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Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
| May 11, 2012
Review: Happy, Happy
First time filmmaker Anne Sewitsky finds a compassionate way to tell a familiar tale of adultery, and she's helped immeasurably by a first-rate acting ensemble, especially the two superlative actresses, whom you could imagine cast in films of the late I
A familiar tale of adultery
| September 23, 2011
Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
| July 29, 2011
Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
| May 28, 2010
Review: The Good Heart
Lucas (Paul Dano), an angel-faced homeless man who sings a lullaby to a stray kitten, might be too kind-hearted to live. Jacques (Brian Cox), an apoplectic prick who owns a Bowery bar, is too mean to die.
Misanthropy and meticulous espresso brewing
| May 14, 2010
Review: Until The Light Takes Us (2008)
Corpse paint, odes to the underworld, music that summons the brutal, cut-to-the-bone Arctic chill of Scandinavia — this is Norwegian black metal.
Darkness with a capital 'D'
| February 12, 2010
A lone wolf lopes across a border, searching for food.
Henning Mankell stalks globalization
| February 12, 2010
Review: Until the Light Takes Us
Norwegian black metal in Until the Light Takes Us
Metal, terrorism, and gossip
| January 22, 2010
Beach House | Teen Dream
Before I talk about Beach House's third album — the top dreampop album of 2010 until further notice — I should reveal that I had the big gay whirlwind romance of my life under the influence of a steady stream of Beach House Mania at SxSW three years ag
Sub Pop (2010)
| January 22, 2010
Boston rat rampage
Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
| November 06, 2009
Anders Østergaard's Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country is paced and edited with the keen, polished urgency of a thriller — there are frantic, confused phone conversations, along with gloomy music and a healthy amount of ominous foreshadowing —
Burma VJ's heroic dissident journalists
| June 19, 2009
In Bent Hamer's sub-Arctic shaggy-dog story (with a real, non-shaggy dog), the vehicle for soon-to-be-retired Odd Horten, engineer for the Bergen-to-Oslo run, is not a flying house but a bullet train.
| June 12, 2009
Boston's Best in City Life 2009
There’s so much to love about Boston, it’s hard sometimes to know where to start. Traffic? Obnoxious Sox fans? Irritating students? Norway rats? Inflated rents? An inferiority complex unlike any on the Eastern seaboard?
Rocking in the cradle of eccentricity
BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF
| April 17, 2009
It's not easy to earn the label as the biggest dipshit in Metallica. But now that Lars Ulrich's lease on the title has expired, Hetfield lived up to the challenge by getting caught shopping at Armani while on vacation in Norway.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
These days, younger, wiser bands simply don't bat their eyelashes at the majors like they used to.
The allure of the music industry may be long gone, but SXSW can still attract the underground to its edges
| March 25, 2009
The Low Frequency in Stereo | Futuro
Unlike some of my fearless reviewers, I suffer from spells of apprehension when confronted by a Rune Grammofon release.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
| March 03, 2009
Kicking the habits
Anyone familiar with Wagner's œuvre with the Raveonettes (who come to the Paradise next Thursday) should be surprised by the idea that, having created something awesome, he's ready to move on to something different.
The Raveonettes change (for a change)
| January 06, 2009
An overview of those stepping up to serve Portland's schools
Only a few step up to serve Portland’s schools
| October 29, 2008
Ragnarök and roll
Amon Amarth are but the latest assault of the Viking æsthetic on our pop culture’s collective psyche.
Great moments in culturally appropriated Viking history
| October 15, 2008
Whole new ball game
John Frary is a politician in the same sense that I’m the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Politics and other mistakes
| September 01, 2008
This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
| July 30, 2008
Festival casualties ’08!
A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
| July 21, 2008
World War III
Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
| June 30, 2008
The General Assembly mulling a flat-broke state and a gambling joint gone bust. Now there’s a Biggest Little match made in heaven.
Halitosis Hall offered chance to play high-stakes shell game
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 18, 2008
A child of Hitler
This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)
| January 30, 2008
Last year, almost 100 volunteers roamed the city with Palm Pilots to record the species, location, and dimensions of every street tree in Providence.
Providence gets some surprising info in tree survey
| December 26, 2007
Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration
This year, California’s Concord label took ownership of Memphis’s greatest musical treasure chest, the Stax Records catalogue.
| December 17, 2007
Let’s hope it wasn’t Amy Winehouse’s last great show.
I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London | Republic
| November 27, 2007
The Final Season
Sean Astin’s latest starring role finds him aiming to hit the emotional high he achieved in 1993’s Rudy .
Unintentional sports comedy
| October 17, 2007
The album shimmers with the sort of musical detail that keeps woe-is-me songwriting from sounding (entirely) like a pity party.
The Salvation Blues | HackTone
| August 28, 2007
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