Traditionally considered the purview of male
directors, the horror genre has increasingly been embraced by women. Taking
note of this, the All Things Horror people present a program of shorts and features by
female filmmakers from the Viscera Film Festival, "a nonprofit organization committed to
expanding opportunities for contemporary female horror filmmakers."
Less graphic but perhaps more disturbing than
Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is his Doctor
Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
(1964). It might be the funniest doomsday movie
ever made, and certainly has the funniest character names, like Merkin Muffley
and the Kissinger-esque nuclear scientist of the title, two of the three roles
played by the great Peter Sellers.
Nobody had as much fun with human folly as Stanley
Kubrick, and two of his satiric masterpieces screen this week at the Somerville
Theatre. His X-rated adaptation of Anthony Burgess's A
Clockwork Orange (1971) still shocks
today. In a hilariously awful dystopia the only sympathetic character is
Malcolm McDowell's sociopathic delinquent, perhaps because he croons "Singin'
in the Rain" and listens to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony while engaging in his
The puns about this film may be getting tiresome, but
if you can spare a couple of hours you might find that Quentin Dupieux's Rubber
(2010) will jack up some excitement. You might say its tale of a mute,
telepathic, murderous automobile tire treads familiar ground, recalling John
Carpenter's Christine and Steven Spielberg's Duel
For some fans, the 1954 film adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under
the Sea is a classic. But those attending SF36, the 36th annual Boston science-fiction marathon, will be
treated to the really classic version of the fantastic Jules Verne tale -
the silent 1916 adaptation by Stuart Paton. At the very least, it will be fun
to compare squids.