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WFNX Presents: Rock
& Roll Films | at the Stuart Street
Playhouse, 200 Stuart St,
Boston | "Back at
You! . . . Punk Vids from the KINODV Archive" (classic punk and
new wave footage) | 2 + 6:30
+ 8:40 pm | Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
| 3:30 pm | Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt
and the Magnetic Fields | 5 pm
| Do It Again: One Man's
Quest to Reunite the Kinks | 7:15
pm | Who is
Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everyone Talkin' About Him?) | 9:15 pm
Laugh, cry, or gasp -- in horror, delight, or incredulity -- but chances
are you won't be bored by Darren Aronofsky's sui generis extravaganza, "Black
Swan." He feels pretty good about it, anyway: he's relaxed, dapper looking with his new
moustache, and cracking jokes as he answers questions at a press conference for the
film at the appropriately rococo, near kitschy lobby of Hollywood's Pantages
When humans go up against nature in films like 127 Hours, they usually
come out short. Such is the case also in Werner Herzog's compelling documentary Grizzly Man
(2005), in which the director finds someone almost as strange as himself,
Timothy Treadwell, who just wanted to share his life with the ursines of the
title in the Alaskan wilderness.
Quite the contrast between interviewing Danny
Boyle, promoting "127 Hours," and
the other big name British director I chatted with last month, Stephen Frears,
promoting "Tamara Drewe." One is
vibrant, engaged, enthusiastic, candid, friendly, informative, and
The other is Stephen Frears.
The 34th Montreal World Film Festival (August 26-September 6),
proved most heartening for those of us anxious about the state of global
cinema. I saw splendid works from all over the world, from both first-time and
veteran filmmakers. Over several days, I watched eight movies in a row that I
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PK: So did you have particular filmmakers that inspired you
to want to make movies?
ABL: Yeah, I had Werner Herzog.
PK: I would guess Herzog actually.
ABL: Yeah, I like his films, narrative or documentary. I
watch a lot of documentaries.
PK: It feels sort of "Grizzly Man" in
Now that the Iraq War is over we can focus more of our anxiety,
outrage, and depression on another flummoxed and bloody miscue, the war in Afghanistan.
Already Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo" has recounted with harrowing detail of the day-to-day trials and heroism of an
American outpost in one of the country's
We suspect some of you may have missed the salient segment of Peter Keough's interview with Antichrist director Lars Von Trier this week, in which he revealed that Willem Dafoe required a stunt-cock for the film. And not, as in the case of Marky Wahlberg in Boogie Nights, because his member was insufficient for the part, but for the opposite reason: Dafoe's dick is just way too fucking huge: