SKY’S THE LIMIT AS ‘SUNSET’ AND ‘HEAVEN’ WIN PLACE OF HONOR IN CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 50 SEQUELS, TOP 50 REMAKES LISTS

While everyone else looked back to sum up the decade’s trends and fads, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) came up with its own twist on ‘everything old is new again’, compiling for its annual year-end Top Film List, the top 50 film remakes AND the top 50 film sequels. Its 100+ membership put at the head of the Top Sequels Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNSET, while Todd Hanynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN topped the Remakes list. This year’s selection brought out the most spirited and contentious discussions ever, as members compiled their top faves. At times the conversation waxed philosophical as people struggled with the age-old questions ‘when is a remake a reboot, not a remake’, ‘is a prequel a sequel’, and ‘is a third installment a sequel to the original or a sequel to the sequel?’. In the end, CSIF resisted codifying guidelines, and hope the lists spur on your own impassioned debates.

Check out or Top 50 Sequels and Top 50 Remakes of all time!

Amanda's Top 10

Chlotrudis member Amanda Doran isn't one to waste any time! She sent her Top 10 films of 2009 in right away! Here's what she had to say, "There are still a few 2009 films I want to see but here's my Top 10 as of January 1!" Amanda originally hails from Connecticut, but has sought out independent theatres and films in all of the cities she has lived in, including Philadelphia, Austin and now Boston. Here are her top 10 films of 2009!

  1. 35 Shots of Rum
  2. The Hurt Locker
  3. Still Walking
  4. Sugar
  5. Medicine for Melancholy
  6. Cold Souls
  7. Up in the Air
  8. The Class
  9. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  10. The Maid

The Top 10s Begin

Now that 2009 has come to a close, Chlotrudis members will start to weigh in with their top films of the year. As the Top 10s come in, they will be posted here on the Mewsings blog, and ultimately, all of the Top 10s will appear on Our Favorite Films page.

To kick us off, please enjoy Peg Aloi's lovely, annotated Top 10 of 2009, with a few extras to follow.

  1. AN EDUCATION Intelligent if occasionally dreamy memoir-based coming of age story, perfectly directed by Lone Scherfig and with a breakout performance by Carey Mulligan.
  2. FANTASTIC MR. FOX Wes Anderson's cool, clever, delightful puppet animation with a creative soundtrack and a lovable assortment of woodland creatures that dance, meditate, steal, lie, argue, zone out, and glow.
  3. MOON Stunning debut by Duncan Jones who directs Sam Rockwell as a lonely and increasingly-desperate astronaut stuck in a dead-end gig mining moon fuel.
  4. O'HORTEN Charming but never cute, Bent Hamer's story of a Norwegian train conductor's retirement chugs along with unexpected twists and turns.
  5. BRIGHT STAR Jane Campion paints the love life and demise of John Keats, played with subtle intensity by Ben Whishaw, paired with an impressive Abbie Cornish as his lover Fanny.
  6. L'HEURE D'ETE (SUMMER HOURS) Olivier Assayas helms this story of three siblings who decide to sell the family's country estate after the death of their mother, and revisits the tone and themes of his earlier masterpiece L'eau Froid.
  7. IN THE LOOP Sure-handed feature debut by Armando Iannucci: hilarious, sharp and vicious parody in the style of The Office, set in London and Washington, DC, with a uniformly wonderful cast including Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander and Gina McKee.
  8. STAR TREK From the slutty green-skinned girl to the doomed red-shirted officer, J. J. Abrams' prequel abounds with delicious references to the original TV series, and the casting is truly inspired.
  9. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Who knew our little Quentin had an epic in him? It's not perfect, but it's damned fine, with some truly inspired visual and aural moments.
  10. SIN NOMBRE Cary Fukunaga's story of several Mexican families affected by the pervasive control of the drug cartels: brutal, shocking, and hard to shake off.

Best performances of 2009: Carey Mulligan (AN EDUCATION); Tom Hardy (BRONSON); Christoph Waltz (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS); Meryl Streep (JULIE & JULIA); Sam Rockwell (MOON); Michael Sheen (THE DAMNED UNITED)

Best Ensemble Cast: IN THE LOOP

Highest Hopes, Biggest Disappointments: ZOMBIELAND; MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS; PONYO.

