Back in the spring, we here at BDCwire anticipated the IPO of Alibaba with great excitement. Not because we could ever afford any shares in the company, which by the way is the most lucrative online retailer in the world, but because the site itself is filled with some of the craziest shit you could ever purchase. Understandably, we made a pretty lengthy list of some of the weirdest products you could buy on Alibaba. We had such an educationally fun time doing so, that we're back with even more ridiculous products that you can buy off the site. Others may be getting rich off of Alibaba today, but you can enrich your own life with amazement and humor.
This fall, two Hollywood legends have films hitting movie theaters that were made in New England. Denzel Washington has "The Equalizer," due out on September 26, while John Travolta stars in "The Forger" out later this year. In both films, Washington and Travolta play troubled men who must confront their pasts in present day. In "The Equalizer," Washington plays a man who must face his violent past when he meets a young girl under the control of gangsters. In "The Forger," Travolta plays a petty thief that the mob helped to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son then pays them back by taking on a job with his father. More
If we’re going to be brutally honest here, I’ve never really understood what is so panty-dropping about the whole pumpkin spice phenomenon. But, in the name of Ugg boots and cute Instagram pics and all that is holy, I’ve accepted this fad because I’m a college girl and it would simply be against my culture if I didn’t. More
This Friday sees the release of the ensemble family dramedy "This Is Where I Leave You," directed by Shawn Levy (behind *ahem* classics like "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Night at the Museum," and "The Internship") and based on the book by Jonathan Tropper. Despite a terrific cast, including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, and Jane Fonda, the film looks like a sour mix of family "insight" and broad comedy. More
The atmosphere is always electric at Middlesex Lounge. Well, I suppose I can't speak for what it's like there any day but every third Sunday, but I can at least confirm that once every three weeks, there's a truly special kind of energy that invades Cambridge. More
There was a time, long, long ago that Boston beer nerds could go to their local liquor store and find bottles from Brasserie Cantillon, the tiny, much-lauded Belgian brewery best known for brewing world-class lambics. The bottles – nuanced, tart, often tough to find beers - gathered dust alongside other Belgian beers. More
There are so many will they/won’t they news stories to argue over this week, it’s like you don’t even need a casino in Massachusetts, because you could place your bets on the bottle bill, Scotland’s independence vote, the governor's race and you could start a pool for how many more oopsies Joe Biden will make by Sunday. No idea what any of that means? That’s OK! We’ll give you the rundown before you crawl out from your rock and hit the bars this weekend ... but you have to decide on the odds yourself. More
Summertime is coming to a close. Before too long, the streets will be icy and impassable for most of the two-wheeled among us (though if you’re one of those folks who rides through the Boston winter, we salute you). Gone are those halcyon days of long-wearing sunlight and ampler free time, but in many ways, now is the perfect time to hop on a bike and go for an ambitious ride around the area. For one, the sweltering humidity of Boston’s infamous summers is dissipating, making it comfortable to ride for long hours. Plus, nothing beats the changing foliage, roadside tomato and pumpkin vendors, and abundance of adorable open markets of a New England fall. Here, a few of our favorite 5-to-20 mile rides around the area perfect for autumnal cruising. More
It's shaping up to be a perfect late summer or early fall weekend, depending on how you want to look at things, and because I am a pessimist I'll call it "basically winter because I can see my own breath at night." So maybe pack a light jacket and enjoy this weekend's events while the sun still functions as a source of warmth in addition to providing light.
While it may seem counterintuitive to the folks that are unpacking their sweaters and loading up on pumpkin spice, surf season is about to begin. Yes, surfing is generally associated with carefree summers, babes in bikinis and buff dudes getting bronze, but this is New England, and the surf gods don't operate on the same schedule as the stereotypes. Summer in New England is relatively waveless, with the surf getting higher as the weather gets colder and the beaches get less crowded. More
Looking back at Quentin Tarantino's stellar filmography, his 1997 film "Jackie Brown" feels like something of an outlier. Sure, it maintains his flair for iconic dialogue, stylization, set pieces, characters, and then some. All of these elements, however, are grounded in a greater sense of reality: the streets of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. More
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For decades, Steve Almond spent his Septembers much like any other football fan. He began his love/hate relationship with the Raiders, cheered them on in the excitement of a new season, and felt the heartbreak as the weeks unfolded and the losses kept coming, or thrilled as the team started stacking wins. These days Almond feels a different kind of heartbreak – that of losing his beloved sport to the intrusion of his conscience. He had felt pangs of it before, watching the violence of the game and reading the stories about high school, college, and pro athletes suffering permanent physical and psychological damage from their chosen sport. The breaking point happened when he came face-to-face with the type of dementia players experience in their latter years. His mother had been hit by a truck, and years later, developed a dementia that threatened her life, though thankfully it turned out to be temporary. More