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Review: ‘Robin Hood’ steals from better movies and gives nothing in return

Review: ‘Robin Hood’ steals from better movies and gives nothing in return

Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist

December 5, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Reviews

"Robin Hood" opens with a narration from Taron Egerton's titular character, boldly telling the audience to forget what they think they know, for this is not the average Robin Hood story. He also tells us that he won't bore us with the details of when and where this film takes place. Ironically, the fi...

Review: “Overlord” polishes the Nazi zombie trope

Review: “Overlord” polishes the Nazi zombie trope

November 14, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist The frenetic opening scene of “Overlord” harkens back to old war movies with its grainy texture and vintage themed fanfare. We focus on a group of World War II soldiers in an aircraft flying above France. They have one job: take out a Nazi tower that’s j...

Halloween reboot pays tribute to and builds on original

Halloween reboot pays tribute to and builds on original

October 17, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist The question of David Gordon Green's "Halloween" is if it can succeed where its predecessors failed. If that's all you're wondering, I'm happy to say that this new sequel is without a doubt the best in the franchise since the 1978 John Carpenter classic. It p...

Column: The Tragedy of MoviePass

Column: The Tragedy of MoviePass

September 26, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist The rise of subscription streaming caused a drop in movie theatre attendance with 2017 having the lowest theater attendance in 25 years. Since 2002, the box office has generally been on the decline (there were small upticks in 2009, 2012 and 2015 correlating with blockbuster ...

Northeastern falls to UMass in Cardi B Tinder contest

Northeastern falls to UMass in Cardi B Tinder contest

April 19, 2018


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By Samuel Kim, news staff After three weeks of intense competition, Northeastern placed second in the Tinder Campus Swipe Off Contest, narrowly missing a chance to attend a free concert with rapper Cardi B. Northeastern’s second-place finish to the University of Massachusetts Amherst is noteworth...

Review: “Rampage” delivers fun, mindless action

Review: “Rampage” delivers fun, mindless action

April 18, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist The curse of video game movies is well known in Hollywood.  From the miserable 1993 film adaptation of “Super Mario Bros.” to the boring 2016 film, “Assassin’s Creed,” film representations of video games have yet to prove themselves. This is partly d...

Column: Streaming is dooming the medium budget movie

Column: Streaming is dooming the medium budget movie

April 18, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist I watched Duncan Jones’ new movie “Mute” last weekend from the comfort of my room. While I might have skipped the film if I couldn’t have watched it on Netflix, I couldn’t help but feel like I was cheating Jones. Netflix is inherently a non-theatrica...

Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is the long-awaited Spielberg return

Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is the long-awaited Spielberg return

April 9, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist When “Ready Player One” was announced, many were skeptical — including me. The film seemed like a perfect corporate move to jam in every possible product placement, and after “The Emoji Movie” some frustrated cinephiles have been more cynical about movies...

Column: YouTube star Poppy mirrors her journey to fame

Column: YouTube star Poppy mirrors her journey to fame

January 24, 2018


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By Mohit Puvvala, lifestyle columnist From the moment the concert started, something was off. I’ve spent the last few days speculating on what Poppy, an internet celebrity who performed last week in AfterHours, is trying to accomplish with her bizarre videos. Ever since her rise to fame with her viral video t...

New movie is far from a disaster

New movie is far from a disaster

December 7, 2017


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By Mohit Puvvala, Lifestyle Columnist Those who know me know that I’m a huge fan of “The Room." The 2003 film written, produced, directed and starred by Tommy Wiseau is an enigma. It’s one of the only films I can think of that is so bad it’s actually good. Since its abysmal release in 200...

“Stranger Things 2”: Spoilers

“Stranger Things 2”: Spoilers

November 29, 2017


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By Mohit Puvvala, Lifestyle Columnist   In its sophomore season, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” uses its visual charm and well-rounded cast to build a nostalgic yet fresh story with unexpected twists. I was a huge fan of the first season — it was everything I love about ‘80s c...

The winter films worth watching

The winter films worth watching

November 1, 2017


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By Mohit Puvvala, Lifestyle Columnist While 2017 may not have the best box office run of recent years, there’s no denying there were some gems across various genres. Superhero fans loved “Wonder Woman,” while horror enthusiasts were terrified by “IT.”  History buffs marveled at “Dunkir...

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