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Review: A Beautiful Life

Chance encounters
Talk about a literal movie title.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  May 19, 2011

movie review of There Be Dragons in the Boston Phoenix

Review: There Be Dragons

Overwrought Spanish Civil War epic
There be no dragons in this film. Still, that didn't stop me from wishing that a fire-breathing creature would drop in and lop off the heads of every actor in Roland Joffé's overwrought Spanish Civil War epic.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  May 06, 2011

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Kode9 and the Spaceape | Black Sun

Hyperdub (2011)
Kode9 is the most important electronic artist of the past five years.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  May 06, 2011

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Review: The Double Hour

 Capotondi's debut
Giuseppe Capotondi's unrelenting Italian thriller opens with a suicide witnessed only by meager hotel maid Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport).
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 27, 2011


Review: Nine Nation Animation

Eclectic but masterful
The animated short is one of the most misunderstood genres in film.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 13, 2011

2562 list

2562 | Fever

When in Doubt (2011)
Dave Huismans must get easily bored with making music.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 13, 2011

Burial list

Burial | Street Halo and Ego/Mirror

Hyperdub (2011) & Text (2011)
Hyperdub (2011) & Text (2011)
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 06, 2011


Review: Happythankyoumoreplease

Trivial hipster quandaries
Sam Wexler (Josh Radnor, who also wrote and directed) is an asshole.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 31, 2011

Patrick Carroll in Good People

Southie takes Broadway

Good People , Great Gig
Good People , Great Gig
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 23, 2011

Review of Zonoscope by Cut Copy

Cut Copy | Zonoscope

Modular (2011)
The most difficult thing about releasing a near-perfect album has to be the follow-up. People flipped when Cut Copy dropped 2008's In Ghost Colours , which saw the Aussie dance trio ramping up the formula of their debut LP with unrelenting momentum, strobe-light synths, and a shitload of robot voices.  
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 17, 2011


Hercules and Love Affair | Blue Songs

Moshi Moshi Records (2011)
Remember when disco was cool again? The year was 2007, and indie kids took to the revival as a flamboyant soundtrack to their flamboyant dance nights.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 09, 2011


James Blake | James Blake

PID (2011)
James Blake is a tough nut to crack. After a string of three 2010 EPs that primarily used chopped R&B samples and slo-mo piano dub to turn some serious heads, he opted to stretch his vocal cords and lead this release with a delicate cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Love."
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 01, 2011


Ghostface Killah | Apollo Kids

Def Jam (2010)
Back in October, Ghostface Killah released a statement proclaiming Apollo Kids to be a "warm-up to the big thing that's gonna happen next."
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 05, 2011


The worst and best of Boston sports in 2010

Jock strapped
The Patriots are 12-2, the Red Sox won Hot Stove season, the Bruins are skating off skeins of wins thanks in part to the pickup of an 18-year-old Wunderkind who may be the second coming of Jesus on ice skates, and the Celtics have twice dunked the Heat.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 22, 2010


Shackleton | Fabric 55

fabric Records/EMI (2010)
fabric Records/EMI (2010)
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 20, 2010


Review: Faster

The cinematic equivalent of a head shot from the Rock
The cinematic equivalent of a head shot from the Rock
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 20, 2010


Ski guide 2011: The experts give us their picks for this year's best gear

Peeling the Power Banana
Winter sports aren't cheap.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 11, 2010


Review: Darkstar | North

Hyperdub (2010)
For evidence as to why labeling subgenres of electronic music is tedious, look no further than this debut LP from UK collective Darkstar.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  October 26, 2010


What’s Wuv Got To Do with It?

Dateline: Uncanny Valley
There’s a thin line between cute and creepy. Suri Cruise, Justin Bieber, Andy’s Good Guy doll before it morphed into Chucky — all teeter on that uneasy fence.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 16, 2010


Review: The Virginity Hit

 In which high school kids act like high school kids
An awkward teen (Matt Bennett) struggles to achieve the hallowed devirginized status of his peers.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 16, 2010


Review: Bran Nue Dae

It's not just the spelling that's problematic
The music does range from gospel to filmi to country — but there isn't a hook anywhere.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 08, 2010

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