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"Le Film Maudit" at the HFA
At some point while watching the features in the Harvard Film Archive's "Le Film Maudit" ("cursed films") series — perhaps during the "Circle of Shit" chapter in Pier Paolo Pasolini's SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM — you might ask yourself, which is more cursed, the movies or anyone unfortunate enough to be watching them?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009


White-knuckle thrill rites

Bigelow puts the art into action
Kathryn Bigelow's art-packed action movies
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2009


Interview: Kathryn Bigelow

The Hurt Locker director breaks out
Although everyone makes a point of Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2009


Review: The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow makes her masterpiece
Now that the troops are pulling out and the war no longer haunts the headlines, maybe people will want to see a film about Iraq — especially since it's one of the best war movies ever made.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 10, 2009


French disconnections

The new-wavers at the French Film Festival
Last year's Boston French Film Festival featured Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut in Two , and that, combined with this year's Chris Marker retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive and Agnès Varda's fine new The Beaches of Agnès , made it seem almost plausible that the New Wave might rise again.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 07, 2009


Review: Public Enemies

Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2009


Review: Transformers

Mechanical failure; expect no change from this Transformers
Revenge of the Fallen has already achieved at least one Hollywood first: it's the only major movie I know of to be released without press notes.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2009


Review: Whatever Works

Look on Works and despair
It happens to everyone: getting old means getting more annoying. Those endearing little quirks degenerate into insufferable pathologies, the funny stories become less funny with repetition, and in general the same old self-depreciating ironies and obsessive-compulsive hedges against mortality stop working.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 23, 2009


Review: Chéri

As much esprit as a diorama
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.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 24, 2009


Review: Moon

Duncan Jones's debut is more alienation than Alien
Duncan Jones begins his first feature with an infomercial for "Lunar Industries, Ltd" that celebrates Lunar's solution to global warming: strip-mining the surface of the moon for "Helium 3," an isotope that can provide a limitless source of non-polluting fuel.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 19, 2009


Review: Departures

Deliberate, detailed, and delicate
Yôjirô Takita's film won the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year, and for good reason.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2009


Review: The Last International Playboy

The late Lucy Gordon overshadows all
Steve Clark's slick, sometimes affecting paean to male narcissism opens with what look like gauzy outtakes from Girls Gone Wild .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2009


Review: Tetro

Francis Ford Coppola: still lost in a cinematic jungle
Francis Ford Coppola made one perfect picture, The Conversation , in 1974.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2009


Review: O'Horten

Norwegian would
In Bent Hamer's sub-Arctic shaggy-dog story (with a real, non-shaggy dog), the vehicle for soon-to-be-retired Odd Horten, engineer for the Bergen-to-Oslo run, is not a flying house but a bullet train.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2009


Review: Away We Go

Sam Mendes furthers his descent
Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida had a baby last December, their second, and congratulations for that. But not for this self-righteous, pseudo-hip, cutesy-wootsy, cringe-inducing screed.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2009


Festival atmosphere

Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2009


Gay deceivers

Outrage isn't outrageous enough
The California State Supreme Court just upheld Proposition 8, denying gay people the right to marriage. This should disabuse the complacent of the illusion that the religious right has relinquished its death grip on America. So, too, should Kirby Dick's documentary about the homophobic power of closeted right-wing politicians in America.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 04, 2009


Review: The Hangover

Almost all the elements are familiar.
The increasingly tiresome trend of raunchy comedies about bad male behavior finds nothing new to laugh about in Todd Phillips's retread of Old School.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 02, 2009


Review: Land of the Lost

Will Ferrell bottoms out
Even Matt Lauer deserves a better fate than to watch his career die at the hands of Brad Silbering.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 03, 2009


Review: The Song of Sparrows

Rings true despite lapses
Its title notwithstanding, the bird most in evidence in Majid Majidi's look at the conflict between tradition and modernity, city and country, is much larger and less musical.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 27, 2009


Review: Up

Raising the art to a higher level
Nobody these days tells stories as cinematically as do the people at Pixar. At least for the first half-hour of their films.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2009

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