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Errol Morris: The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth
August 29, 1979. Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Army Special Forces Captain, was convicted of the savage murders of his wife and two daughters as they slept in their house within Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
| November 09, 2012
A moment of illumination
Last Friday, Brandeis University brought together two legends of nonfiction filmmaking: Errol Morris and Claude Lanzmann.
| March 30, 2012
Errol Morris's magnificent obsessions
The tops of the side tables in Errol Morris's office are entirely obscured by books, among them Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory ; The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You ; French psychoanalyst Jacques Laca
| July 15, 2011
Point of no return
Don DeLillo's novels have been shrinking, like a star collapsing into itself, perhaps, or vapor fading on a glass.
The end justifies the meaning in Don DeLillo's Omega
| March 05, 2010
Hanging with The Hurt Locker
Whatever happens at that other film awards gala in Hollywood next month, The Hurt Locker solidified its hold on indie-minded critics this past weekend when it dominated the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) third annual awards dinner. That film's
| February 12, 2010
Karen Schmeer: 1970-2010
Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manha
| February 01, 2010
Days of plenty
In Collapse , the latest documentary by Chris Smith ( American Movie , The Yes Men ), the director condenses a two-day, March 2009 interview with a little-known investigator named Michael Ruppert into a bleak harbinger of the world's seemingly inevi
A man in a bunker outlines our forthcoming Collapse
| December 04, 2009
William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive
However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
| February 10, 2009
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
Victory at last
It may at first seem like hyperbole for Harvey Silverglate to call the Boumediene decision the most important of his lifetime. But it is important to acknowledge how deeply surreal and atavistic these cases have become.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 27, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| June 25, 2008
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
Glass comes off as a likable, unassuming presence and also a bit of an enigma.
A quietly hagiographic film biography
| June 18, 2008
After 11 days on the road promoting Standard Operating Procedure , his film about the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, Errol Morris is back in his Cambridge office.
In Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure , a picture is worth a thousand words
| May 01, 2008
For Errol Morris, film doesn’t show reality, it organizes it in an attempt at arriving at the truth.
Errol Morris checks the apples, not the tree, in Standard Operating Procedure
| April 30, 2008
For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
| April 22, 2008
This spring brings exciting story collections from established authors and hot newcomers.
Spring Arts Preview: Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
| March 10, 2008
Ordure in the court
“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
| November 06, 2007
It’s an unassuming feature in a weak time slot set in Farmington that deserves to steal the show this year.
A stunning Maine-based doc highlights third Camden International Film Festival
| September 26, 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
Manda Bala/Send a Bullet
Brazil reels from corruption, poverty, and violence, but it remains perversely functional.
Slyly persuasive Errol-Morris-style
| September 12, 2007
Here’s a sunny movie-world tale.
And Kazuo Hara at the HFA
| April 09, 2007
Summertime inevitably raises the question: what are we going to do with our crazy, hot selves? Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Paw Sox, Penny Slots, and Ponies — so cheap, it might cost you
| June 14, 2006
Every chapter in Stanley Karnow’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam: A History begins not with an epigraph, but with a series of photographs.
Revisiting Vietnam on film
| May 31, 2006
Learning by doing
The way kids say, “I wanna be an astronaut, I wanna be a fireman,” Cambridge’s Karen Schmeer insisted, “I can be a film editor.”
Karen Schmeer, Sidney Pollack, Frank Gehry
| May 23, 2006
Trial and error
Hollywood studios looking for movie ideas should check out Jessica Sanders’s After Innocence .
The system is found guilty in After Innocence
| February 02, 2006
New to DVD for the week of December 27, 2005
New DVD releases for the week of December 27, 2005
| January 17, 2006
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