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What Happens After Life? What Do We Think About It Now? Richard Tilkin’s “Aside From That” Explores the Big Issues … at the Boston Film Festival Sunday Sept. 20

Boston-area film-maker Richard Tilkin decided he wanted to make a documentary about a subject everyone virtually avoids at all cost: The inevitability of leaving this mortal coil. How do we regard our life knowing that – but not dwelling upon it? How does what we think happens after death affect …

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Birdman: Following The Superhero Actor’s Trajectory

I had expected Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman to be a little on the nose as far as following the career of Michael Keaton. I was pleasantly surprised to find out this was not the case. Keaton has continued to act and be successful since his Batman of 1989, and remains …

A Xmas Movie to Counter All Those Other Xmas Movies

Nov. 14-? We loved "Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas" when we saw it,  but we haven’t yet gotten to the new 3-D version So, we entrusted the analysis to former Boston Phoeniix critic M. Howell, a fan of Burton and the genre. What follows is his … Fairly or not, the …

The Odyssey: In 24 Bits

Wed. May 16 Surely, you remember "The Odyssey," the aftermath of the great war as told by Homer (no, not Simpson, you boneheads). It would seem an audacious task to recreate this on film – and on a low budget, no doubt – but 24 groups of artists have taken …

AIDS in Africa; Jane Gillooly Brings the Story Home

Sat. Feb. 9  AIDS in America? Not on the front burner anymore, due to all the life-extending drugs. AIDS in the Third World? Big, big issue. Boston-based filmmaker Jane Gillooly went to Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa and made a 72-minute documentary called, "Today The Hawk Takes One …