Honorable Mentions: A SERIOUS MAN; ADVENTURELAND; THE DAMNED UNITED; BRONSON; (500) DAYS OF SUMMER; THE ROAD; TWO LOVERS

Best Documentaries: FOOD, INC.; CRUDE; CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones (MOON)

Best Score: THE ROAD (Nick Cave)

Best Costumes: BRIGHT STAR, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, NINE

The (Apparently) Best Movie I Haven’t Seen Yet: THE HURT LOCKER

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 1 - 7, 2010

Happy New Year, Chlotrudis Members!

Although 2010 is here, you can bet we've still got a few weeks of 2009 films to see before nomination time. And use it wisely, because this year we've got the entire month before nominations are due! This week Gil and Amanda will be hosting the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, so come on down to the Kendall Square Cinema for the 6:40 p.m. screening of Pedro Almodóvar's BROKEN EMBRACES.

The eagerly awaited 17th feature by one of the world's leading directors, Pedro Almodóvar (VOLVER, TALK TO HER), is a lavish melodrama tinged with humor, showcasing the spectacular talents of Penélope Cruz. The story is told in flashback by Harry Caine (Lluís Homar, BAD EDUCATION), a blind screenwriter, who reveals that before an auto accident took his sight and the life of his love, he was the famous director Mateo Blanc. He had fallen in love with his leading lady, Lena (Cruz), who had made movie star when the ruthless industrialist Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez) became her lover and patron. The film Mateo is making with Lena (for which the jealous Martel insists on being producer) is a kinky comedy called GIRLS AND SUITCASES, reminiscent of WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. As Mateo and Lena try to get away together for a romantic tryst, Martel's gay son is constantly following and videotaping them for a "making of" feature—which Martel uses for surveillance (even getting a lip reader to decode the lovers' conversations). (Fully subtitled)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas, Rubén Ochandiano

Check out the trailer:

And if you're looking to catch some of the potentially nomination-worthy films that you might have missed, make note of these screenings. The Coen Brothers' A SERIOUS MAN plays at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington this week, and at the Stuart Street Playhouse you can catch the outstanding 35 SHOTS OF RUM, or this year's film to beat, THE HURT LOCKER. The Museum of Fine Arts will be screening one of last fall's Sunday Eye Opener films from Mexico, I'M GONNA EXPLODE later this week.

And if you're looking for some classic films, don't miss this week's Brattle Repetory series of Screwball Comedies. The series is kicked off with a couple of films by the kings of screwball, the Marx Brothers and A DAY AT THE RACES and A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. And it all winds up with THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, arguably Katharine Hepburn's best screwball comedy. Check these out and more this week at the Brattle!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 1 - 7, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Marx Brothers Marathon!
Animal Crackers (Fri.)
Horse Feathers (Fri.)
Duck Soup (Fri.)
A Night at the Opera (Fri.)
A Day at the Races (Fri.)
A Screwball New Year!
A Day at the Races (Sat.)
A Night at the Opera (Sat.)
The Awful Truth (Sun.)
Holiday (Sun.)
It Happened One Night (Mon.)
Palm Beach Story (Mon.)
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Tue.)
Easy Living (Tue.)
My Man Godfrey (Wed.)
The Philadelphia Story (Thu.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Daniel Pink (Wed.)
Atul Gawanda (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
Up in the Air (ineligible)
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Out of Sight (Fri. & Sat.)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Fri. & Sat.)
The Action Pack presents Elf Quote-Along (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes presents Home Alone (Sat.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Serious Man
Me and Orson Welles

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No Independent Features Playing This Week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Closed for the Holidays!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
An Education
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Road
The Young Victoria
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Broken Embraces
The Young Victoria
The Road
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
No Independent Films Playing This Week!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Costumes of Edith Head
A Place in the Sun (Sat.)
Sunset Boulevard (Sat.)
The Lady Eve (Sat.)
Rear Window (Sun.)
To Catch a Thief (Sun.)
This Gun for Hire (Sun.)
Music on Film
In Search of Beethoven (Wed. & Thu.)
Mexican Cinema
I'm Gonna Explode (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Men Who Stare at Goats (ineligible)

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
35 Shots of Rum
The Hurt Locker
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
An Education

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Boston Society of Film Critics: What are you thinking?

