Author Archives: KRISTOFER JENSON

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MORE MIDDLE-EARTH: THE CONCLUSION OF PETER JACKSON’S TRYING TRILOGY

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That the movie is at all watchable is praiseworthy—an unlikely attribute of any final entry of a 3D prequel trilogy—but Eru help us all if Peter Jackson ever decides to adapt War and Peace. Continue reading

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GENDER EQUAL GENRE: WOMEN FILMMAKERS SPOTLIGHTED AT ETHERIA FILM NIGHT

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The next time you hear someone blame a conspicuous gender imbalance in a given field on a lack of “qualified female applicants,” hold that dude’s feet to the fire and point him to Etheria Film Night, a celebration of women’s contributions to genre filmmaking. Continue reading

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BOYS AND CURLS: ‘BAD HAIR’ EXPLORES THE COLLISION OF ADOLESCENCE, MASCULINITY AND SOCIETAL EXPECTATIONS

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Bad Hair is a fascinating investigation into Venezuela’s—and the world’s—complicated relationship with masculinity, and the awful trauma we inflict on our children by prematurely judging their natural behavior. Continue reading

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LOUIS C.K.’S LOCAL OPENERS IMPRESS AT SOMERVILLE THEATRE

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The two talented performers chosen to kick things off rose to the occasion, going beyond the call of duty as “warm-up” acts by making lasting impressions on an already eager crowd as local comics to watch for. We caught up with Dan Boulger and Gary Petersen to chat about their recent gigs and where to find them next. Continue reading

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WRESTLEMANIAC: IN ‘FOXCATCHER,’ EMPTY PATRIOTISM GETS PINNED

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If your only memories of the events that inspired Foxcatcher are vague impressions of tabloid headlines from decades ago, good. The best way to experience the film is with the sense that something will go horribly wrong without knowing how, why, when, or to whom. Continue reading

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MAYOR’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ‘FENWAY’S 30-SECOND CINEMA’

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Visual artists of all styles were invited to submit, with the winning films receiving an hourly slot between advertisements on Orange Barrel Media’s 14 x 48 digital billboard next to Fenway Park on the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich. Continue reading

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JONES UNCHAINED: ‘THE HOMESMAN’ RETHINKS THE REVISIONIST WESTERN

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Darkly comic and quietly subversive, may be the most successful rethinking of the American Western since Unforgiven. Continue reading

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YOU CALL THIS ARCHAEOLOGY?: HARVARD PROFESSOR SCHOOLS INDIANA JONES

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“There’s definitely this ambivalence [among archaeologists] toward the character specifically, but it’s mediated a little bit by the fact that most archaeologists—at least who are in their younger-than-fifties or maybe even younger than their sixties—experienced Indiana Jones at an early age, probably before they were professional archaeologists.” Continue reading

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IN PROGRESS: A FILM ABOUT WHEN COMEDY ISN’T ENOUGH

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With the success of “Louie” and the tragic passing of Robin Williams, the reality of comedy as a deeply personal—and draining—art form is in the public discourse. Continue reading

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ON ‘ROSEWATER’: MAZIAR BAHARI DISCUSSES HIS UNLIKELY SAGA OF JOURNALISM, IMPRISONMENT, AND ‘THE DAILY SHOW’

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“What happened to me in prison, it wasn’t funny at the time, because I was blindfolded and I was in solitary confinement or in an interrogation room. But with hindsight … it’s just laughable. My experience inside of Iran’s prison was [as] if they had read Kafka and then they thought it was not ridiculous enough and they added a bit of Monty Python to it.” Continue reading

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THE RIGHT FLUFF: ‘INTERSTELLAR’ IS ONE SMALL MISSTEP FOR NOLAN

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Christopher Nolan has an unparalleled track record among big-name directors for films that fully commit to their mind-bending premises while going light on sentimentality. It’s in this light that the mostly good, would-be epic Interstellar is a bit of a letdown, albeit one that’s still worth watching. Continue reading

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RADCLIFFE STARS IN HALLOWEEN’S STAND-OUT DARK FANTASY

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Despite its flaws, Horns is a step in the right direction for Radcliffe, Aja, and American magical realist cinema (even with its French director, Canadian setting, and English leading man). Continue reading