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Harlan Jacobson's Sundance Diary, part one

Harlan Jacobson's Sundance Diary, part one


 "Boston Phoenix" stalwart correspondent Harlan Jacobson is busy watching movies and breathing thin air at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's the first of his dispatches...
By Peter Keough  |  January 21, 2012
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Review: Carnage

As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012
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Miss perfect

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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010
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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
The Mad Men mystique
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009
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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
The Mad Men mystique
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009
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Keough sweeps Oscars

Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
Way better than average
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009


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Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2009
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Martyr complex

This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
Oscar suffers for our sins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009
Golden Globes preview: Richard Yates at the BPL in 1978 [mp3]

Golden Globes preview: Richard Yates at the BPL in 1978 [mp3]


The best Revolutionary Road adaptation of 2008, hands down, was season 2 of Mad Men. If Sam Mendes's Revolutionary Road takes home any of the...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 10, 2009
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Dead end

It's a masterful, devastating portrait of a marriage crumbling and a merciless critique of the torpor and predictability of 1950's suburbia.
Sam Mendes's not so Revolutionary Road
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  December 29, 2008
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Review: The Reader

It's Christmas, and our thoughts turn toward the Third Reich.
Tiresome and callow
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2008


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Shaggy frog

Michel Gondry is not a household name.
Interview: Michel Gondry goes lo-fi
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 20, 2008
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations



By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008
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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

Crossword: 'Don't be shocked'


This is the current situation
By MATT JONES  |  February 21, 2007


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Little Children

Suburbia is hell, and serious Hollywood movies from The Graduate to American Beauty have been there to point fingers on the lawns of the damned. Watch the trailer for Little Children  (QuickTime)
Bums out suburbanites and makes Oscar happy
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  February 20, 2007
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Background chatter

Thanks, Ricky Gervais, for getting the dread “A” word into the open: ATHEIST!
Ricky Gervais’s hilarious Extras
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2007

Babel rousers

It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2007
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The Holiday

A reminder to all producers: alluding to iconic romantic comedies in a bid for legitimacy can be a dangerous game, even when you have appealing stars. Watch the trailer for The Holiday  (QuickTime)
A safe box office bet
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  December 06, 2006
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Flushed Away

In its first foray into computer animation, Aardman ( Wallace & Gromit ) retains its lovably lumpy, Claymation look. Watch the trailer for Flushed Away  (QuickTime)
Not just a title
By ALICIA POTTER  |  November 01, 2006


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Stark realization

Zaillian gives a workout to the elements that make this book such a favorite with high-school English teachers: the neat symbolism, the themes of good and evil, guilt and innocence. But the ideas remain abstract. Watch the trailer for All the King's M
Steve Zaillian can’t put All the King’s Men together again
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 22, 2006
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Dream job

In a recurring scene in Michel Gondry’s La science des rêves , Stéphane (Gael García Bernal), who’s clad in a tight-fitting lavender suit, frantically runs around his “television studio,” its walls constructed from egg cartons, its cameras from cardboar
Michel Gondry is skilled in the science of film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 22, 2006
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Tristan & Isolde

Everything you expect from a mainstream adaptation of an ancient legend is here: grand vistas, mist and blood, brooding romantic score, PG-rated nude lovemaking.
 
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2006