Good for Katherine Bigelow and THE HURT LOCKER for being awarded the Best Director and Best Movie of 2009 respectively by the Boston Society of Film Critics. Other winners of interest include THE COVE for Best Documentary, and SUMMER HOURS for Best Foreign Film. But what's up with Best Ensemble Cast... a tie between PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE and STAR TREK? I think they're trying to outdo Chlotrudis for startling choices. Now, I thought the cast of STAR TREK did an admirable job, but really, I would hardly call it award-worthy. Just my opinion though.

For the complete list of winners, check out their webpage.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 11 - 17

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week Beth Caldwell hosts the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies with a trip to the Brattle Theatre for the 8pm show of renown local filmmaker Fred Wiseman's new documentary, LA DANSE. Remember to bring your Chlotrudis membership card because it gets you a discount to any Brattle screenings on Monday - Wednesday evenings.

The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the world’s great ballet companies. In his new film LA DANSE, acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets and provides an intimate look at this legendary company. The film shows the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative efforts of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and designers.

Frederick Wiseman is one of the world’s great documentary filmmakers. Eschewing voice-over narration, talking head interviews and onscreen bluster, Wiseman stands back and lets his subjects speak for themselves for as long as it takes to tell their stories. This technique has resulted in some of the most powerful documentaries of the past 50 years. From Titicut Follies to High School to Domestic Violence, Wiseman is well-known for tackling thorny social issues, but he is equally adept at capturing the creative process in films such as La Comédie-Française, Ballet, and his latest work, LA DANSE. The Brattle is excited to be hosting the hometown theatrical premiere of this remarkable new film.

Check out the trailer:

It's the last weekend of The Boston Latino International Film Festival so don't waste any time, get out there and see some of the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films pertaining to social issues of Latino communities in the US and Latin America. This weekend catch some terrific films at Cambridge College. Check out the schedule:

Friday, December 11
5pm, Cambridge College - Las Angeles
7:00pm, Cambridge College - A Portrait of a Lady
Saturday, December 12
2pm, Cambridge College - Paisajes Interiores
4:30pm, Cambridge College - Latino Shorts
5pm, Cambridge College - Por el Flamenco
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Blak Mama
Sunday, December 13
3pm, Cambridge College - Una Vida Mejor
5:30pm, Cambridge College - Los Dioses Rotos
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Closing Reception

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 11 - 17, 2009.

Belmont Studio Cinema, Belmont
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! A Brattle Holiday Tradition
It's a Wonderful Life (Fri. - Sun.)
Area Premiere! Director Fred Wiseman in person on opening night!
La Danse (Fri. - Thu.)
Ho Ho Horrors!
Day of the Beast w/ Treevenge (Fri.)
Silent Night, Deadly Night w/ Black Christmas (Sat.)
Don't Open 'Til Christmas (Sun.)
Free Screening! Elements of Cinema
The Uninvited (Sat.)
CineMental Presents!
Todd Verow's Anonymous (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
Defamation
Four Seasons Lodge
Midnight Madness!
The House of the Devil (Fri. & Sat.)
The Action Pack presents Elf Quote-Along (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes presents Home Alone (Sat.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independent films playing this week

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Pirate Radio

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Closed for the Holidays!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Me and Orson Welles
Up in the Air
The Road
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Brothers (not eligible)
An Education
A Serious Man
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Salmmin' Salmon

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Documentary
Strongman (Fri., Sat., & Wed.)
Bloody Mondays and Strawberry Pies (Wed. & Thu.)
Independent Film
Julia (Fri. - Sun.)
Classic Cinema
Z (Fri. - Sun.)
Araya (Wed. & Thu.)
Classic Russian Cinema
To the Stars by Hard Ways (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Bright Star

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Irene in Time

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Messenger
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 4 - 10

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

It's a skimpy week for new indie releases this week, but Gil and Amanda, who will be hosting the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies are up for a wild and wicked time at the 6:40 p.m. screening of BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS at the Kendall Square Cinema. It's looking to be a nice mixture of craziness between Herzog and Cage. They're hoping to grab dinner beforehand, but it will have to be early due to the early start time of the film. Watch for a message next week!

