Chlotrudis Members Report on the Toronto International Film Festival

Last month, a large groups of Chlotrudis members and friends headed to Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival. Thirteen of us took over a bed & breakfast, and saw a lot of movies. Now you can read about the films that some of us saw in the Toronto Film Festival Report. Michael and Ivy discuss the themes of the films they say (perverted sex, vomit, children, and more) while Bruce talks about his first time at the Festival. Many of the films reviewed here will be showing up in theatres in the coming years, but you can hear about them here first. In the picture on the right, Michael is up very early in the morning to get tickets at the central box office. The line continues on behind him. Note the large board on the right that lists all the films and whether there are tickets left or not. To read more about the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, click here.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 8 - 14

Hello Film Lovers!

It's back to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for another Monday Night at the Movies (which is great, because Monday is Chlotrudis night at the Coolidge... show your Chlotrudis membership card and receive a discount on your ticket.) Join us on Columbus Day, October 11, for David O. Russell's I HEART HUCKABEES! The screening begins at 7:30 and with the holiday, I'm sure we'll have time to meet beforehand for dinner. Stay tuned for more logistics, but in the meantime, check out the synopsis below.

I HEART HUCKABEES
dir. David O Russell w/Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, Isabelle Huppert, Naomi Watts, 1h46m

From David O. Russell, director of THREE KINGS and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, comes this sublime, outlandish, and wonderfully thoughtful, high-spirited farce. Earnest environmental activist Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) has been experiencing an alarming series of coincidences the meaning of which escapes him. With the help of two Existential Detectives (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin), Albert examines his life, his relationships, and his conflict with Brad Stand (Jude Law), an executive climbing the corporate ladder at the popular super-store Huckabees. But before Albert can solve his existential dilemma, he is set upon by Tommy (Mark Wahlberg), a client of the detectives whose dissatisfaction with their feel-good method has led him to dabble in the theories of a sultry French nihilist (Isabelle Huppert). To put it lightly, this mixing of influences causes all hell to break loose in Albert's personal and professional life - but may also lead the way to enlightenment. And it is certainly one hilarious trip.

Despite appearances, the Sunday Eye Opener doesn't usually have three documentaries in a row! As Ivy says, it must be an indication of the times for indie film. This week's Eye Opener film is the much anticipated TARNATION. Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette documents his life starting when he is 11-years-old. In TARNATION, he weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.

The Sunday Eye Opener is a 10-week film/discussion series that features yet-to-be-released films in a casual, open format. Each week instructor Ivy Moylan will preface the film with some background on filmmaking, and follow up with a discussion of the film and the way it uses film conventions. Admission for the entire 10-week series is $50 for the general public, $25 for members of the Brattle or Chlotrudis, and a mere $10 for those who are members of both organizations.

Attention all you Pedro Almodovar fans out there, and I know there are a few of you! The Real Colegio Complutense and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in cooperation with the Harvard Film Archive and the Consulate of Spain present The Pleasure of Cinema: a Conversation with Pedro Almodovar! Spanish film director Pedro Almod�, celebrated for his brilliant plays with melodrama, camp, kitsch and for his self-conscious and politically inflected control of cinematic form, will be speaking at Harvard University on Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at the Science Center, Lecture Hall B. The event, titled "The Pleasure of the Cinema: A Conversation with Pedro Almod�," is free and open to the public. The director will give an overview of his work, with special reference to his cinematic and cultural models and to questions of aesthetics and politics. He will then take questions from the audience. Don't miss this amazing opportunity!

And there are many more exciting events coming up in the next month. Slide down to the bottom of this page for a small sampling! Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't start touting the Chlotrudis 5th Annual Short Film Festival, this year expanding across the river to the Brattle Theatre! Two nights of short films, November 1 at the Coolidge (then take the next day off to vote) then November 2 at the Brattle. More to come very soon!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, October 8 - 14.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Rick (Fri. - Sun.)
Midnights!
Gozu (Fri. & Sat.)
The Equinox Music Festival presents
Be-Bop at the Brattle (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Tarnation(Sun.)
Film Noir 101
Crack-Up (Mon.)
The Killers (Tue.)
Out of the Past (Wed.)
2nd Annual Fantastic Film Festival! (Thu.)
Opening Night Film! American Premiere!
Five Children and It (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
I Heart Huckabees
The Motorcycle Diaries
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Midnites!
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri. & Sat.)
Gypsy 83
Kung Fu!
Thrilling Blood Sword (Sat.)
New England Film & Video Festival
Presented by the Boston Educational Film and Video Foundation
see their website for the schedule

