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Review: Great Directors
The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence and enjoy the commentary of the filmmakers she's tracked down in Europe and America.
Documentary about filmmakers nearly derailed by its own not-so-great director
| July 30, 2010
Have whiskey, will swim
Filling this year’s slot in SPACE Gallery’s annual “Outlandishly Entertaining Documentary” hole is Big River Man , John Maringouin’s take on the greatest adventure yet embarked upon by Martin Strel.
Martin Strel’s insane swim down the Amazon in Big River Man
| April 16, 2010
Review: City Island
In this harmless indie comedy, Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a macho patriarch with two mouthy kids and acting aspirations he conceals from his wife (Julianna Margulies) for fear of sullying his manly image.
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| April 02, 2010
The faded Follies
As regular readers of the Cool, Cool World well know, one of the social highlights of the year at Casa Diablo is the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies.
The thrill is gone at the ProJo shindig; there’s something about Cumberland; and more
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| March 05, 2010
Prince of darkness
Gordon Willis, the master cinematographer to whom the Harvard Film Archive pays tribute in a seven-film retrospective beginning this Friday,
Gordon Willis at the Harvard Film Archive
| November 20, 2009
Every new gambit is just another log on the roaring bonfire of Jonathan Lethem's eighth novel.
Jonathan Lethem’s freewheeling Chronic City
| November 06, 2009
Splendor on the screen
The arc of Elia Kazan's professional life has its origins in the Group Theatre, where he was trained as an actor and performed in the original 1930s productions of Clifford Odets's Waiting for Lefty and Golden Boy .
Elia Kazan at the HFA
| July 31, 2009
Among Shawn Levy's books is one of my favorite film bios, King of Comedy , with crazy-guy Jerry Lewis, so show-off goofy and schmaltzy, spilling all on every exuberant, excessive page.
Mainstream life, good read
| June 26, 2009
Review: Two Lovers
In what's bruited to be his last screen appearance, Joaquin Phoenix goes Marlon Brando mumbly.
Joaquin Phoenix's reported last film not interesting enough or deep enough
| February 25, 2009
EXCERPT: The Conversation
Peter Keough discusses how The Conversation is a B List movie.
| October 30, 2008
This pulpy, fiery-sweet sauce is a mélange of tongue-tingling flavors.
All up in your grill
| May 21, 2008
During the great American renaissance period in movies, Hollywood was in the hands of the counterculture.
Arthur Penn at the Harvard Film Archive
| January 29, 2008
“Yeah, it’s very hard,” says Ang Lee — with no apparent double entendre in mind — about shooting the sex scenes in his NC-17-rated Lust, Caution .
Lee approaches Lust with Caution
| October 03, 2007
The witching hour
WICKED is a very different witch hunt from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel on which it is based.
Wicked , plus The Atheist , A Streetcar Named Desire , Zanna, Don’t!
| September 18, 2007
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?
| July 24, 2007
In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
| June 01, 2007
This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
| December 21, 2006
It’s four in the morning and raining. I’m 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records, and remembering that things were different a decade ago.
Growing young with rock and roll
| May 19, 2006
East Germany graced international screens most recently in the Euro-blockbuster Good Bye, Lenin! (2003).
East (Germany) meets least in ‘Rebels with a Cause’
| February 09, 2006
French filmmaker Claire Denis has acknowledged that a host of sources inspired L’intrus|The Intruder (January 25–February 9 at the MFA), the tale of a sickly, reclusive Frenchman, Louis Trebor (Michel Subor), who after paying hard cash and buying
Claire Denis’s L’intrus
| January 19, 2006
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