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Review: Django Unchained
Tarantino reconfigures that classic American genre, the Western, setting his new film in the Deep South, creating what he terms a "Southern," while infusing it with the spaghetti sensibilities of Sergio Leone (director of Tarantino's favorite film, The
Spaghetti southern style
| December 21, 2012
Review: The Man With the Iron Fists
RZA's debut feature isn't just a kung-fu film, it's an abstract collection of everything he loves about the genre, from flat-voice acting to gruesome decapitations.
| November 09, 2012
Review: Lieutenant of Inishmore is the cat’s me-oww!
Hysterical laughter — of both the pathological and the funny sort — has its place as stopgap comfort when things seemingly can't get worse. Written in 2001 and set in 1993, Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore treats the terrorist Troubles in
Gore and guffaws
| January 14, 2011
In Kaneto Shindô's 1968 baroque Japanese period piece, samurai run wild as ignoble marauders.
Poe meets Oedipus Rex, in glorious Nippon
| October 29, 2010
Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass
"We took our caveman process and our telepathic speak and we had to learn how to share it with 70 crew members and a studio . . . "
The Cyrus writer-directors keep it simple
| June 25, 2010
Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
| June 18, 2010
Set in the Arab neighborhood of the title, this Israeli nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar starts out like a Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood .
This Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood teeters, but doesn't Crash
| February 26, 2010
Oscar predictions 2010
After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
| January 29, 2010
2009: The year in movies
As I looked over my list of the best movies of 2009, it suddenly struck me: where are all the women on screen?
Men behaving badly
| December 25, 2009
In view of its credentials, Armored should be a lay-up.
Flat-footed Tarantino-esque hodgepodge misfires
| December 11, 2009
When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
| October 23, 2009
The winner and other losers
By my count, there are approximately 14,308 people running for governor of Maine.
The governor's race, brought to you by “Internet Riches Made Easy”
| October 09, 2009
Bright Star is the best movie ever made about John Keats, the great Romantic poet who died at the age of 25. According to the Internet Movie Database, however, it is also the only one.
Jane Campion beams on her Bright Star
| September 25, 2009
Review: Flame and Citron
The two Danish Resistance fighters of the title ( Flammen og Citronen in the Danish original) don't have nearly as much fun killing Nazis as do Quentin Tarantino's Basterds.
Scandanavian Nazi-assassin film gets a bit bogged down
| September 04, 2009
First look at James Cameron's Avatar
James Cameron captained the biggest box-office smash of all time, his Titanic having grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. But that was 12 years ago, long before the recession appeared on anyone's radar.
| August 28, 2009
Along with Grindhouse partner Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez is the reigning auteur of pulp cinema — but he also has a weakness for gonzo, FX-laden kiddie entertainment, like his Spy Kids trilogy.
Pre-pubescent palaver from Robert Rodriguez
| August 21, 2009
Hot Nazi beach reads
Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
| August 21, 2009
Interview: Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino began writing the screenplay for Inglourious Basterds more than 10 years ago. When I got him on the phone, he talked about the film's long gestation and how he chose his actors.
The director talks Basterds
| August 21, 2009
Review: Inglourious Basterds
From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
| August 21, 2009
Review: Blood: The Last Vampire
Despite inserting a jumble of backstory into his live-action take on an action experiment, director Chris Nahon ( Kiss of the Dragon ) captures some of the visceral thrills of the nine-year-old anime .
An interesting experiment
| July 10, 2009
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
| June 12, 2009
Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
| May 29, 2009
Back on the surf-rock sonar
'Tis the season for veteran surf-rock trio the Fathoms to usher in the warm weather when they play a free gig at Nick-a-Nee's on Saturday.
Hanging 30 with the Fathoms
| May 22, 2009
Review: Alien Trespass
If you were ever a fan of those '50s and '60s sci-fi flicks whose trademarks were hoky FX, an eerie theremin soundtrack, and a rubber-suited monster, then Alien Trespass should scratch your nostalgia bone.
| April 01, 2009
When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
Breaking new ground with old tools
| March 31, 2009
The weather underground
If it's alienation from the mainstream you're feeling, you're in good company for this year's Boston Underground Film Festival.
The theme of isolation reigns supreme amid the BUFF's dizzying eight-day blitzkrieg of fringe cinema
| March 17, 2009
Music Seen: Dead of Winter
Peaks and valleys are the name of the game with any showcase of too many songwriters that too many people attend, but by and large, Dead of Winter retains its status as a premier night of homegrown entertainment.
SPACE Gallery, January 24, 2009
| January 28, 2009
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
| November 04, 2008
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
| October 27, 2008
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
| August 19, 2008
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