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
At first sight, the Boston Freedom Rally held this past weekend in the Commons was exactly what you would expect it to be. There were endless circles of people passing joints, at least thirty white guys wearing Bob Marley t-shirts, and the words “dude” and “chill” were uttered countless times. Yet, if you kept your ear to the ground and drowned out the crappy reggae music playing, many of the people at the event had serious concerns about marijuana legislation. 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
This week's releases may not have the big names attached that last week did, but it doesn't mean that it's short on good new jams. Check out a debut record from a famous dad-rocker and his son, a sure-to-be breakout album from some Oklahoma garage-rats, and some pleasant dance pop to soundtrack that fall rave that you've been planning.
Joe is a homeless 26-year-old who had a bit too much fun and ended up homeless on the streets of New York. At least that's what this ridiculous video from fellow Millennial content-makers Elite Daily reports. And once you hear Joe open his mouth, you'll realize that there's probably good reason for it. More
“Freedom”–or some other delightfully pungent aroma—was in the air last weekend at the 25th Annual Boston Freedom Rally, known commonly as Hempfest. Cannabis connoisseurs and curious Bostonians alike hit up the Boston Common (no pun intended) to not only relax and enjoy life, but to also show their support for marijuana policy reform—an issue that has found its way to the 2016 ballot. More
Oh the '90s...those long nights filled with countless episodes of "Clarissa Explains It All" or re-watching "Space Jam," while wearing any combo of red, blue and white Tommy Hilfiger garb, and jamming to TLC or Nirvana, whatever your 'scene' was back in the day. Yes, in many ways, it was a terrible time for fashion, but for everything lame like fanny packs or 98 Degrees songs, there was something awesome about the '90s, like Surge soda. More
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