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The Provincetown International Film Festival honors three indie icons
How do you know you're at the 14th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (June 13-17) and not some other cinephilic shindig?
| June 22, 2012
Review: The Raven
If only Poe could find the solution to the mystery in his own texts! Or if the filmmakers made any use of them.
John Cusack as Poe
| April 27, 2012
All Roads Lead to Nowhere: Monte Hellman at the Harvard Film Archive
Many of the best American directors of the last four decades, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, and Jonathan Demme, took lessons early on from what...
| August 03, 2011
Gift Guide 2010: DVD Box Sets
Some people will tell you that the economy is frozen in a recession that may never thaw. That makes Blu-ray/DVD box sets more valuable than gold.
Sureties and obscurities
| December 10, 2010
All girls wanna have is a good scream. At least they did when they were clinging to their dates at B-movie sci-fi horror flicks in the 1950s.
TBTS' Little Shop of Horrors
| July 23, 2010
Days of future past
Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
| June 18, 2010
Heart of gold
How can someone make so many movies for so long and still be such a nice guy? Once again, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is giving its Coolidge Award to a filmmaker who genuinely deserves the recognition. Hollywood seldom turns out anyone as good-nature
Jonathan Demme wins the Coolidge Award
| February 26, 2010
The Many Faces of Sharktopus
As far as monster mashups go, "Sharktopus" is pretty straightforward in its absurdity. Still, the imaginations of sci-fi fans have run wild in the days...
| February 12, 2010
Review: I Sell the Dead
Glenn McQuaid's graveyard-set fright-flick send-up is a low-budget valentine to "B" horrors of yore.
| August 28, 2009
Paul Schrader at the HFA
"I'm not sure what happened to me," says Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, one of the least reliable of the director's succession of unreliable narrators, in the film named for her.
| January 26, 2009
EXCERPT: The Conversation
Peter Keough discusses how The Conversation is a B List movie.
| October 30, 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
Kevin Hauge directs a production that’s fun, sharp, and well-appointed, if a touch shy on camp, for Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
Seacoast puts on a Horror show
| July 09, 2008
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
| May 28, 2008
History and truth
It has been 92 years and there continues to be a reluctance (perhaps too gentle a word) to acknowledge that Turkey systematically killed a million and a half Armenians.
Turkey needs to take responsibility for the Armenian genocide
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| October 17, 2007
Movies from outer space
Our new-found DVD-ness and cable-TV luxury notwithstanding, movies have always been a public medium, a spatial experience we share in the theater and a topical experience we share in the culture at large.
From the tsars to the stars at Harvard
| November 30, 2006
Fest or famine?
Women filmmakers dominate this year’s festival, and an unflinching honesty marks their movies.
This year’s Boston Film Festival has a woman’s touch
| September 08, 2006
Just about everyone who survived the time with memory intact waxes nostalgic about the ’60s, but perhaps none more so than Czechs.
‘Rare Bohemian Cinema’ at the MFA
| August 23, 2006
Red + black
“What is not creation is graham crackers,” waxes Maxwell, beat-poet-in-residence at the boho Yellow Door coffee shop.
Bucket is bloody funny
| July 26, 2006
Bloody, edgy, original, iambic — this summer’s theater line-up fits some fine descriptors. Here are some of my picks.
Classics + newcomers abound
| June 14, 2006
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