Two more lists from Phoenix contributors.
If you feel like joining in with the festivities,
there's the Regent's Sing-Along Sound of
Music (1965), where you and Julie Andrews can belt out the great Rodgers
and Hammerstein tunes.
Regent Theatre, 7
Medford St, Arlington ::
Wednesday, December 26-Saturday, December 29; Wed @ 10:30 am + 7 pm:: $15; $12 seniors :: 781.
It's a musical Wednesday to brighten the post-Christmas
gloom. At the Brattle you can enjoy the Gene Kelly Centennial Tribute with the
iconic hoofer in Stanley Donen's On the
Town (1949; 2:15 + 7 pm) and George Sidney's Anchors Aweigh (1945; 4:15 + 9 pm).
Brattle Theatre, 40
Brattle St, Cambridge ::
Wednesday, December 26 :: Double feature $12; $10 students, seniors :: 617.
If your last-minute shopping takes you to Harvard Square and you're looking for
some yuletide relief, head over to the Harvard Film Archive's Fourth Annual
Vintage Christmas Show. It's a kid-friendly event featuring two hours of shorts
including a George Kuchar video diary, some comedy classics, and a murder
From 20th Century Fox:
"We no longer have authorization to
use any images for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD with guns and excessive blood in the
Good bye to this:
Now, how about the real world?
If you're a procrastinator like me you've probably not done your holiday shopping yet and expect to
get around to it sometime in January. And if you're a cheapskate like me you're
thinking of making gifts out of things you
got free in the mail. For me that would be film books, and there were some good ones that
came out this year that I might be wrapping up as presents for my unwitting film fan friends.
Was this the cause of the catfighting epidemic of 1894? Or merely a reflection of it?
Andrew Sullivan thinks not here and here. More facts from the "Washington Post." Will this stinky red herring work again?
... maybe the NRA has a case. Video games clearly have an effect on behavior.
I'm just surprised it took them so long to come up with this long refuted bullshit. No, it wasn't the Bushmaster assault rifle legally obtained by a homicidal maniac that killed 20 children, but video games films like "American Psycho" (2000) and "Natural Born Killers"(1994).
From the "Hollywood Reporter" account of the NRA press conference:
As we arrive at the Mayan deadline for the end of the world,
one of our last regrets is that the Coolidge chose Michael Bay's
Armageddon (1998) as its @fterMidnite
send off. Or maybe not; the gleeful absurdity of the premise (bunch of space
jockeys try to detonate deadly asteroid), the explosive special effects, and
Ben Affleck's Animal Crackers scene,
make this a dumb but entertaining way to spend the end.
The face of foreign cinema, and the icon of suffering beauty
and sublime longing, is celebrated at the MFA in "The Cinema of Juliette
Binoche." It opens with Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy (2011; 5 pm) and Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue (1993; 7:15 pm). In
the latter she gives what might be her best and most wrenching performance.
After proving himself one of Hollywood's best comic
performers in films like Meatballs and
Ghostbusters, Bill Murray established
himself as one of the screen's most appealing dramatic actors, refining his
sardonically tragic persona in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003; 7:15 pm) and Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers (2005; 5 + 9:30 pm).
My own ten best movie list can be found here. But I've also asked my fellow Phoenix critics to contribute their own top ten, plus, if they wish, a list of five films that, if not the worst of the year, are the most disappointing, overrated, or most likely to bring about the downfall of cinema as we know it, not to mention civilization in general.
Cinema genius and convicted pedophile Roman Polanski bounced
back from ignominy to film glory with The
Pianist (2002), which may be the crowning achievement of his career. He won
a Best Director Oscar, and Adrien Brody took Best Actor for his portrayal of
real life Jewish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman, who evaded capture by the Nazis
in occupied Warsaw.