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Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Say everything
Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008


The awful truth

Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008


Shaw business

The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008


Darkness visible

The HFA’s ‘Unseen Noir’ unveils America’s post-war gloom
Welcome to the dark territories again, the republic of bitterness and bile known as noir.
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  May 19, 2008


Saving bonds

Unconventional wisdom at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Moral and ethical quibbles aside, society’s objection to queers amounts to a question of power.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2008


Seoul mates

The films of Lee Chang-dong
Korean filmmakers reinvent Hollywood genres and conventions much the way their Asian counterparts do, but my sense is that they tend to put everything in a broader context.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2008


Photo op?

In Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure , a picture is worth a thousand words
After 11 days on the road promoting Standard Operating Procedure , his film about the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, Errol Morris is back in his Cambridge office.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2008


Vocation or vacation?

Honoring independent cinema’s ‘tour guide’
This past Wednesday, the fifth Coolidge Award, honoring a “film artist whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging filmmaking,” was bestowed on Jeremy Thomas.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 01, 2008


Cinema paradiso

The Independent Film Festival of Boston is movie heaven
Elusive animals, the mysteries of time past, peer pressure, and, inevitably, Iraq dominate what we were able to screen from the sixth annual Independent Film Festival of Boston.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008


Visitation rights

Hidden in plain sight
“In terms of the general public, most people I know have never seen the inside of a detention center."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 16, 2008


War of independents

The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008


A voice for the voiceless

The Boston Muslim Film Festival
“Where we come from we have a saying: ‘If you live in hell long enough, you get used to it.’ ” That’s Mohammed Harba talking about his former life in Iraq, under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.
By: NEELY STEINBERG  |  April 09, 2008


Mexico City abuzz with Beantowners

A report from the International Mexico City Festival of Contemporary Cinema
Where’s New York?  Where’s LA?
By: GERALD PEARY  |  April 07, 2008


Double down and Hollywood up

Playing the facts against the fiction of 21
Sometimes Hollywood gets it right; sometimes Hollywood . . . ah, elaborates .
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 26, 2008


Film on the fringe

Jewishfilm.2008 explores the frontiers
Virtually every major city in this country hosts at least one “Jewish Film Festival” each year (even Baton Rouge and Dayton).
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 25, 2008


Film @ Noir

Opening night at the Boston Underground Film Festival
“It’s called The Wizard of Gore, it’s with the Suicide Girls in it. What did you fuckin’ expect?!”
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 24, 2008


Autumn of the patriarchs

The Boston Turkish Film Festival at the MFA
Maybe one shouldn’t judge a country by its movies. What if the US were to be evaluated by the standards of the top 10 films at the box office?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2008


Freaks and frauds

The Boston Underground Film Festival celebrates both
Freaks you expect, but frauds and hucksters also populate the loosely defined subculture known as the underground.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 18, 2008


Portuguese man of war

Manoel de Oliveira at the HFA
Manoel de Oliveira occupies a unique seat on the global film culture’s board of directors.
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 12, 2008


Spring brakes

Spring Arts Preview: Some diversions before the summer onslaught
Funny how spring movies can mirror the options of spring break.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 10, 2008


The medium is the movie

In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008

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