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Interview: John Waters shows you how to survive the holidays

John Waters earned his lifetime 99-percenter cred the moment he had Divine eat dog shit in Pink Flamingos .
Have yourself a fairy little Christmas
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  December 02, 2011
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Review: Theatre By the Sea’s rollicking Hairspray

Rockin' out with a social consciousness — who says we can't have it all? A girl just wants to have fun, while doing her part for integration in 1962 Baltimore.
Dance fever
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2011
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The 13th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival

Henry Thoreau said of the song of the wood thrush: "Whenever a man hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut. . . . " For some reason, Provincetown is full of these birds — appropriately so, given the avowed in
Cape Crusaders
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2011
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Review: Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis

The Boston Lyric Opera, with Boston Classical Orchestra music director Steven Lipsitt and a company of singers and designers largely new to Boston, has given us a memorable production of the opera that composer Viktor Ullmann and poet Petr Kien created i
Boston Lyric Opera pulls out the stops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: Trash Humpers

A gang of elderly morons have sex with garbage. What more can I say about Trash Humpers ?
Harmony Korine: older enfant terrible , or just plain old terrible?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010


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Cinema paradisos

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010
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There was a film fest from Nantucket . . . and P'town

One look at the line-up at the local multiplex and you might ask yourself, "How far away can I get from Marmaduke and still remain in the state of Massachusetts?" Turns out that summer-movie relief is just a ferry ride away.
Escapist Cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2010
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Role model?

John Waters gets up close and personal
John Waters gets up close and personal
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 04, 2010
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Boston Underground Film Festival 2010

Now in its seventh year, the Boston Underground Film Festival has a knack for showing you things you've never seen before (not to mention things you can never un-see, such as the sentient penis jackhammering its way through sheetrock in last year's head
BUFF 2010 pays homage to cinematic fromage
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 19, 2010
PODCAST: John Waters interviews artist Roni Horn at the ICA

PODCAST: John Waters interviews artist Roni Horn at the ICA


Match made in heaven: JOHN WATERS, he the maker of Pink Flamingos, and RONI HORN, she the maker of such inscrutibly beautiful but maddeningly evasive Objects...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  February 25, 2010


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Video: 2010 horror movie previews

Will 2010 be a festive romp of eye-gouging, throat-slitting, and disemboweling?
Hollywood Splat Pics and Horrific Indies
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  January 29, 2010
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Review: Gentlemen Broncos

Having peaked with his debut, Napoleon Dynamite , Jared Hess has settled into being a family-friendly John Waters — which is redundant, since Waters is already rated PG-13.
Jared Hess's latest geek fantasy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2009
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Willy Wonka in Smellovision

If you'll imagine the New England Confectionary Company in Revere to be Willy Wonka's magical estate, then Union Square would be the analogous working-class outskirt from where Charlie Bucket hails.
Scent of the Times
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2009
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Female trouble

At some point while watching the features in the Harvard Film Archive's "Le Film Maudit" ("cursed films") series — perhaps during the "Circle of Shit" chapter in Pier Paolo Pasolini's SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM — you might ask yourself, which is mor
"Le Film Maudit" at the HFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009
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Festival atmosphere

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009


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Review: The Lollipop Generation

There's a fine line between the trash of early John Waters and just plain garbage.
There's a fine line between the trash of early John Waters and just plain garbage.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2009

P+J say vote this way

P+J have been suggesting — rightly in many cases — that you Pinga! your incumbent, who helped get the state into the deplorable and nationally notorious financial mess it is in.
Obama and Reed lead the Casa Diablo ticket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 29, 2008
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Urban myths

Fellini’s Rome, Godard’s Paris, John Waters’s Baltimore — none of these home towns has possessed (or been possessed by) its filmmaker the way Guy Maddin’s does and is in My Winnipeg .
Maddin’s Winnipeg is the city that always sleeps
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008
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Freaks and frauds

Freaks you expect, but frauds and hucksters also populate the loosely defined subculture known as the underground.
The Boston Underground Film Festival celebrates both
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2008
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The cuteness surge

Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008


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Holiday books

Okay, we admit, we went a bit crazy this year.
Coffee-table madness
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 03, 2007
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King and Queens

In Romance & Cigarettes , which opens this Friday at the Kendall Square, Gandolfini has been dropped by writer/director John Turturro into drab, treeless, white-ethnic Queens.
Romance + Cigarettes , plus Salton Sea
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 28, 2007
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Integration in Ogunquit

Big, buoyant teenager Tracy Turnblad (Alison Faircloth) is dedicated to some big, buoyant propositions.
With a flashback to Laverne + Shirley
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 05, 2007
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Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007


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Straight outta Kafka

We want to get into the shower and not emerge until November 2008.
The Bushies’ enthusiasm for torture is indefensible
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 25, 2007
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All but the wank

The image of Marlon Brando demanding that Maria Schneider stick two fingers up his ass, now seems the reductio ad absurdum of improvised acting.
Is Deep Throat sexier than the 1934 Tarzan and His Mate?
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 24, 2007
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Recycled Waters

John Waters’s Hairspray , which marked his descent into an undistinguished gentility, is not even 20 years old.
Third time around, Hairspray still flows fresh
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  July 18, 2007
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Chaos, control

There’s really no point in reviewing a show like this. 
Melt-Banana, Neptune, and Doomriders, Middle East Downstairs, June 11, 2007
By JON MEYER  |  June 13, 2007