While Peter Jackson toils away at his adaptation of
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, you might want to take a look at what he made
of that fantasy classic's "sequel," The Lord of the Rings.
Each film in the trilogy will screen this month at the AMC Loews Boston Common
19 with an hour of additional footage and a filmed introduction by Jackson
The brilliant Jerzy Skolimowski,
star director of the Polish New Wave, has had his ups and down since he left
his homeland in 1967 because of censorship and political oppression. One high point is The Shout
(1978), an adaptation of a Robert Graves story in which Alan Bates plays a
mysterious stranger who seemingly has mastered a cry so sad and desperate that .
This week's most satisfying cinematic experience might
be watching a classic film noir in the vintage, rococo splendor of the Paramount Center. ArtsEmerson will screen little-known
B-movie auteur Phil Karlson's Tight
Spot (1955; 7 pm), with Ginger Rogers as a mob moll
who doesn't dance but does sing for the prosecution at her boss's trial.
The Seattle International Film Festival, where I am this week serving as a juror for the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), seems to specialize in offbeat films, like undiscovered American Indies or the latest from Third World and other non-mainstream cinemas. That certainly is the impression I've gotten so far after watching "Flying Fish," the debut film from Sri Lankan filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara.
The summer-camp movie, circa 1980, hardly seems a viable enough genre to justify a parody, but
in cult favorite Wet Hot American
Summer (2001) director David Wain and
his talented cast (Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian
Black, Amy Poehler, to name a few) make up in enthusiasm and silliness what the
movie lacks in relevance.
Whether or not they are the biggest game out there in
the cultural jungle, the three disparate artists in Ben Lewis's documentary
triptych Art Safari: Maurizio Cattelan, Matthew Barney,
And Takashi Murakami (2009), are a lot of fun. He takes
Cattelan's whimsical sculptures, Barney's surreal Cremaster films, and
Murakami's creepily childlike collections of oddities as seriously as they
deserve to be.
back in the '80s, when kids in the movies actually had fun? Alas, many of those
actors have since grown up and been in and out of rehab. Like those from
Richard Donner's The Goonies (1985), in which
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman play a bunch of goofballs who have a
cool adventure searching for pirate treasure.
To Be Heard (2010)
One the liveliest and most important film series in
these parts, the Doc Yard Presents returns with Amy Sultan, Roland
Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, and Deborah Shaffer's To Be Heard (2010; 7 pm), a real-life Precious in
which three South Bronx teenage girls expand
their lives and minds through poetry.
Following his reading of Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers Du Cinemart Collection at the Brookline Booksmith Friday evening, Mike White returns to discuss an obscure gem of '70s exploitation
filmmaking, Greydon Clark's Black Shampoo
(1976), the story of a sexy African-American hair-salon owner who goes
ballistic with a chainsaw when his receptionist is menaced by the mob.
Deep End (1971)
An under-appreciated auteur of the Polish New Wave, Jerzy Skolimowski's career
peaked in the '80s with films like his masterpiece Moonlighting
(1982). The Harvard Film Archive offers a long overdue retrospective of
his career, The Radical Vision Of Jerzy Skolimowski,
starting tonight with Deep End (1971 | 7 pm), a coming of age story set in the
shabbier fringes of Swinging London, and Barrier
(1966 | 9 pm), a portrait of disaffected youth in '60s Poland.