Citizen Shame: The ‘Cat’ that won’t leave your head

My seventh grade French class is memorable for two things: that time I spilled my entire water bottle on the girl sitting next to me and the relentless screenings of French-dubbed movies. Maybe it was our class’ fascination with cinema, but it more likely had to do with our teacher’s lack of belief in actual teaching. […]

Citizen Shame: It’s John Green’s Fault (in Our Stars)

With the recent release of the latest book from young adult author and icon John Green, it seems fitting to revisit another disturbing chapter of my childhood: my sister’s obsession with “The Fault in Our Stars” (2012). My sister might be the smartest person I know, and in high school she was known for always carrying […]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a lesson in how to continue a classic

The year is 2049. Los Angeles, a megacity suffering from overpopulation, ecological upheaval and an ever increasing reliance on technology, finds itself confronted with greater issues regarding the android slave laborers, or replicants. Renowned replicant hunter, or blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) has vanished. Shortly after 2019, the Tyrell Corporation dissolved due to replicant insurrection. In […]

Citizen Shame: ‘Cars’ drove me mad

I have a brother six years younger than me, and therefore I spent much of my childhood drowning in Wiggles CDs, “Blue’s Clues” (1996–2007) reruns and other things that constituted kids’ entertainment in 2010. The worst of it came when my mother got one of those minivan TVs that only those in the back seat could […]

Q&A: ‘Dolores’ director Peter Bratt talks storytelling, community activism

The subject of the upcoming documentary film “Dolores” (2017), 87-year-old labor-rights activist and legend Dolores Huerta, remains “the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of.” As cofounder of the United Farm Workers labor union with Cesar Chavez, Huerta spearheaded the Delano grape strike in 1965 and played a key role in negotiating fair contracts for migrant […]

Citizen Shame: If only something was ‘Happening’

In 2007, Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg found a new level of success when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” (2006). Two years later, he demonstrated that talent is a spectrum by performing in M. Night Shyamalan’s disasterpiece “The Happening” (2008). You may know Shyamalan as the man who ruined […]

Citizen Shame: ‘Point Break’ my heart

Our second stop on this wonderful journey through the iconic sights of American film leaves us stranded in the depths of the ’90s — the darkest, Keanu-est, Vanilla Iciest part. Join me in taking a look back at the film that made everyone realize Gary Busey might just be an actual alien: 1991’s “Point Break.” […]

Senior Profile: Cecily Lo explores discomfort in performance, film

Graduating senior Cecily Lo made her first film, a stop-motion animation of clay figurines, at the age of 15 with her cousin. Years later, as a student at Tufts, she continues to explore her passion for film, dance and performance art in short videos that she posts on her personal Vimeo channel. “I’ve always been […]

On Location: Spain

In an early and pivotal scene in Pedro Almodóvar’s “Julieta” (2016), the young version of the titular character (Adriana Ugarte) rebuffs a conversation with an older man on a train. As she leaves and strikes up a conversation with fisherman Xoan (Daniel Grao), the train stops suddenly. With a terrible feeling in the pit of […]

On Location: Mali

In the opening scene of “Timbuktu” (2014), a group of radical jihadist soldiers try to hunt a gazelle from their SUV. Using a mounted gun, they pursue it across the sparse desert landscape, with brief pops of gunfire interrupting the splotchy sound of their car bounding over the rocky soil. There is no score, only […]