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Duncan Jones on solving Source Code
It's the elephant in the room when you're talking to Duncan Jones: this guy is Zowie Bowie, Ziggy Stardust's son. It's uncool to bring it up, but how can you not at least mention it?
| April 01, 2011
Review: True Grit (2010)
Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
| December 24, 2010
Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass
"We took our caveman process and our telepathic speak and we had to learn how to share it with 70 crew members and a studio . . . "
The Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple
| June 25, 2010
Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses
Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to gi
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
| June 12, 2010
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
| April 09, 2010
Review: Terribly Happy
In Henrik Ruben Genz's thriller, Copenhagen cop Robert Hansen (Jakob Cedergren), who's been reassigned for disciplinary reasons, pulls into a squalid hamlet in Denmark's South Jutland region.
Exudes an evil all its own
| March 05, 2010
The Bong show
You have to wonder whether there's something in the drinking water in Korea that's caused the country to spawn so many prolific, inventive new filmmakers — directors like Park Chan-wook ( Oldboy , Thirst ) and Bong Joon-ho.
Korea's hottest new director comes to the HFA
| February 26, 2010
2009: The year in movies
As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
| December 25, 2009
Review: The Road
John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
| November 27, 2009
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
| November 06, 2009
Review: A Serious Man
The Coen Brothers have put the sad back in sadism.
The Coens find no country for A Serious Man
| October 09, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
What do you get when you cross NYU music-technology majors just out of their teens, vintage Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy gear, traditional rock-and-roll instruments, a mysterious, robot-building fellow named José with half a middle finger
Anamanaguchi are a shock to the systems
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| June 05, 2009
MASTER P'S THEATER
"It's quite simple, really," Dr. Branom tells Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange . "We're just going to show you some films."
One local video editor has build a following paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
| February 18, 2009
Despite the bleak scenario, this is Aronofsky's funniest film.
Aronofsky, Rourke make The Wrestler a champ
| December 22, 2008
White on black
Lance Hammer’s minimalist melodrama pushes William Faulkner into the 21st century or relocates Russell Banks from the Northeast to the Mississippi Delta.
Lance Hammer’s Delta dawn
| October 29, 2008
Every now and then so-called independent filmmakers have to make money and prove to the studios that they have some traction at the box office.
The Coen Brothers have talent to Burn
| September 09, 2008
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
| August 13, 2008
For something so full of personal quirks and whimsical detail, John Brandon's first novel, Arkansas, is a sober, even dignified, read.
Disorganized crime, rendered elegantly, in Arkansas
| July 30, 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
| July 09, 2008
Country for gold men
All kinds of voting has been taking place lately — for presidential candidates, for union contracts, for Oscar nominees.
And Blood will out at the Oscars
| February 22, 2008
Et tu Brute?
"The whole theatrical event is sort of . . . a much more mysterious one."
Interview: The Wire's "Prez" does the Bard
| February 05, 2008
Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
| November 07, 2007
Interview: Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
| November 06, 2007
At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men
| November 06, 2007
In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
| September 18, 2007
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
| September 12, 2007
Tour de force
Two movies push at each other within Jasmine Dellal’s Gyspy Caravan, which opens this Friday, July 6, at the Kendall Square.
Gypsy Caravan, You Kill Me
| July 03, 2007
On the racks: May 16, 2006
Plus new records by Radio 4, Rock Kills Kid, and Ben Folds.
T Bone and the Raconteurs show their roots
| May 16, 2006
Flashbacks, March 10, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| March 08, 2006
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