In Werner Herzog's new film, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs—while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous.

Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Alvin Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy, Jennifer Coolidge, Tom Bower, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Irma Hall, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Lucius Baston

Check out the trailer:

The Boston Latino International Film Festival continues till December 13th, 2009. (BLIFF) will be presenting the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films pertaining to social issues of Latino communities in the US and Latin America. This weekend catch some terrific films at the Cambridge College and the brand new Cambridge Public Library. Check out the schedule:

Friday, December 4
5pm, Cambridge College - Hobby
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Amancio - Two Faces On A Tombstone
Saturday, December 5
2pm, Cambridge Public Library - Don Policarpo & I: Travels with a Puppeteer
3pm, Cambridge Public Library - Accordion Kings
5pm, Cambridge College - Por el Flamenco
7:30pm, Cambridge College - Stages
Sunday, December 6
3pm, Cambridge College - Companions to None
6pm, Cambridge College - The Devil's Tail

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, December 4 - 10, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! James Mason Centennial
Pandora & the Flying Dutchman & Lolita (Fri. - Sun.)
Special Event! The Action Pack presents...
Mystery Sing-Along! (Sat.)
Harvard Bookstore presents!
CHRIS KIMBALL and the Cast from America's Test Kitchen present The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook (Mon.)
Brattle Benefit Event! Sugar & Cinema
Enjoy dessert tastings from area restaurants followed by a special screening ofJulie & Julia (Mon.)
Special Beer Double Feature!
Strange Brew (Wed.)
Smokey & the Bandit (Wed.)
Special Event! Premiere Screening!
Victory Day (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
Defamation
The House of the Devil
Midnight Madness!
Bottle Rocket (Fri. & Sat.)
The Virgin Suicides (Fri. & Sat.)
Science on Screen
American Beauty (Mon.)
Grub Street Presents
Adaptations 2009 (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independent films playing this week

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Pirate Radio

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
The Harvard Film Archive at 30
Fragments from a Few Forsaken Films (Fri.)
Film and Video Works by Vlada Petric
The Fatal Thirst & Wall of Memories (Sun.)
A Tribute to Steve Livernash (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Road
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
The Messenger
An Education
A Serious Man
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Red Cliff
Oh My God?

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Ninja Assassin
An Education
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
John Cassavetes and Peter Falk
A Woman Under the Influence (Fri.)
Husbands (Fri. & Sat.)
Boston Turkish Film Festival Compeition
Opening Night: Turkish Festival Film Finalists (Fri. & Sat.)
MFA for the Holidays
Christmas Story (Sun.)
Miracle on 34th Street (Sun.)
Classic Cinema
Z (Wed. & Thu.)
Documentary
Strongman (Wed. & Thu.)
Independent Film
Julia (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Capitalism: A Love Story

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Paranormal Activity
Coco Before Chanel
Pirate Radio

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Messenger
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 27 - December 4

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Join us on Tuesday, December 1, for the 7:05pm screening of THE ROAD at the Kendall Square Cinema. Based on Cormac McCarthy's award-winning, post-apocalyptic novel, THE ROAD focuses on a father and son trying to make their way across the United States after a devastating catastrophe has struck. John Hillcoat, director of the Chlotrudis Awards-winning film THE PROPOSITION directs. We'll grab dinner beforehand at the Friendly Toast at 5:30pm if you can join us.

Viggo Mortensen leads a stellar cast (including Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce) in the epic, post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father (Moretensen) and his young son (newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. A masterpiece of adventure, The Road is adapted from author Cormac McCarthy's (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of—a future in which father and son are sustained by love. Directed by John Hillcoat (THE PROPOSITION).

