Lisa Cholodenko won't win a Best Director Oscar
on Sunday night, as Kathryn Bigelow did last year for The Hurt Locker. Cholodenko didn't get nominated. But her film The Kids Are All Right could win for Best Picture, Best
Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Best Actress (Annette
For some fans, the 1954 film adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under
the Sea is a classic. But those attending SF36, the 36th annual Boston science-fiction marathon, will be
treated to the really classic version of the fantastic Jules Verne tale -
the silent 1916 adaptation by Stuart Paton. At the very least, it will be fun
to compare squids.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were about as successful at rejiggering
Alice in Wonderland as they were
at remaking Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. They failed to
duplicate Gene Wilder's sadistic charm as the candy impresario, a necessary
trait for someone transforming a naughty girl into a giant blueberry or
shrinking another brat to six inches tall and then stretching him back to size
with a taffy-pulling machine.
Spike Lee burst into prominence in 1989 with one of
his best and certainly one of his most provocative films, Do the Right Thing (1989). Lee also stars, as a deliveryman
for a white-owned pizzeria in a black Brooklyn neighborhood who gets caught up
in the middle of racial conflict. It screens tomorrow at the Museum of Fine Arts at 1:30
A 300-pound transvestite eating dog shit might seem tame
today, but back in 1972, when John Waters's Pink Flamingos came out, it raised some
eyebrows. Doing the turd-eating honors is Waters's late muse Divine, as she and
her family try to qualify as the filthiest people in the world. But after Edith
Massey's egg-sucking Edie and Divine's sex scene involving her son and a
chicken, coprophagy seems almost anticlimactic.
Nobody shaped Hollywood
genres to his subversive artistic vision as effectively as Alfred Hitchcock,
(1958) is Hitch at his best. James Stewart plays one of his darkest and most
tormented roles as a San Francisco detective racked by both guilt and the title
malady who compounds his troubles by falling in love with a dead woman - and
The profession of film criticism has fallen on hard times
of late, but the Boston
Phoenix's own Gerald Peary comes to its defense with his aptly named
documentary For the Love of Movies, a brisk and eloquent look at the history and
future of film reviewing featuring such eminences as Roger Ebert, Andrew
Sarris, and even jolly Harry Knowles.
officially ended for many baby boomers when they stumbled into a midnight
screening of El Topo
(1970) and something happened to their minds that was unpleasant and
irrevocable. Here's your chance to share the same experience as the Coolidge
Corner Theatre presents Alejandro Jodorowsky's ecstatic, nonsensical, visionary
One of the best films about the Vietnam War, Stanley
Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket
(1987) also offers insight into the trauma endured by veterans of the conflicts
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Starring Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio as Marine recruits, Kubrick's
stark masterpiece shows the process of dehumanization, from boot camp to the
We all know this guy - heck, we might be this guy: the one conned
into selling pot to an undercover cop, the poor schmuck who gets dumped not
only by his girlfriend but by his dog. Played by the sly comic genius Paul
Rudd, he's the title hero of Jesse Peretz's My Idiot Brother, whose cast also
boasts Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, and Emily Mortimer.
If you enjoy killing Nazis in Call
of Duty: World at War and killing zombies in Resident Evil, and if you especially love killing
zombie Nazis in Call of
Duty: World at War 2, you must see what may well be the first and only
zombie Nazi movie, Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow (2009),
wherein hapless medical students uncover and reanimate a host of the frozen Fascists
while on a ski vacation in Switzerland.
If you only see one film by the recently deceased director
Blake Edwards, maybe it should be his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (okay, you might want to
include the best in the Pink Panther
series, A Shot in the Dark, as well).
Audrey Hepburn shines in her signature
role as Holly Golightly, the whimsical, elegant waif who fascinates a new
tenant (George Peppard) who moves into her Manhattan apartment building.
One of the best films of last year - and certainly one
of the least appreciated - Matt Reeves's Let Me In
(a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In)
might one day be seen as a milestone in the horror genre. In a seedy,
blue-collar housing development in 1980s New
Mexico, a bullied adolescent boy finds an ally in a
strange barefoot girl who smells funny.
Those people at the MPAA sure have some funny ideas
about what constitutes a dirty movie. They may have changed the rating of Blue
Valentine from NC-17 to R, but Todd Haynes's Poison
(1991) still bears its "No One Under 17 Admitted" stigma proudly. Inspired by
the writings of Jean Genet, it's a triptych of stories in different styles:
lurid crime drama, campy horror film, Fassbinder-like prison love story.
The films today at the Museum of Fine Arts range from Pop Art to the
Dutch Masters to Japanese anime. They include Esther Robinson's A Walk Into the
Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2009 | 3:30 pm), a documentary
about the iconoclastic '60s artist's forgotten collaborator; Hans Pool and Koos
de Wilt's documentary Views on Vermeer (2009 |5:30 pm), a profile of artists
inspired by the 17th century genius; and Mamoru Hosoda's animated Summer Wars
(2009 | 7 pm), in which a nerdy high school girl is all that stands between
Tokyo and the nefarious Love Machine.