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
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.
Under their façade of gaiety, carnivals conceal a
sinister side of cultural mythology and power relationships. Or so suggests
Margaret Brown in her documentary The Order of Myths.
It delves deep into Mobile's
Mardi Gras celebration - the oldest in the country and, in 2007, still
racially segregated. There she finds secret societies, twisted violence, and
lots of sequins.
Bike Porn: for some reason when you put those two
words together, they sound extra dirty. "Bike Porn 4: Play" is the fourth
annual reprise of the travelling film show which features shorts - bicycle
shorts? - that show what a true velocipedist ("pedalophile?") is capable of.
Or, to quote the event sponsor, Truth Serum Productions, it's a celebration of "bikesexuality,
bikeuriosity, and bike objectification."
genre continues in popularity with James Gunn's Super, which will receive a
special preview screening tonight at the Brattle under the auspices of
the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Rainn Wilson (The Office) plays a guy
who becomes a crime fighter named Red Bolt when his wife leaves him for a drug
"The Final Sentence"
Catherine Deneuve didn't start getting kinky with The Hunger -
not after having worked with Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski. Buñuel guides her
through the exquisitely twisted Belle de jour
(1967), in which she plays a gelid bourgeois housewife who works at a bordello
as a hobby. Polanski shows her the ropes in Repulsion
(1965), perhaps the most horrible and seductive version of Home
The Wendigo (2001)
Every year the Oscars suck, and every year
our advice is the same - if you want to see how this kind of show should be
done, check out the now 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards. The cinephilic members of the Chlotrudis
Society for Independent Film hand out offbeat prizes and regale their audience
with an astonishingly accomplished song-and-dance revue.
Correction, in a perfect world, everyone would look like Audrey Hepburn or blonde beauty of the silver screen Catherine Deneuve. Tonight the Brattle is showing two films she made with François Truffaut. In Mississippi Mermaid (1969), she plays a mail-order Madagascar bride who's more than Jean-Paul Belmondo's wealthy tobacco farmer bargained for.