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Review: Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift's epitaph reads, "Where savage indignation can no longer lacerate his breast." Rob Letterman's adaptation of the great man's satire might nonetheless have him spinning in his grave.
This travesty is so pitiful, it isn't even worth getting indignant over
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010

Music to incite the savage beast

Although your superior correspondents try to avoid situations where we have no alternative but to be totally annoying, there have been times when P+J have agreed to karaoke performances.
‘My Way’ can kill you; Big money quashes ‘Big Money’; and a truly Soopah Bowl
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 12, 2010
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Review: The Road

John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road For those who found the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men too lighthearted, John Hillcoat's relentlessly faithful version of the author's post-apocalyptic Puli
No country for all men: John Hillcoat doesn't stray from Cormac McCarthy's Road
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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Faux fi

A few years ago, before Merrill Garbus was touring the world as Tune-Yards (she spells it tUnE-yArDs — but we're going to pretend we didn't know that), she was deep into puppets. Following her studies at Smith, the Connecticut native relocated to Putne
Tune-Yards don't need to make a big production out of it
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 13, 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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Company man

In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc.  cuts its losses
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008


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It’s so different here

Sometimes living and studying abroad can feel like running a marathon with a backpack full of bricks.
Savoring the challenges of spending all four college years abroad
By MARY GARBODEN  |  January 18, 2008

Mission completed

This article originally appeared in the January 18, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

The break-up of Mission of Burma


By DOUG SIMMONS  |  January 17, 2008

State for sale

Now is hardly the time for half-measures or conventional and narrow-minded thinking.
A modest proposal for Rhode Island prosperity (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 09, 2008
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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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Self help

In jazz, it’s always the iron age.
JazzBoston boosts the scene with Jazz Week
By JON GARELICK  |  April 18, 2007


Boston uber alles

This article originally appeared in the April 21, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
 
By DOUG SIMMONS  |  November 14, 2006

The A list

Overall, a great list; impossible to do and make everyone happy.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 10, 2006
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 14, 2006
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Ralph Hamilton

My lovable, impossible friend of more than 30 years, the artist Ralph Hamilton, died on February 19, of complications from diabetes. He was only 59. It’s a very sad loss. He was one of Boston’s most original and searching painters and had been doing some
1946–2006
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 09, 2006