The Blue Tiger
If you've taken the kids to see Hotel Transylvania or some other crap targeting children, you've
probably wondered if that's the best they can do. A visit to the Belmont World
Film's Family Festival at the MFA should answer that question
- its international selection of outstanding features and shorts demonstrates
that kids watch the darnedest things.
Six decades of taste and technology separate F.W. Murnau's
silent masterpiece Nosferatu (1922; 7
pm) and Drew Goddard's mindblower Cabin
in the Woods (2011; 10 pm), but they both serve the same purpose: bringing
your worst nightmares to life and making you love them for it.
Wednesday, October 31 @ the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge
:: $15; $12 students, seniors :: 617.
Ben Lewin's moving and provocative film "The Sessions" is based on the
true story of Mark O'Brien, a paralyzed
polio victim in an iron long, played by John Hawkes, who employs a sex surrogate,
played by Helen Hunt, to lose his
virginity. As it turns out the surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene, still works in
that profession and has written a book about her experiences coming out in
One day people will be watching TV for the ads; the actual
programming will be the irritating intrusion. That's what you might think after
watching the outstanding ads in The Art & Technique of the American
Commercial, a collection of the year's best as chosen by the Association of Independent
The 2012 Boston Asian American Film
Festival, which runs through October 28 at the Brattle and Somerville Theatres
and at ArtsEmerson, starts tonight at the Brattle with White Frog (2012), Quentin Lee's drama about a boy with Asperger's
syndrome. The program also includes a dance performance by Wah Lum Martial Arts
Academy and a Q&A with producer and screenwriter Ellie Wen.
Moving, provocative, and with a
terrific jazz score, Shirley Clarke's adaptation of Jack Gelber's play The Connection (1961) probes the fine
line between fact and fiction. In it, a filmmaker tries to make a documentary
about Harlem addicts and jazz musicians as they jam while waiting for the Man.
of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston
:: Wednesday, October 24 @ 8 pm :: $11; $9 students, seniors :: 617.
It's hard to believe that nearly 30
years have passed since we first saw the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and watched
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the rest of the goofy crew get slimed with
ectoplasm in Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters (1984).
It's still a hoot, though.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline :: Monday, October 22 @ 7 pm :: $9; $6 seniors ::
Long before the Broadway show, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) actually
scared and moved people. Starring the incredible Lon Chaney as the tragic bell
ringer, this silent classic screens with live musical accompaniment by Jeff
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville :: Sunday, October 21 @ 2 pm ::
$15 :: 617.625.4088 or somervilletheatreonline.com
Can one man save the world with big
metal balls? To find out catch The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (2012), Sam Green's documentary about the visionary designer. With live
music by Yo La Tengo.
of Contemporary Art, 100
Northern Ave, Boston
:: Saturday, October 20 @ 7 + 9 pm | $25; $20 students ::617.
If you were delighted and bewildered
by Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master,
join the club: it's been happening to fans since he started making movies. See
them all this week, beginning today with Hard
Eight (1996; 4:45 + 10 pm) and Boogie
Nights (1997; 1:45 + 7 pm), in the Brattle's series "Punch-Drunk Cinema: The
Films of PT Anderson."
Here are two approaches to the art of
terror screening at the Coolidge's @fter Midnight program: Michael Paul
Stephenson's doc The American Scream
(2012) examines the phenomenon of folks in Fairhaven, MA, turning their homes
into haunted houses for the kids on Halloween, and Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986),
starring Dennis Hopper, just scares the shit out of you.
Another dispatch from our correspondent Monica Castillo
covering the New York Film Festival. Her take on four more provocative films:
"Our Children" explores an
interesting concept -- if you can stomach it. Boy meets girl, gets married,
moves in with the groom's dad, and makes many adorable children.
It's a typical freaky evening for
the All Things Horror people. A screening of Ward Roberts's Dust Up, a film featuring a lizard man,
faux Native Americans, and much blood, plus an appearance by the film's star,
Amber Benson, formerly Tara from Buffy
the Vampire Slayer.
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square | Monday, October 9 @ 7
pm | $15 | 617.
In the series Stage & Screen,
people putting on a play at the Huntington Theatre discuss a film version of a
play screened at the Coolidge. Tonight Michael Wilson, director of the Huntington's upcoming production of Christopher Shinn's Now or Later, discusses that play's
similarities to Franklin J. Schaffner's adaptation of Gore Vidal's The Best Man (1964).