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Marc Ribot | Silent Movies

Pi (2010)
This exceptional, eccentric guitarist has traced a slow evolution from screamer to dreamer.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 02, 2010

Review: William Steig's gentle genius

Sweet curmudgeon
Is anything more delicious than being naughty? That might be the moral of William Steig's 1990 kids' picture book Shrek! — if Shrek! were the kind of story that has a moral.
By GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010

Photos: ConnectiCon 2010

  ConnectiCon at the Connecticut Convention Center | July 9-11, 2010
ConnectiCon, a multi-genre convention, took place at the Connecticut Convention Center on July 9-11, 2010.
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 13, 2010

Art in the air conditioning

Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
By GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 16, 2010

Review: Shrek Forever After

Far, Far Away meets It’s a Wonderful Life .
For his fourth outing, Shrek has entered a midlife crisis.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2010

Crossword: ''Bank job''

You're getting colder
You're getting colder
By MATT JONES  |  December 02, 2009

Crossword: ''You sound like L''

And so do these entries
And so do these entries
By MATT JONES  |  September 02, 2009

Crossword: ''A sustainable puzzle''

And I even recycled a few clues.
And I even recycled a few clues.
By MATT JONES  |  April 08, 2009

The Love Guru

Derivative, crass, and boring
Guru Pitka is a self-help mogul with origins in Mike Myers’s now tired vision of the groovy ’60s.
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 25, 2008

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

Party Intellectuals | Pi
Humor, melody, and weirdness rule in this NYC avant guitarist’s sonic universe.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 25, 2008

Duplicate Prince

Caspian   walks the lion
“Things never happen the same way twice,” says the messianic lion Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson) near the end of Prince Caspian .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2008

The Art of William Steig by Claudia Nahson, et al.

Yale University Press | 208 pages | $40
Yale University Press | 208 pages | $40
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2007


Better than generic holiday fare
Wicked (cartoon) witch sends adorable fairy-tale princess down a rabbit hole and she’s deposited, suddenly human, in present-day Times Square.
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  November 20, 2007

Dance Monkey: Lewis Black

A visiting comic in the hot seat
I’d like to be known as the King of Hope. That can be a city somewhere, or the king of actual hope.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 25, 2007

For a few dollars less

A gender-specific guide to cheap dating
Like a $20 hooker, college expenses can really suck you dry.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 04, 2007

Maneaters: A history

A list of the beasts -- real and imagined -- that feast on human flesh
Sometimes the most ferocious maneater looks like an ordinary rabbit… and sometimes it looks just like you covered in a flesh-gobbling pus!
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 02, 2007

America Blows

Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007

Bon appétit

Brad Bird cooks up a masterpiece
Family. We spend lifetimes breaking away from them, forging our own path, only to discover it leads back to the same place.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 27, 2007

Smoking hot

Cigarettes on the silver screen
In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007

Swamp gas

Shrek the Third   gets bloated
Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 16, 2007

Happily N’ever After

Coulda-been enchantment
The hook to Paul J. Bolger’s alluring animated Neverland is its dicy deconstruction of cherished childhood fairy tales. Watch the trailer for Happily N’ever After  (QuickTime)
By TOM MEEK  |  January 10, 2007

Oil and water?

Letters to the Boston editor: January 5, 2007
In  his annual round-up , Jeffrey Gantz repeats the comment he made in his original review of the Royal Ballet’s Manon: “With its art prostituted to [the choreographer] MacMillan’s politics.”
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 03, 2007

The Wild

The animation war between Disney and DreamWorks ( A Bugs Life versus Antz ; Monsters, Inc. versus Shrek ) continues with Disney’s response to Madagascar (though it’s said Disney had this one in works for some time).
By TOM MEEK  |  April 19, 2006


In stretching Little Red Riding Hood into a (short) feature-length film, writers/directors Cory and Todd Edwards have created a mystery that retains little of the original’s elemental appeal.
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 11, 2006

2009: Rants of the Right

Going where few reviewers dare to tread.
Few "respectable" publications were willing to review the year's top-selling conservative books, but the Phoenix has no fear. After wading through 2500 or so pages of right-wing ravings, your brave correspondent reports back with the following analyses.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 22, 2009

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