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Photos: Scenes from Super MegaFest 2010

Darth Vader, Wonder Woman, and Peter Tork invade Framingham
Seen on the con floor at Super MegaFest in Framingham
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 07, 2011

VIDEO: Deleted scene from Return of the Jedi surfaces

Above: Luke Skywalker resists the temptation of the dark side while constructing his green lightsaber in a cave on Tattooine in this scene cut from...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 16, 2010

Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010

Review: Jay-Z at TD Garden

There was something about the way Jay-Z hyped the crowd up at the start of show opener "Run This Town" that was not only emblematic of his performance style, but of his general appeal as a performer -- a key to his likability. 
Jay-Z, live at TD Garden, March 11, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 19, 2010

Middling earth

At times, the images in Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield's documentary adapted from the BBC nature series of the same name elicit that rare cinematic response: wonder.
Too much talk spoils the images
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 24, 2009

Star crossed

Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
By EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2009


High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Although Senior Year makes the most of its big-screen debut by increasing the body counts in its group-choreography numbers, it’s a smaller movie than its chart-topping, direct-to-cable predecessors.  
Little more than an infomercial for the soundtracks
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  October 28, 2008

Interview: Simon Pegg

Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.  
Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 01, 2008
Who's more evil?

Who's more evil?

Frankly, we could give a crap about Raiders football, but Al Davis is evil. Like, Steinbrenner evil...
By Charlie  |  October 01, 2008

Sith happens

Many people regard anything produced in the past 15 years or so bearing the Star Wars brand as total garbage, and rightly so.
No new lease on life for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 23, 2008

Back to business

For the first time, the arrival of the blockbuster video-game season seems bittersweet.
Fall video games offer sequels and few surprises
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 08, 2008


Championship Calibur

Ten years ago, you couldn’t take a step through the electronics department without knocking over a stack of crappy fighting games.
The soul still burns for a select few
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 19, 2008

Not by George

A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008
Worst Pop Culture Dads Ever

Worst Pop Culture Dads Ever

CHARLIE'S PICK Jack Torrance - Drives his family to an empty resort in the mountains with the DTs in the middle of winter, then tries to...
By Charlie  |  June 13, 2008

The cyborg and the sistah

What’s in a fantasy world?
Janet’s Discipline and Badu’s New AmErykah
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 17, 2008

Rabbit forming

For further indication of the darkening zeitgeist, consider the personae of imaginary rabbits.
Donnie Darko, plus The Bluest Eye and To Kill a Mockingbird
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 08, 2007


Disorientation 2007

With unsimple, shiny-synth songs like “Simple Plan,” Hooray for Earth are behemothic.
Guster, Bleu, and Hooray for Earth, Bank of America Pavilion, September 8, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  September 10, 2007

The dark side of the rainbow

Does the simple fusion of audio to video count as high-quality entertainment?
The new medium of the YouTube mash-up
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 29, 2007

Cinema of Shadows

It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is  every film is about the war?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007

Rhode Island’s billion-dollar man

Jack McConnell grew up in modest circumstances.
Lawyer Jack McConnell took the fight to the lead paint industry
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 28, 2007


Meet the women of Boston's burlesque scene
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 17, 2007


Useful friends

Ramona is a tattooed rockabilly chick with cat’s-eye glasses and a twin-lens-reflex camera strapped around her neck.
Brookline’s Mimoco Mimobots blur the boundaries between form and function
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 06, 2006

Ground zero

This article originally ran in the January 13, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Platoon gets down to too little
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  August 10, 2006

Danger happened

Since the Kaiju Big Battel live spectacle is a series of matches determined by WWE-style shifting loyalties, and purposely-ridiculous subplots, you knew that some Kaiju-important character would kick the monster bucket. But who would it be?
Kaiju Big Battel at the Boston Anime Convention
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  May 27, 2006

A galaxy far, far away

Recently I found myself aboard the Air Chair, a padded seat atop what looks like a riding lawnmower, at the Museum of Science’s “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit.
Is the Empire defining the current avant-garde?
By GREG COOK  |  March 27, 2006