The 91st Academy Awards: Did you expect anything other than a hot mess?

The 91st Academy Awards last Sunday were full of memorable moments. From historic — and long overdue — wins for black women in non-acting categories to a sultry “Shallow” performance that sparked plenty of online chatter, it seems the 2019 Oscars were not a ceremony to be forgotten. Viewers agreed: the 91st ceremony saw a 12 percent increase in viewership […]

2018 summer movies roundup

With summer drawing to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on the myriad movies that graced the big screen over the past three months. Unless you live under a rock, most of these movies will come as no surprise, although some of them are perhaps unexpected. Regardless of their hype, however, each […]

Weekender: Grammy-winning composer Terence Blanchard talks film, jazz and the genre’s future

This week, Tufts welcomed jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard for a two-day residency. The multi-Grammy award winner — who has recorded over a dozen studio albums and written scores for more than 50 movies, including several for director Spike Lee — had two events scheduled at Tufts: a lecture on composing for film on Oct. 23 and a […]

Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ is an abject failure

Subtlety isn’t Spike Lee’s forte. It never has been, and it never will be. In some respects, his heavy-handed approach suits his body of work, which is as political and moral as it is artistic — as concerned with imparting a strong message as it is with entertaining its audiences, if not more so. So […]