Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, August 12 - 18

AUDITION. HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS. ICHII THE KILLER. Just a tiny handful of the twisted and crazed film by Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike. No the master of mind-boggling enters Lynchian territory with an entry in the Japanese genre of "Yakuza/Horror." Join us on Monday, August 16, 6:50 p.m. at the (sigh) Kendall Square Theatre for Takashi Miike's GOZU... if you dare!

Director Takashi Miike (Audition) returns with a shocking but horrifyingly funny yakuza thriller. Gang member Minami (Hideki Sone) highly respects Ozaki (Sho Aikawa), who saved his life in the past. But lately Ozaki's eccentricities raise doubts about his sanity. Unsympathetic to Ozaki's mental breakdown, the crew's chairman orders Minami to kill Ozaki and take him to the yakuza disposal dump. Desperate to recover Ozaki's body after losing it, Minami embarks on a surreal journey of unexplained natural phenomenon. The eye-popping special effect climaxing this film has never before been seen on screen and is not to be missed! (Fully subtitled)
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Hideki Sone, Sh�kawa, Kimika Yoshino, Sh� Hino, Keiko Tomita, Harumi Sone, Renji Ishibashi

But before that, if you need a strong quotient of shlocky camp... or just an amazing bad movie that I love... come to the Midnight Cult Screening of Menahem Golan's THE APPLE! I saw this movie on Cinemax in 1981, a mere youth (just starting college), a closeted gay man just taking his first tentative steps toward exploring his nature. The spectacle! The sappy songs! The sexuality! THE APPLE is a cornball story about Alphie and Bibi, two sweet, naive youths from Moose Jaw, Canada who come to America to enter a music contest. Although they are beaten, the are excited to learn that Mr. Boogalow, a diabolical recording agent who manages the winnding group, has taken a liking to them and wants to sign them to their label. As Alphie and Bibi are exposed to the dark, underbelly of the music biz, the costumes shimmer... the songs soar... and the inevitable arrival of space hippies keeps things lively. You've never seen anything like this... or maybe you have, but it's still a heckuva lot of fun! Stay up late on Saturday, August 14, and join us for the midnight screening of THE APPLE at the Brattle!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 12 - 18.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Art of Samurai Cinema
Yojimbo (Thu.)
Fistful of Dollars (Thu.)
Orson Welles: Rogue Genius
The Third Man (Fri. - Mon.)
The Stranger (Fri. & Sat.)
Lady from Shanghai (Sun. & Mon.)
Midnight Cult Classics
The Apple (Fri. & Sat.)
Modern Musicals
Moulin Rouge! (Tue.)
Recent Raves
Kill Bill, vol. 1 (Wed.)
Kill Bill, vol. 2 (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Blind Swordsman, Zatoichi (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Thu.)
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (starts Fri.)
The Hunting of the President (Thu.)
Cable Guy (Fri. & Sat)
Women's Prison Massacre (Sat.)
A Tribute to Marlon Brando
Last Tango in Paris (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Y is for Yellow Journalism
The Front Page (Thu. & Fri.)
The Sweet Smell of Success (Thu. & Fri.)
Z is for Zealots
The Milky Way (Sat. & Sun.)
Ordet (Sat. & Sun.)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Gozu (starts Fri.)
Intimate Strangers
Open Water
Garden State
The Door in the Floor Maria Full of Grace
A Home at the End of the World
The Corporation
Napoleon Dynamite
Imelda (Thu.)
She Hate Me (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman and The Chess Expert (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace (starts Fri.)
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite
A Home at the End of the World (Thu.)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston

Harvard Square, Cambridge

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Russian Cinema
The Return (Thu.)
Art on Film
My Architect (Thu & Sun.)
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Sat. & Sun.)
New England Film Artists Presents
The Pursuit of Pleasure (Thu. & Sat.)
Pre-Release Screening
Seeing Other People (Thu.)
Korean Cinema
Oasis (Thu.)
Cinema Tropical
A Lucky Day (Fri. & Sat.)
Icelandic Cinema
The Seagull's Laughter

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Control Room (Thu.)
Bukowski: Born Into This (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Another Chance to see...
My Architect at the Museum of Fine Arts (Thu. & Sun.)
Sneak Preview
Rosenstrasse by Margarethe von Trotta (Wed.)
with Special Guest Meyer Gottlieb, President, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and a child survivor of the Holocaust

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President