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Into the heart of sharkness

Shark expert Greg Skomal torpedoes the Great White hype
Unless you are a spectacularly moronic daredevil hell-bent on getting shark-shanked, New Englanders are more likely to be mowed down by a molasses tsunami or felled by Lizzie Borden's ax than they are to die in the maw of Jaws.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 11, 2009


Livin' la Vida Locavore

If farmers and artisans are packing their best goods and schlepping them to your 'hood, cheap, what's your excuse for not consuming them? 
Winter has always traumatized New Englanders, but because of the economy (thanks, rapacious mortgage-bundling douche bags!), this past season was particularly grim.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 10, 2009


Heart of sharkness

Shark expert Greg Skomal torpedoes the great white hype
Unless you are a spectacularly moronic Masshole hell-bent on getting shark-shanked, New Englanders are more likely to be mowed down by a molasses tsunami or felled by Lizzie Borden's ax than they are to die in the maw of Jaws.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 11, 2009


Style meets stylus

Eastern-inspired digital delights at the Brattle
It's a credit to Pixar's success that so many animated films of the past decade have been compelled to sport the sheen of CGI. But now that filmmakers have wrung reality out of 1's and 0's, they're starting to cast their eyes on the next frontier.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 16, 2009


States of the art

New England museums worth traveling for
In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 09, 2009


Review: Otto; or, Up With Dead People

Plods at an undead pace
"Wow, I just got a mental flash of thousands of zombies jumping over a shark."
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  May 06, 2009


Review: Fig Trees

Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  May 06, 2009


Review: Fruit Fly

Candy for the eye and ears
What Boston LGBT Film Festival would be complete without a campy, slightly smutty musical?
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  May 06, 2009


Review: Valentino: The Last Emperor

The king of fashion
In 2008, Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani stepped down from a spectacular 45-year career that had culminated in a wildly opulent retrospective exhibit in Rome.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 22, 2009


Review: Bronson

Tom Hardy is mesmerizing
From Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn comes a fantasy bio-pic of Britain's notorious Charlie Bronson, a larger-than-life character who, after swiping his identity from Charles Bronson transformed from bare-knuckle prizefighter into "Britain's most violent prisoner."
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Nollywood Babylon

Covering vast territory at breakneck speed
You may have never heard of Living in Bondage , Desperate Billionaire , or any other works coming out of Nigeria's exploding homegrown film scene, but Nollywood has become the world's third-largest movie industry.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 15, 2009


Review: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

The most satisfying film ending I've seen all year
In 1984, the cocky Canadian rockers shared stages with Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, only to fade into total obscurity as other up-and-coming metal acts copped their chops and steamrolled past.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 19, 2009


Zombie survival guide

If you value your grey matter, stay inside this weekend
Zombies invade Brookline and Somerville to show off their rotting skin, their movie preferences, and parade around town.  
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 13, 2009


Review: Tokyo!

Dreamy tribute to a glittering metropolis
Together, idiosyncratic directors Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge ), and Bong Joon-ho ( The Host ) have crafted a bento box of delectable shorts.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 08, 2009


Review: The Haunting in Connecticut

Succeeds despite eye-rollers
It's no shocker that The Haunting in Connecticut — a film inspired by the "true tale" of a family who stir up a nest of spooks when they move into a former mortuary — offers many a groan-worthy moment.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  April 01, 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


Review: The Uninvited

Downright clumsy
So unrelentingly nerve-shredding is the Korean horror masterpiece A Tale of Two Sisters [ Janghwa, Hongryeon ], just the sight of the floral wallpaper from its opening credits makes my skin crawl.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  February 04, 2009


A clockwork hoedown

The Steampunk Historical Dance
By the time I arrive at the Steampunk Historical Dance, I've been at sci-fi convention Arisia for nearly 12 hours.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  January 27, 2009


Interview: Ed Zwick

Into the woods
On January 16, director Ed Zwick's Defiance storms theaters with its harrowing tale of the freedom-fighting Bielski brothers, who retreat to the forests of Belarus to protect an ever-growing brigade of Jewish refugees and wage relentless guerilla war against the Nazis.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  January 19, 2009


The King and I

Steve Connolly's Spirit of the King
Watching a gaggle of aging townies shrieking "Love those buns!" and attempt to freak-dance with a buff leather-clad dude is scary enough at a Chippendales show — but the spectacle takes on a whole new level of disturbing when they're trying to molest a dead pop icon on his birthday.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  January 12, 2009
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