Check out the trailer:

As the year comes to a close, Chlotrudis members start to think about nominations! That's right, with nominations do in mid-January, Chlotrudis members need to start counting up the number of 2009 films they've seen and find out if they're eligible to nominate! To assist in that process, Chlotrudis has been seeking out screeners. We've gotten our first batch from Peg Aloi, Ned Hinkle and the Brattle Theatre, and Samuel Goldwyn (thanks to all of you!) To find out what screeners are available, and how to request a screener to borrow, visit our members page. You will be asked for a login and password, and if you don't know what that is, please contact me. We've got a nice assortment of DVD screeners, so get your name on a list and start watching movies!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 27 - December 4, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Repertory Series: Epstein Brothers Centennial
Casablanca (Fri. & Sat.)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sun.)
Arsenic and Old Lace (Sun.)
Sneak Preview!
Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized (Mon.)
Harvard World AIDS Week!
Love in a Time of HIV (Wed.)
Harvard Book Store Presents
Sir Harold Evans and Jason Epstein (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious:
Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
An Education
The Maid
Midnight Madness!
Black Dynamite (Fri. & Sat.)
Planet of the Apes (Fri. & Sat.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatre, Arlington
Coco Before Chanel
Bombay Cinema
de dana dan (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Antichrist
Pirate Radio
Paranormal Activity

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Gordon Willis, the Man Who Shot THE GODFATHER
The Godfather (Sat.)
The Godfather II (Sun.)
The Landlord (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man

Landmark Theatres Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Road
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
The Messenger
An Education
A Serious Man
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Red Cliff
Oh My God?

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Ninja Assassin
An Education
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Restored Print
Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (Fri. - Sun.)
New Japanese Cinema
Cyborg She (Fri. & Sun.)
Vacation (Sat.)
The Magic Hour (Sat.)
John Cassavetes and Peter Falk
Mikey & Nicky (Wed. & Thu.)
Opening Night (Wed.)
Big Trouble (Thu.)
A Woman Under the Influence (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Pirate Radio

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Coco Before Chanel
Pirate Radio

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Messenger
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlorudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 20 - 26

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week's Chlotrudis Movie of the Week has gotten a lot of attention because it caught the eye of Ms. Oprah Winfrey, and we all know what that means. Still, director Lee Daniels (a friend of Chlotrudis Board member Bruce Kingsley) is getting some pretty high marks for PRECIOUS, BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, even despite it's clunky title. This week Chris Kriofske has selected the 7:20pm screening of that film at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Dinner beforehand will be announced closer to the event (although I'm going to put my two cents in for the Regal Beagle!)

Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father’s child—for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious’s instincts tell her one thing: if she’s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival].
Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe; Mariah Carey; Lenny Kravitz

Check out the trailer:

It's the final week of the Eye Opener and it's a great opportunity to provide input for a work in progress. This week's film, DO IT AGAIN, is a great documentary, made locally, about the classic rock band, The Kinks. Check it out, meet the filmmaker, and give him some valuable input while he finishes editing the film. The fun starts at 11am, Sunday, November 22 at the Brattle Theatre.

The 8th Annual Boston Latino Film Festival has begun and it features three weekends of shorts, movies, and documentaries from Latin America, USA and Spain. Sixty films and fifteen directors from eighteen countries will be featured at the following locations:

  • NOVEMBER 19 – 22 AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE, B.U. AND CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE
  • DECEMBER 4 – 6 CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE
  • DECEMBER 11 – 13 CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE

This weekend head out to Cambridge College to see the first round of films:

Friday, November 20
Luchadores: Fighting for a Dream
Intimidad
Tumaco Pacifico

Sunday, November 22
Rita of the Sky
Ni Aqui, Ni Alla
Shorts Program 1

And on Saturday, November 21, head over to BU's GSU Auditorium for:
Code Name: Butterflies
Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns- An Immigrant Community in Rural America
Animas Perdidas

Please check the BLIFF website for details. The Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) aims to present the latest films produced by Latinos and the latest films dealing pertaining to social issues of Latino communities in the US and Latin America. The festival also focuses on alternative films with social content from Latin America in addition to films addressing with Latino issues in the United States.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 20 - 26, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Return Engagement
Ponyo (Fri. - Sun.)
The Bicycle Film Festival!
Train Trip & I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes (Sat.)
Made in Queens & Where Are You Go (Sat.)
Shorts Program (Sat.)
Folk Music Month in Harvard Square!
Festival Director Murray Lerner in Person! (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
To be announced (Sun.)
Epstein Brothers Centennial! Sponsored in Memory of Peggy Yntema!
Mr. Skeffington (Wed.)
Casablanca (Thu. & Fri.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans (Wed. & Thu.)
An Education
A Serious Man (Fri. - Tue.)
The Maid
The Yes Men Fix the World
Midnight Madness!
Black Dynamite (Fri. & Sat.)
The Room (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes Presents Hook (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Opera
Cosi Fan Tuite (Sat.)
Kid's Film
Spirited Away (Sat.)
Goethe German Film Series
Lulu & Jimi (Sun.)
Special Screening
Blazing the Trail: The Story of the Kalem Film Company in Ireland (Wed.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatre, Arlington
The September Issue

