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Chaos suffers from chemical imbalance

December 31, 2012

Chaos Theory is not as scientific as it sounds, unless you are referring to the formulaic plot of this standard romantic comedy. In fact, the only lab involved in this movie is used during a urine test. What elevates this film from mediocrity, however, is the quick-witted dialogue from writer Daniel Ta...

New comedy makes all Dreamz come true

December 31, 2012

Usually when filmmakers set out with an idea for a project, they hope that it won't flop and die on the cutting room floor. In an interview with The Beacon, director/writer Paul Weitz said of his newest film, American Dreamz, that he "didn't expect it to be made." Weitz had an idea to make a "weird ...

Lack of the Passion: Sam Phillips at Somerville

December 31, 2012

Mike Desjardin

Zinn amp; co. get graphic

December 31, 2012

Cartoons are history. Well, at least they are in the new graphic novel adapted from historian Howard Zinn's bestselling book, A People's History of the United States. Zinn and cartoonist Mike Konopacki will present their collaborative effort tonight at 6 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. Zi...

Was (Not Was) is a hit

December 31, 2012

Fresh off a nearly 20-year break, Was (Not Was) is finally releasing a new album, Boo! Keeping with their genre-bouncing sound, the disc offers a range of styles, including funk, jazz and soul.,Not many bands can claim to have collaborated with Ozzy Osbourne, Kris Kristofferson and The B52's, but th...

Beacon#039;s Sean Dalal buries the undead

December 31, 2012

Sean Dalal

Furnaces elicit fiery debate: Where do you fall?

December 31, 2012

PRO - Brendan McCarthyThe Fiery Furnaces are back in town for the second time this school year, and they are one brother/sister duo whose antics won't annoy you. In fact, you'll be entertained because The Fiery Furnaces don't waste their time bickering; Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger get out thier iss...

Seek out Squid

December 31, 2012

With few exceptions, 2005 has lacked exceptional filmmaking. Such "prestige" pictures as Capote and Jarhead have all been slightly unsatisfying, despite their share of technical merits. Most recently, the only film that has been able to satiate my palate is The Squid and the Whale. Not only is it a r...

Frogacs does monster mashups

December 31, 2012

In the eyes of the Internet generation, a "mashup" is defined as a work which recombines and modifies existing work-film, text, audio, still image or any combination thereof-in order to create something new. This technique originated in nightclubs and behind soundboards, where DJs and emcees would co...

Spurlock seeks truth in World search for bin Laden

December 31, 2012

Of course, that's not really the point of Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? It's not even the question Spurlock tries to answer during his four-continent journey from his toney apartment in New York's Lower East Side to the tribal Peshawar district in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the presumed se...