigns in Claire Denis’ “High Life” (2018), an intergalactic psycho-thriller starring Robert Pattinson. An infant’s wails pierce the dim halls of a space station, above the industrious hum of life support systems. Childhood memories flicker across the screen and pass in the space of an exhale. Stuart A. Staples’ dread-inducing score creeps upward. The […]