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Interview: Kathryn Bigelow

Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckin
The Hurt Locker director breaks out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009
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Review: The Hurt Locker

Now that the troops are pulling out and the war no longer haunts the headlines, maybe people will want to see a film about Iraq — especially since it's one of the best war movies ever made.
Kathryn Bigelow makes her masterpiece
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009

William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive

However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 10, 2009
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When men were men

Since Sam Peckinpah’s untimely death at the age of 59, he has acquired such legendary status that it’s startling to remember that he made only 14 films over a period of 22 years.
Sam Peckinpah at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 03, 2008
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Exiled

Johnny To’s pistol-blazing follow-up to Election and Triad Election reunites him with much of the cast from his cinematic diptych.
Bloody shootouts nearly taint the broth
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 31, 2007
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Better transformers

Maine film buffs have it tough.
MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007


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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?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 06, 2007
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Robert Altman

There’s a scene in Robert Altman’s Vincent & Theo where Sien (Jip Wijngaarden), the prostitute who lives with Van Gogh (Tim Roth) and poses for him, takes a break from an arduous modeling session.
1925 – 2006
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 27, 2006
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The wild bunch

One of the lies I tell myself is that some day I’ll care about the Rolling Stones as much as I care about the New York Dolls.
Another triumph for the New York Dolls
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  October 30, 2006
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Outdoor living

The Outback might be rough and wild, but it’s the architecture that takes a real beating in The Proposition .
Nick Cave’s loaded Proposition
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 26, 2006
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Apocalypse now and then

With Snakes on a Plane and World Trade Center opening on the same day, this summer won’t be offering the usual escapist fare.
Doom, damnation, and other summer fun
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 03, 2006


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Indie dependents

Try as they might to be independent, filmmakers are still bound by family ties, the same as everyone else.
Family ties at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2006
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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

It brings to mind films as diverse as Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia , John Sayles’s Lone Star and even The Wizard of Oz , but the end result is Tommy Lee Jones’s own shaggy-corpse story.
Rating: 3 stars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 02, 2006