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Peter Falk 1927-2011
Every age gets the gumshoe it deserves, and for some reason we were fortunate to have one-eyed Peter Falk's Lt. Frank Columbo, disheveled, negligible, passive...
| June 24, 2011
Review: Daddy Longlegs
For about an hour, Josh and Benny Safdie’s trendy indie about a deadbeat dad taking care of his two boys for two weeks in Manhattan seems like the kind of movie in which you hate everybody — especially the directors.
Wasting away in Trendy Indieville
| May 21, 2010
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
Towns on the edge of darkness
If 2006’s Boys and Girls in America was the Hold Steady’s Born to Run, Stay Positive is their Darkness On the Edge of Town , where the cocksure auteur grows older and less certain of his place in the world.
The Hold Steady explore the shadows on Stay Positive
| July 09, 2008
War of independents
The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
| April 22, 2008
Armies of the light
Maybe the trauma of another intractable war has sparked the movies’ recent interest in ’60s headliners.
Norman Mailer’s primal screen at the HFA
| September 18, 2007
Possible explanations include drinking, pills, low self-esteem, and her inability to resist jumping into bed on the first date.
A safe ticket seller
| July 03, 2007
Fact and fiction . . .
Of the 16 narrative films on deck this year at the Newport International Film Festival, several could be termed “coming-of-age.”
The whole wide world is on screen at the 10th Annual Newport International Film Festival
| May 30, 2007
They’re called “festival films,” movies that resonate with the serious, eager-minded who attend fests but have little chance in the Darwinian world of theatrical release.
And the Brattle’s WW2 flicks
| March 28, 2007
Gore a bore?
I was off to Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Fourth Silverdocs Documentary Festival earlier this month.
And other insights at the Silverdocs Film Festival
| June 28, 2006
“My name is Violet, and I was born into a world you may not understand.”
Comics used to level coffee tables have better stories
| March 08, 2006
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