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

Top 5 international films to watch now

After “Roma” (2018) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, worldwide releases that premiered last year on the festival circuit and in their home countries are steadily flooding the U.S. market. Here are five that critics and audiences have branded must-sees. “Everybody Knows” (2018), Spain/Iran Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi has teamed up […]

Tufts’ first POC comedy group, ‘Comic Relief,’ makes its public debut

“Comic Relief,” Tufts’ first POC-centered comedy group, held their inaugural show, “Speculation: is the Sriracha Diluted Here?” on Friday evening. The hour-plus show featured acts ranging from a stand-up compare-and-contrast between French monarch Louis XIV and a mock talk show to a TED talk on how to use Tinder to scam free rides off men. The […]

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ debuts its 11th season

Hey, cysters! Less than two weeks removed from the finale of “All Stars 4” (2018) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2009–) is back on our TV screens for its 11th season. The clownishness of that finale and jam-packed schedule for “Drag Race” have led some to (convincingly) suggest that it’s time for the show to slow down a […]

Highlight reel: Top 5 arts articles of the semester

Disclaimer: Although Tommy Gillespie’s “Drag Race Recap” is featured, he had no part in the writing or editing in the description of his article. As part of Daily Week, the Arts & Living section will be revisiting five of our most popular articles from the semester. Written by a cross section of editors, contributing writers […]

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett arrested, faces felony false police report charge

On Thursday, “Empire” (2015–) actor Jussie Smollett turned himself into the custody of Chicago Police, marking a stark turnaround in one of the year’s strangest news stories thus far. Smollett, who checked himself into a Chicago hospital in the early hours of Jan. 29, had alleged that two attackers had beaten him outside a Subway […]

‘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 […]