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Game Changer

After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010


Shake Your Booty for a Bounty

Dance for Your Supper Dept.
Like in other businesses, family connections are important in filmmaking. Just ask Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas.
By: TOM MEEK  |  June 02, 2010


The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2010


Sweaty Palmes

The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010


White losers rejoice: Fletch celebrates 25 years

Thrill of the Chase Dept.
This holiday weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Fletch , the uneven but wildly enduring 1985 Chevy Chase comedy about a wisecracking reporter embroiled in a potboiler mystery.
By: PETER HYMAN  |  June 03, 2010


Mostly noir

And mostly masterpieces, at the Museum of Fine Arts, June 2-13.
The definition of film noir has become elastic through the years. Of the five movies included in the MFA’s series “Rialto’s Best of British Film Noir” only two, strictly speaking, are noirs: Brighton Rock, Graham Greene & Terence Rattigan’s adaptation of Greene’s novel, and The Third Man, Greene’s most famous collaboration with the filmmaker Carol Reed.
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 26, 2010


Voodoo economics

What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010


Peep show

Michael Grecco’s Naked Ambition
Michael Grecco — 51, BU grad — first began making a name for himself as an award-winning photographer for the Boston Herald .
By: HENRY SANTORO  |  May 18, 2010


Boston LGBT Film Festival 2010

Shades of gay
Not so long ago, your average gay film was a rom-com about sated protagonists searching for something more meaningful than empty hedonism. In this year’s Boston Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, however, the focus has shifted from jaded promiscuity to the erotic tension of first, fumbling encounters.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 05, 2010


Independent Film Festival Boston 2010

Small budgets, big talent
Movie reviews of a selection of films from the IFFB2010.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 22, 2010


Bike Porn cranks your gears in Cambridge

Blown tires?
If you still want to view steamy cinema in a public setting, we have a festival for you
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 14, 2010


Interview: Dakota Fanning

Runaway talent
Dakota Fanning may be just 16 years old, but already she’s built a body of work that shames some starlets twice her age.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  April 13, 2010


Heroine chic

Hollywood cashes in on girl power
One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,” offers Ron (Rupert Grint). “Brilliant!”
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 12, 2010


Box-office guru comes to Boston

Film school
The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently rejected attempts to cap the tax breaks offered to filmmakers in the commonwealth, which is good for Hollywood studios and for the local economy.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 07, 2010


Interview: Ray Manzarek of the Doors

The return of the Lizard King, sort of
It’s been nearly 40 years since the death of Jim Morrison, but the surviving members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and percussionist John Densmore have kept soldiering on, playing in various reformations of the ground-breaking band.  The meteoric rise of the band is chronicled in the new documentary, When You’re Strange.
By: TOM MEEK  |  April 05, 2010



Love is stronger than death at Jewishfilm.2010
They aren’t the most auspicious of couplings: an Arab and Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942; a butcher and his apprentice in Haredi Jerusalem; the survivor of a terrorist bombing and a stranger who might be a guardian angel.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2010


Out like a lamb

Sweetgrass marks the end of an era
When Cambridge-based filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor lived in Colorado, they met a man making history: leading a sheep drive through the Montana mountains that would bring a century-old way of life to an end.
By: PEG ALOI  |  March 31, 2010


Boston film group protests arrest of Iranian director

Power of cinema?
At the Montreal Film Festival last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was serving as president of the international jury.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2010


Boston Turkish Film Festival 2010

Divine madness rules the ninth annual Turkish Film Festival
In a scene in Çagan Irmak's IN DARKNESS (2009; April 3 at 3 pm), one of several provocative films in this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, a woman explains to a TV interviewer that her political party is neither for Shari'a — extremist Islamic rule — nor for right-wing military coups. Well, good luck to her.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2010


Boston Underground Film Festival 2010

BUFF 2010 pays homage to cinematic fromage
The Boston Underground Film Festival has a knack for showing you things you've never seen before (not to mention things you can never un-see, such as the sentient penis jackhammering its way through sheetrock in last year's headlining Bad Biology ). BUFF 2010 proves no exception, starting with the exquisitely weird opening-night entry, LOVE EXPOSURE (2008; March 25 at 7 pm).
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  March 24, 2010


Red Queens and White Knights

We’re not through with the Looking Glass, here, people
Four new DVD releases that capitalize on the latest Alice in Wonderland rush.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  March 10, 2010

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