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Pirate Radio
Paranormal Activity

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Gordon Willis, the Man Who Shot THE GODFATHER
Manhattan Cinematographer Gordon Willis, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Pennies from Heaven Cinematographer Gordon Willis, Appearing in Person (Sat.)
The Parallax View (Sun.)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Coco Before Chanel

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Bronson
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
The Messenger
An Education
A Serious Man
Capitalism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel
(Untitled)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education
(Untitled)
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Paranormal Activity
Pirate Radio

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Japanese Cinema
Big Man Japan (Fri. & Sat.)
Crime and Punishment (Sat.)
Restored Print
Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (Fri.)
Family Film
Little Fugitive (Fri.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Pirate Radio

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
The Damned United
A Serious Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
35 Shots of Rum
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Amreeka

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, November 6 - 12

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

It's all about the Boston Jewish Film Festival this week so please join us on Tuesday evening for the 8:30pm screening of HE'S MY GIRL at the Kendall Square Cinema. This delightful French farce receives it's North American debut at the festival. The late starting time of this short, 90 minute film will allow us for a nice, leisurely dinner beforehand, so hopefully we'll see you there!

HE'S MY GIRL
Director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann checks in on Simon and Rosalie, the stars of his MAN IS A WOMAN (1998 Festival) ten years after their marriage breaks up. Simon’s Ashkenazi mother accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t realize that her pretty nurse is the Arab cross-dresser who steals her son’s heart. In the midst of this farce, Rosalie returns to Paris to star in “Fiddler on the Roof,” with her new family in tow: a husband and the precocious son whom Simon hasn’t seen in a decade. It’s a bit of a tzimmes, of the tastiest sort. It also features Elsa Zylberstein, a Chlotrudis nominee from last year's I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG.
Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
Cast: Antoine de Caunes; Mehdi Dehbi; Elsa Zylberstein

Check out the original French language trailer:

THE WOLBERG FAMILY (LA FAMILLE
WOLBERG)
If you missed this week's screening of THE WOLBERG FAMILY, for which Chlotrudis is a Community Partner, don't worry, so did I! But you have another chance to join me on Thursday, November 12, 9:00 pm, Museum of Fine Arts. This East Coast premiere was a highlight of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. THE WOLBERG FAMILY is actress and screenwriter Axelle Ropert’s first feature film. She labels it a “family melodrama.” Simon Wolberg is mayor of a French provincial town, crazy in love with his wife, a nosy father to his lovely young daughter and dorky son and a bit of an annoyance to his own father. Will his obsession with family cause him to unravel? When is it time to let go – or to leave?

I plan on catching a few other films at the Festival if I can squeeze them into my schedule, but I really want to urge you to try to catch JAFFA, Saturday, November 7, 9:30pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Directed by Keren Yedaya, who was responsible for one of my favorite films of 2005, OR (MY TREASURE), JAFFA again stars the magnificent Dana Ivgy and the multiple Chlotrudis-nominee Ronit Elkabetz, this time in an Israeli/Palestinian Romeo & Juliet. I caught this film in Toronto, and it's pretty powerful stuff. You should also consider the animated Australian film MARY AND MAX, featuring the voices of Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's a comical claymation feature film that spans 20 years and 2 continents. Look for MARY AND MAX on Thursday, November 12 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. It's a great line-up... do yourself a favor and check it out!

