With its brilliant Bad Poets Society on hiatus,
Channel Zero is focusing on video programming, like tonight's screening of
Israel's first movie, Hill 24 Doesn't
Answer (1955). Promoters claim this is one
of the best foreign films you've never heard of, and it hasn't been screened in
Boston in half a decade.
It might be too late to breathe life into the
moribund "Let Me In," but as Jeffrey Wells notes on his blog "Hollywood
Elsewhere" Stephen King has chimed in calling it "the best American horror film
in 20 years." I couldn't agree more.
And why didn't the studio play up the whole
bullying theme in the movie? Seems pretty timely to me.
Here's the tail end of the Zach Galiafinakis
interview, and if I hhad paid attention to how little was left I would have run
the whole thing in one go.
Q: Which is more of a challenge, a dramatic
role like this or standup?
ZG: It's different. I don't overthink things,
and I zen out for both things, not consciously. When you let worry, or you
think about how people are gonna perceive this, it gets in the way of
I was waiting with half a dozen
other journalists for Zach
Galifianakis to arrive at the roundtable interview promoting the Toronto Film
Festival premiere of his new movie "It's Kind of a Funny Story, and we were all
feeling a little uneasy. What if he was like all those other comics who shut
off all affect once they're off duty? What if he was a sarcastic jerk like his
persona on the hilarious "Between Two Ferns" videos? But then he showed up, cherubic, bearded, and, ironically enough given
the title of his biggest hit movie, hungover, and all fear vanished.
Not too many moviegoers followed the title
advice and "Let Me In" into their weekend viewing plans. It came in a dismal
seventh in grosseswith $5.3 million. I think that opening on the same day as the also excellent
"The Social Network," which appealed perhaps to the same more sophisticated
crowd and topped the box office at $23 million, couldn't have helped.
Sorry for the late notice, but be sure to check out the
fourth annual Boston
Palestine Film Festival starting
tonight at the Museum
of Fine Arts and running
through to October 10.
The opening night film is Michel Khleifi's "Zindeeq," in which a filmmaker named M. tries to recover
the past experience of his family by making a documentary about the
1948 war that established Israel
and uprooted thousands of Palestinians.