As suggested by the title, Rob
Grant's Mon Ami (2012) is a buddy movie, but with a twist - as well as
slashes, chops, spurts, gouges, and other standbys of the slasher genre. The
two friends of the title plan a kidnapping, and it goes so gruesomely, hilariously
wrong that they make the culprits in Fargo look like
Maybe today's rom
coms would be better off if they just hushed a bit and aspired to the visual
wit of classic silent comedies like Harold Lloyd's Girl Shy (1924). In it Lloyd plays the title shy guy who
tries to compensate for his ineptitude with women by writing a macho dating
book. But words turn to action when he must stop the wedding of the woman he
fancies and engages in one of the most inventive, dazzling, and hilarious chases
Not a moment too soon comes Terry Zwigoff's sublimely black
comic and cynical Bad Santa (2002) to
cut through the obligatory holiday cheer and treacle. In it Billy Bob Thornton
plays the title role of a department store St. Nick who sidelines as an asshole
and a thief. Best movie Santa since Dan Aykroyd donned a beard and a salmon in Trading Places (1983).
With some film festivals, you don't know what you're in for.
Not so with the fifth - or "Five-ever" - Experimentally Ill Film Festival.
According to festival co-founder Michael Phelan O'Toole, it is the "filmic
answer to punk rock." Among the shorts screened are Dan Lucal's Parking Spot, Mike Messier's Wrestling with Sanity trilogy, and Mick
Cusimano's gorilla-suited Monkey Do,
Long before the Broadway show, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) actually
scared and moved people. Starring the incredible Lon Chaney as the tragic bell
ringer, this silent classic screens with live musical accompaniment by Jeff
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville :: Sunday, October 21 @ 2 pm ::
$15 :: 617.625.4088 or somervilletheatreonline.com
It's a typical freaky evening for
the All Things Horror people. A screening of Ward Roberts's Dust Up, a film featuring a lizard man,
faux Native Americans, and much blood, plus an appearance by the film's star,
Amber Benson, formerly Tara from Buffy
the Vampire Slayer.
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square | Monday, October 9 @ 7
pm | $15 | 617.
Can you name any great woman horror or fantasy
filmmakers? For some reason Hollywood
just doesn't let the fairer sex bloody their hands with those traditionally
macho genres. The Etheria Film Festival, hosted by All Things Horror,
might change their minds. It's an all-day juried event at the Somerville
Theater showcasing horror shorts by talented women.
Harvard Station Icosacomposite
The cryptically titled Glovebox Short Film Festival, now in its second year, offers an
opportunity to see more than 50 independent shorts - animated, live action, and
dramatic - in nine different categories, ranging from "Cartoons for Kids," such
as Bob Palmer's charming Go Fly a Kite,
to "Conceptual Art," such as Ted Ollier's spooky Harvard Station Icosacomposite
Christopher Nolan's The
Dark Knight Rises might be the biggest blockbuster this summer. What better
way to usher in the triumphant final installment in Nolan's Batman trilogy than by watching the
first two? The Somerville Theatre obliges tomorrow night by screening Batman Begins (2005; 6
pm), which relates how billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) became
the conflicted Caped Crusader, and The Dark Knight (2009; 9 pm), in which Bale's second appearance as
Batman is eclipsed by the late Heath Ledger's antic, nihilistic performance as
One of the all-time great horror movie actors, Lance
Henriksen has played the consummate vampire in Near Dark and the ultimate android in Aliens, among many other creepy performances. In Scooter Downey's It's
In the Blood he plays a father who bonds with his estranged son when the
two are stalked by a grotesque, mysterious beast.
Dear God, NO! (2011)
In keeping, belatedly, with the spirit of Holy Week, this
month's edition of All Things Horror focuses on those archetypes of dread -
Catholic nuns. Their program "Come and Get Nun!" offers an exploitation double
feature that includes James Bickert's Dear God NO! (2011; 8 pm), in which a
rampaging biker gang butchers a bus full of nuns and clergy but then face stiff
competition when they take on (to quote the website) "Tommygun-toting strippers
clad only in panties and Tricky Dick Nixon masks!" But they pale before the
buxom, bloodthirsty, vengeful members of the Order of the Black Habit in
Richard Griffin's Nun of That (2009; 10 pm).
Dr. No (1962)
In what has got to be the longest-lived and most
successful franchise in cinema history, the James Bond films have also provided a
kind of secret history of the last 60 years as reflected in the changing
persona of its lethal hero, from Sean Connery's sexy, cynical Cold Warrior in Dr.
(1962) to Daniel Craig's sexy, existential, troubled knight in a world of
ambiguous threats and enemies in the upcoming Skyfall
The 37th Boston Science
Fiction Film Festival, like past editions, offers a
treasure trove of classic, new, and unknown gems, including premieres like Dimensions: A Line, A
Loop, A Tangle of Thread, a period flick set in the '20s about a
scientist determined to live one moment of time over and over again (director
Sloane U'Ren and screenwriter Ant Neely will attend).
Now that you all know how cool silent movies can be
after watching the Oscar Best Picture nominee The
Artist (if you haven't yet seen it, you must), take it up
another notch by experiencing the Alloy
Orchestra's "Wild and Weird,"
a compilation of classic silent shorts accompanied by the legendary
ensemble performing their own original soundtracks.