Lightning Over Braddock (Final Sequence)
Described as a "national treasure," Tony Buba offers
legitimate insight into the American working class with his unique
documentaries. He'll be presenting his first feature, Lightning Over Braddock (1988), and other work in the Brattle's
program, "An Evening with Tony Buba."
Six decades of taste and technology separate F.W. Murnau's
silent masterpiece Nosferatu (1922; 7
pm) and Drew Goddard's mindblower Cabin
in the Woods (2011; 10 pm), but they both serve the same purpose: bringing
your worst nightmares to life and making you love them for it.
Wednesday, October 31 @ the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge
:: $15; $12 students, seniors :: 617.
The 2012 Boston Asian American Film
Festival, which runs through October 28 at the Brattle and Somerville Theatres
and at ArtsEmerson, starts tonight at the Brattle with White Frog (2012), Quentin Lee's drama about a boy with Asperger's
syndrome. The program also includes a dance performance by Wah Lum Martial Arts
Academy and a Q&A with producer and screenwriter Ellie Wen.
If you were delighted and bewildered
by Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master,
join the club: it's been happening to fans since he started making movies. See
them all this week, beginning today with Hard
Eight (1996; 4:45 + 10 pm) and Boogie
Nights (1997; 1:45 + 7 pm), in the Brattle's series "Punch-Drunk Cinema: The
Films of PT Anderson."
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
There's no physical exertion
required at the Watch-a-Thon Cult Film Marathon
at the Brattle; it's similar to a telethon except you'll be watching 12 hours
of movies like Harold and Maude
(1971) and Rosemary's Baby (1968)
while chipping in support for a great theater.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge
| Saturday, October 6-Sunday, October 7 from noon to midnight | $240 in pledges or donations to
participate | 617.
Our Man in Havana (1959)
As the release of the new
007 movie nears, the Brattle Theatre whets our appetite with its "Cloak and
Dagger: Spies on Screen" series. Wednesday they screen the classic Our Man in Havana (1959), Carol Reed's
adaptation of the Graham Greene novel starring Alec Guinness as the title
vacuum salesman-turned-secret agent.
Nobody has quite the affectless, quirky, frigidly
ironic (but always delightful) sensibility of Hal Hartley, except maybe his
frequent collaborator, the actor Martin Donovan. The erudite CineCache series
at the Brattle Theatre screens Donovan's directorial debut, Collaborator
(2011), in which a failed playwright and a right-wing former criminal share
their differences and similarities.
Howl's Moving Castle
negotiates the fine line between nightmare and enchantment like Japanese
animator Hayao Miyazaki. Two of his best films are featured on Sunday, September 9 as part of
the Brattle's Masters of Studio Ghibli
series. In Spirited Away (2002),
a little girl wanders through a derelict carnival and finds herself in a
magical world that rivals Alice's
Wonderland for surreal, mind-boggling weirdness.
Along with Pixar, Japan's Studio Ghibli has
revitalized the art of animation, and even more than their American
counterparts they tap into a genuinely weird, surreal inventiveness. The
Brattle gathers together some of their best work in the series "Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters
of Studio Ghibli"
beginning with Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke (1997).
If Martin Scorsese's Hugo accomplished nothing else, it deserves kudos for introducing a
new generation to the great silent movie pioneer Georges Méliès and his silent
short, A Trip to the Moon (1902). Using effects he employed as a stage
magician, Méliès created a baroque sci-fi fantasy that still delights in this
age of CGI.
It's been over
a decade since David Lynch unleashed Mulholland Drive (2001) on the
world, and still nobody knows what the heck it means. You think you've got it
figured out and then the tiny people come through the door and you're
scratching your head again. But it doesn't matter - it remains one of the most
brazen, engulfing, terrifying, and delightful films of the young new
The world of film lovers might be divided into two groups:
those who adore the marvelous confections of Whit Stillman, and those who
deplore them as twee and pretentious. If you are fortunate enough to fall into
the first group, don't miss this screening of his latest, Damsels in Distress (2011).
In it, a quartet of co-eds attempt to liberate the somewhat backward Seven Oaks
University of male
chauvinism and existential despair by introducing a new dance craze.
In the Mouth of Madness
No film has yet done justice to the grotesque,
nightmarish, and squishy genius of H.P. Lovecraft. But some have come close.
Maybe too close. If you do not fear for your sanity, you might sample a few of
them screened for the writer's Birthday Tribute at the Brattle Theatre. On Friday, August 17 you can see Sean Branney's The Whisperer In Darkness (2011; 9
pm), in which a professor looks too deeply into legends of strange creatures in