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Haunted Visions: the Films of F.W. Murnau
Fuast (Fri.) w/ live pianist and soprano!
Murnau's Five Fausts (Fri.) w/ live pianist and soprano!
The Last Laugh (Sat. & Sun.) w/ live pianist!
Nosferatu (Sat. & Sun.) w/ live pianist!
Tabu (Mon. & Wed.)
Sunrise (Mon. & Wed.) #100 on the Chlotrudis 200 for 2000!
Film Architectures
High Treason (Tue.)
Direct Democracy: The Presidential Election on Screen
Primary (Thu.)
Chisholm �72 � Unbought & Unbossed (Thu.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Gloomy Sunday
The Motorcycle Diaries
Hero
Garden State
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Incident at Loch Ness
The Motorcycle Diaries
Red Lights
Shaun of the Dead
A Dirty Shame
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
Napoleon Dynamite

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Motorcycle Diaries
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
What the #$*! Do We Know
A Dirty Shame
The Last Shot
Garden State
Before Sunset

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Red Lights
Hero
Going Upriver: the Long War of John Kerry
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Bright Young Things
The Yes Men
What the #$*! Do We Know
Vanity Fair
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
I Heart Huckabees
Going Upriver: the Long War of John Kerry
The Yes Men
Hero

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Films of F.W. Murnau
Tabu (Fri.)
Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Fri. & Sun) #100 on the Chlotrudis 200 for 2000!
Phantom (Sat.)
Faust (Sun.)
Russian Cinema: A Tribute to Lenfilm Studios
Letters from a Dead Man (Sat. & Thu.)
Art on Film
Russian Ark (Sun. & Thu.)
New England Film Artists Present
Smoke and Mirrors: a Geisha Story (Sun.)
The Political Dr. Seuss (Thu.)
A Bruce Weber Film
A Letter to True (Wed. & Thu.)
World's Best TV Ads
British Advertising Films of 2003 (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Intimate Strangers (ends Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace (starts Sat.)

Coming Soon!
Staring next week!
2nd Annual Fantastic Film Festival!

October 14 - 19

Chlotrudis 5th Annual Short Film Festival!
at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Nov. 1 & The Brattle Theatre, Nov. 2

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
Filmmakers discuss their films in an intimate setting... for FREE!
An Evening with Tsai Ming-Liang! Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave.
Rebels of a Neon God Thursday, October 21, 7 p.m.

Boston Jewish Film Festival
Full schedule announced! Tickets on sale now!
November 3 - 14

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

New Issue of Chlotrudis Mewsings is Up!

Chlotrudis Mewsings, volume 3 issue 2 is up on the Newsletter page. This month's issue features reports from the Toronto International Film Festival, a preview of the upcoming Boston Jewish Film Festival, a "Chlotrudis Country" article spotlighting New York City, a new regular column entitled, "Genesis: Chlotrudis Members Tell How It All Started," and more. Mewsings is published quarterly, with a members only edition available for the first two weeks.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 1 - 7

Hello Film Lovers!

We hope some of you got out to the Coolidge Corner Theatre to see John Waters' A DIRTY SHAME last week. It's a film I will have to catch up with at a later date. Lots of films opening this week, but not much really catches my interest for the Monday Night at the Movies. This week join us at the Coolidge Corner Screening Room for THE INHERITANCE, a Dutch family drama. The screening begins at 7:30, and remember, Monday is Chlotrudis Night at the Coolidge. Show your membership card and receive a reduced ticket price!

