If the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had his way, we'd all be enlightened and floating in the air, our asses six inches off the ground. Looking into the state of Transcendental Meditation is filmmaker David Sieveking, who was drawn to the movement because his idol David Lynch is one of its biggest advocates. As he shows in his documentary David Wants to Fly, everything is not quite blissful in the realm of TM.
Now that Watson the computer has become the new champion
of Jeopardy, the
machine takeover of the world is just a matter of time. To see what we can
expect, check out this twin bill. We're all familiar with HAL 9000 in Stanley
Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey; less well known - and maybe even more
insidious - is Proteus in the ever-twisted Donald Cammell's Demon Seed, since he
gets the hots for his inventor's wife.
The late Yilmaz Güney brought international
attention to Turkish cinema with Yol
(1982), which he wrote and co-directed with Serif Gören. It's a harrowing,
visually striking tale of released prisoners who find living under the then
military dictatorship ruling the country even more dismal and confining than
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
The Oscars might showcase the film industry's proudest
achievements, but the Found Footage Film Festival - which annually selects the
best of old VHS tapes found in dumpsters, Goodwill racks, and padlocked attics - reveals our souls. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher host their latest selections, including a
recorded session with hypnotist Dr.
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.
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.
Will Groucho go the way of his namesake Karl into the dustbin of
history? Not as long as there are New Year's Day hangovers and Marx Brothers
Triple Features at the Brattle Theatre. Some quotes to savor are "You can't
fool me! There ain't no sanity clause!" from A Night at the Opera (1935 | 1:30
+ 7:30 pm) ; "If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you," from A Day
at the Races (1937 | 3:30 + 9:30 pm); and "Don't worry - this isn't the first
time I've been in a closet," from the rarely screened A Night in Casablanca
(1946 | noon + 5:45 pm).
Although you might not know it from such recent releases
as Marmaduke and Vampires Suck, Fox studios
has over the years released some of Hollywood's best films - as this weekend's "20th Century Fox 75th Anniversary"
series at the Brattle Theatre attests. You can see for yourself with tomorrow's trio
of features: Alan Arkin's directorial debut, the seldom screened black-comic
gem Little Murders
(1971; 2:45 + 7:30 pm); Robert Altman's breakthrough masterpiece, M*A*S*H (1970; 12:15 + 5
pm); and John Carpenter's kung fu classic Big
Trouble in Little China (1986; 9:45 pm).
As Neil Gaiman says about the title genius in Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, "He made Lou Reed look like Little
Orphan Annie." That's reason enough to see Kerthy Fix & Gail O'Hara's
documentary about one of the best and least famous of indie-rock musicians. It
screens this weekend at the Brattle with "special guests" TBA on Friday at 40
Brattle St, Cambridge
| November 19-21 | $9.