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Review: Alps

Like his last feature, Dogtooth, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film breaks down the conventions of identity, language, and social roles with black comic — and tragic — effect.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
The Rum Diary

Review: The Rum Diary

It's neat seeing Depp, more than a decade after his balding Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , as the younger Hunter S. Thompson, softening mannerisms later made brittle with cocaine, even if the performance is all surface.
Depp as the younger Hunter S. Thompson
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: Littlerock(1)

Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
Altogether original
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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On carpentry and college

Age 30, I quit the Phoenix and ended up with a job as an apprentice to a carpenter. Sawing, chiseling, hammering, nail-gunning, tiling, sanding, slotting, framing, hauling, measuring, and sweeping are less obvious outcomes of an undergraduate career in
Finding reward - and real learning - in the ivory tower
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Senna

The story of Brazilian Formula One champion Ayrton Senna sounds, well, just like a movie — Le Mans , maybe, or Talladega Nights without the comedy.
Chronicling Ayrton Senna's career
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2011
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A friend in need

For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011

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Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Two intense friendships intertwine in Wayne Wang's elegant and engrossing adaptation of Lisa See's novel. Actresses Li Bingbing and Gianna Jun play dual roles: modern Chinese women Nina and Sophia and their 19th-century counterparts, Lily and Snow Flower
Chinese women of the past and present
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 22, 2011

808s and page breaks: SFJ shows us how to beatbox with Google Translate

We always knew Sasha Frere-Jones would eventually produce something worthwhile; it was only a matter of time. This morning, the New Yorker's fancy-schmancy "Pop Critic"...
By Steve Miller  |  November 29, 2010

Give me back my bloody pad

I was wondering ...
By KARL STEVENS  |  June 25, 2010

Sing your life

Charles Spearin's Happiness Project — to be performed this Friday at the Middle East Downstairs as part of a trio of Torontonian acts — was originally just that: a project.
The Happiness Project speaks volumes
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 27, 2009

With the accent on computer

" Pardon ?"
Say What?
By JULIA THROOP  |  May 22, 2009

Excerpts from the MIT Esperanto Club's list of 'useful expressions in Esperanto.

A sampling of Esperanto
 Festu plu!
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 08, 2009

You say what?!

When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  January 08, 2009

Scrabblemania hits Providence

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By Ian Donnis  |  May 09, 2008

Should English be the official US language?

I tend to agree with those who say that English is already the official US language, and that learning it is a requirement for sucess...
By Ian Donnis  |  March 05, 2008

The AP wonders about McCain's pottymouth

Gee, who knew that the wire scribes had almost as much freedom as we Phoenix types in printing cuss words? (H/t Halperin). And did they...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 16, 2008

2007: the year in catch phrases

As you begin to think about plans for New Year's, the Phoenix's hyper-literate James Parker has some thoughts on "Don't Tase me, bro," and other...
By Ian Donnis  |  December 19, 2007