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On the road with the director of Bellflower

Big wheels
If you didn't think it was possible to get some stares from jaded onlookers here in the streets of Boston, you haven't been strapped into Medusa, a heavily modified '72 Buick Skylark equipped with a massive silver engine sprouting through its hood, a PA system, external surveillance cameras and, oh, twin exhaust pipes that shoot diesel-burning flame 30 feet into the air.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  September 06, 2011

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Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work

Teen dreams
Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eisenberg's tormentor.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011

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Hollywood's apes: monkey puzzle or intelligent design?

Primate directive
For nearly a century apes have haunted the screen, and the link between man and ape has obsessed filmmakers.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2011


A Family Tree of Monkey Movies

Primate directive
Watch how monkey movies have evolved, from Tarzan of the Apes to Rise of the Planet of the Apes .
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 04, 2011

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Miranda July takes a cookie break

July had just nabbed a chocolate-chip cookie from a table set up for a conference of visiting doctors. She was surprised — not only by the fact that one of the physicians had recognized her — but that the woman had also already seen July's latest, which is set to open in the Boston area next Friday.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  July 27, 2011


Errol Morris's magnificent obsessions

Mr. Natural
The tops of the side tables in Errol Morris's office are entirely obscured by books, among them Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory ; The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You ; French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's Écrits , and an anthology of Weekly World News stories.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 13, 2011

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Women take charge at the Boston French Film Festival

La femme est la femme
The French have always made movies about women, but now the women are making movies about themselves. So the program for this year's Boston French Film Festival would suggest.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 12, 2011

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Andrew Rossi gets the story on Page One

Good Times, bad Times
Despite the Gray Lady's disdain for his own effort, Rossi nonetheless had only good things to say about the paper's media editor, Bruce Headlam, reporter Brian Stelter, former reporter Tim Arango, and, especially, media columnist David Carr.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 29, 2011

John Sayles Back Talks about novels, movies, and US history

John Sayles on novels, movies and US history

A good Amigo
It is high noon and writer and director John Sayles is doing what he does best: telling stories and giving directions.
By: JOHN J. KELLY  |  June 24, 2011

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The 13th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival

Cape Crusaders
Henry Thoreau said of the song of the wood thrush: "Whenever a man hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut. . . . " For some reason, Provincetown is full of these birds — appropriately so, given the avowed intent of the Provincetown International Film Festival to present liberated "filmmaking on the edge."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 21, 2011

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Buñuel continues to delight, confound, and shock

Luis' world
Openly, contentedly delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess, Luis Buñuel — the subject of an extensive survey at the HFA this month — may have been the greatest filmmaker of the medium's first century.
By: MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 16, 2011

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Kathryn Bigelow introduces her retrospective at MoMA

Bin there, done that
For the first woman ever to be awarded the Best Director Oscar, and who most recently has set out to make a film about the biggest triumph in the war against terror, the killing of Osama bin Laden, Kathryn Bigelow certainly is humble.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  June 09, 2011

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Mike Mills on Beginners' lessons

Pet sounds
It's not like talking pets never appear in the movies, but when it happens twice in the same year, it seems suspicious.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2011

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Silver screens by starlight

Films al fresco
We all enjoy a good blockbuster. But we hate to waste our all-too-few summer nights cooped up in a cavernous megaplex — we've got approximately seven months of Boston winter to stay indoors.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  June 09, 2011

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The film festivals of New England are no last resorts

Sun screens
Not only does our region offer some of the country's best vacation spots, but it also hosts some of the most innovative, manageable, illuminating, and entertaining cinephilic celebrations around.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2011

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Essential Skolimowski

The controversial Killing is featured in his HFA retrospective
Vincent Gallo plays an apparent Taliban fighter who escapes from Allied custody and bumps off numerous dumb-ass American troops in his flight to freedom.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 01, 2011

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Reichs and wrongs on the Croisette

Cannes we all just get along?
"I beat my kids regularly. Seems to do the trick. And I deprive them of meals."
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 26, 2011

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In Bridesmaids, Kristen's women act like women

Wiig-ed out
Diehard fans of Saturday Night Live took heart when Kristen Wiig appeared in the cast in 2005.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2011

Jodie Foster interview about Mel Gibson and the movie The Beaver

Jodie Foster sticks up for Mel

A friend in need
This week sees the premiere of The Beaver, Jodie Foster's third directorial effort and Mel Gibson's first role since we were all apprised of his peculiar phone demeanor. I spoke with Foster about the film at the Ritz Carlton.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2011

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The LGBT Film Festival maintains a proud tradition

Difference makers
The recent commercial releases might not be so hot, but otherwise, local filmgoers been enjoying an embarrassment of riches.  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  May 06, 2011

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The Independent Film Festival Boston trends to greatness

 Cures for pain
If you had to find a common theme among the films in this year’s Independent Film Festival of Boston (recently honored in the Phoenix Best of Boston Poll as the Best Film Festival), you might say that there are a number of deranged old coots who turn out to be possessed by genius, as in Last Days Here and Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2011

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