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ShortTakes:The Hunter

Review: The Hunter

Apparently extinct since the 1930s, the Tasmanian Tiger resembled an uncanny assortment of mismatched parts from other animals. Daniel Nettheim's film is equally weird and motley.
Weird and motley
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2012

When traders equal traitors

It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2010

Review: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

Not so much Werner Herzog's return to his former persnickety, off-the-wall, idiosyncratic feature-film-making self as a reprise of his greatest hits, the overloaded My Son, My Son staggers and sometimes comes to a complete halt.
Herzog, Lynch, dwarves, and an ostrich
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2010

Review: Daybreakers

For evidence of the breakdown of the capitalist system, look no farther than the proliferation of vampire and zombie movies.
Vampires, weakened
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010

Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010

Von Trier: Willem Dafoe's penis "too big" for Antichrist

We suspect some of you may have missed the salient segment of Peter Keough's interview with Antichrist director Lars Von Trier this week, in which...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 28, 2009


Interview: Lars von Trier of Antichrist

Maybe it’s the blurring effect of the Skype technology through which I’m interviewing him as he sits worried and Buddha-like in his headquarters in Denmark (he has a phobia about airplanes, among other things), but Lars von Trier seems like an okay guy.
The director on the redeeming qualities of Antichrist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009

Review: Antichrist

Lars von Trier’s controversial freak-out is Saw VI as told by Carl Dreyer. Is that a good thing? It certainly has grabbed everybody’s attention. I’m torn between dismissing the film as gross-out juvenilia and regarding it as raw religious mythmaking.
Lars von Trier’s screams from a marriage
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009

October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009

White-knuckle thrill rites

Kathryn Bigelow's art-packed action movies
Bigelow puts the art into action
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009

Cannes goods

Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009


Paul Schrader at the HFA

"I'm not sure what happened to me," says Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, one of the least reliable of the director's succession of unreliable narrators, in the film named for her.
American contradictions
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 26, 2009

Putting up W’s

How is it that the least popular and possibly worst chief executive in American history has inspired no lasting impersonations?  
Screen depictions beat around the Bush
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008

Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008

Sad and lonely

Not all varieties of teen angst are created equal.
Aliens in America’s bracing look at high-school misery
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 16, 2007

Mr. Bean's Holiday

He appears to be on a holiday of his own — from any faintly realistic notion about his audience.
An uncalled-for sequel
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  August 22, 2007


Paris je t'aime

The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007

Perversion, introversion

Slavoj Zizek, the fuzzy-bearded Slovenian philosopher, seems a fun guy.
Slavoj Zizek at Harvard, Bergman on Fårö
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 03, 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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006

Ground zero

This article originally ran in the January 13, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Platoon gets down to too little
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  August 10, 2006

Oliver's army

While he refers to himself as a “dramatist” rather than a historian, Stone has positioned himself as Hollywood’s gatekeeper to America’s post-war past. Feel-good movie of the summer: Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot of JFK to the Republican se
History gets Stoned
By PAUL BABIN  |  August 09, 2006


Pie-eyed optimists

We’ve come a long way from Dr. Strangelove when softballs like Thank You for Smoking and V for Vendetta pose as political satire.
American Dreamz needs more nightmare
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2006

Grow jobs

Until a few years ago, Tom Hubbard didn't put much stock in penis enlargement.
  Why penis enlargement is poised to become the next big thing
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  March 27, 2006

Seasonal adjustment

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006


Lars von Trier’s Manderlay has something to offend everyone: blacks, whites, conservatives, liberals, and those who, like myself, found Dogville a bold if flawed experiment.
Von Trier's trilogy continues, sans Nicole Kidman.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 16, 2006