POSTED // Sep 24,2013 - Musical-theater conventions are always ripe for satirical skewering; ditto for a familiar genre like the whodunit. And the combination of the two in James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach’s Something’s Afoot makes for a delightful opener for Pioneer Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season.
POSTED // Sep 20,2013 - Allegory—and this is a considerable bit of understatement—is a tricky business, and it’s only getting trickier all the time. In earlier generations, extended riffs on totalitarian communism (Animal Farm)
POSTED // Sep 20,2013 - Documentary filmmakers often set themselves to the task of exploring the events of the past. What Joshua Oppenheimer and his filmmaking team do in The Act of Killing, on the other hand, is something s
POSTED // Sep 6,2013 - At last, the summer movie season is over. For those who found themselves frustrated by a nonstop parade of superhero fantasies, apocalyptic extravaganzas and boneheaded comedies, there’s a feeling in the air
POSTED // Aug 26,2013 - There are any number of ways you can start a new endeavor. You can “soft launch” to slowly build interest and word of mouth. You can go sensibly mid-size. But you rarely expect that, from the outset, the thing is going to be huge.
POSTED // Aug 23,2013 - More than 40 years into Woody Allen’s filmmaking career, it’s still somewhat disorienting when he bypasses most overt comedy and fantastical premises for a straightforward character study like Sweet & Lowdown.
POSTED // Aug 16,2013 - Thanks to a lawsuit challenging The Weinstein Company’s right to use the title The Butler—one that, depending on your sympathies, is either “protecting intellectual property” or “typical petty Hollywood dick-swinging”