All About Eve (1950)
This year's Coolidge
Award goes to "Film Preservation," and the two days of ceremonies will climax
with a prime example of that noble work, a screening of the restored version of All About Eve (Wed @ 8 pm)- now, despite her quips about aging, Bette Davis's Margo
Channing will remain as fresh and vivid as when Joseph L.
Karen Aqua's "Taxonomy"
You don't have to go to Pixar Studios for inventive,
eclectic, and visionary animators - many of them can be found right here. Like
Karen Aqua, whose short "Taxonomy" (2011) whimsically reveals the
secrets of metamorphosis among animals, plants, and minerals. Or Ruth
Lingford's "Little Deaths" (2010), which takes an animated excursion into the
mystery of orgasms.
Vengeance is served not just cold but repeatedly in
Korean director Kim Je-woon's relentlessly gruesome and frequently hilarious I Saw the Devil (2010), in which a member of the police elite
whose fiancée has been butchered by a serial killer takes justice into his own
hands. Over and over again. Crime may not pay in this movie, but punishing
crime offers diminishing returns as well.
To judge from Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreines's 1982 documentary Seventeen
(1982), teenagers 30 years ago were no less miserable than they are today. Made
for the Middletown Film Project, a series of documentaries about Muncie,
Indiana, that was a kind of portrait of Middle America, this chronicle of
high-school scandal, treachery, and despair was so disheartening and
controversial that it was rejected by PBS - only to go on to a successful
Ben Affleck's The Town,
one of the best Boston-set gangster movies since The
Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), wouldn't have been possible without
local author Chuck Hogan's outstanding novel The
Prince of Thieves. This year's winner of his alma mater Boston
College's Arts Council Alumni Award, Hogan will be on hand for a Q&A after
a screening of Affleck's adaptation tonight.
With Republicans taking aim at abortion rights under
the guise of budget cuts, it's the right time to check out Heidi Ewing &
Rachel Grady's gripping documentary 12th and Delaware.
The title refers to an intersection in Fort Pierce, Florida, that's a microcosm
of the debate, with the local abortion clinic on one corner and a pro-life
organization's headquarters across the street.
The Great Muppet Caper
Muppet movies have traditionally been the preferred
alternative to The Hollywood Squares
for stars on the wane, and as such they makes for classic cinema, as can be
seen in today's Brattle Theatre tripleheader. Dom DeLuise and Orson Welles
co-star with Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie (1978); John Cleese and Diana Rigg share the screen with Miss
Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper
(1981); and Joan Rivers and Liza Minnelli compare styling tips with Fozzie
Bear in The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol (1965)
Unlike the recent Know-Nothing right-wingers who have
embraced the name, the Boston Tea Party, the great local rock venue of the '60s,
was truly revolutionary. So were the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol, and
the latter took his camera to shoot the former when they performed at the Tea
Party in 1967.
Source Code director Duncan Jones's dad, David Bowie, has
always had a bit of the movie bug himself, bringing his uncanny charisma to
films like Jim Henson's Labyrinth
(1986). Looking a bit like Lindsay Lohan after a bender, his Goblin King lures
a feisty teen played by Jennifer Connelly into the title maze, from which she
must rescue her kid brother.
Of late, animation has gone beyond kid stuff to
historical tragedy. Witness Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir (2008), a nightmarish, autobiographical
memoir of the 1980s invasion of Lebanon
from the point of view of a green Israeli soldier. The first film in the MFA's
"Hollywood Scriptures" series, it's followed by a panel discussion with Steven
Nisenbaum of the Harvard Medical School and Rina Folman, a psychologist at
UMass Memorial Health Alliance.