Max Rockatansky

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Creative compost

It's a vision of feral characters wandering a world jerry-rigged from recycled scraps of a collapsed plastic mass-produced disposable civilization.
Brian Chippendale’s masterful Human Mold
By GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2008


At best a reminder of doomsdays past, at worst a symptom of what’s ailing the genre today.
Two-hour nihilistic melee
By ELIZABETH FLOCK  |  March 19, 2008

Rough magic

The cupboards of Irish dramaturgy are crammed with ghosts.
Shining City at the Huntington; ASP’s The Tempest
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 18, 2008

Temple talk

Julien Temple was one of the first filmmakers on the scene when punk erupted in the UK.
Julien on Joe
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 08, 2007

Monster man

Burning Man: 50,000 lunatics celebrating inarticulable notions of radical self-expression and all-purpose debauchery in Salvador Dali-esque splendor.
Massachusetts dot-commie spotted torching the decks at Burning Man
By MIKE MCKAY  |  October 08, 2007


D-Money and Adam Ricker met with the Television Championship Belt on the line, even though this didn’t happen on television but in a Libbyville backyard.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 19, 2007


Rocket science

Tough, tough summer for the Houston Rockets, arrest-wise.
Sports blotter: "Houston hydroponics" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 14, 2007

Ice and fire

Burning Man began as a San Francisco pyromaniacs’ beach party in 1986.
Ice Cream’s cold contemporary art, Burning Man’s hot stuff
By GREG COOK  |  June 28, 2007

The freakin’ weekend

Rather than sit around and wait to be pounced and pounded, we decided to get busy finding out exactly how dangerous, how liquored-up, and how protected our fair city and its Old Port actually are.
We locked our doors, shut off the lights, and compared numbers to find out — How scary is the Old Port?


Aside from a brilliant opening flashback, first-time director Cess Silvera’s film adds nothing to the gangster genre. Watch the trailer for Shottas  (QuickTime)
More like an overblown music video than a film
By PAUL BABIN  |  November 01, 2006

Battlestar anime

Fans of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic The Seven Samurai , which spawned John Sturges’s 1960 The Magnificent Seven , are going to be surprised at what they find in Samurai 7 .
Kurosawa’s classic becomes IFC’s Samurai 7 , plus more, but not better, Henry Rollins
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 30, 2006

The Boston Phoenix J.R. rider bail-hearing incident of the week!

Folks in my line of work — cataloguing weekly the crimes of professional athletes — have a built-in rainy-day strategy.
Plus, deadbeat-daddy jocks and Master P's firearms
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 16, 2006