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Soulsavers keep it eerie on the ears
To paraphrase some wisdom from Jake "The Snake" Roberts, if a man has power, he never has to raise his voice. Jake was explaining why, unlike his adversaries, he didn't keep screaming gibberish. But it's a universal truth.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 15, 2009

The Big Hurt: Wascally wappers

Plus failed massacres and reverse piracy
Lame as Marilyn Manson may be, I wouldn't wish his fans on him if he were my worst enemy.
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 01, 2009

Mission Control

Jim Jarmusch's arbitrary Limits
Like many of his films, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control will test the limits of its audience's patience.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 07, 2009

Bat girl

Kapow! Bat for Lashes conquers darkness with Two Suns
The strange world of Bat for Lashes is a lot like ours
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 22, 2009

The Big Hurt: Crashing Pumpkins

Plus Lynched Beatles, and a misleading Baby
I recently had the "was that real, or did I dream that?" feeling about the upcoming Spider-Man musical featuring songs by U2, and I happily concluded that it was a dream.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2009

Master P's Theater

Local video editor Paul Proulx has built a following by paying homage to Hollywood's coolest directors. So why is YouTube all up in his grill?
"It's quite simple, really," Dr. Branom tells Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange . "We're just going to show you some films."  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 20, 2009

Dreaming of celluloid

Dinh Q. Lê and Christian Tomaszewski at Tufts
Of the handful of contemporary Asian shows on view in and around Boston this winter, that of Dinh Q. Lê should prove unique — if only because the Vietnamese condition is so far removed from the rest of East Asia’s cultural boom.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 12, 2009

Simple blood

Twilight puts the life back into the undead
Twilight puts the life back into the undead
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 24, 2008

Interview: Amanda Palmer

At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 25, 2008

David Foster Wallace — 1962–2008

Overhead baggage
A story called “Forever Overhead” by David Foster Wallace appeared in the 1992 edition of Best American Short Stories .
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 26, 2008

New blood

ART and the Huntington (and Boston theater) get a youth transfusion
The famously adventurous American Repertory Theatre is soon to be taken over by a woman who spent her summer directing . . . the vintage Broadway hits Kiss Me, Kate and Hair ?
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2008

Murder in six degrees

Peter Ivers — pals with john Belushi to the Circle Jerks — was killed in 1983. A new book recalls his fascinating life — and mysterious death.
You’ve probably never heard of Peter Ivers.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2008

Unstoppable force

The sludgy juggernaut of the Melvins
“Basically it’s like, if you get what we’re doing, then no explanation is necessary, and if you don’t, then no explanation is possible.”
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  August 08, 2008

Believe it or not

Interview: Guy Maddin tells the truth
Even the titles of his films are a little weird.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 08, 2008

Here comes the neighborhood

The Midway Café stretches its legs
The Midway Café occupies what could be the most remote location of any club in Boston.
By MATT PARISH  |  July 01, 2008

Flash without fire

Is New England better than the DeCordova’s Annual Exhibition?
The aim of the DeCordova Museum’s Annual Exhibition is to round up “some of the most interesting and visually eloquent” New England artists.
By GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2008


Third | Island
It’s a welcome step into new territory and a more than satisfying downer dose to set against the onset of sunny days and ice cream.
By MATT PARISH  |  April 22, 2008

Ill wind

Apocalyptic dread in the galleries
In the muddy rusty autumnal scrub, a fox, who could have been imagined by Richard Scarry, sits on a log and a smiling rabbit lies in brambles.
By GREG COOK  |  January 14, 2008

Lynch (One)

Utterly otherworldly
An intimate look at the creative process of a man who has brought nightmares and dreams alive in cinema as no one before or since.
By PEG ALOI  |  December 12, 2007

Better transformers

MIFF 10 honors cinema’s past and future
Maine film buffs have it tough.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 11, 2007

Pretty and slow

Keren Ann, Somerville Theatre, June 2, 2007
It’s difficult to say what we gained by seeing Keren Ann live at the Somerville Theatre last Saturday night as opposed to listening to her on record.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 04, 2007

Perversion, introversion

Slavoj Zizek at Harvard, Bergman on Fårö
Slavoj Zizek, the fuzzy-bearded Slovenian philosopher, seems a fun guy.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 03, 2007


False reading
Sometimes you wake up and life seems like a badly edited movie.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 21, 2007

Welcome to the Church of Blow

Since the Lord is reportedly present throughout creation, it stands to reason that he pervades the World Wide Web.
By JASON WILKINS  |  March 21, 2007

Curiously refreshing

Digging deep at the Boston Underground Film Festival
The pickings this year at the ninth Boston Underground Film Festival are relatively slim.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 21, 2007

The late show

Boston, from   2 am to 6 am
Boston lives after 2 am. It’s just a different city, more of a landscape than a community. Audio Slideshow: Allston, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Cambridge, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Downtown Boston, 2 to 6 am

Doom, gloom and zoom

A year in film
Given the past year’s headlines, it can’t come as a surprise that some of the best films of 2006 had an edge of darkness to them.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 16, 2007

Cinema belongs to him

The je ne c’est quoi world of Jacques Rivette
For many backlashing film scholars and canonical cinéastes, most of the big players in the French New Wave — Truffaut, Chabrol, Rohmer, Resnais, etc. — have been, over time, at least a touch overrated, save two: Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 03, 2007

Guest lists

 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Feel-bad cinema

Gerald Peary's year in movies
This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006

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