Once again our intrepid correspondent Monica Castillo braves the Big Apple and the New York Film Festival to make her report.--PK
Ah, Lincoln Center. An eerily sanitized white spot
of land set aside for the arts in the middle of a grimy, busy city. It this
location where I find the New York
Film Festival, now in its 50th year.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
There's no physical exertion
required at the Watch-a-Thon Cult Film Marathon
at the Brattle; it's similar to a telethon except you'll be watching 12 hours
of movies like Harold and Maude
(1971) and Rosemary's Baby (1968)
while chipping in support for a great theater.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge
| Saturday, October 6-Sunday, October 7 from noon to midnight | $240 in pledges or donations to
participate | 617.
Blow Up (1966)
A series titled "The Mysteries of
Michelangelo Antonioni" is asking for trouble. Like, what's going on at the end
of Blow-up (1966)? What happens to
Lea Massari in L'Avventura (1960)?
Every film in this retrospective has its head scratchers. It starts tonight and runs through
November 11 at the HFA.
After The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Tobe Hooper tried to lighten up a bit with the
carnival hijinks of The Funhouse
(1981). In it, a bunch of teens sneak into the title ride and undergo what
usually happens to teens in this kind of movie.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Ave, Brookline
| Friday, October 5 @ midnight | $9 | 617.
Our Man in Havana (1959)
As the release of the new
007 movie nears, the Brattle Theatre whets our appetite with its "Cloak and
Dagger: Spies on Screen" series. Wednesday they screen the classic Our Man in Havana (1959), Carol Reed's
adaptation of the Graham Greene novel starring Alec Guinness as the title
vacuum salesman-turned-secret agent.
What would Hollywood
do without the Bard? For one thing they'd have to come up with another premise
for Gil Junger's 10 Things I Hate About
You (1999), in which Shakespeare's The
Taming of the Shrew has been updated to a modern high school. Julia Stiles
and a pre-Joker fame Heath Ledger star.
A little-known milestone in the history of movies took place
50 years ago at a film festival in Oberhausen, Germany,
when 26 German filmmakers signed a statement demanding an independent cinema.
In his lecture "Provoking Reality: the Oberhausen Manifesto," film historian
Ralph Eue explains the movement and its influence and presents select films
from the project Provoking Reality.
Phoenix film critic Brett Michel talks the talk at Talk Cinema, hosting a screening of
Julian Farino's upcoming romantic comedy, The
Oranges, a comedy about the fallout from a May/December romance. Watch the
movie and air your opinions.
True, there's a presidential election coming up, but here's
a chance to vote for something really important. From September 28 to October 4
the 15th annual Manhattan Film Festival will be screening its 10 finalists in
300 theaters in cities worldwide, our own Coolidge Corner Theatre included,
inviting viewers to cast ballots for their favorite.
After only three films, Rian Johnson has established himself
as a rising auteur. "Brick" (2006) raised some eyebrows with its crafty
combination of high school movie and film noir. "The Brothers Bloom" (2009) dazzled
many but disappointed some with its non-stop convoluting of the caper film. But the movie that truly
establishes him is his latest, "Looper."
FRIDAY | For Ellen
Drama about a musician on the brink of success, and divorce. Check out this week's review. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St,
Cambridge | Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23; Friday @ 8 pm | $9.75; $7.75 students; $6.75 seniors | 617.876.6837 or brattlefilm.org
FRIDAY | The Passions of Werner Schroeter
This is a bit late, but it takes a while to decompress from
the cinematic nirvana of Toronto.
So, the winners.
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook"
(didn't see it!) won the "Blackberry People's Choice Award." Good news for
Russell, because previous winners ("Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech")
have gone on to win Best Picture Oscars
It's had some rocky times, but the Boston Film Festival is back for its
28th year, this time ensconced in the classy digs of the refurbished Stuart
Street Playhouse. Among the features scheduled are Head Games, in which Steve James of The Interrupters fame takes on sports head injuries, and Alexia
Oldini's debut feature, To Redemption,
about dark family secrets.
Nobody has quite the affectless, quirky, frigidly
ironic (but always delightful) sensibility of Hal Hartley, except maybe his
frequent collaborator, the actor Martin Donovan. The erudite CineCache series
at the Brattle Theatre screens Donovan's directorial debut, Collaborator
(2011), in which a failed playwright and a right-wing former criminal share
their differences and similarities.