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Reel-to-reel: A long-lost Malcolm X speech recovered
I was born just two years before Spike Lee's 1992 biopic about Malcolm X and starting in kindergarten, I have faced the question in an almost endless loop: are you named after him?
| February 10, 2012
Spike Lee Gives BU Students the Only Commencement Speech They'll Ever Need
I'm not sure who spoke at my Boston University graduation five years ago. Though I can't remember why I skipped the ceremony, my guess is...
| October 07, 2010
The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
| May 07, 2010
Is there 'hope' in Hollywood?
Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
Three controversial (and sure to be Oscar-nominated) films tackle race in the age of Obama
| January 29, 2010
Year in Film: Risky business
Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
| December 22, 2008
Ronald Mallett wanted to build a time machine.
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
| October 15, 2008
Ernie Davis may be the greatest running back never to play in the NFL.
Football bio-pic offers a reflection on our not-so-proud past
| October 09, 2008
Miracle at St. Anna
What is the Miracle at St. Anna? Maybe that a filmmaker capable of the eloquence of When the Levees Broke could make such an incoherent movie.
Has Spike Lee lost his way?
| October 01, 2008
Trouble in the Water
The direct, artless footage conjures a real-world Cloverfield , except with people who are resourceful and worth caring about.
A raw and emotional look at Hurricane Katrina
| September 09, 2008
With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
| September 08, 2008
Leggo my ego!
If Barack Obama loses the presidency this November, it won’t be because of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or “Bitter-gate,” or sundry other vulnerabilities.
The GOP is smearing Obama as a narcissist. So why is the press playing along?
| July 30, 2008
The ultimate balancing act
About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
| July 09, 2008
Happy 50th anniversary to the San Francisco Film Festival.
The SF Film Fest turns 50
| May 16, 2007
Cooling it, Japanese-style
You don’t have to be in Fort Myers or Fenway to know that Japan is big business.
| February 28, 2007
In a few weeks, the country will remember one of the greatest disasters in its history.
Spike Lee won’t let New Orleans go away
| August 22, 2006
Flashbacks: August 11, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| August 08, 2006
Lady in the Water is a fairy tale, so everything about it requires suspension of disbelief. Story ville: M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady . By Gary Susman
Lady in the Water makes a splash
| July 19, 2006
As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
| April 25, 2006
The kind of intelligent entertainment that has not been Hollywood’s specialty for the past 40 years makes a comeback in the directorial hands of Spike Lee.
Lee's heist film neither formulaic nor cynical
| March 28, 2006
After weeks of tormenting audiences with gems like Failure To Launch and The Shaggy Dog , Hollywood seems ready to shake off the Oscar doldrums and unveil its spring collection.
Hollywood springs back
| March 07, 2006
CSA: The Confederate States of America
Those who found Spike Lee’s Bamboozled too subtle won’t have that problem with Kevin Willmott’s satire.
Mockumentary recasts results of "The War of Northern Aggression."
| February 23, 2006
Politics as usual?
Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
| January 26, 2006
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