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Graveyard of modernism

Iraq's King Faisal II launched plans to modernize Baghdad in 1950 by commissioning a dream team of American and European architects.

By GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2012
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Review: The Devil's Double

Watching this litany of murder and debauchery in the gilded splendor of Saddam's Baghdad, in which Dominic Cooper plays both Saddam's psycho son Uday and the Iraqi good guy Latif, who was forced to serve as his double, I thought: this is like Scarface,
Like Scarface , but with a difference
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011
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B. Dolan goes where few MCs have gone before

B. Dolan is like Joaquin Phoenix with no safety net and a whole lot more back hair. Unlike Phoenix in last year's faux meta-mockumentary I'm Not Here , the Providence native doesn't shock people for no good reason.
The Bombzo Way
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2011

High-octane coverage

Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging com
The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 04, 2010
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Game Changer?(1)

For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010
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Ransom Notes

While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and
Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 12, 2010


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Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats

Here’s a subject that really could have used a Stanley Kubrick or a John Frankenheimer or a Robert Altman. But are there any great cinematic satirists left, auteurs with the knack for black comedy and cold-blooded irony?
Bleating hearts tame Goats
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2009

Short-sighted?

There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009
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Interview: Kathryn Bigelow

Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckin
The Hurt Locker director breaks out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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Review: The Hurt Locker

Now that the troops are pulling out and the war no longer haunts the headlines, maybe people will want to see a film about Iraq — especially since it's one of the best war movies ever made.
Kathryn Bigelow makes her masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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Inventing the Future

Has Boston found the new Eric Clapton? A shimmying, face-contorting successor to Yngwie Malmsteen? Not exactly.
At MIT's fabled Media Lab, some will change the world with robots and computers, others with . . . Wii guitars
By ABIGAIL JONES  |  May 15, 2009


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Various artists | Open Strings: 1920s Middle Eastern Recordings

Over the past year, Honest Jon's has released three compilations culled from more than 150,000 78s of early music from the EMI Hayes Archive: music from 1930s Baghdad, early West African music recorded in Britain, and a more general compilation that mo
Honest Jon's (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  May 08, 2009

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
By ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 18, 2009
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Dance, Monkey!: Jennifer Myszkowski

How about old #43 opens a Payless ShoeSource franchise in downtown Baghdad?
Naked bungee jumping
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 21, 2009
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The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
By GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2008
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Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008


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Forever young

When I first get Joan Baez on the phone, my burning question is what she thinks of the upcoming presidential election.  
At 67, Joan Baez is more diamonds than rust
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 27, 2008
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Stone age

The works range from the ninth to the seventh century BC, when Assyria dominated the Near East, ruling lands from present-day Iran to Israel to Egypt.
Assyrians get their war on at the MFA
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2008
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Off the cuff

Feeling lucky? It’s a question to ask yourself when you consider attending the fifth annual ProvFlux art festival.
ProvFlux’s spontaneous confluence
By GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2008
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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008


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Here comes trouble

There’s nothing like a brouhaha to make art feel relevant. And the Boston art scene has just been blessed by two.
Street art pisses off neighbors, meat pisses off PETA
By GREG COOK  |  July 15, 2008
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Boom-bap diplomacy

With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
International hip-hop hits home
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008

Evil urges

Let’s talk about extremists.
Politics and other mistakes.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2008
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Camera bluff

Even as critics and moviegoers alike have scorned the surge of movies related to the War on Terror and Iraq, Nina Davenport has quietly been making illuminating, fair-minded, and entertaining films on these topics.
Occupational hazards in Operation Filmmaker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008
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March to war

During the course of two weeks in May, America’s top-ranking military officer went from warning that war with Iran could cripple the US military to rattling his saber at Tehran.
Why isn’t the press paying more attention to a possible attack on Iran?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 04, 2008


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Distinctive design

In 1969, Malcolm Grear Designers was hired by New York’s Guggenheim Museum to develop a new graphic identity for the institution.
Malcolm Grear at RIC; plus, Roger Mayer’s ‘Soundless’
By GREG COOK  |  April 08, 2008
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Light show

The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008
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RI DOT marks the spot

Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2008
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Stop-loss

It took a war to bring Kimberly Peirce back to the screen after her impressive 1999 debut, Boys Don’t Cry .
Predictable, pointless, and sad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2008