‘Bird Box’ a cage of bad ideas

Content Warning: This article mentions self-harm and suicide. ‘Netflix Original.’ This term has, in recent years, taken on an almost reverent meaning, symbolizing the epitome of production, entertainment and cinematic value. Yet some of Netflix’s recent forays into originality have proven that labels are sometimes undeserved; “Iron Fist” (2017–18) and “Disjointed” (2017–18) stand out as […]

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a crime of a movie

Among recent movie franchises, none have managed to capture the imagination and wonder of a generation quite like Harry Potter. Both the movies and the books they were inspired by are regarded as charming, wonderous and, of course, magical. As part of the spin-off movie series based on a Hogwarts textbook, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes […]

‘A Star is Born’ is an absolutely authentic, rich remake

Content warning: This article discusses alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide. In a scene from “A Star Is Born,” Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) invites love interest and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ally Campana (Lady Gaga) on stage at a concert to perform “Shallow,” a song Ally had just begun writing. It is at this moment that both Cooper […]

‘Scarred Hearts’ surveys into the universal destination of human life

The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting five screenings of the 2016 Romanian film “Scarred Hearts,” directed by Radu Jude, from Sept. 2–16. Adapted from the Romanian author Max Blecher’s biographical novel of the same name, the film portrays the experience of Emanuel (Lucian Teodor Rus), a hospitalized Romanian college student who suffers from Pott […]

Silent horror ‘A Quiet Place’ is a chilling success

The genre of horror is not particularly well-known for stylistic innovation. Most films tend to focus on jump scares and cheap thrills over any semblance of a realistic story or unique cinematography, which is why John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” (2018) comes as such a shock. Not only is it able to remain truly and […]

The ‘Arrival’ of a successful human-alien contact sci-fi

Most modern science fiction works don’t portray human-alien interaction well. An example of this is 2012’s “Prometheus,” which had a nightmare of a plot that was simply an accessory to over-the-top visual effects. These kinds of movies hit you over the head with the fact that, surprise, there are aliens, and then they fall apart […]

Latest addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe ‘Doctor Strange’ shines

“Might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know,” quotes secondary protagonist Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, “Doctor Strange” (2016). Fourteen movies in the ever-expanding MCU need refreshment after the large-scale superhero clash in the previous “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). While some trepidation when walking into these […]

Senior filmmaker Danny Garfield reflects on his time at Tufts

The first time graduating senior Danny Garfield picked up a video camera and started recording, he was seven years old. His earliest forays into film were animations of his toys. Film continued to be both a hobby and a fascination for Garfield throughout his childhood and into his high school years. He took classes and worked […]

DJ Kid Koala’s ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ is a groundbreaking production

It is difficult to precisely categorize “Nufonia Must Fall” (2015), and its creator, Kid Koala, is well aware of the fact. Before the show started, the Canadian DJ thanked the fully packed room for “choosing the show over simpler entertainment.” Complex or not, “Nufonia Must Fall” clearly got enough attention from the public — initially scheduled to […]

Friends, Romans, countrymen: ‘Hail, Caesar’ is missable

“Hail, Caesar,” released on Feb. 5, takes a pretty dim view of Tinseltown. This is hardly surprising; the Coen brothers, who directed it, have a well-documented contempt for Hollywood, expressed both in interviews and in previous efforts like “Barton Fink.”(1991) But modern Hollywood, widely seen as a cesspool of reckless hedonism and narcissistic entitlement, is […]