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Big Fat Whale
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.
| October 05, 2012
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
| October 28, 2011
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.
| October 07, 2011
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
| September 02, 2011
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
| August 19, 2011
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
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| August 05, 2011
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
| 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"...
| November 29, 2010
Give me back my bloody pad
I was wondering ...
| 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
| November 27, 2009
With the accent on computer
" Pardon ?"
| May 22, 2009
Excerpts from the MIT Esperanto Club's list of 'useful expressions in Esperanto.
A sampling of Esperanto
| 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
| January 08, 2009
Scrabblemania hits Providence
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| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| December 19, 2007
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