INHERITANCE

A mesmerizing family drama from Denmark, THE INHERITANCE follows Christoffer, the heir to an industrial fortune. He has abandoned his family business and moved to Stockholm where he has started an idyllic life as a successful restaurateur married to a beautiful stage actress. But when his father suddenly commits suicide, Christoffer must return home and claim his inheritance. Unfortunately, the family business is now on the brink of bankruptcy and he must battle with a scheming brother-in-law and his domineering mother (the great Ghita Norby from Lars Von Trier's THE KINGDOM). As Christoffer dives deeper into the machinations of the steel industry, he puts increasing distance between his wife and his old life, making it hard to distinguish which world he really belongs to. THE INHERITANCE is an accomplished film that features powerful performances. The second in realist director Per Fly's planned trilogy depicting the layers of Danish society, the film was a huge hit in its native country, where it recently swept the Danish Oscars.

The Bratle Film Foundation and the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film had a good crowd for this week's Eye Opener opener. The film, JESUS, YOU KNOW met with pretty mixed reviews, but the discussion sure was lively. This week we continue in the documentary trend, but the film promises to be a lot more fun. INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS is reminiscent of LOST IN LA MANCHA in its chronicling of a film that was never completed. Here's a brief synopsis:

In 2003 renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog set out to make a documentary about Scotland's infamous Loch Ness monster. Herzog intended "to explore the origin and the necessity of the monster" rather than to look for the creature itself. Simultaneously, noted filmmaker John Bailey was directing a documentary about Herzog. Incident uses footage from both movies, as it chronicles the making (and unmaking) of Herzog's never-completed feature. Unusual, controversial, and strangely humorous, the film raises many questions about where reality ends and fiction begins. It is also the portrait of a great adventurer on his most bizarre quest. Written and directed by Zak Penn.

The Sunday Eye Opener is a 10-week film/discussion series that features yet-to-be-released films in a casual, open format. Each week instructor Ivy Moylan will preface the film with some background on filmmaking, and follow up with a discussion of the film and the way it uses film conventions. Admission for the entire 10-week series is $50 for the general public, $25 for members of the Brattle or Chlotrudis, and a mere $10 for those who are members of both organizations.

Another film I'm going to try and catch this weekend is sure to be controversial. ANATOMY OF HELL is the latest bit of pornographic philosophy from French director Catherine Breillat. I've enjoyed Breillat's last two films, SEX IS COMEDY and FAT GIRL, but some people loathe her extreme and sometimes blurred examinations of sexuality. ANATOMY OF HELL is not for the prudish: it is explicit and decidedly unsexy in its portrayal of sexuality. Interested parties can join me at the Brattle Theatre Sunday evening, October 3 for the 7:30 screening. Check in with me during the weekend if you're planning on coming.

Newburyport gets it's own film festival, and Chlotrudis member Ellen Robbins will be a frequent attendee. It's the The Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival and it will be playing at three screens in Newburyport, including The Screening Room, The Tannery, and the Firehouse. Check out the website for the full schedule, or take a look below for the Screening Room shows. Contact Ellen Robbins if you'd like to join her!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, October 1 - 7.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Restored New 35mm Print!
The Leopard (Fri. - Sun.)
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Anatomy of Hell (Fri. - Sun.)
Sunday Eye Opener
Incident at Loch Ness(Sun.)
Film Noir 101
Maltese Falcon (Mon.)
Laura (Tue.)
Murder My Sweet (Wed.)
Double Indemnity (Thu.)
Phantom Lady (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Motorcycle Diaries
A Dirty Shame
The Inheritance
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Midnites!
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri.)
Japanese Gore!
Living Hell (Fri. & Sat.)
Jet Li in Shaolin Temple 3 (Sat.)
Director's Cut Benefit Screening
One in Eight: Janice's Journey (Mon.)
New England Film and Video Festival opening night gala!
Stay Until Tomorrow (Thu.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Haunted Visions: the Films of F.W. Murnau
Journey into the Night (Fri.) w/ live pianist!
The Haunted Castle (Fri.) w/ live pianist!
The Burning Soil (Sat.) w/ live pianist!
The Grand Duke's Finances (Sat.) w/ live pianist!
Movie Love: Almod� and His Inspirations
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Sun.)
Johnny Guitar (Sun.)
All About My Mother (Tue.)
All About Eve (Tue.)
Talk to Her (Wed.)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (Wed.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Shaft (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
Zero for Conduct (Mon.)
Beau Travail (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Hero
Vanity Fair
Bright Young Things
Criminal
Silver City
Garden State
The Door in the Floor
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Motorcycle Diaries
Tying the Knot One Week Only!
Bush's Brain
Shaun of the Dead
A Dirty Shame
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
Napoleon Dynamite

