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

‘The Insult’ is a compliment to its artists

On a sunny afternoon, two strangers get into a dispute on a Beirut street. Choice words are exchanged, and egos are bruised. Later, when the two men seek to resolve the situation, tensions flare up and their dispute escalates into a fistfight. Straightforward, right? Well, when the parties in question are a Christian Lebanese citizen […]

‘The Final Year’ effectively wraps up Obama’s foreign policy legacy

Throughout most of Greg Barker’s “The Final Year” (2017), a documentary tracking President Obama’s foreign policy team during the last twelve months of the administration, the ongoing presidential election is largely relegated to the background. President Donald Trump’s nomination at the Republican National Convention is only briefly glimpsed on a West Wing TV, while a secretary […]

Campus comedy groups creatively approach Tufts political climate

As Craig Drennan and Jess Silverman, now co-editors-in-chief of Tufts’ comedy magazine The Zamboni, watched the election unfold in horror on Nov. 8, 2016, they decided they had to come to terms with what they had just seen in the best way they knew: with their unique brand of absurd comedy. “By 2 p.m. the next day, […]

Too hip to be ‘The Square’

Jimmy Kimmel once did a segment from Coachella in which he asked festival-goers if they had seen a number of fictitious bands perform. The concertgoers, not wanting to seem out of the loop, all said yes, that they had seen them, and some went into great detail about the made-up, comically named bands Kimmel mentioned. […]

‘The Snowman’ is a film caught in a blizzard

Fans of Scandi-noir have come to expect a certain general formula in the years since the genre exploded onto the scene: bleak, snowy landscapes, beleaguered alcoholic heroes and villains of particular depravity and brutality lurking beneath the surface of the seemingly liberal, socially cohesive societies of their Nordic settings. It may seem that the genre […]

The neon haze of ‘Beach Rats’

Roughly midway through writer-director Eliza Hittman’s multilayered Brooklyn drama “Beach Rats” (2017), protagonist Frankie (Harris Dickinson) shaves off most of his floppy blond hair. The new look he takes on and what it says about his character is rather difficult to read. Does it suggest that he has hardened? Is it a stripping down of […]

Weekender: TUTV’s ‘Legend’ is centuries in the making

Monday marked the long-awaited release of “Legend” (2017), Tufts University Television’s (TUTV) latest and largest-ever project. All eight episodes of the web series, which reimagine the characters of the medieval legends of Arthurian Britain as modern-day students at Camelot University, became available to stream on YouTube on Monday morning. For senior Kristin Tomecek, the writer-creator of “Legend,” it was the […]

‘Viceroy’s House’ partitions the viewer’s interests

Before the credits roll on Gurinder Chadha’s historical drama “Viceroy’s House” (2017), released worldwide on Sept. 1, title cards underline the human cost of the 1947 partition of India into the newly independent, decolonized nations of India and Pakistan. Over 10 million people, including Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, were displaced from their homes, leading to the death of over […]

Despite intensity, ‘Dunkirk’ doesn’t know what it’s fighting for

In the final scene of “Dunkirk” (2017), having finally escaped their stranded position in France and reached England, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) and Alex (Harry Styles) board a troop train headed for London. After dozing off, Tommy receives a paper and reads aloud Churchill’s famous speech: “We shall fight on the beaches … We shall fight […]

On Location: France

Content warning: This column discusses sexual violence. In the first scene in “Elle” (2016) following her violent sexual assault, Michelle Lèblanc (Isabelle Huppert) walks into her living room, cleans up the scene and picks up her cat. Looking at her cat with scrutinizing, measuring eyes, she holds him in a position reminiscent of a police interrogation. […]