It may seem a bit like overkill, and in many ways it is, but that all depends on your perspective.
Film Review: The Films of Werner Herzog on Blu-Ray — Essential Viewing
em> Director Werner Herzog has repeatedly taken us to places where few moviemakers have dared to venture; this Blu-Ray set is an essential addition to any serious film collection.
Book Review: Before, During, and After — A Look Back at Patriotic and Paranoid American Cinema
Informative new books look at a pair of tumultuous periods in American history — the Second World War and the Cold War — when Hollywood rode a particularly rocky political roller coaster.
Dance Review: Boston Ballet’s “Pricked” — Building Blocks
Carrying cacti around the stage in boxes and placing them on their heads and in predictably suggestive positions, the Boston Ballet dancers looked like they were having a blast
Television Review: “Louie” Redux — Better Than Ever
Louis C.K.’s “Louie” is a master class in straddling highbrow and lowbrow.
TV/DVD Review: The Complete “Hill Street Blues” — A Groundbreaking Cop Show Untarnished by Time
The complete “Hill Street Blues” is a godsend for those eager to venture beyond “Law and Order” and “CSI” dynasties.
TV Review: “Fargo”: or, Do Contract Killers Get Bored and Create Chaos for Fun?
“Fargo” creates its own world of crime and moral conundrums while delivering a fair share of blood. Whether the TV series delivers on its promise to be in the same aesthetic world as the original movie is an open question.
Music Interview: Billy McCarthy of Augustines — Doing Strong Work
“It seems now that quality spreads through reputation — the live show is where we really see bands pull away from the pack. It takes quality now to survive. Strong work.”
Dance Feature: Boston Ballet’s “Close to Chuck”
Surrounded by the gilded ornamentation of the Boston Opera house, the three minimalist pieces that make up “Close to Chuck” could not be any more of a contrast.
Visual Arts Preview: Nick Cave and William Kentridge at the ICA
Both of these exhibitions challenge our very notions of time and identity and the social structures around us.