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Style meets stylus

Eastern-inspired digital delights at the Brattle
It's a credit to Pixar's success that so many animated films of the past decade have been compelled to sport the sheen of CGI. But now that filmmakers have wrung reality out of 1's and 0's, they're starting to cast their eyes on the next frontier.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 16, 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


Cannes job

Five films to watch for
Five goodies coming out of Cannes
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2009


Cannes goods

Tarantino, Antichrist , and a well-lit genitalia show; why the French film festival is like no other
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.
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2009


Dark passage

Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 27, 2009


Interview: Pete Docter

3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2009


Cannes International Film Festival 2009

62nd Festival de Cannes
The latest dispatches and reviews from one of the world's most influential film festivals
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 19, 2009


A star is porn

Adult-film star Sasha Grey makes her mainstream debut
"As Steven was saying the other night at the screening, at the end of the day we're all selling something, and we all want something, whether it's monetary or not."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2009


Cross country trek

A two-day mission
A two-day mission
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 05, 2009


Coolidge compliments Quays

Puppet Masters
If you don't know the films of the Quay Brothers, you don't know animation.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 29, 2009


Interview: James Toback

Director James Toback tackles legendary boxing champ Tyson in a new documentary
"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2009


Zombie survival guide

If you value your grey matter, stay inside this weekend
Zombies invade Brookline and Somerville to show off their rotting skin, their movie preferences, and parade around town.  
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 13, 2009


Man make movie

Ramin Bahrani observes and reports
Poverty is making a comeback, on the streets and on movie screens.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2009


Observe and distort

Jody Hill on the King of Comedy and Seth Rogen
Great filmmaker though he is, Martin Scorsese isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about comedy genius. But Jody Hill, traces his inspiration in part back to his first viewing of Taxi Driver .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


Chop shop talk

Bahrani and the future of filmmaking
Film critics by nature like to discover new talent and then categorize it, so perhaps it's not surprising that A.O. Scott has dubbed Ramin Bahrani the primary practitioner of "Neo–Neo realism."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2009


After The Daytrippers . . .

Mottola explains
Greg Mottola didn't make a film for 11 years after his 1997 debut feature, The Daytrippers, caused a small ripple in the indie world.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2009


Dire Strait

Strained relations in the Boston Turkish Film Festival
If the selections in this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival are any indication, nobody in that country lives happily ever after these days.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 25, 2009


Interview: Paul Rudd

His bromantic side
"With Lou Ferrigno there was also that element of excitement that I think we had with Rush."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 20, 2009


The weather underground

The theme of isolation reigns supreme amid the BUFF's dizzying eight-day blitzkrieg of fringe cinema
If it's alienation from the mainstream you're feeling, you're in good company for this year's Boston Underground Film Festival.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  March 20, 2009


Hope springs infernal

Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2009


Mother courage

Agnès Varda in Toronto
The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival last September proved hospitable to Agnès Varda.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  March 10, 2009

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