Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round Up, June 17 - 23

Hey Everyone!

This week's Chlotrudis movie of the week is a special treat fans of the stage. Join us at the Brattle Theatre for the exclusive area premiere of Michael Almereyda's THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER. This backstage look at the latest production of Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss," is an insightful look not only at the process of bringing a dramatic work to the stage, but of Shepard himself. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and it's sure to be a fascinating documentary experience. Here's the Brattle's synopsis:

This So-Called Disaster

(2003) dir Michael Almereyda w/Sam Shepard, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, James Gammon, T-Bone Burnett, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Anne Militello, Sheila Tousey

After appearing in Michael Almereyda's film version of HAMLET (in which he played The Ghost), Sam Shepard invited the filmmaker to document the staging of his most recent play, "The Late Henry Moss," when it premiered in San Francisco in the fall of 2000. Almereyda and a small crew were given access to rehearsals and preview performances leading into opening night, and the project evolved into something more intimate and multi-layered than a straight record of the play. Shepard speaks candidly about his father and his history in the theater in rare interview footage and the actors (including a mix of seasoned stage professionals and movie stars) are at their most vulnerable � working hard to wrap their minds and their talents around Shepard's sparse, meaningful language. The resulting documentary is a remarkable group portrait � a vivid look at masterful performers working their way through a process of creative discovery � as well as a pseudo-biographical examination of Shepard himself.

Other new releases worth catching include THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL, which has been winning raves, and recently played the Independent Film Festival of Boston. It opens this week at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Kendall Square Theatre. I'd love to hear about WORD WARS, so if anyone has caught that at the Coolidge, let me know how it is! How about HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN? We need a review up on the website, so if you're seen it, let us know what you thought?

No plans for Father's Day? Take Dad, or your friends, to see the Sing Along FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. This extravaganza is presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival. This is your chance to belt out "Tradition" or "Matchmaker," so make the most of it! And if you're one of the few Chlotrudis members who haven't caught NAPOLEON DYNAMITE yet, don't miss it! This one had me in hysterics throughout the film. Here is what some Chlotrudis members have said about ths film:
Barbara says, "A good movie to see if you have had a bad day."
Chris says, "At first, I feared this was going to be quite the unbearably quirky and stilted film, but a really sweet, endearing (and yes, hilarious) story emerges."
Diane says, "Oh, it also had the best opening credits I've seen!"
Michael says, "The feel good movie of the year!"

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, June 10 - 16.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Complete Uncut, Undubbed Japanese Version!
50th Anniversary! New Translation & Subtitles!

Godzilla (Thu. - Sun.)
Exclusive Area Premiere!
This So-Called Disaster (starts Fri.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)
Coffee and Cigarettes (Thu.)
Super Size Me
Word Wars
My Architect
True Romance (Fri. & Sat)
Hip Hop Double Feature
Boston Beats and Rhymes & 5 Sides of a Coin with live performance by D-Tension (Fri.)
Kung Fu
Duel of the Masters (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival presents:
Sing Along Fiddler on the Roof
Jazz in June!
John Zorn: Bookshelf on Top of the Sky with live pre-show jazz concert from The Daniel Roshenthal Trio
Director's Cut
Morning Sun with director Carma Hinton present (Tue.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Screenings This Week

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Control Room (starts Fri.)
Gloomy Sunday (starts Fri.)
Young Adam (Thu.)
Super Size Me
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Still We Believe: The Red Sox Movie
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
My Sister Maria (starts Fri.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)
Napoleon Dynamite (starts Fri.)
Saved
Control Room
The Twilight Samurai
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Carandiru (Thu.)
The Five Obstructions (Thu.)
The Mother (Thu.)
Badassss! (Thu.)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Thu.)
Good Bye, Lenin! (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Control Room (starts Fri.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)
The Mother
Super Size Me
Good Bye, Lenin!
Carandiru (Thu.)

Loews Theatres
Copley Place, Boston
Check Theatre for Listings

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Check Theatre for listings

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lost Boys of Sudan (Thu., Sat. & Sun.)
French Nouveaux Cineastes
Since Otar Left (Thu., Sat. & Sun.)
Hungarian Engagement
Hukkle (Thu. - Sun.)
The Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encore and More
The Secret Passage (Thu. & Sun.)
Cinema Tropical
Un Osos Rojo (Fri. & Sat.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Broken Wings (Thu.)
The Ladykillers (starts Fri.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President