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
What the #$*! Do We Know
A Dirty Shame
The Last Shot
Silver City
Garden State
Before Sunset

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Merci Docteur Rey
Going Upriver: the Long War of John Kerry
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Head in the Clouds
Bright Young Things
The Yes Men
When Will I Be Loved
What the #$*! Do We Know
Vanity Fair
Maria Full of Grace
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Last Shot
Going Upriver: the Long War of John Kerry
The Yes Men
What the #$*! Do We Know
Hero

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Films of F.W. Murnau
Nosferatu and Dragonflies, the Baby Cries (Fri. & Sat.)
The Last Laugh (Sat.)
Phantom (Thu.)
Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Thu.)
Tartuffe (Thu.)
City Girl (Thu.)
Sounds for Silents
Metropolis (Fri. & Sat.)
Russian Cinema: A Tribute to Lenfilm Studios
Katka's Reinette Apples (Sat.)
House in the Snow Drifts (Sat.)
Pre-release Screening
Tarnation (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival
Touching the Game: The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League Q&A with Filmmakers after the film (Fri.)
Where the Girls Are and Making Waves (Sat.)
Bad Boy Made Good (Sat.)
Each One Teach One and We Did It All Ourselves (Sat.)
Dominance and Terror: a Discussion with Noam Chomsky and Containment (Sun.)
Everyone is a Beatle and Entertaining Vietnam (Sun.)
4 Theatres and Robinson's Red Raiders (Sun.)
Intimate Strangers (Sat. - Thu.)

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
Filmmakers discuss their films in an intimate setting... for FREE!
An Evening with Jerry Schatzberg (Fri.) Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 24-30

Hello Film Lovers!

John Waters returns to his down and dirty form with his latest release, A DIRTY SHAME, which opens this week. Join fellow Chlotrudis members for the raunchy fun at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 8:00 p.m. show Monday night for this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night Movie of the week! Remember, Monday night is Chlotrudis night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Show your membership card and get a special discount. Michael will unfortunately be out of town for a Conference, but Scot will be there! Contact him at scolford@chlotrudis.org if you want to meet up beforehand.

John Waters'
A DIRTY SHAME

A return to form for "the bad boy of cinema" John Waters. A DIRTY SHAME is an unapologetically NC-17 comedy (when asked by Waters how he could get it down to an R, the ratings board proclaimed, "We stopped taking notes after fifteen minutes") that follows a quiet suburban housewife who becomes helplessly addicted�to sex! It all begins when the prudish Sylvia Sickles (Tracey Ullman) suffers a concussion which causes a drastic change in her sexual drive. Suddenly she is overcome with crazy, wild and urgent desires and compulsions. It's a joy and then a frustration for her husband (Chris Isaak) who has trouble keeping up with her. Meanwhile, Syliva's more-than-ample-bosomed daughter (Selma Blair) has fallen in with a mystifying cult of sex worshipers, lead by the messianic RayRay (Johnny Knoxville). They are spreading the word of concussion-induced deviancy throughout suburban Baltimore, and soon the whole town is thrust into a world of eccentric sexual addictions, man-babies in diapers, lovable gay "bears", pornographic foliage, talking vaginas, and miraculous conversions - much to the consternation of the area "neuters". Raunchy and rude, but with a heart of gold, director John Waters has described this movie as "a cunnilingus comedy for the whole family."

The Brattle Theatre has a couple of special events happening this week. To start with, it's the long-awaited return of the Sunday Eye Opener! Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film and The Brattle Film Society join forces once again to bring you another series of special sneak previews on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. This year we throw an educational slant into the discussion mix. Each week the introduction of the film will include a brief piece about a different element of cinema. The post-film discussion will recall that element and how it appears in the film viewed. And what a bargain! This ten week series, which costs $50 for the general public, is just $25 if you are a Chlotrudis or Brattle member. If you're one of those lucky fools who is a member of BOTH organizations, your cost for all ten films is a mere $10! (Okay, so we raised the price... can you think of a better bargain anywhere?) "View films actively" at the Sunday Eye Opener.

