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Stephen Frears, part 3
There are no dull interviews. Only dull interviewers. And those who blow obvious follow-up questions. PK: Do you think younger people would be entertained...
| October 20, 2010
Interview with Stephen Frears, Part 2
In which we ponder what's wrong with the kids today. PK: So how did you become a filmmaker? SF: Sort of by accident. I worked...
| October 18, 2010
An interview with Stephen Frears
His career in British cinema goes back to the 60s when he worked with Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson (he was an assistant...
| October 15, 2010
Review: Great Directors
The chore is to blank out Greek filmmaker Angela Ismailos's clueless, indulgent voiceover and moony on-camera presence and enjoy the commentary of the filmmakers she's tracked down in Europe and America.
Documentary about filmmakers nearly derailed by its own not-so-great director
| July 30, 2010
Once chic, French author Colette has fallen out of favor, perhaps because her acceptance of male dominance offends women's-libbers and her embrace of female carnality offends chauvinist men.
As much esprit as a diorama
| June 26, 2009
Vocation or vacation?
This past Wednesday, the fifth Coolidge Award, honoring a “film artist whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging filmmaking,” was bestowed on Jeremy Thomas.
Honoring independent cinema’s ‘tour guide’
| May 01, 2008
Every tragedy reaches a point where mourning turns to kitsch. Watch the trailer for The Queen (QuickTime)
Mirren and Frears save The Queen
| February 20, 2007
It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
| January 17, 2007
Doom, gloom and zoom
Given the past year’s headlines, it can’t come as a surprise that some of the best films of 2006 had an edge of darkness to them.
A year in film
| January 16, 2007
Off with their heads
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
| October 20, 2006
Rock and droll
High Fidelity tries to sell itself as kick-ass rock right from the curtain speech: you are to turn off your fucking cell phones, and if you don’t like that language you can “grab your husband and get the hell out.”
High Fidelity ; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
| October 11, 2006
Players and painted stage
It seems the fall theater season was shot from a gun this year, barely after the Labor Day picnic baskets had been packed away.
Fall on the Boston boards
| September 13, 2006
One of the highlights of this year’s Oscar ceremony was the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed on the Academy’s greatest director and biggest pain in the ass, Robert Altman.
Robert Altman looks back and ahead
| June 07, 2006
Where is the love - side
| March 01, 2006
Mrs. Henderson Presents
For ages the entertainment industry has been trying to figure out how to get away with gratuitous T&A by pretending it’s art.
| January 13, 2006
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