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Review: The Sun Behind The Clouds

It’s no secret that the Chinese government is only too happy to stifle cries of “Free Tibet.”
The murkiness of the Middle Way
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 30, 2010

Photos: Down:2:Earth Boston 2010 | April 10, 2010

D:2:E returns to the Hynes with green folk, socially conscious coffee, and bizarre birdhouses
Down:2:Earth Boston 2010, at the Hynes Convention Center, April 10, 2010
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 16, 2010

Photo: Boston Comic Con 2010

Ghouls, Ghostbusters, and murderous clowns: Bullpen bulletins from Comic Con 2010
Boston Comic Con 2010, at the Westin Boston Waterfront, April 10, 2010

Review: Bananas!

The banana as we know it is quickly marching toward extinction, thanks to inbreeding at the hands of big agribusiness. But don’t worry — after watching this documentary from Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, you’ll never want to eat a banana again. Bana
You'll never want to eat a banana again
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 16, 2010

Photos: Boston Flower & Garden Show 2010

Boston Flower & Garden Show (theme: "A Feast for the Senses "), at the Seaport World Trade Center | March 28, 2010
Boston Flower & Garden Show, at the Seaport World Trade Center | March 28, 2010
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 02, 2010

Boston Underground Film Festival 2010

Now in its seventh year, the Boston Underground Film Festival has a knack for showing you things you've never seen before (not to mention things you can never un-see, such as the sentient penis jackhammering its way through sheetrock in last year's head
BUFF 2010 pays homage to cinematic fromage
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 19, 2010


Red Queens and White Knights

Four new DVD releases that capitalize on the latest Alice in Wonderland rush.
We’re not through with the Looking Glass, here, people
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 12, 2010

Review: District 13: Ultimatum

In 2004, Luc Besson's District B13 [ Banlieue 13 ] wall-jumped its way into our hearts by thrusting the urban acrobatics of parkour onto the big screen.
Balletic beatdowns aplenty
By SHAULA CLARK  |  February 19, 2010

Review: Until The Light Takes Us (2008)

Corpse paint, odes to the underworld, music that summons the brutal, cut-to-the-bone Arctic chill of Scandinavia — this is Norwegian black metal.
Darkness with a capital 'D'
By SHAULA CLARK  |  February 12, 2010

Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
 Zeroes from the Aughts
By LASER ORGY  |  January 15, 2010

Review: Sundance Shorts 2009

Welcome to the world of "Sundance Shorts 2009," where the happy endings tend to look more like reprieves from misery.
Salute your shorts
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 15, 2010


52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010

Mad Men on Mass Ave

We have many long, painful, Mad Men– less months stretching ahead of us, as we wait for the show to return to AMC and shower us with more broken marriages, snappy quips, jaw-dropping revelations, and (hopefully) amputated limbs.
How to make your carpets match the Drapers
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009

Totally clips of the heart

Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 06, 2009

Apocalypse wow

At the start of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood , mankind is heaving its last gurgling sighs.
Margaret Atwood unleashes the End Times
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 23, 2009

Review: The September Issue

The issue of Vogue currently crowding newsstands is the September issue, a 584-page monstrosity that's the hallowed mag's biggest production of the year.
Walking in a Wintour wonderland
By SHAULA CLARK  |  September 11, 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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  August 14, 2009

States of the art

In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
New England museums worth traveling for
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009

Into the heart of sharkness

Unless you are a spectacularly moronic daredevil hell-bent on getting shark-shanked, New Englanders are more likely to be mowed down by a molasses tsunami or felled by Lizzie Borden's ax than they are to die in the maw of Jaws.
Shark expert Greg Skomal torpedoes the Great White hype
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009

Splash, on demand

A crippling (and, as we've discussed, utterly ridiculous) fear of sharks isn't the only thing capable of keeping us away from the beaches this summer.
Water parks that float our inner tube

Splash on demand

A crippling (and,  as we've discussed , utterly ridiculous) fear of sharks isn't the only thing capable of keeping us away from the beaches this summer.
Water parks that float our inner tube


Livin' la Vida Locavore

Winter has always traumatized New Englanders, but because of the economy (thanks, rapacious mortgage-bundling douche bags!), this past season was particularly grim.
If farmers and artisans are packing their best goods and schlepping them to your 'hood, cheap, what's your excuse for not consuming them? 
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 10, 2009

Review: Tokyo!

Together, idiosyncratic directors Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge ), and Bong Joon-ho ( The Host ) have crafted a bento box of delectable shorts.
Dreamy tribute to a glittering metropolis
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 10, 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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 17, 2009

Future's so dark, we gotta wear shades

What's black and white and red all over? "A machine-gunned nun" was always my favorite answer, but this past Monday, the correct response would have been "the dress code for Ceremony's 'Snow Ball in Hell.' "
Ceremony's "Snow Ball in Hell"
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 06, 2009

Soweto Gospel Choir

Last Sunday afternoon, the Soweto Gospel Choir made Symphony Hall history — surely this is the first time that august venue has seen anyone perform a percussion arrangement on a dinner table with plates, knives, and forks.
Hymns from the 26th parallel
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 02, 2008


“Found Footage Festival 2008”

After years of rummaging through Goodwill bins for videotapes, FFF curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have amassed a formidable pile of bizarre ephemera.
The third incarnation of the FFF may be the best yet
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 11, 2008

They who smelt it, dealt it

Last Friday’s Iron Pour — a festival of fire and metal — felt like a giddy lab experiment cooked up by 12-year-old pyromaniacs who spent a week watching The Wicker Man .  
Halloween Iron Pour sports all-star cast
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 28, 2008

No small feet

As a mob of scruffy Wham City fans and I mill around MassArt’s Pozen Center last Friday, the air is thick with excitement, as well as some pungent BO.  
Night two of the Baltimore Round Robin
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 08, 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
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008