As a writer and someone who spends most of waking life cocooned in words, I find the notion of aphasia, the diminished ability to process language usually brought on by stroke or brain injury, incomprehensible, terrifying, and fascinating. Hence the great value of Vincent Stragas documentary "After Words," made with Boston area medical professionals and featuring interviews with such experts as Oliver Sacks and Jerome Kaplan.
At the Brattle Theatre this weekend you have an opportunity to catch one of the greatest and most enigmatic masterpieces in French Cinema. Don't miss it. Jake Mulligan explains why.
Some films can't be described, or explained - they can only
be experienced. "Celine and Julie Go
Boating" is such a film.
Recently in the "Salon" article ‘"Think Like a
are rom-coms still segregated?' Andrew O'Hehir praised the title
film for showing an interracial couple without making a big deal of it, but
then wondered if such an arrangement would be possible in a film that was not
aimed at an African-American audience.
The Boston Underground Film Festival, which
opens tonight with "John Dies at the End," continues its trangressive programming
tomorrow night with Richard Bates Jr.'s debut feature "Excision."
It's kind of like "Welcome to the Dollhouse" with surgical instruments.
McCord, who here evokes a young, female Crispin Glover) doesn't fit in, her
strangeness perhaps going back to a childhood when her father saved her from
near-drowning by administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and in the process
inadvertently transmitting a virulent dose of herpes.
One of my fondest memories of the 60s was heading to Harvard Square
after school and hanging out at the arcade under the Brattle and then sneaking
into a screening of a movie like "Blow-up" upstairs. The shops down below had a
redolence of incense and weird soaps and other hippie products from bistros like
"Truc," scents that now are Proustian evocations for me, and in watching Antonioni's great film I
snuck into my first X-rated movie and got my first glance of pubic hair on screen, along with most of the rest