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Fixing the World The Yes Man Way

 ongoing I was talking with radical historian Howard Zinn at a Red Sox game in late September, and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" came up. (It hadn't yet been released.) I was saying, that yes, I generally agreed with Moore's ideology and his belief that runaway greed and self-interest …

There is nothing wrong with the volume

Mon. Dec. 18 Among the things we didn’t know existed: Silent films made during the sound era. Films between 1970 and 2005, even. Harvard Film Archive has three of them, Malcolm Le Grice’s "Berlin Horse," Harun Farocki’s "Workers Leaving the Factory" and Guy Maddin’s "Cowards on Bended Knee." HFA is …

BIFF Returns: Movies from Beyond Our Borders

ongoing  – June 13  There are many, many movies in the Boston International Film Festival, ranging (best we can tell) from 5 to 102 minutes and coming from 24 countries. There are 32 "sessions" or film blocks, all at the AMC Loews Boston Common. You can buy a ticket to …

“Shutter Island” Dark Tale, Puzzling Mystery

ongoing Martin Scorsese’s "Shutter Island" is a well-crafted mystery – though likely not a film that will be remembered as one of his very best.  Some critics seem eager to blow the whistle when a master takes a step to the left or right, incorrectly dubbing it a step backwards. …

Harvard Film Archive Goes Punk!

ongoing      I remember the Ramones' Joey Ramone singing "I don't care about history/Cos that's not where I want to be" in "Rock 'n' Roll High School." And I thought then: So right! But history is where everything ends up, as much as you want to seize the moment you …

Where have you gone Mrs. Robinson?

september 1 Before the semi-crappy play – better with Kathleen Turner than with Lorraine Bracco, but still – there was the cool Dustin Hoffman movie with the late Anne Bancroft, who we found out was just five years older than Hoffman when “The Graduate’’ was made. Sheesh. That made our …