This week's film is a documentary that's sure to be thought-provoking. The kick-off film for this semester of the Eye Opener is a sneak preview of an uncommon documentary focusing on the idea of faith. Directed by Ulrich Seidl, JESUS YOU KNOW focuses on six faithful Catholics during their private conversations with God. The film shows the subjects in lengthy shots facing each person during these intimate moments. For more information on the director, read this article from the terrific online journal, Senses of Cinema.

Don't miss the Brattle's very special fundraising event taking place on Thursday, September 30. More than 50 artists from near and far have put their art where their hearts are, and donated some stunning works for Art House, the Brattle's first-ever art auction fundraiser! While the seasoned art collector will certainly find great deals at Art House, this event is for the novice art-lover as well, with starting bids between just $50 and $165! Many of the artists will be present at Art House, ready to answer questions about their work. Admission is $10, but buy tickets early since we are limited to 125 guests. There will be a cash bar. Auction bidding will close at 8:15 PM when we will accept payments and hand the work over to the new owners. For a partial online preview of the art being auctioned off, and a link to purchase advance tickets, visit the Art House 2004 page on the Brattle's website.

This week also features the return of Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque. Peary, a big Chlotrudis supporter, Boston Phoenix film critic, and BU film professor, offers free film screenings at Boston University. Filmmakers join the screenings for fascinating discussions in an intimate setting. This is a terrific chance to see true indie films... the kind of films Chlotrudis really needs to pay attention too, and hear how these filmmakers made them. And for that price... how can you pass them by?

This week there are two sessions of BU Cinematheque. On Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. (if you were planning to skip the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies) join Gerry for an evening with Joanthan Caouette. Caouette concludes his Boston press tour with a sneak screening at BU, just prior to its theatrical opening, of TARNATION, his smashing, edgy, brilliant, autobiographical mosaic which was the hit of Sundance in January and was called, by The Boston Phoenix, "the most impressive American movie at the Cannes Film Festival." Caouette�s gay-themed cine-collage�-home movies, songs, telephone conversations, Hollywood clips tells of his (and his mother�s) valiant battle back from total dysfunction. Amazingly, the film was made and edited on a computer at a total cost of $218.

On Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m., the BU Cinemateque invites you to an evening with Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton. Gordon and Hinton, the Brookline-based documentary team behind Long Bow Productions, have made the most comprehensive and important features released about Red China. THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE, their masterpiece about the 1989 killings at Tiananmen Square, was followed by MORNING SUN (2003), which they will show at BU, the first American documentary revealing how Mao manipulated the idealistic student-movement Red Guard to purge China of his enemies, real and imagined. Banned in China, these films have a secret life there via tape and internet. Here, MORNING SUN was a major New York hit playing at the Film Forum.

If you make it to the BU Cinematheque, please say hello to Gerry and tell him Chlotrudis sent you. We want to make sure he knows we're interested!

Finally, if you're looking for something hilariously different, check out SHAUN OF THE DEAD at the Kendall Square Theatre. Beth caught a sneak preview of this film a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely! Go check it out and let us know what you think.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, September 24 - 30.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Restored New 35mm Print!
The Leopard
Midnite Madness!
Big Time (Fri. & Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener (Sun.)
Arthouse! Special Benefit Art Auction (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Dirty Shame
Hero
Shall We Dance? Sneak Preview! (Sat.)
Kids First Film Club
Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Sat.)
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Midnites!
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri. & Sat.)
Classic Summer Movies
Blue Velvet (Mon.)
Special Benefit Screening
The World Stopped Watching (Tue.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Cold War Chronicles: The Films of Emile de Antonio
Millhouse: a White Comedy (Fri. & Sat.)
American Is Hard to See (Fri. & Sun.)
Painters Painting (Sat. & Wed.)
In the King of Prussia (Tue.)
An Evening with Robert Fenz (Sun.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Easy Rider (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
Pola X (Mon.)
Film Architectures
Metropolis w/ live pianist (Tue. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Bright Young Things
Criminal
Silver City
Garden State
The Door in the Floor
Fahrenheit 9/11
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Bright Leaves Director Russ McElwee in person on Fri!
Shaun of the Dead
A Dirty Shame
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Bright Young Things
Festival Express
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
Napoleon Dynamite

