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As befits someone with jail time hanging over his head, Roman Polanski does his best work in close quarters. From Knife in the Water , to Repulsion , to The Tenant and The Pianist , he's a master of claustrophobic close encounters, and as such has
Claustrophobic close encounters
| January 13, 2012
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
Interview and photos: Gerard Malanga
In Walt Whitman’s notebook for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , he writes, “Every soul has its own individual voice.” That notion rang true for photographer/poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga as he put together “Souls,” an exhibit of 100 portraits span
A gathering of souls
| April 02, 2010
Review: The Ghost Writer
How odd that the two latest films by two of the world's greatest living filmmakers should be adaptations of bestsellers set on islands off the coast of Massachusetts.
Competent but dull
| March 05, 2010
Blu Christmas . . . without DVD
Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
| December 11, 2009
Judging the Judge
After reading Sunday’s front page BeloJo story, “Support for R.I. Judge not unanimous,” your superior correspondents have to suspect that everything — absolutely everything — is thoroughly politicized.
Committee Doubting Thompson. Plus, The Bish, Rush, and more.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| October 30, 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
Lie of the land
In his new film, The Invention of Lying , Ricky Gervais plays Mark Bellison, a pudgy everyman who lives in Anytown in a utopian world where lies don't exist — until he tells one.
Lying liars, and the end of accountability
| October 09, 2009
Minitel Rose | The French Machine
Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
| June 26, 2009
Any film/TV adaptation of Hardy is in fact rare.
Hardy, for once, gets his due
| December 29, 2008
Wish-fulfillment for a burning world
From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
| December 08, 2008
I Served the King of England
I Served the King of England , though an arresting story, is the least successful of Czech filmmaker Jirí Menzel's film adaptations.
Ambitious but old-fashioned and sluggish
| September 03, 2008
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
| August 19, 2008
What a break
A shout out of big-time thanks from the John McCain campaign to our friends in Georgia that are being mercilessly bombed by the Russian military after provoking Big Bad Vlad Putin!
McCain struts his stuff as Russia attacks Georgia
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| August 13, 2008
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
A 1977 afternoon of drugs and intercourse with a 13-year-old led to Polanski's arrest in California, and to his celebrity trial, the subject of Marina Zenovich’s engrossing HBO tabloid documentary.
An engrossing documentary of the filmmaker's celebrity trial
| July 16, 2008
Rush Hour 3
Even those famous outtakes that play during the credits appear labored.
Increasingly silly skits
| August 15, 2007
Roman Polanski in his 1971 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play opts for grim, sodden, literal realism.
Where were Ian McKellan and Judi Dench?
| April 03, 2007
It’s a mysterious career. To Whitehead’s credit, it’s not a career in the normal sense at all.
The films of Peter Whitehead at the HFA
| September 06, 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
Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
Readers speak out on the best directors
| April 28, 2006
With the possible exception of Yilmaz Güney’s revelatory Yol (1982), no Turkish film has lit up American awareness like this year’s Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, even though it has not yet been and probably never will be released in this country.
Female trouble at the Boston Turkish Film Festival
| March 31, 2006
Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
| March 21, 2006
Ask the Dust
Robert Towne’s labor of love pays homage to a much-romanticized literary tradition, that of American fiction writing of the 1930s.
Study of writers feels too warm and fuzzy
| March 14, 2006
New to DVD for the week of December 27, 2005
New DVD releases for the week of December 27, 2005
| January 17, 2006
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