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Review: Promised Land
In the tradition of Arbitrage and Thank You for Smoking , where the people who contribute to making life miserable are seen as just regular guys, Gus Van Sant, along with screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski, collaborate in this ambiguous homi
| December 21, 2012
Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
| June 18, 2010
Reality bites again
At the tail end of February, for the second consecutive year, I (barely) escaped a late-winter hurricane to enter a Midwestern oasis of grass-fed beef, cheap cigarettes, Johnny Depp impersonators, and some of the finest documentaries you might just see t
Getting a jump on the year in documentaries at True/False
| April 02, 2010
When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
| October 23, 2009
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
| June 12, 2009
Brave new RISD
The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media
After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
| May 29, 2009
There's no other reason to see the film.
An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
| May 01, 2009
Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt
It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
| February 17, 2009
This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
| January 13, 2009
Year in Film: Risky business
Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
| December 22, 2008
Van Sant's Milk of human kindness
Van Sant's gay of reckoning
| November 25, 2008
Interview: Cleve Jones
Cleve Jones's Milk run
| November 24, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 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
The memory plays tricks, but not enough to change the past.
Van Sant takes time for a ride in Paranoid Park
| March 12, 2008
Pleasures still unknown
Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) of the Manchester band Joy Division wrote songs that evoke, with incantatory inevitability, terror, delight, and ecstasy.
Conventions take Control of Ian Curtis
| October 24, 2007
The seemingly endless final shot of Michael Haneke’s CACHÉ|HIDDEN might have shocked some viewers into an almost forgotten skill: watching.
The films of Michael Haneke at the HFA and MFA
| October 15, 2007
Back from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, I proclaim a renaissance of American cinema.
Telluride’s new American wave?
| September 12, 2007
Midnight Cowboy , that Oscar-winning classic of subterranean New York City, gets the homage it deserves with the wry, amusing Delirious.
Delirious over Delirious; plus underground
| August 28, 2007
Gus Van Sant’s arresting first feature, the 1985 Mala Noche , was a raw, libidinous tale of homosexual desire.
Mala Noche and Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
| June 13, 2007
Paris je t'aime
The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
| May 23, 2007
Has gay cinema become a mere ghetto nowadays, of interest to its sexual demographic and no one else?
The edge has gone from the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
| May 01, 2007
Here’s a sunny movie-world tale.
And Kazuo Hara at the HFA
| April 09, 2007
Boston in Austin
There were 26 bands from Massachusetts in Austin last week to play the South by Southwest music conference Black Helicopter, "Buick Electra" (mp3)
Black Helicopter’s trip to South by Southwest
| March 20, 2007
Where it was
As a wee lad, Jeff Coveney went down to the sea on Martha’s Vineyard in search of where Steven Spielberg and crew shot bits of Jaws . “Where’s the beach?” he remembers shouting out.
Boston Movie Tours gets wheels
| August 02, 2006
Last man standing
Here’s my favorite movie trivia question: what living film director can claim the earliest extant film? The answer: Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira, born in 1908 and still directing.
Plus Judy Stone’s stellar interviews and Look Both Ways
| July 19, 2006
Gus Van Sant might have had theoretical reasons for his painstaking remake of Psycho , but what’s director John Moore’s excuse?
| June 07, 2006
Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
| April 28, 2006
Stephen Woolley, producer of Absolute Beginners and The Crying Game , takes a turn directing with this docudrama about Brian Jones, the enigmatic fop who helped found the Rolling Stones and later died an ignominious death.
Docudrama reminiscent of Last Days and Backbeat
| April 11, 2006
The ultimate BROADCAST JOURNALIST movies
Judging from the handful of movies made on the subject, filmmakers have little apparent use for the television business.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
| March 10, 2006
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