Akira Kurosawa

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Blu Christmas . . . without DVD

Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2009

Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008

Cheese Danish

Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

The ultimate balancing act

About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008

The medium is the movie

In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

Vantage Point

Vantage Point neither resolves its own mysteries nor says much about the Rashomon effect it’s trying to emulate.
Unintentional laughs
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2008


Girls, girls, girls

Around 1600, after a century of civil wars, Japan settled into an era of relative peace under the samurai warriors of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Japanese ukiyo-e paintings and more at the MFA
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, who died Sunday, was one of the last of the great world filmmakers who came to fame around the mid century and changed the face of movies.
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  July 31, 2007

Best on the boards

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Nicholas Martin recently announced that he would leave his post in 2008.
 Certainly Nicholas Martin will leave the Huntington a livelier place than when he took over.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 20, 2007

Separate souls

If you were lucky enough to have experienced “Visions from the South: Korean Cinema 1960–2005” a couple of years back, then you’re already aware of some of the world-class auteurs hailing from Northeast Asia.
Korean gender distinctions at the MFA
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 23, 2007


Truth is in the eye of the beholder in See What I Wanna See , Michael John LaChiusa’s musically lush riff on stories by Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
See What I Wanna See; Design for Living
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 09, 2007


Best on the boards

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Nicholas Martin recently announced that he would leave his post in 2008.
A year in theater
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2006

Simple pleasures

At Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, a sensitive and competent ensemble turns on both the sadness and the heat as four unlikely “sisters” discover their inner rejuvenators.
Enchanted April , Samurai 7.0: Under Construction
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 14, 2006

Otaku you

In the 1980s, while Americans were worrying about losing dominance in the automobile industry, Japan was taking over the animation business.
The Five Japanese anime you should be watching now — and the five you will be watching in the future
By ROBERT BRICKEN  |  May 26, 2006

Battlestar anime

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic The Seven Samurai , which spawned John Sturges’s 1960 The Magnificent Seven , are going to be surprised at what they find in Samurai 7 .
Kurosawa’s classic becomes IFC’s Samurai 7 , plus more, but not better, Henry Rollins
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 30, 2006

No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006