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On Monday, your superior correspondents observed Veterans Day and, as is Jorge's habit, he turned on talk radio to listen for a few minutes.
Veterans Day, on the left
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 16, 2012
Freedom from Common Sense Foundation; dance fever; what’s in a name?
The controversy over the Freedom From Religion Foundation's attack on a World War I and World War II memorial on city land in Woonsocket — it includes a cross — isn't worth a week's worth of talk radio time. But it does warrant a comment by P&J.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| May 04, 2012
Review: Red Tails
With a title that refers not to squirrels but to plane markings, Red Tails dramatizes the struggles and triumphs of African-American pioneers, the Tuskegee Airmen.
The struggles and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen
| January 27, 2012
The Portland Museum of Art shows an exhibit of Shaker crafting skill
There's something fundamentally American about this very enjoyable show of Shaker work at the Portland Museum of Art.
| November 04, 2011
Britannia rules at RISD’s “Made In the UK”
"Made In the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection," a survey of post-World War II British art at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through January 8), arrives as British artists are the top of the pops.
Top of the pops
| October 07, 2011
Review: The Debt
Based on the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, the story weaves present and past together, with most of the action surrounding the fateful mission and the perilous web of duty, passion, and betrayal that still haunts the agents.
John Madden's smart, icy thriller
| September 02, 2011
Review: Captain America: The First Avenger
Joe Johnston's adaptation of the Marvel comic book exalts the virtues of optimism, decency, and perseverance in a rousing adventure of old-fashioned adolescent exuberance.
Rueful innocence and sneaky humor
| July 29, 2011
Review: La Rafle
In La Rafle , director Rose Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions to pressure France to hand over its Jews so he can sate his genocidal bloodlust before the Allie
The psyche of Hitler
| July 22, 2011
Review: Much Ado in World War 2
Men return from war, and attentions turn to love: It's a timeless order, and so it is with the witty Sicilians of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing .
Monmouth shifts centuries, to powerful effect
| July 15, 2011
StoryCorps lands in Rhode Island
Listen: Muriel Mackie patrolled Pawtucket in a white helmet and whistle during World War II.
| June 03, 2011
Review: Winter In Wartime
Evoking a similar scene in John Boorman's wonderful World War II memoir, Hope and Glory , a stricken British bomber crashes just outside a small Dutch town.
| April 08, 2011
Review: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today
For those whose knowledge comes filtered through Judgment at Nuremberg , the packed-with-stars 1961 Hollywood extravaganza, here is the somber actuality.
A 35mm restoration of a historic artifact
| January 28, 2011
An enchanting South Pacific at PPAC
History is written by the winners, and there are few good-guy winners in the history of warfare more hallowed and haloed than the American victors of World War II, saviors of Western civilization.
Love and war
| December 10, 2010
Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings
Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
| December 03, 2010
The death of the American city, revisited
Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized
| September 17, 2010
Review: Watch Born Yesterday, don't act that way
Born Yesterday recalls the optimism of the post-World War II era, when the economy was booming, the Good War had made the world rational and safe for democracy, and millions of Americans were taking advantage of the GI Bill.
See for yourself
| September 10, 2010
Book bag for the dog days
Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
| June 18, 2010
One of the purposes of escapist reading is to feed our daydreams.
Three literary fantasies for summer — including a true one
| June 18, 2010
A Rhode Island filmmaker’s tribute to the Good War
Amid the moral ambiguity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the handwringing over weapons of mass destruction, drone attacks, and the rights of detainees — there is something startling about the raw patriotism of the documentary Navy Heroes of Norman
| June 04, 2010
Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
| May 14, 2010
It takes a village to save a mind.
The resistance of memory
| April 23, 2010
They aren’t the most auspicious of couplings: an Arab and Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942; a butcher and his apprentice in Haredi Jerusalem; the survivor of a terrorist bombing and a stranger who might be a guardian angel.
Love is stronger than death at Jewishfilm.2010
| April 02, 2010
Review: Meredith Monk: Inner Voice
After studying music and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in the '60s, Meredith Monk was struck by the idea that the voice could be like the body — it could move, it could have characters and landscapes, it could alter time.
Monk's evocative book of hours
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| February 19, 2010
Review: Waiting For Armageddon
Much scarier than 2012 is this documentary about the death grip that fundamentalist religious groups have on American politics.
Here are all the crazies
| January 29, 2010
Review: The Saboteur
When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
Pandemic Studios' swan song
| January 08, 2010
Review: Four Seasons Lodge
Andrew Jacobs's documentary is a poignant portrait of a Jewish summer community in the Catskills (one of a few where once there'd been hundreds) peopled almost entirely by elderly concentration-camp survivors.
A full-bore "Jewish" cinematic feast
| December 11, 2009
Hot Nazi beach reads
Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
| August 21, 2009
Interview: Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino began writing the screenplay for Inglourious Basterds more than 10 years ago. When I got him on the phone, he talked about the film's long gestation and how he chose his actors.
The director talks Basterds
| August 21, 2009
Review: Inglourious Basterds
From the beginning, Tarantino's obsessive self-referentiality and movie allusions never let you forget that you're watching a film.
Payback for Hitler in Inglourious Basterds
| August 21, 2009
The Wat Misaka story
He only played three games and scored seven points in the 1947-48 season, but Wataru Misaka's story is netted, slammed, and sealed in NBA history. The 5'7" Japanese-American was the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick and the first non-white basket
Making a rebound
| August 07, 2009
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