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
A Head in the Clouds
A Dirty Shame
The Last Short
Silver City
Criminal
Garden State
Before Sunset

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Merci Docteur Rey
September Tapes
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Criminal
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Silver City
Fahrenheit 9/11
Maria Full of Grace
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Last Shot
Silver City
When Will I Be Loved
Vanity Fair
Hero

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New England Film Arists Present
Smoke and Mirrors: A Geisha Story (Fri., Sat. & Mon.)
The Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Distant (Fri. & Sat.)
Russian Cinema: A Tribute to Lenfilm Studios
Katka's Reinette Apples (Sat.)
House in the Snow Drifts (Sat.)
Pre-release Screening
Tarnation (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Facing Windows

Gerald Peary's BU Cinematheque
Filmmakers discuss their films in an intimate setting... for FREE!
Tarnation with director Jonathan Caouette (Mon.) Room 224, 725 Comm. Ave.
Morning Sun with directors Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton (Thu.) Room B-05, 640 Comm. Ave.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 10-23

Hello Film Lovers!

We're back from Toronto, and we're actually facing a little movie burn-out, if you can believe it. However we're thrilled to announce this week's Monday Night Movie as a special, free, sneak preview of Walter Salles' MOTORCYCLE DIARIES starring Gael Garc�Bernal. The screening takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Loew's Boston Common. Please arrive at the lobby by 6:30 so we can get you your pass.

MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.
DIRECTOR: Walter Salles
CAST: Gabriel Garcia Gael; Rodrigo De la Serna; Mia Maestro; Mercedes Moran

I'd also encourage you to try to catch another new release this week, JU-ON? This chilling Japanese film in the vein of RINGU, played last year at the Brattle Theatre's Boston Fantastic Film Festival. In addition, an American version of this film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and entitled THE GRUDGE, will be opening very soon, and you know you'll want to see the original version first. It's very creepy and well worth it!

Director Takashi Shimizu delivers Japanese horror filmmaking at its best. His latest film is the tale of a family who is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowing homecare worker arrives on the scene, the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begins, affecting all those who step foot in the dark house. Sam Raimi calls JU-ON "the most frightening film I've ever seen, leaving you no time to catch your breath." (Fully subtitled)
CAST: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, Kanji Tsuda, Kayoko Shibata, Yukako Kukuri, Shuri Matsuda, Yoji Tanaka, Takashi Matsuyama, Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji, Chikara Ishikura, Chikako Isomura, Daisuke Honda, Hirokazu Inoue

Finally, a third choice that is sure to be an intriguing and worthwhile film experience comes from Chlotrudis-winner John Sayles and his new political film, SILVER CITY. This would be this week's choice for Monday Night Film, but it's playing at Theatre's I'd rather not go to. But if you don't mind going to the Harvard Sq. Theatre, the Boston Common Theatre, or the Embassy in Waltham, I urge you to check out SILVER CITY.

During a Colorado gubernatorial race, an inarticulate candidate (Chris Cooper), the scion of a right-wing political dynasty, fumbles towards elected office. When the discovery of an unexplained corpse threatens his campaign�as well as the special interest groups who pull his strings�a private detective (Danny Huston) is hired. Having passively accepted corruption for years, the investigator's sense of moral outrage is rekindled as the evidence he uncovers circles back, dangerously, toward his own employers. Co-starring Richard Dreyfuss, Daryl Hannah, Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Tim Roth and Kris Kristofferson. Written and directed by John Sayles.
CAST: Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Chris Cooper, Alma Delfina, Richard Dreyfuss, Miguel Ferrer, James Gammon, Daryl Hannah, Danny Huston, Kris Kristofferson, Cajardo Lindsey, Rodney Lizcano, Sal Lopez, Charles Mitchell, Michael Murphy, Mary Kay Place, Tim Roth, David Russell, Gary Sirchia, Ralph Waite, Billy Zane

