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They always beat Gypsies

Joseph Losey at the HFA
From the beginning of his career in movies, Joseph Losey was persecuted — chased out of town.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 08, 2008


Faithless Rendition

A soapy plot tortures the truth
It’s ironic, and probably auspicious for its box office, that Rendition comes out a week after the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Khaled el-Masri.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 16, 2007


Hong Kong rhapsody

Ann Hui at the HFA
Ann Hui came to the Hong Kong film industry after working in television, where she made both episodic dramas and documentaries.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 14, 2007


Little Children

Bums out suburbanites and makes Oscar happy
Suburbia is hell, and serious Hollywood movies from The Graduate to American Beauty have been there to point fingers on the lawns of the damned. Watch the trailer for Little Children  (QuickTime)
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  February 20, 2007


Punked out

The lost generation of American Hardcore
Fast and semi-coherent, like the music it documents, Paul Rachman’s American Hardcore , from the book by Steven Blush, uses an efficient equation: band members talking + flyer graphics + grainy clips from live shows. Watch the trailer for American Hardcore (QuickTime)
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 13, 2006


Glower power

The films of Peter Whitehead at the HFA
It’s a mysterious career. To Whitehead’s credit, it’s not a career in the normal sense at all.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  September 06, 2006


13 Tzameti

 Winner takes all until he loses everything
In the Western world today, where an infantilized culture contends with suicide bombing, it was perhaps inevitable that somebody would combine musical chairs with Russian roulette. Watch the trailer for 13 Tzameti  (QuickTime)
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  August 23, 2006


La Moustache

or lack thereof
Every morning men have to look at themselves in the mirror and decide how they’re holding up.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  August 23, 2006


Vers le Sud | Heading South

A brittle indictment of Anglo naïveté and self-deception
Laurent Cantet’s 2001 L’emploi du temps|Time Out is one of the best films of the decade. Vers le Sud is not.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  August 02, 2006


The Oh in Ohio

Better than The 40-Year Old Virgin
Parker Posey is a self-described “unmeltable ice queen” and “ball of fear” in Billy Kent’s likable indie comedy that (though no one will believe it) is better than The 40-Year Old Virgin . Watch the trailer for The Oh in Ohio  (QuickTime)
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  August 02, 2006


Lés Poupees Russes|Russian Dolls

A recognizable and affecting story
Romain Duris's hyper performance is diffused over several countries, all the better to reflect modern life, which it does with the wary smile of a Nerve personal. Watch the trailer for Lés Poupees Russes|Russian Dolls  (QuickTime)
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 21, 2006


Shock value

The 11th Boston French Film Festival  
Moviegoers seeking release from the increasingly unavoidable escapism of superhero movies will find much to enjoy in the 11th Boston French Film Festival.
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 05, 2006



Yells "Art!" a little too loudly
Based on a Joseph Conrad story called “The Return” and set in Belle Époque Paris, Patrice Chéreau's bizarre, lugubrious movie is an undistinguished opener for a superb French Film Festival. Watch the trailer for Gabrielle (QuickTime)
By: A.S. HAMRAH  |  June 30, 2006
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