Jan 312012
Fuse TV Commentary: Why the SAG Awards is the Most Viewer-friendly Awards Show

The SAG Awards have everything you want, and very little you don’t. The ceremony celebrates film and television, so it’s always star-packed, and only honors actors, so you don’t have to sit through hours of awards for Best Sound Editing.

Jan 302012
Fuse Concert Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey Light Up Symphony Hall

After the “Lobgesang”’s premiere, Robert Schumann declared this movement “a glimpse of heaven filled with Raphael’s madonnas,” and Saturday’s performance by the BSO came about as close to that as one could imagine, sensitively phrased and beautifully blended.

Jan 292012
Fuse Classical Music Review: BMOP Revitalizes the Concept of a Concerto Concert

Though there were differences in quality between the compositions in the BMOP concert, all of the pieces fulfilled the primary requirement of a concerto: they showed off the capabilities of the solo instrument in question, often memorably so.

Jan 292012
Coming Attractions in Film: February 2012

You may be still catching up on the Academy Award, Golden Globe, People’s Choice, or SAG picks. But this month offers some rare and wonderful treats for film fans of all kinds.

Jan 272012
Fuse Book Review:  Niccolò Ammaniti's "Me and You" — a lightly charming, digestible morsel

Italian writer Niccolò Ammaniti usually writes with an unadorned style about moral predicaments of the young in small-town Italy. “Me and You,” a slender effort in all respects, covers this ground as well, with the difference that fourteen-year-old protagonist Lorenzo Cumi is from an affluent Roman family.

Jan 242012
Fuse Interview: S.T. Joshi on Ambrose Bierce — The Underappreciated Genius of Being Grim

Bierce proffers a satiric temperament gone wild and woolly, partly propelled by a revulsion at the criminal vulgarity of the Gilded Age. Given the current triumph of the 1%, his fury at power mad corporations is worth an admiring look.