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The Hobbit: Ringing it dry?
These were questions raised at the press conference for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An UnexpectedJourney.
Are 13 dwarves too many? Is one book not enough?
| December 14, 2012
Harlan Jacobson's Sundance Diary, part one
"Boston Phoenix" stalwart correspondent Harlan Jacobson is busy watching movies and breathing thin air at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's the first of his dispatches...
| January 21, 2012
Post-Apocalyptic Update: Apes Have Now Conquered Hollywood
Well, it turns out that the Monkey Issue was a good idea after all; Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually opened to rave...
| August 08, 2011
Prominent in Billy's is the sort of plaque and menu notation you expect to see in a tavern that has "Ye Olde" in front of its name, only this one declares "Est. 2009." Optimistic. In a business that has the mortality rate of migrating salmon, it's appro
Philanthropy for foodies
| December 03, 2010
Interview: Naomi Novik on her Temeraire series
With her sixth Temeraire fantasy, Tongues of Serpents , out this week, New York Times bestseller Naomi Novik takes on dragons, Peter Jackson, and the beginning of the end of a beloved series.
From Neverwinter Nights to the Napoleonic War — with dragons
| July 16, 2010
Guillermo del Toro abandons "The Hobbit"; Anyone looking for a job?
If you're a fan of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, you may want to brace yourself. This past weekend worst-case-scenario news erupted when...
Michael C. Walsh
| June 01, 2010
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
| April 09, 2010
Review: The Lovely Bones
When it comes to immortality and the afterlife, movies tend to get sticky.
This Salmon won't spawn
| January 15, 2010
Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Few filmmakers have suffered from the life-imitates-art phenomenon as has Terry Gilliam.
Ledger-demain: Gilliam leaves nothing to the Imaginarium
| January 08, 2010
New Borderlands DLC + Halo film rumors quashed
Phoenix video-game reviewer Mitch Krpata writes on his blog about the new Borderlands DLC, "Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot." Personally, I'm more excited about the other...
| January 05, 2010
Lite at the end of the tunnel?
If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
| January 01, 2010
It's hip to be icosahedral
Be they beer geeks, comic-book geeks, or music geeks, nowadays people flout their geekdom proudly, even wearing it like a badge.
In a new book, Ethan Gilsdorf tracks his global quest to visit the holiest nerd-world sites
| October 02, 2009
Review: District 9
You have never seen anything like District 9 — or so went the early buzz for Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut. The concept is the stuff nerdgasms are made of: a vérité sci-fi thriller set in an alternate-reality South Africa where 2.5
Apartheid gets the sci-fi treatment
| August 14, 2009
Review: Lord of the Rings: Conquest
First, panic — "This can't possibly be this awful, can it?" — and then the sinking realization that, yes, Conquest really is that bad.
Lord of the bo rings is more like it
| January 20, 2009
Baz Luhrmann's incontinent Australia
Baz Luhrmann's Oz and ends
| November 25, 2008
Fiend footage festival
We’ve got a formidable line-up here: Banana Zombie and Housewife Zombie are joined Bike Courier Zombie, and a mangled-shirt-and-tails zombie Cannibal dubs “Dr. Teeth.”
“Feast Of Flesh VII” at the Coolidge
| October 01, 2008
Interview: Simon Pegg
Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.
Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
| October 01, 2008
Life after The Sopranos
If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
| April 09, 2008
Ten new careers for Bill Gates
Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
| January 09, 2008
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
| June 29, 2007
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
After a top-notch first two days, the Fifth Independent Film Festival of Boston weathers some ups and downs through the remainder of its schedule.
Plus Donkey Kong, the Super Amigos, and ‘the greatest film of all time’ at the IFFB
PHOENIX FILM STAFF
| April 29, 2007
Picture Agatha Christie buggered by Michael Bay, with (old-school) Peter Jackson administering lube.
Laughs and piles of bodies
| April 18, 2007
First Al Gore, now Rick Santorum.
Dept. of Old Ideas
| March 28, 2007
Breaking into the business
Here’s an idea: what if the Internet’s vast new web of easy multimedia capabilities were used to spread the word not just about B-movie wannabes like Snakes on a Plane , but about good films?
| September 06, 2006
Frodo sings! And for that matter, so do Aragorn, Arwen Evenstar, the pitiful Gollem, and some 55 inhabitants of Middle-earth in the world premiere of the musical The Lord of the Rings .
The Lord of the Rings in Toronto
| June 30, 2006
As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
| April 25, 2006
Night Watch is a completely synthetic yet thoroughly original movie.
Timur Bekmambetov’s dark victory
| February 23, 2006
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