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Review: My Dog Tulip
A must for the mutt-obsessed, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's animated adaptation of the beloved memoir by J.R. Ackerley (1896–1967) is a skillfully told man-dog love story.
| October 09, 2010
Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?
Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
| January 29, 2010
Review: Evangelion 1.0: You Are Not Alone
Once you get past the turgid and jargony title and backstory, and the dippy English dubbing, this episode of the popular Japanese anime series is really quite predictable and inane.
Never makes it out of the cartoon stage
| August 14, 2009
Review: Aliens in the Attic
As a kid, I was absurdly unpicky about my entertainment: shoddy '80s anime , reruns of This Old House , staring cross-eyed at our basement's pegboard wall to achieve a Magic Eye 3-D effect — these were all totally acceptable ways of whiling away an
No amount of shitty CGI can save it
| August 07, 2009
Review: Blood: The Last Vampire
Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment, director Chris Nahon ( Kiss of the Dragon ) captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime .
An interesting experiment
| July 10, 2009
Style meets stylus
It's a credit to Pixar's success that so many animated films of the past decade have been compelled to sport the sheen of CGI. But now that filmmakers have wrung reality out of 1's and 0's, they're starting to cast their eyes on the next frontier.
Eastern-inspired digital delights at the Brattle
| June 12, 2009
Interview: Pete Docter
Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
| May 22, 2009
As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
EVAN J. GARZA
| May 01, 2009
Review: Battle for Terra
Say you want to produce an independent computer-animated sci-fi epic but you don't have the deep pockets of Pixar or DreamWorks — what to do? If you're director Aristomenis Tsirbas, you simplify.
A computer-animated sci-fi epic in 3D
| May 01, 2009
Review: Dragonball Evolution
Only traces of the original plot remain: evil alien Piccolo (James Marsters) still fights to collect all seven dragonballs to summon a dragon that will grant one wish.
An accidental comedy
| April 17, 2009
The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
| July 28, 2008
Flora, fauna, and the female figure
The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
| July 15, 2008
When Andy and Larry Wachowski pitched The Matrix to producer Joel Silver, they showed him the seminal anime Ghost in the Shell , claiming their ambition was to re-create it in live action.
Another faulty family film
| May 07, 2008
Horton Hears a Who!
Although it scatters a few jokes for adults, some of them earnestly funny, Horton lacks the wit and layered cleverness of the good animated films of recent years.
Good-natured, egalitarian, and mildly stupid
| March 12, 2008
The Boston Phoenix–Alumni Film Critics’ Poll
It’s true, the Boston Phoenix has never won an Oscar.
Our first-ever round-up of the past year’s best movies, with a little help from our friends
| February 13, 2008
Silver linings on a dark screen
The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
Film: 2007 in review
| December 18, 2007
One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
| October 31, 2007
I’ve had several brushes with Jerry Seinfeld.
TV’s ‘A’ star makes a bee movie
| October 31, 2007
Welcome to the real world
Unlike most chefs depicted in the movies, they are pleasant and completely unpretentious about food.
Two Mainers bring chefs out of the movies and into the kitchen
| August 08, 2007
An inconvenient poop
Maybe 18 seasons is too long to remain topical and funny, especially in prime time on Fox TV.
The Simpsons Movie craps out
| July 25, 2007
The goggles do nothing
On July 25th, The Simpsons Movie will hit theatres.
The 25 greatest movies in Simpsons history
| July 25, 2007
All sewn up
Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, quilts that tell stories, quilts that point the way to freedom, and quilts that just keep us warm are all part of the rich history of this art form.
A quilted movie at the Revolving Museum, Ernesto Pujol at the ICA, and ‘Touch But Don’t Touch’ at Harvard
| July 24, 2007
Family. We spend lifetimes breaking away from them, forging our own path, only to discover it leads back to the same place.
Brad Bird cooks up a masterpiece
| June 27, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.
Shrek the Third gets bloated
| May 16, 2007
Taking up where March of the Penguins left off, George Miller’s animated film imagines penguins who find love based on their heart songs — songs from the soul that speak to the penguin they’re meant to be with. Watch the trailer for Happy Feet (Q
Equals sappy feet
| February 20, 2007
Oscar Nominated Shorts
Do these live-action and animated shorts really represent the best of the year?
| February 14, 2007
In its first foray into computer animation, Aardman ( Wallace & Gromit ) retains its lovably lumpy, Claymation look. Watch the trailer for Flushed Away (QuickTime)
Not just a title
| November 01, 2006
Kindergarten Cop to Reservoir Dogs.
A movie guide to undercover cops
| October 05, 2006
The Ant Bully
John A. Davis, who made Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius , puts an amiable animated spin on John Nickle’s children’s tale, and the moral of teamwork versus individual interest buzzes throughout. Watch the trailer for The Ant Bully (QuickTime)
Beats A Bug’s Life
| July 26, 2006
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