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Review: Alien Trespass

Reto-monsters retro-rampage
If you were ever a fan of those '50s and '60s sci-fi flicks whose trademarks were hoky FX, an eerie theremin soundtrack, and a rubber-suited monster, then Alien Trespass should scratch your nostalgia bone.
By TOM MEEK  |  April 01, 2009

Review: MI-5

Breaking new ground with old tools
When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 31, 2009

The weather underground

The theme of isolation reigns supreme amid the BUFF's dizzying eight-day blitzkrieg of fringe cinema
If it's alienation from the mainstream you're feeling, you're in good company for this year's Boston Underground Film Festival.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 20, 2009

Music Seen: Dead of Winter

SPACE Gallery, January 24, 2009
Peaks and valleys are the name of the game with any showcase of too many songwriters that too many people attend, but by and large, Dead of Winter retains its status as a premier night of homegrown entertainment.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 28, 2009

Rough justice

The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 05, 2008


From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
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Cheese Danish

Hamlet variations we'd like to see
Hamlet variations we'd like to see
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 19, 2008

Rebirth of a prince

Digging RZA in 36 steps
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008

Hell Ride

Spaghetti western and Hell's Angels turf war
Bishop the director loses touch with Bishop the actor, and then, as scriptwriter, he sails overboard with inane cunnilingus cockamamie.
By TOM MEEK  |  August 05, 2008

Shaw business

The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008

Darien Brahms + American Music Club

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 21, 2008
Not to diminish where she is right now, but Darien Brahms would make one hell of a novelty dive-bar act in 20 years.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008

The art of violence

Gamm’s Pillowman is unsettling
The most frightening thing about this play is the prospect that less than first-rate actors can perform it, skating upon its sensationalism rather than sinking into its depths.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

Too legit to quit

Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007

Silver linings on a dark screen

Film: 2007 in review
The best films of 2007 hold their own when it comes to despair, evil, and treachery.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 18, 2007

Vietnam and Victoriana

The Huntington’s Streamers ; SpeakEasy’s Edwin Drood
War is hell in Streamers — and few of the characters have even been to one.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 19, 2007

Family plots

Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007

Interview: Josh Brolin

On the brink of fame in No Country for Old Men
Josh Brolin has distinguished himself mostly by appearing in the worst movies of great directors.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 06, 2007

Delpy days

Julie finally makes her movie
If anyone deserves to make her own movie, it’s Julie Delpy.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

Icky stunt

The White Stripes keep it transitional
For a band as image-conscious as the White Stripes, it’s notable how little they’ve given their fans in the way of ideology.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 18, 2007

The Go

Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride | Cass
Fear not, Nuggets heads: on their new long-player, Jack White’s old bandmates in the Go sound as if they hadn’t heard a note of music made since 1972.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 26, 2007


A woman's foot in every scene
Tarantino is aging badly.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 02, 2007

All the Wright moves

The deadpan master is still happy not to laugh
“I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I am doing. The end.”
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 23, 2007

The Dead Girl

Too bad she's a feminist
Wrapping together several shorts linked by a common theme and calling it a feature seems to be the trend du jour in indie filmmaking.
By TOM MEEK  |  March 21, 2007

Smokin' Aces

An inept mess
Perhaps Joe Carnahan pitched his follow-up to 2002’s Narc as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World by way of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and bad wigs. Watch the trailer for Smokin' Aces (QuickTime)
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 24, 2007

Eternal returns

The Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates life as usual
When film festivals are programmed as extensions of life, not merely celebrations of cinema, commerce, or hype, everybody wins.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  October 31, 2006


A movie guide to undercover cops
Kindergarten Cop to Reservoir Dogs.
By PAUL BABIN  |  October 05, 2006

Earning his wings

The career of Delroy Lindo
Delroy Lindo is only 6’3”, but he plays a lot bigger on screen.
By RYAN STEWART  |  August 11, 2006

Route 666

Natural Born Killers is Oliver Stone's comic debut
This article originally appeared in the August 26, 1994 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2006

Otaku you

The Five Japanese anime you should be watching now — and the five you will be watching in the future
In the 1980s, while Americans were worrying about losing dominance in the automobile industry, Japan was taking over the animation business.
By ROBERT BRICKEN  |  May 26, 2006

Steering off course

Some classes sound like so much fun they might as well be extracurricular
We recommend the course taught by the indie filmmaker, the course inspired by a Daily Show regular, and the course considered “experimental.”
By ELLEE DEAN  |  May 08, 2006

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