Fans of Stephen Fry's work may want to check out BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, adapted from Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies. Fans of anime could check out GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, which several people who were with us in Toronto enjoyed. The Harvard Film Archive presents an intriguing series entitled, "Movie Love: Almod� and His Inspirations." featuring such films as MATADOR, TALK TO HER, MILDRED PIERCE, and ALL ABOUT EVE. Fans of the political documentary won't want to miss OUTFOXED: RUPERT MURDOCH'S WAR ON JOURNALISM at the Coolidge, or if you're looking for some down and dirty fun in preparation for his film A DIRTY SHAME, check out the John Waters series at the Brattle.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, September 17 - 23.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
ResFest 2004 (Fri. - Sun.)
John Waters: King of Cult!
Pink Flamingos (Mon.)
Female Trouble (Tue.)
Polyester (Wed.)
Hairspray (Thu.)
Midnites!
Coffee & CIgarettes (Fri. & Sat.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Art SPiegelman (Mon.)
Gish Jen (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Hero
Vanity Fair
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Nina Simone: Love Sorceress (Fri. - Mon., Wed.)
Midnites!
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri. & Sat.)
Movies with Live Soundtracks (Fri.)
Midnites! Porn Fu!
Sex and Zen (Sat.)
Double Feature!
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Mon.)
Raiders: Adaptation Director Eric Zala in Person! (Mon.)
Director's Cut
Crashing the Parties 2004

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
The Films of Christian Petzold
Wolfsburg (Fri. & Sun.)
Cuba Libre (Fri.)
Something to Remind Me (Sat. & Sun.)
The State I am in (Sat.)
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Psycho (Mon.)
Cin� Fran�s
The Lovers on the Bridge (Mon.)
Movie Love: Almod� and His Inspirations
Matador (Tue.)
Duel in the Sun (Tue.)
High Heels (Wed.)
Mildred Pierce (Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
The Door in the Floor
De-Lovely
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Ju-On
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Faster
Bright Young Things
Festival Express
The Brown Bunny
Garden State
The Door in the Floor
Maria Full of Grace
Napoleon Dynamite

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Silver City
Criminal
Vanity Fair
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Freedom Park
Open Water
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Fahrenheit 9/11
Maria Full of Grace
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Silver City
Criminal
Vanity Fair
Hero
We Don't Live Here Anymore

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Small Town and Cocoon (Sat.)
Clouds of May (Sat.)
Distant (Sat. & Sun.)
Art on Film
Russian Ark (Sun.)
Russian Cinema: A Tribute to Lenfilm Studios
Twenty Days Without the War (Thu.)
Masquerade (Thu.)
The New Babylon (Thu.)
Irish Cinema
Goldfish Memory (Thu.)
New England Film Arists Present
Smoke and Mirrors: A Geisha Story (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Festival Express

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Gearing Up for their Annual Film Festival!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 10 - 16

Hello Film Lovers!

Despite the fact that many of us are in Toronto at the Film Festival this week, Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies goes on! I let Bob select this week's film because he has been such a stalwart, rarely missing a Monday night film. If you're in town, please consider joining him at the Kendall Square Theatre for the 7:15 p.m. screening of NICOTINA. This Spanish caper features Y TU MAM�TAMBI�'S Diego Luna in a stylish caper comedy. Check out the synopsis below:

NICOTINA

Director Hugo Rodr�ez's stylish caper comedy stars Diego Luna (Y TU MAM�TAMBI�) and takes place in Mexico City in real time, between 9:17pm and 10:50pm. From the first minute, we are on a wild ride where ordinary people and criminals alike are swept into a sea of circumstances during the pursuit of twenty missing diamonds. When the haze finally clears, computers have been hacked, people have been whacked and lives have gone up in a cloud of smoke. Winner of 6 Ariel Awards (Mexico's Oscars), including acting honors for co-stars Rosa Mar�Bianchi, Rafael Incl�and Daniel Gim�z Cacho. (Fully subtitled)
CAST: Marta Belaustegui, Rosa Mar�Bianchi, Lucas Crespi, Daniel Gim�z Cacho, Rafael Incl� Enoc Lea�Diego Luna, Carmen Madrid, Jes�hoa

You may want to take the opportunity to do some Film Festival screenings yourselves! Okay, so you're not in Toronto, the Boston Film Festival kicks off on Friday, September 10, and despite it's poor reputation, it actually has some interesting films in its roster. In addition to honoring Annette Bening (so good in THE GRIFTERS and VALMONT), some of the film's screening include PRIMER, the surprise, low-budget hit of Sundance; BEING JULIA, starring the afore-mentioned Bening; Stephen Fry's BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS; THE WOODSMAN, starring Peg's new crush, Kevin Bacon; and many more. Still, next year, think about coming to Toronto, okay?

