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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...

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...

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...

Remembering Jason Segel

December 31, 2012

Berkeley Beacon: Did any particular breakup inspire you to write the movie? Jason Segel: I have ten years of relationships ending with me being dumped and some woman driving off in a car, totally excited to be free.,During the press tour for his latest film, Jason Segel, writer and star of Forgettin...

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...

Sugar plays it sweet and sassy

December 31, 2012

Playing April 18 and 19 at the Boston University Dance Theater (off the St. Paul stop on Buick Street), Sugar is a full-scale musical involving gender confusion, catchy songs, dirty old millionaires and mobsters who complete a murder with a tap dance.,Sugar, the cross-dressing stage adaptation of th...

Goldstein gleefully ignites Aflame

December 31, 2012

Mike Desjardin

Lez Rock #039;n#039; Roll

December 31, 2012

A Led Zeppelin cover band from New York City has finally added something to the performance of Led's epic songs that even the reanimated corpse of drummer John Bonham could not: breasts. Equally feminine vocal styling makes Lez Zeppelin, the "All Girl" ensemble, much more than a gimmick. Lez Zeppelin wi...

Black Opium lights up stage

December 31, 2012

Black Fortress of Opium recently released their self-titled debut album and is a deceptively small band compared to the many different musical arrangements of their songs. To hear their out-of-the-ordinary sound live, Black Fortress of Opium will be performing at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge on...

Kill the Ant exterminates human judgement

December 31, 2012

SHHHHHHHHHHH-the sound of TV static emulated by a human voice emits from somewhere in the house. Blue light hits the stage as the main character, David, and his girlfriend watch TV. At this point, they never suspect that their relationship would end up in their growing apart, or in this case, shrinking ap...

Sweets from Sweden

December 31, 2012

A song on Jens Lekman's 2007 release Night Falls Over Kortedala entitled "Your Arms Around Me" adequately sums up who the twenty-seven year-old Swedish pop singer is. The track opens with strings, chimes and a thunderous backbeat before Lekman begins singing about preparing an avocado in the kitchen. As...

Ripe Green Autuer at HFA

December 31, 2012

David Gordon Green, the somber and introspective director of acclaimed independent films like George Washington and All the Real Girls, will appear at the Harvard Film Archive on March 9 and 10 to promote and discuss his new film, Snow Angels. This is the fourth feature film from the 32-year-old writer/director an...