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Big Fat Whale
Weeks after Aaron Swartz’s death, a friend takes action
Providence State Representative David Segal's 2010 Congressional campaign was a shoestring affair. It would not prevail.
| March 01, 2013
Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Takashi Miike seems to be single-handedly bringing the samurai movie back to its former glory; first with 13 Assassins , and now this gripping remake of Kobayashi’s classic attack on the honor code within the samurai class.
Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies
| July 27, 2012
Fawn | Coastlines
Jaded girl-boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines , the debut LP from Detroit indie-pop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view.
Quite Scientific Records (2012)
| June 08, 2012
Review: Nobody Else But You
A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
| June 08, 2012
11 years on, Levier death echoes through Maine’s deaf community
On March 16, 2001, James Levier, a deaf man, took a deer rifle to the Shop and Save parking lot in Scarborough.
| March 16, 2012
Review: Being Flynn
Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| March 09, 2012
Review: The Hedgehog
Eleven-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillemic) agrees, and plans to kill herself on her 12th birthday because she doesn't want to end up like the other members of her family — goldfish in a bowl.
Mona Achache's adaptation of Muriel Barbery's best-seller
| September 02, 2011
Review: Nora's Will
Dying well is the best revenge.
Dying well is the best revenge
| December 03, 2010
Peter Hook rediscovers his Unknown Pleasures
Peter Hook has heard the criticism, and he does not care.
Age of consent
| December 03, 2010
Trinity's rollicking Absurd Person Singular
Very strange. It's as though British playwright Alan Ayckbourn had come to Trinity Rep, studied its veteran acting company, laughed heartily at the amusing talent on display, then went home and wrote Absurd Person Singular for six of the actors.
All about Eves
| October 29, 2010
Story-telling saves lives
The past three weeks have been incredibly upsetting. Six young men have taken their lives due to the anti-gay bullying they were the focus of at their schools. None of these young men were connected — they did not go to the same schools, have the same
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 15, 2010
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| October 15, 2010
Troubled Over Bridgewater
On a winter evening around 11 pm, the former superintendent of Old Colony Correctional Center walked into a Rhode Island restaurant with a gun in his pocket.
Old Colony Correctional Center has been plagued by racism, suicide, and brutality — and things are only getting worse
| September 10, 2010
The Big Hurt: Red scare
If you’re a dedicated follower of pop, you’ve no doubt heard about M.I.A.’s shocking new video for “Born Free,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
M.I.A.’s ultraviolent new video misses the target
| May 07, 2010
Screams from solitary
The 132-man supermax unit within the 925-man Maine State Prison is an expensive, taxpayer-funded torture chamber that for 18 years has sucked in mostly nonviolent, mostly mentally ill prisoners and ground them up by means of mind-destroying solitary conf
‘By dehumanizing prisoners, we dehumanize ourselves.’
| February 19, 2010
The torment within
In dramatic terms, it doesn't really matter whether the female protagonist of 4:48 Psychosis commits suicide at the end of the play.
The Gamm’s intense 4:48 Psychosis
| January 22, 2010
Prison ‘troublemaker’ confronts racism, medical abuse
Vacillating between grit and despair — between aggressive lawsuits and suicide attempts — Deane Brown, the prisoner who in 2005 blew the whistle on the torture of mentally ill inmates at the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement “Supermax” unit, is s
| September 11, 2009
Lawmakers to probe prison
For years controversy has churned over the Maine State Prison's treatment of both inmates and correctional officers. For the first time, legislators have taken action.
Several investigations begin simultaneously
| April 10, 2009
Gulf War vet 'saved' by Phoenix article
Yesterday, we published "Soldiers Committing Suicide," by Jason Notte, and just hours later, Mike Fitzgerald left our Portland editor a voicemail saying he's experiencing the same things a man described in the story had.
Portland Marine Corps vet shares his heart-wrenching story
| March 13, 2009
Soldiers committing suicide
On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
| March 11, 2009
Review: In a Dream
If you find yourself groaning through the first five minutes of Jeremiah Zagar's Academy Award-shortlisted feature documentary about his artist father Isaiah, you might just be its target audience.
Personal collapse in impressive structure
| February 11, 2009
Greetings, Olympic sports fans!
Sports blotter: Olympic edition
| August 06, 2008
Believe it or not
Even the titles of his films are a little weird.
Interview: Guy Maddin tells the truth
| July 08, 2008
What about McCain’s mental health?
While some worry about the impact of John McCain’s age on his physical health and his potential longevity in office, others are more concerned about his mental health.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| July 02, 2008
The Double standards
Women get screwed in sex scandals — and men get a free pass.
Women get screwed in sex scandals — and men get a free pass
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| May 21, 2008
State sued over inmate’s death
As severely mentally ill Maine State Prison inmate Ryan Rideout prepared to hang himself from a sprinkler in his cell on the night of October 5, 2006, other inmates frantically pressed panic buttons in their cells.
| March 05, 2008
Chronicle of a death foretold
What a difference a death makes.
Joy Division were rooted in grim finality. Now, through a series of new books, CDs, and films, the band has found new life.
| October 24, 2007
Pleasures still unknown
Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) of the Manchester band Joy Division wrote songs that evoke, with incantatory inevitability, terror, delight, and ecstasy.
Conventions take Control of Ian Curtis
| October 24, 2007
Dangerous waits for psychiatric evaluations?
State officials admit delays for jail-inmate psychiatric evaluations have increased considerably.
| August 15, 2007
Blow by blow
Last year, at least 34 women were murdered in Massachusetts, the highest total in several years. Sadly, 2007 is on pace to exceed last year’s bloodshed.
Massachusetts women are being stabbed, run over, burned, strangled, and shot to death
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| March 21, 2007
Sluggish response to suicide
An eyewitness to the suicide of Ryan Rideout, a 25-year-old, severely mentally ill Augusta man who hanged himself with his bedding in his Maine State Prison Supermax cell on October 5, calls into question the official version of events.
| January 03, 2007
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