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Tim O’Keefe and James Franco are back as Daddy
Resident godfather of the electronic music scene Tim O'Keefe and RISD Class of '12 alum (and actor/director/artist/author) James Franco comprise Daddy, back with a little help from some local friends on the PVD Remixes EP , which follows the duo's 2012
| February 01, 2013
Post-Apocalyptic Update: Apes Have Now Conquered Hollywood
Well, it turns out that the Monkey Issue was a good idea after all; Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually opened to rave...
| August 08, 2011
How I learned to stop worrying and love my monkey overlords
Let me be clear: I once loved monkeys.
| August 05, 2011
Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
As I watched Caesar (Andy Serkis), the übermonkey, and his primate minions break free of their human chains en route to conquering the world, I thought: 1) there are a lot of apes in San Francisco, 2) there aren't a lot of cops, and 3) this mov
Better before the CGI took over
| August 05, 2011
End of the world movies we will miss because of the end of the world
It's a shame that the world is ending May 21 because that means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films...
| May 18, 2011
Review: Your Highness
The magnificent Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound and Down ) co-wrote and stars in this clever spoof that reveals the human frailties beneath all those sword 'n' sorcery clichés.
Clever spoof of sword ’n’ sorcery clichés
| April 15, 2011
Ringing the bad taste bell
Charmin and Quilted Northern toilet paper have been lighting up the bad taste bell of late with their televised ads.
Poop on TV; Oscars get a Razzie; Farewell to Larry and Paul; Fab follies
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| March 04, 2011
83rd Oscar post mortem
The opening Best Picture montage bit in the 83rd Oscars Broadcast, satirically visiting each Best Picture nominee within an "Inception" framework, almost had me thinking...
| February 28, 2011
Review: The eye-popping vitality of 'Printed in Providence'
Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city's art in books from Street World (2007) to Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women (2010). It's a printmakin
| February 25, 2011
Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety
Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
Oscar looks back, turns inward
| January 21, 2011
Review: 127 Hours
You have to wonder why so many recent films have featured people trapped in a confined or isolated place: Frozen , Devil , Buried , and now Danny Boyle's jazzy and harrowing account of the true story of Aron Ralston.
Danny Boyle and James Franco go out on a limb
| November 12, 2010
Interview with Danny Boyle ("127 Hours")
Quite the contrast between interviewing Danny Boyle, promoting "127 Hours," and the other big name British director I chatted with last month, Stephen Frears, promoting...
| November 10, 2010
Dispatches from the 34th Montreal World Film Festival
The 34th Montreal World Film Festival (August 26-September 6), proved most heartening for those of us anxious about the state of global cinema. I saw...
| September 06, 2010
"Your hand feels like a pillow that's been in the microwave": Stuffed friends for sale
Seen that episode of "30 Rock," where James Franco is having a full-on clandestine relationship with a Japanese anime body pillow? Yeah, well, in support...
| July 02, 2010
A world of cinema
The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
| July 02, 2010
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
Review: Saturday Night
Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
| April 23, 2010
Review: Date Night
Must-see-TV leads Steve Carell ( The Office ) and Tina Fey ( 30 Rock ) team up in this night-out-gone-wrong comedy as a bored Jersey couple seeking to put some romance back into their marriage.
Like a full season of a sit-com packed into one movie
| April 16, 2010
Rocky Mountain low
Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
| February 12, 2010
Judd Apatow and Friends
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
The Year of the Nerd
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
| December 23, 2008
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
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
Pineapple Express is the movie Knocked Up might have been had it not copped out.
No guilt trips in Pineapple Express
| August 05, 2008
Those behind the franchise appear to have decided they had to cram as many sequels as possible into Tobey Maguire's last movie.
Spider-Man 3 spins too many tales
| May 01, 2007
It’s spring, and Hollywood has to get the kinks out of its system before it can focus on the business at hand: the sequels of summer.
Working out the kinks
| March 12, 2007
Who was Edie Sedgwick? Was she a muse who inspired some notable work by Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan or just a footnote in their careers? Did she have any talent or accomplishments of her own? Why, in short, does she deserve a bio-pic? Watch the trailer f
Factory Girl isn’t the bio-pic Edie deserves
| February 07, 2007
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
| September 13, 2006
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