Slideshow: Found in translation →
A new book looks at the golden age of international movie marketing As movies began to gain worldwide attention, Hollywood studios tailored their marketing to specific geographic locations,…
I'm leaving you for someone with a better tan →
Tango's molleja →
Salty smoky sweeties The molleja act as carrier for the intense flavor of the grill and boasts a crisp, salty, nearly blackened crust.
The soup is definitely on A new generation of Japanese water-fondue restaurants has won me over. TABLE BROTH: The wagyu beef, boneless short-rib, and Seafood Supreme are cooked to…
Billy's Sub Shop →
Neighborhood tested, peace officer approved With its counter service, laminate booths, plastic tableware, and cafeteria trays, Billy’s is short on frills, but the food is cheap, tasty, and fresh.
Social-networking diplomacy →
For the dogs →
Greyhounds to have their day In June, seven greyhounds suffered broken legs within a six-day period at Massachusetts’s two racetracks. Interview: WFNX’s…
Too scared to win? →
Barack Obama must fight for his principles, or he’ll give away the keys to the White House What people want is someone who knows what he believes, says so, and stands up for it even in the face…
Chicks who kick →
The other kind of Celtic dance I’ll admit that cheerleading teams have always irked me.
It ain’t over yet →
The press has already started inaugurating President Obama, but there are still quite a few hurdles left for the Democrat — including John McCain In the wake of Barack Obama’s triumphant European…
Parody flunks out →
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray…
Will race enter the race? →
Dianne Wilkerson and Sonia Chang-Díaz don’t talk about the racial split in their Senate showdown, but it’s likely to make its mark Two years ago, when Dianne Wilkerson inexplicably failed to…
Leggo my ego! →
The GOP is smearing Obama as a narcissist. So why is the press playing along? If Barack Obama loses the presidency this November, it won’t be because of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, or…
The X-Files: I Want To Believe →
You’ll want to believe this movie was never made X-Files creator Chris Carter resurrects Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, only they’re no longer special, and neither are they agents.
Paper or plastic? →
Baghead keeps itself covered The Duplass brothers have constructed a compact meta-movie laced with knowing winks. youtubeVid('hTGeVWhBj5E') VIDEO: The trailer for Baghead …
Swing Vote →
Politically neutral father/daughter drama Some clever scenes lay bare the excesses of campaign TV culture, but overall the humor is as lame as anything on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour .
Backed the f*** up →
‘Rock The Bells’ 2008 I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
Ne Le Dis À Personne|Tell No One →
A convoluted thriller French actor director Guillaume Canet demonstrates in this convoluted thriller why not many filmmakers other than Chabrol can get away with imitating Hitchcock.
Naissance Des Pieuvres|Water Lilies →
A compassionate study It’s the kind of scenario that Catherine Breillat would have turned into a horror story.
Dance, Monkey: Chrissy Kelleher →
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim … No one over the age of 22 should wear butt-revealing pants.
A sobering question →
Can Obama make Democrats face up to economic reality? With every passing week the nation’s already-screwed-up economy becomes even more distressed. With every passing week the…
High-school confidential →
American Teen is no wasteland For many, senior year is your last chance to do what you really want without worrying about snap judgments or lasting repercussions. youtubeVid('ZqDG4UDeFoQ') …
Nude with Boots | Ipecac Hey Melvins, a question.
Preteen Weaponry | Jagjaguwar Oneida’s Preteen Weaponry is a fair introduction to the band’s stripped-down, elemental nature.
Mike Gordon →
The Green Sparrow | Rounder Phish phans biding their time for the jam band’s all-but-confirmed reunion should find plenty to occupy themselves with on this second solo album by bassist Mike…
Soft power →
Sara Rudner at Concord Academy and the ICA It’s neither a set piece of choreography nor an improvised free-for-all. WORK IN PROGRESS: Nothing in these “Dancing-on-View”…
Anti-Bush league →
The No More Bush Tour rolls in It’s crucial that we maintain clarity by holding fast to simple truths — like how our president is kind of a dick.
The Complete Studio Recordings, NYC 1977-1978 | No More Career-spanning records usually mark a band’s evolution; this outfit existed for just two years, so the material sketches a near-perfect…
Pariah Beat →
Pariah Beat Radio | Vital Pariah Beat Radio might have benefitted from some tactful restraint.
David Vandervelde →
Waiting for the Sunrise | Secretly Canadian Vandervelde’s latest takes the familiar Byrds-meets-the-Band sound and bakes it in the sun till golden.
The way it is →
Interview: Talking about American Teen Nanette Burstein admits that “through the pain and torture” of high school, she was able to come to terms with who she was. phxVid('1697193532') …
Risky business →
Santogold finds her own way I know I can’t be the only person whose ears perked up earlier this year on hearing the chorus of the then-new Ashlee Simpson single “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya).” ...
A case of the Mondays →
Icy Demons at Great Scott, July 27, 2008 Unless you’re, say, George Michael, summer Sunday-night shows can be rough on a band.
Late bloomer →
George Michael at TD Banknorth Garden, July 27, 2008 Word came: “George Michael is in the building!” — and the place roared and squeed.
Victim, not vixen →
Sex, death, and the filthy rich Florence Evelyn Nesbit was the most beautiful woman who ever lived. INNOCENT: Evelyn Nesbit at age 17, posed as half child and half woman by…
Mirrors up to Nature →
As You Like It on Boston Common; QED in Central Square Up close, the Forest of Arden, an elevated glade tucked into Boston Common, looks like verdant, dappled clouds tacked to two-by-fours.
Empirical go to the movies, plus the Hot 8 Talking with Nathaniel Facey, the alto-saxophonist in the London band Empirical, you find it difficult at first to pin down where and how the quintet…
The week in boners →
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed. With his new…
Reks in effect →
Lawtown MC bounces back Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations. NERVOUS REKS: “I allowed…
The call of the wild →
Wolf Parade get instinctual It’s not easy being in a band whose two primary songwriters have quite different ideas about how to write an indie-rock song. Wolf…
Tricky Dick →
Philip K. Dick’s second Library of America volume The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out. WHAT IS TIME? WHAT IS DEATH?: The two LOA volumes compose an unresolved…
Dream on →
Aerosmith can’t make Guitar Hero sing again It is somehow fitting that the Guitar Hero series should follow the trajectory of the countless rock bands who achieve too much success too soon.
Visions from Lilliput →
The rise of the minisode In a sense, every successful portmanteau word represents a narrow escape. In a sense, every successful portmanteau word represents a narrow escape. The…
Photos: Warped Tour 2008 →
July 23, 2008 at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA Get in the pit: From Katy Perry to Every Time I Die, an inside (and outside, and from behind) look at what went down (and up and down) at this…
The Publick House →
Grab a drink while you wait The true focus here is the far frontiers of craft brewing, especially the many styles of Belgian ales. BEER NECESSITIES: Moules frites are just one…
El Potro →
Curtido in disguise Like a Mexican wrestling luchador, El Potro hides its true identity under a mask.
Tatte Fine Cookies + Cakes’ cookies →
What you knead Self-taught baker Tzurit Or has been plying her patissier trade, in some form or other, since she was 12.
Peabody rising →
Bold leadership and an ambitious curatorial vision have vaulted the Peabody Essex Museum into a spot among the country’s best Could the Peabody Essex Museum be the Boston area’s most exciting art…
What's on low-information voters' minds? →
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