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Beautiful confusion and ambiguity in Malick’s To The Wonder

Beautiful confusion and ambiguity in Malick’s To The Wonder

A strange sense of timelessness manifests itself throughout Terrence Malick’s films. While he generally defines eras and physical places concretely, Malick’s stories could originate from any world or any time. hiss singular and enigmatic style — defined by his engagement with the world in creative gestures, whispering melancholy voices, even animated dinosaurs — also creates a strange paradigm. At times, […]

Beating Biscuits: A Profile of Hungry Mother’s Barry Maiden

Beating Biscuits: A Profile of Hungry Mother’s Barry Maiden

Often referred to as “the Oscars of the food world,” the James Beard Awards celebrate professionals throughout the culinary arts. This year, three Boston-based chefs received nominations for the ‘Best Chef: Northeast’ award. Don’t forget to tell MUSE which chef you think should win, and in the meantime, here’s the first of MUSE’s three-part series profiling the three chefs: Chef […]

Boston bands hold benefit show for marathon attack victims

Boston bands hold benefit show for marathon attack victims

  Following the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, local musicians rallied together to organize a benefit concert at TT the Bear’s, featuring music from local acts such as Mean Creek, The Field Effect, Endation, Earthquake Party, Dan Nicklin of Oldjack, Cameron Keiber of the Beatings/Eldridge Rodriguez, Ruby Rose Fox and more. The concert was […]

INTERVIEW: Disconnect’s Henry Alex Rubin on authenticity, documentaries and Jason Bateman

INTERVIEW: Disconnect’s Henry Alex Rubin on authenticity, documentaries and Jason Bateman

“You can easily pitch this movie badly and have people roll their eyes and say, ‘I don’t want to watch a movie about technology and how it’s bad,’” said director Henry Alex Rubin over lunch at the Eliot Hotel in Boston. The film Disconnect, starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgård, is the first leap into feature filmmaking for Rubin, the […]

INTERVIEW: Spring Breakers’ Harmony Korine and Ashley Benson

INTERVIEW: Spring Breakers’ Harmony Korine and Ashley Benson

Wild teenagers, an abundance of alcohol and sun-kissed screenshots dance across controversial director/screenwriter Harmony Korine’s latest film Spring Breakers. Four college girls, Brit, Candy, Faith and Cotty are fed up with their boring college lives and want to do something different. What better chance than Spring Break? Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson and former Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez […]

Boston-based chef Ming Tsai on latest project Blue Dragon

Boston-based chef Ming Tsai on latest project Blue Dragon

Ming Tsai has a lot of friends, but he doesn’t know all of them. In the crowded dining room of his new “Asian-fusion gastropub,” Tsai leans back in his chair at the chef’s table, sifts through piles of paperwork with a crumpled brow, checks his ornate silver watch and asks about The Daily Free Press’s circulation when two 30-somethings in […]

Improvised Aristophanes: BU Classics’ modern rendition of the ancient

Improvised Aristophanes: BU Classics’ modern rendition of the ancient

“To offer you ‘greetings,’ fellow demesmen, is now old-fashioned and worn out; but I do say, ‘Wazzup!’ for turning up here so eagerly, so painstakingly, and so energetically, back me up now, in the work that lies ahead.” Wazzup? Demesmen? This kind of juxtaposition might sound all Greek to you — probably because it is. Last week, the Department of […]

INTERVIEW: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and the genius of Derek Cianfrance

INTERVIEW: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and the genius of Derek Cianfrance

  It is strange to be in the same room as Ryan Gosling, but indeed much stranger to find the man sitting next to Gosling far more interesting. Derek Cianfrance, widely recognized, but only recently, for his neorealistic filmmaking in the acclaimed Blue Valentine, sat in our interview eager to prove the triumph of method acting, to honor the courage […]

In Defense of Cersei Lannister

I am no stranger to lady crushes. In fact, I am a lady crush connoisseur. Throughout the course of my life, I have been obsessed with an array of famous women including, but not limited to, Bea Arthur, Bette Davis and the ever-so illustrious Sharon Stone. If they’ve got a sharp wit or a scent of danger, they’ve probably featured […]

REVIEW: Sky Ferreira + How To Dress Well at Brighton Music Hall

REVIEW: Sky Ferreira + How To Dress Well at Brighton Music Hall

As part of Boston’s ubiquitous Fenway Recordings Sessions, Sky Ferreira and How To Dress Well brought their up-and-coming indie acts to Brighton Music Hall this past Sunday. This is the second time Ferreira has graced Beantown with her presence after the release of her critically lauded debut EP, Ghost (see our review on her November show at TT’s) and the singer-songwriter […]