The summer-camp movie, circa 1980, hardly seems a viable enough genre to justify a parody, but
in cult favorite Wet Hot American
Summer (2001) director David Wain and
his talented cast (Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian
Black, Amy Poehler, to name a few) make up in enthusiasm and silliness what the
movie lacks in relevance.
Following his reading of Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers Du Cinemart Collection at the Brookline Booksmith Friday evening, Mike White returns to discuss an obscure gem of '70s exploitation
filmmaking, Greydon Clark's Black Shampoo
(1976), the story of a sexy African-American hair-salon owner who goes
ballistic with a chainsaw when his receptionist is menaced by the mob.
Reputedly even more disgusting than Centipede, Srdjan Spasojevic's notorious A Serbian Film
has tested the stomachs of even the most hardcore splatter-porn fans around the
world. In other words, don't miss it. (For more insight into ASF and its extreme-horror bretheren, see Simon Paul Augustine's essay in this week's Phoenix
Two prototypical New York artists collaborate in Public Speaking (2010), Martin Scorsese's documentary
portrait of acerbic writer and irrepressible conversationalist Fran Lebowitz. She discusses culture, politics, and
decades of New York memories while presiding over her booth in Manhattan's
The master of philosophical carnage, Park Chan-wook reaffirmed the ongoing world-class
status of Korean cinema with Oldboy (2003). In a precursor to Saw, a man finds himself inexplicably imprisoned in
a whimsical kind of solitary confinement. Fifteen years later, he's plenty
pissed off, so when he's released and given five days to find his tormentor,
he's ready for revenge.
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.
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.
In Danny Boyle's harrowing 127 Hours, you see the protagonist take himself apart. In his spectacular adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which is currently being staged in London, you see him get sewn together. You can watch that idea work itself out in this live broadcast of the production (whose notices are good as, if not better than, those for Boyle's film) at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Ave, Brookline | 6:30 pm | $20; $17 seniors | 617.
In a perfect world, everyone would look like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Until that happens, we must be content with this sparkling adaptation of the Truman Capote novel, perhaps the late Blake Edwards's most charming movie, in which Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, the kooky waif who beguiles neighbor George Peppard.
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.
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