After weeks of admittedly fascinating documentaries, I'm pleased to report that this week's Sunday Eye Opener is a narrative feature! Join us on Sunday, November 8, at the Brattle Theatre for an 11am screening of WELCOME TO ACADEMIA. Director Kirk Davis assembles a hip indie cast including James LeGros (THE LAST WINTER, LOVELY & AMAZING, SAFE), Jess Weixler (TEETH), and Callie Thorne (HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, NEXT STOP, WONDERLAND) to explore the dark, comedic twists of academia. Sex and power games go hand in hand in WELCOME TO ACADEMIA, a dark satire that uses the university as a metaphor for personal and professional relationships. In this dark comedy that takes place at fictional Victorian University, faculty and administrators jockey for power in the classroom, the boardroom, and the bedroom. Amidst all their petty intrigues, a young graduate student is forced to experience a life lesson not offered on the regular curriculum.

For this week's film, the Sunday Eye-Opener group is going to be a test audience! Like COLMA, THE MUSICAL! a couple of years ago, this week's Eye Opener screening is being provided directly by the filmmaker so that they can get our feedback on their film. They are very excited to hear what you all think. We will be distributing a survey after the screening to capture your thoughts. Come be a part of the making of a film!

If you're a fan of "The Office" (and who isn't?) you'll want to check out the evening screenings of BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, Friday and Saturday, November 6 & 7 at the Kendall Square Cinema because director John Krasinski will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions. Adapted and directed by Krasinski (THE OFFICE, AWAY WE GO), BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN is a darkly funny and disturbing exploration of men and their complex relationships with women. Based on the book by David Foster Wallace, the film features an all-star cast that includes Timothy Hutton, Ben Shenkman, Christopher Meloni, Ben Gibbard, Will Arnett, Chris Messina, Bobby Cannavale, Will Forte, Dennis O'Hare, Lou Taylor Pucci, Max Minghella,
and Julianne Nicholson.

Below is the schedule for John Krasinski's in person appearances:
Friday:
7PM Intro & Q&A Following the show
9PM Intro

Saturday:
7PM Intro & Q&A Following the show
9PM Intro

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, November 6 - 12, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Area Premiere!
American Casino (Fri., Sun. - Tue.)
Classic TV on the Big Screen! 50th Anniversary!
The Twilight Zone (Fri. & Sun.)
Python-A-Thon!
Wind in the Willows (Sat.)
And Now For Something Completely Different (Sat.)
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Sat.)
Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Sat.)
Month Python's The Meaning of Life (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Welcome to Academia (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Lidia Bastianich and Judith Jones (Sun.)
Special Veterans Day Premiere Screening!
The Good Soldier (Wed.)
Special Engagement!
The Bicycle Thieves (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
An Education
A Serious Man
The Yes Men Fix the World
The Beaches of Agnes
Found Footage Festival (Fri.)
Midnight Madness!
Dirty Dancing (Fri. & Sat.)
Donnie Darko (Fri & Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Zrubavel (Sat.)
Jaffa (Sat.)
Leap of Faith (Sun.)
Leaving the Fold (Sun.)
Sons of Sakhnin United (Sun.)
Broken Lines (Sun.)
Gdanski Railway Station (Mon.)
Off and Running (Mon.)
Shorts Program (Tue.)
Maharal (Wed.)
Pizza in Auschwits (Wed.)
The Jazz Baroness (Wed.)
Mary & Max (Thu.)
Breaking Upwards (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The September Issue
Bombay Cinema
Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Zombieland

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Man’s Land – The Cinema of Lisandro Alonso
Los Muertos Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Fantasma Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Fri.)
Liverpool & S/T Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Sat.)
La Libertad Director Lisandro Alonso, Appearing in Person (Sun.)
Special Screening
United Red Army (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
A Serious Man
Coco Before Chanel

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
The Horse Boy
35 Shots of Rhum
The Boondock Saints II: All Saint's Day
Gentleman Broncos
An Education
Antichrist
A Serious Man
Capitalism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Box
The Damned United
Capitalism: A Love Story
An Education
More than a Game

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Zombieland

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Women in Film
She is the Matador (Fri. & Sun.)
Independent Film
Severed Ways (Fri. - Sun.)
Documentary
Crude (Fri. - Sun.)
Music on Film
Bad Boy Made Good: The Revival of George Antheil's 1924 Ballet Mecanique (Sat.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Eli & Ben and Gefilte Fish (Sat.)
He's My Girl (Sat.)
Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis (Thu.)
The Wollberg Family (Thu.) Chlotrudis Community Partner!

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
A Serious Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Beaches of Agnes
Paris
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Heart of Stone

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President