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Review: South of the Border
Oliver Stone may have been easy on W. in his bio-pic, but he chops the dummy's head off in this revealing documentary about the social-welfare-minded neo-liberal leaders running South America, and the liars in the Bush administration who compared them
Oliver Stone's look at Hugo Chavéz, among others
| October 01, 2010
The Looey Guv lunacy; a few endorsements; notable quotes; fond farewells
"You guys have the easiest job in the world," our fellow Vo Dilunders often tell Phillipe and Jorge. "There’s so much political fodder in this state you have enough material for a lifetime."
Fodder by the ton
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| September 24, 2010
Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Oliver Stone can't be blamed for not knowing that his ironic "Greed is good" would be taken seriously as a motto by a generation of ruthless buccaneers.
Not even Oliver Stone can make derivatives sound all that exciting
| September 24, 2010
Four to watch for
These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.
From Cannes to the multiplex
| May 28, 2010
Review: When You’re Strange
If you’re a Doors fan, your inner Jim Morrison will be stoked by the vast archival footage in When You’re Strange .
Doesn’t open any new Doors
| April 09, 2010
Interview: Ray Manzarek of the Doors
It’s been nearly 40 years since the death of Jim Morrison, but the surviving members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and percussionist John Densmore have kept soldiering on, playing in various reformations of the ground-br
The return of the Lizard King, sort of
| April 09, 2010
Incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island, Jeff Mailhot grabbed a pen and a sheet of stationery and traced an outline of his beefy left hand.
A serial killer seeks a payoff
| April 02, 2010
Now that the Oscars are over, let's get dumb.
Spring pimps for summer
| March 12, 2010
Mean everything to nothing
My favorite movie-advertising phrase is "based on a true story." Translated into English, it means: "more or less, a big fat lie."
True tax stories
| January 15, 2010
The Doors | Live in New York
In 1970, Doors producer Paul Rothchild assembled a tight “live set” out of a bunch of different concert recordings from the band’s 1969/early-1970 shows and Elektra released it as the Absolutely Live LP.
| December 11, 2009
Review: Z (1969)
John F. Kennedy wasn't the only political leader murdered in 1963. On May 22 of that year, Gregoris Lambrakis, a left-leaning, pacifist member of the Greek parliament and an aspiring presidential candidate seeking to replace the reigning right-wing gov
Z lives on 40 years later
| December 04, 2009
Not sure this has a whole lot to do with sports crime, but . . . it does involve Tila Tequila naked, so that's a start for an interesting exploration of something .
Tila Tequila goes off. Plus, Lawrence Taylor takes a hard right-hand turn.
| November 27, 2009
Interview: Lone Scherfig
Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants t
An Educated Lady
| November 13, 2009
The plots thicken
Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
| September 11, 2009
Review: Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
There's not much "virtual" in Kosi Masutani's thoughtful if artless documentary about the JFK administration — which is to its credit.
What would JFK do?
| April 10, 2009
Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt
It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
| February 17, 2009
Dick gets off easy in Frost/Nixon
| December 09, 2008
100 Unsexiest Men of the Year Follow-Up
The problem with dropping our Unsexiest list in March of an election year is that we never know what kind of weasels, Republicans, and Republican weasels will urinate in America’s stream of consciousness down the final stretch.
Because There Was an Election
| December 04, 2008
W. gets a B
Josh Brolin prevails over Oliver Stone’s shaky portrait
| October 15, 2008
Putting up W’s
How is it that the least popular and possibly worst chief executive in American history has inspired no lasting impersonations?
Screen depictions beat around the Bush
| October 15, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
| August 13, 2008
The 16 greatest stoner movies
We’re picking the best 16 stoner films of all time — one for every easily weighable segment of an ounce.
Our favorite marijuana movies
| August 11, 2008
"W." Movie Trailer
| July 29, 2008
By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.
H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC
| April 22, 2008
Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
| January 23, 2008
Cinema of Shadows
It’s not likely, but Judd Apatow’s pitch for Knocked Up might have sounded something like this.
We’re five years into the Iraq crisis, and Hollywood hasn't made a film about the war. Or is every film is about the war?
| June 06, 2007
All the Wright moves
“I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I am doing. The end.”
The deadpan master is still happy not to laugh
| April 23, 2007
Of pols and pop culture
The Tote Board’s preliminaries are almost over, meaning next week we begin to set the odds.
A fifth, and final, cardinal rule for presidential wannabes
| February 28, 2007
“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol,” Andy Warhol is quoted on the US Post Office stamp commemorating him in 2002, “just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.” Wasted again: Factory Gi
Images of Andy on the big screen
| February 07, 2007
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