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Local businesses: be more than Not Walmart
Within the last two weeks, both my girlfriend and I have been treated condescendingly by independent storeowners in Portland. The nature of our interactions has led us to question the very "Keep Portland Independent" philosophy that led us to relocate h
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, April 13, 2012
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 13, 2012
Errol Morris's magnificent obsessions
The tops of the side tables in Errol Morris's office are entirely obscured by books, among them Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory ; The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You ; French psychoanalyst Jacques Laca
| July 15, 2011
Review: Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me ) is at it again.
Morgan Spurlock's new "docbuster"
| April 22, 2011
It's time for that popular feature, Practical Advice for Political Nutjobs, the column that's been proven by complicated scientific-type testing to help weirdos avoid public humiliation. It also saves them money because they never again need to line the
Practical Advice for Political Nutjobs
| March 18, 2011
War on the average Joe
Right now, Maine can afford to pay its state employees' pensions for the next 10 years with no additional investment — without any sort of supplement, not even workers' biweekly paycheck deductions.
| March 11, 2011
Review: Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Alex Gibney has a gift for turning stories of corruption so thick they're nearly impenetrable into simple tales of unfettered greed and malfeasance.
The globe-trotting misdeeds of Jack Abramoff
| June 25, 2010
If you think the polemic salvos Michael Moore churns out define the modern documentary, you've either succumbed to Moore's manipulative shenanigans or are unfamiliar with the works of Frederick Wiseman. No disrespect to the Roger & Me director, he
An interview with Frederick Wiseman
| December 11, 2009
Review: Oh My God
If Michael Moore can bring in Wallace Shawn as an economics expert, I guess director Peter Rodger can enlist Ringo Starr as an authority on religion in his worldwide search for an answer to the question “Who is God?”
Ringo Starr, authority on religion
| November 27, 2009
Review: American Casino
If you’re still curious about what derivatives are after seeing Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story , Andrew and Leslie Cockburn’s drier, more in-depth examination of the meltdown and bailout might help.
Putting a face on figures
| October 30, 2009
Review: The Yes Men Fix The World
Is capitalism on the ropes, or what ?
Anti-capitalism hoaxes occasionally misfire
| October 23, 2009
Review: Capitalism: A Love Story
In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
| October 02, 2009
Recap and Video: An Afternoon with Michael Moore
For all the bad things that “compassionate” talk radio crack-lickers say about Michael Moore, he sure is a nice dude. So nice, in fact, that...
| October 01, 2009
Freedom isn’t free
Campaign-finance reformers often object to the idea that money equals speech. But even for progressives, it does indeed.
| September 25, 2009
We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
| September 18, 2009
Since Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant maize, no food has been more emblematic of the evolution of American eating habits than corn. That's been true from the sepia-tinged golden age of the Midwestern breadbasket to the present day, where those yello
Why the cheap, mass-produced food we eat is killing our environment, our economy — and us
| June 26, 2009
An American Carol: The Funniest Conservative Comedy of All-Time
Thank Satan that those scum-sucking liberals run Hollywood. If creative feats were left to righties, then there might be more flicks like An American Carol,...
| October 09, 2008
An American Carol
A Michael Moore–esque documentarian changes his stars and stripes after trying to abolish the Fourth of July.
A dissent-bashing tale
| October 09, 2008
He’s as cocky and smarmy as Michael Moore, but somehow Bill Maher is also more endearing and credible, as he prances about the globe making jest of sanctimonious true believers.
Unabashedly agnostic and skeptical
| October 02, 2008
It’s tempting to write off Mercenaries 2: World in Flames , if only because of the noisy ads — they’re scored by an annoying white-boy rap song.
Mercenaries 2 does it the old-fashioned way
| September 16, 2008
Trouble in the Water
The direct, artless footage conjures a real-world Cloverfield , except with people who are resourceful and worth caring about.
A raw and emotional look at Hurricane Katrina
| September 09, 2008
Believe it or not
Even the titles of his films are a little weird.
Interview: Guy Maddin tells the truth
| July 08, 2008
Springtime for Darwin
There are two stories, and two stories only.
The wars of evolution are louder than ever. What Ben Stein, Bad Religion, and a physics professor from Quincy can tell you about where you came from.
| May 07, 2008
Aaron Woolf’s documentary King Corn, which opens the weekend of conversations about local farming and sustainable consumption, is a sound prototype for the new wave of populist eco-docs.
Examining a landscape where crops only feed food
| April 23, 2008
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Last time we saw documentarian Morgan Spurlock, he was downing McDonald’s fries in Supersize Me.
| April 16, 2008
The medium is the movie
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
| March 05, 2008
One of the great principles of American jurisprudence, though not necessarily of film criticism, is a defendant’s right to confront his accuser in a court of law.
Interview: Brett Morgen defends his Chicago 10
| February 27, 2008
Some believe democracy can save the world. Others wonder whether it can even work in America.
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival on the campaign trail
| January 08, 2008
The amazing race
For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| December 26, 2007
On the national affront
Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
| December 19, 2007
It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
| December 18, 2007
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