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Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Peter Lord, animator behind claymation staples Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run , directs this very British, very dry romp on the high seas during the time when Britannia did indeed rule the waves.
Dry romp on the high seas
| April 27, 2012
Eugenides's updated Austen
For his long-awaited third novel, Jeffrey Eugenides goes back to look at love in the '80s — and apparently decides that it's a lot like love in the early 19th century.
Jeffrey does Jane
| October 14, 2011
Jane Eyre redux
Jane Austen has been a movie and television icon for some time now, and yet the Jane that both big and small screens just can't get enough of is the "poor, obscure, plain, little" heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.
Cary Fukunaga and Mia Wasikowska hold forth
| March 18, 2011
Review: Theater Project's Pride and Prejudice stays authentically powerful
Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners and morals, Pride and Prejudice , has undergone a truly weird range of reinterpretations. But the classics also deserve a little unalloyed love.
| February 04, 2011
PODCAST: Seth Grahame-Smith on "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" [MP3]
Seth Grahame-Smith speaks at the Brattle Theatre Ever wonder why Honest Abe always wore that tall stovepipe hat? All the better to conceal his wooden...
| March 25, 2010
Review: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton's hare-brained Alice in Wonderland
| March 12, 2010
Jane Austen + Grinder Girl
Occasionally, my editor would remind me that I have written about balls and pucks, but never monster trucks.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
| January 29, 2010
I know what you're thinking: " Another Emma ? Didn't we just have a bushel of Jane Austen adaptations for TV?" Well, WGBH did give us four new Austens, but that was all the way back in 2008, a Jane-ite eternity.
The new BBC/WGBH Emma gets a 10
| January 15, 2010
2009: The year in books
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best books the Phoenix reviewed in 2009.
True stories - fact and fiction
| December 25, 2009
Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 27, 2009
Review: Bright Star
"Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art." That's the first line of a sonnet that John Keats did or did not write for Fanny Brawne, who was in either case the love of his brief life.
Jane Campion does Keats — sort of
| September 25, 2009
Fletcher, Forsberg, Zombies, Barros, Charlie and WTF?
Fletcher reviews the '80's film "Vision Quest", we talk to Chris Forsberg about Bost...
| May 20, 2009
Marion Maerz | Burt Bacharach Songbook
Marion was a minor German pop star in the 1960s, one of a crowd of yé-yé girls who sprang up all over Europe as the ingénue counterparts to macho belters.
Bureau B (2009)
| March 10, 2009
Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: A little too late
This may seem a little bit picky, as it is merely a matter of etiquette, but I'm curious about what you think.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
| January 21, 2009
There’s nothing like a movie about 18th-century England to make 21st-century Americans feel all smug and morally superior.
A sea of vapidity
| September 23, 2008
Fools rush in
If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
WGBH remakes A Room with a View
| April 09, 2008
Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
Philip Whalen’s word bombs
| January 14, 2008
Masterpieces and mysteries
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
| January 14, 2008
The Austen adaptations
| January 09, 2008
Crossword: ''Two by two''
Dissecting a fearsome foursome
| December 12, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club
Robin Swicord’s film posits a book club of six Californians meeting once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels.
Jane would find another movie
| September 19, 2007
Reader, I married Cowboy.
| September 05, 2007
Critic Harold Bloom compares Cleopatra, more in her infinite vitality than in her “infinite variety,” to that Shakespearean life force Sir John Falstaff.
Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at S+C
| August 15, 2007
Dead white females
Can you remember the last time you curled up under the covers with Marcel Proust’s I n Search of Lost Time ?
From Fall Out Boy to One Night in Paris , modern pop culture is what it is today thanks to 10 long-expired ladies
| August 08, 2007
Anne Hathaway is game enough as Jane, though she has to spend an awful lot of time on the verge of tears.
Reinventing Austen's bio
| August 01, 2007
No sooner had I finished last week’s review than Shannon Hale’s Austenland turned up on my desk.
The further adventures of Austen wanna-bes
| May 29, 2007
What would Jane do?
You’ll learn how to dress, how to pay a morning call, how to behave at a dinner party.
A guide to Miss Austen's world
| May 29, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
Beyond face value
Appearances can be deceptive amidst worthy country gentry and arrogant London aristocrats.
URI’s masterful Pride and Prejudice
| April 24, 2007
A boy’s life
Adaptations of the character-packed novels of Charles Dickens should be all the rage in post-MTV theater.
A dizzying run through David Copperfield
| November 21, 2006
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