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Auteur limits: The Films of Stanley Kubrick

There will never be another Stanley — cinema's greatest loner-demigod, the hermit CEO of hip public culture for decades running, the filmmaker-artiste everyone could obsess about even if they didn't know any other working director by name.

By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 01, 2013

Scarlett is the new Black

Olneyville's finest post-punk/goth/sludge metal outfit went missing for the better part of 2010, but we're ecstatic to report that Lolita Black has returned with a new lead singer in Ms. Scarlett Delgado.
Lolita Black finally land new singer
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2010

Unmitigated Gaul

The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010

Review: Harlan — In The Shadow Of 'Jud Süß'

The story of Veit Harlan, the director of the Third Reich’s most notorious anti-Semitic film, still provokes and fascinates.
How film became a murder weapon under the Third Reich
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2010

Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats

Here’s a subject that really could have used a Stanley Kubrick or a John Frankenheimer or a Robert Altman. But are there any great cinematic satirists left, auteurs with the knack for black comedy and cold-blooded irony?
Bleating hearts tame Goats
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2009

Hardboiled hub

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009


The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009

Review: Moon

Duncan Jones begins his first feature with an infomercial for "Lunar Industries, Ltd" that celebrates Lunar's solution to global warming: strip-mining the surface of the moon for "Helium 3," an isotope that can provide a limitless source of non-pollutin
Duncan Jones's debut is more alienation than Alien
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 19, 2009


"It's quite simple, really," Dr. Branom tells Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange . "We're just going to show you some films."
One local video editor has build a following paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 18, 2009

Glacial tensions

A few weeks ago, Summerduck — a new band led by Farhad Ebrahimi (bassist for the sadly defunct Night Rally) — walked in and turned the place into a cathedral.
The slow, brute force of Summerduck
By MATT PARISH  |  February 02, 2009

Punk legend Bob Otis returns with Lolita Black

When a local punk rock guitar legend like Bob Otis sincerely declares that "there's a lot of greatness going on in this town right now," you tend to listen up.
Back in Black
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 21, 2009


Review: Waltz With Bashir

The so-called anti-war-film genre has lately "distinguished" itself with a flurry of Iraq-war flops featuring earnest polemics.
Dancing on the edge
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2009

Cen que fas après lo balèti?

“Bon soir!” someone from the audience shouted as the six members of Lo Còr de la Plana took the Somerville Theatre stage last Friday.  
Lo Còr de la Plana, Somerville Theatre, October 3, 2008
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 14, 2008

Ghost of future past

When film actor Keir Dullea turned up in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo as the father of Angelina Jolie’s character in Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd ,  I was not only surprised to see him again onscreen, but amazed that he wasn’t dead.
Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 18, 2008

Company man

In at least one of its toss-away scenes, Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. rises to the level of brutal bad taste that distinguishes master satirists from Jonathan Swift to Stanley Kubrick.
War, Inc.  cuts its losses
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008

Last man standing

In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007


Heavy casualties

In 1989, filmmaker Brian De Palma directed the potent Hollywood feature Casualties of War , taking his audience back in time to a vile true-life incident from Vietnam.
History repeats in De Palma’s Redacted
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 13, 2007

Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007

Sound bites

In space, so the tag line for Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien goes, nobody can hear you scream.
Sunshine sheds little light on the sci-fi genre
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 18, 2007

Color Me Kubrick

In the 1990s, British grifter Alan Conway posed as director Stanley Kubrick and bilked the ignorant out of small change or sex acts in sordid scams.
Alan Conway gets krunked
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 21, 2007

Feel-bad cinema

This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006


Coping with Internet infamy

Here’s a rule of thumb: if the teenage mouse potatoes who spend their lives on YouTube are laughing at you, chances are you aren’t going to be taken too seriously by the brass at the big investment bank.
Have mercy on me
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 17, 2006

Master of war

This article originally appeared in the June 26, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Kubrick brings it all home
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  November 14, 2006

Schmucks unlimited

It’s April, supposedly the cruelest month, but after a winter that seemed like 150 days of March, how bad can it be?
2006: A first-quarter scorecard
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  April 05, 2006

No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006