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Review: Inside Job

The feel-bad movie of the year.
Although Inside Job is destined for Academy acclaim, it seems unlikely that anyone will actually enjoy Charles Ferguson's new documentary.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2011


Purple Mass Group

Massachusetts has more Independent voters — and candidates — than ever. Will they ever make a difference?
There's a message in how Governor Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker laugh off Tim Cahill's venom in the gubernatorial debates: neither Republicans nor Democrats are sweating their Independent rival in the 2010 election.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 06, 2010

Necro: Horror business

Brooklyn hip-hop artist embraces his bad rap
When you're a Necro fan, tough love is the name of the game.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 05, 2010


Boston Police Officer resides at house linked to Mattapan quadruple homicide

Crime watch
What you didn't know about 40 Woolson Street.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 30, 2010


Dead end in Dudley

Boston's other big hole
September was a sexy month for the future of Boston's landscape.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 29, 2010


Review: South of the Border

Oliver Stone's look at Hugo Chavéz, among others
Oliver Stone may have been easy on W. in his bio-pic, but he chops the dummy's head off in this revealing documentary about the social-welfare-minded neo-liberal leaders running South America, and the liars in the Bush administration who compared them to Hitler and bin Laden.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 29, 2010


Review: I'm Still Here

Just watch the YouTube clip of Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman instead
Only someone who’s unfamiliar with psychedelic treats and chemically induced psychosis could think I’m Still Here is anything but real.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2010


Watsky: The bard of Beantown

Watsky’s performance art is not just under raps
George Watsky says things that most rappers wouldn’t think. Like the word “befuddled.”
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2010


Troubled Over Bridgewater

Old Colony Correctional Center has been plagued by suicide, overcrowding, and brutality — and things are only getting worse
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.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 13, 2010


The talk of The Town

Ben Affleck's getaway drivers give us a tour
Owen Burke had been out of the joint for just six months when he got the call: someone wanted him to read for a part in Ben Affleck's blockbuster bank-heist flick The Town . "Who the fuck is this?" he asked.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 15, 2010


Review: 9500 Liberty

Arizona was not the first
Arizona bigots didn’t draft and pass their controversial immigration law without a model.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 2010


The reform-proof prison

Why Massachusetts' correctional system hasn't gotten any better
From the beginning of her tenure as commissioner, Department of Correction (DOC) commissioner Kathleen Dennehy clashed with union loyalists intent on maintaining the status quo.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 2010


Beck and Call

Glenn Beck’s rally on the Washington mall was scarier than you’d like to think
Washington, DC — Glenn Beck maintains that he didn't purposely schedule this "Restoring Honor" rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. I say bullshit.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 31, 2010


Interview: Tom Green

On the Gathering of the Juggalos and his rules of behavior
For a generation of mischievous thirtysomething nihilists for whom no joke is out of bounds, Tom Green is a cultural influence on the order of MDMA and Eminem.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2010


Dana White's Rough Guide to Boston

The UFC head honcho takes us on a brawl crawl through his old stomping grounds
Dana White, president of the UFC, was born in Connecticut. But he's deeply proud of his post-adolescent Boston roots, and often boasts that he honed his rogue-plated charisma on the backstreets of Southie.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 27, 2010


Cymarshall Law and the Beatnikz | Freedom Express Line

Freedom Entertainment (2010)
It's damn near crotch-stiffening to discover a contemporary MC who swings compelling rhymes with an aerobic flow and trademark whistle.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 24, 2010


Young Gifted and Black makes responsible rap cool

Drama of the Gifted Child
If you look closely in the 2002 video for Public Enemy's "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need," you'll see a 13-year-old Jesse Winfrey playing the background.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 18, 2010


Is micro-news the future?

AOL thinks so, and the Globe and GateHouse are fighting back
AOL is like the Energizer Bunny. It just keeps going and going through a staggering number of transformations and reinventions.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010


Chiddy Bang reconnect the hipster to hip-hop

Sample selection
Man, did I want to hate Chiddy Bang.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010


Interview: Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik deconstructs Glenn Beck
It's hard to find words to describe how equally salacious and asinine it is that, on August 28, Fox News merrymaker Glenn Beck is hosting a Tea Party rally on the National Mall to coincide with the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 23, 2010


Review: Lottery Ticket

New Friday movie is almost two-dimensional
Erik White's film stars Bow Wow as a nice project kid fresh out of high school who hits the jackpot and must dodge trifling neighbors before he can cash in his $350 million ticket.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 18, 2010

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