Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur directs this rapid-fire
documentary bashing the sleazier brand of parasitic paparazzi, interviewing stars like Jennifer Aniston, Elton
John, Kid Rock, and Sarah Jessica Parker, who talk about how miserable it is to
be rich and famous. Sure, it's hypocritical, but so is our love/hate affair
with trash and gossip.
If you feel like joining in with the festivities,
there's the Regent's Sing-Along Sound of
Music (1965), where you and Julie Andrews can belt out the great Rodgers
and Hammerstein tunes.
Regent Theatre, 7
Medford St, Arlington ::
Wednesday, December 26-Saturday, December 29; Wed @ 10:30 am + 7 pm:: $15; $12 seniors :: 781.
The rise and fall of the punk rock movement is
epitomized in The Rise and Fall of the Clash (2012) Danny Garcia's
documentary about "the only band that mattered," or at least it did during its
glory days from 1976 to 1983. But after achieving worldwide success and
releasing at least one immortal album - 1979's London Calling - the Clash, like so many bands before and since,
succumbed to internal squabbling, drugs, poor judgment, and general exhaustion.
Though he died
three decades ago at the age of 32, Bruce Lee not only helped establish the
martial arts genre, he also opened Western eyes to the accomplishments of Hong
Kong and other Asian film industries, and as a result vastly enriched cinema as
a whole. Pete McCormack's documentary I
Am Bruce Lee profiles and pays tribute to this iconic
figure; it includes rare archival footage and interviews with those he
inspired, ranging from Kobe Bryant to Gina Carano.
Decades ago, someone left a surfboard behind on the
beach near a remote village in Papua New Guinea. The inhabitants had no
knowledge of the sport at the time, but today they are among the world's most
skilled competitors, and surfing is essential to their society and culture.
Adam Pesce's documentary Splinters (2011) is both a fascinating
ethnographic case study and an inspirational sports story.
If there ever is a biopic of Ayn Rand, Nicolas Cage
should play the lead; the resemblance is uncanny. In the meantime, you can
watch Chris Mortensen's documentary Ayn
Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
(2011) which traces the lasting popularity and influence of the controversial
writer and philosopher's 1957 novel, a dystopian cautionary tale about a future
USA brought to its knees by tax-and-spend liberals, big government, and all the
"moochers" and "looters" who dare to show charity towards their fellow man.
A band that can play back-up to acts ranging from Bing
Crosby to the Beach Boys must have some chops, which was certainly the case of
the eponymous ensemble in The
(2008). Directed by Denny Tedesco, son of Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, this
documentary might have the most eclectic soundtrack since Woodstock
boasting some of the many hits that the group played on, including "Be My
Baby," "California Girls," "Strangers in the Night," "Mrs.
Dedicated to increasing
multicultural awareness through the power of cinema, the brand new Arlington
International Film Festival runs October 6-9 at the Regent Theatre, screening 15
features from around the world as well as numerous shorts. It starts this
evening with Anne Makepeace's award winning documentary We Still Live Here (2010), about Jesse Little Doe Baird, a member of the
Mashpee Wampanoag tribe who, with the help of MIT linguistics professor Norvin
Richards, reconstructed the language of her people, last spoken 100 years ago.