Unfortunately, due to Toronto, I will not be home until late next Thursday night, so next week's announcement will most likely be sent out on Friday evening. Sorry in advance for the late notice! I do hope some of you took advantage of the special free screening of WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW!? I'm very curious to hear how it was! And check out the many new reviews of current films out at the theatres! Chlotrudis members have been busily seeing films, so find out what you're missing and go see a movie!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, September 10 - 16.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Jacques Tati
Playtime
M. Hulot�s Holiday (Sun. & Mon.)
Mon Oncle (Tue. & Wed.)
Midnites!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mnid
Special Event!
The Manhattan Short Film Festival... You Be The Judge! (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Hero
Vanity Fair
Nina Simone: Love Sorceress
The Corporation
Jandek on Corwood
Midnites!
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Fri. & Sat.)
Midnites! Kung Fu Encores!
Dragon Fight (Sat.)
Classic Summer Movies
The Shining (Mon.)
Director's Cut
Playing House Director Jane Gray in Person!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Cold War Chronicles: The Films of Emile de Antonio
In the Year of the Pig (Fri., Sun., & Mon.)
Rush to Judgment (Fri. & Sun.)
Point of Order (Sat., Sun. & Tue.)
Mr. Hoover & I (Sat. & Wed.)
Underground (Tue. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Fahrenheit 9/11
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
The Door in the Floor
De-Lovely
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Nicotina
Warriors of Heaven and Earth
Festival Express
The Brown Bunny
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
Garden State
The Door in the Floor
Maria Full of Grace
Napoleon Dynamite

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Criminal
Vanity Fair
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Maria Full of Grace
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Freedom Park
Open Water
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Fahrenheit 9/11
Maria Full of Grace
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Criminal
Vanity Fair
Hero
We Don't Live Here Anymore

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Irish Cinema
Goldfish Memory (Fri. & Sat. & Thu.)
New England Film Artists Present
Monkey Dance (Fri. - Sun.)
Cinema Tropical
The Photographer (Fri. & Sat.)
Russian Cinema: A Tribute to Lenfilm Studios
Masquerade (Sat.)
In That Land (Wed.)
The Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Distant (Wed.)
The Small Town and The Cocoon (Thu.)
Clouds of May (Thu.)
Art on Film
Russian Ark (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Twilight Samurai

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Gearing Up for their Annual Film Festival!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Society Goes North of the Border!

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is less than a week away, and certain members of Chlotrudis are getting very excited. With nearly 300 films screening from all around the world, and dozens of shorts as well, TIFF is knowns as the biggest and best Film Festival for the public. While Cannes is arguably the most glamarous of the festivals, it is largely for industry folk. Sundance has had its ups and downs, but Toronto remains a consistent crowd-pleaser.

Films are split into 16 cateogries: Canada First, Canadian Retrospective, Contemporary World Cinema, Discovery, Midnight Madness, Planet Africa, Special Presentations, Visions, Canadian Open Vault, Short Cut Canada, Dialogues: Talking with Pictures, Masters, National Cinema, Real to Reel, Viacom Galas, and wavelengths. This year features new films from many Chlotrudis-favorite directors, including Claire Denis, Lukas Moodysson, David Gordon Green, Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Brad Anderson, and Todd Solondz to name a few.

But as anyone who knows about Chlotrudis knows, one of the big draws is the plethora of Canadian film that plays at the Festival. Chlotrudis friends and favorites, Don McKellar and Daniel MacIvor, both have new films at the festival. Both bring their second directorial efforts to TIFF. Don McKellar's new film is called CHILDSTAR, in which an American, child, action star comes to Toronto to shoot his latest film. McKellar plays an experimental filmmaker who winds up being the star's driver... then surrogate father as he becomes involved with his mother. As any fan of LAST NIGHT knows, McKellar is adept at combining quirky humor with powerful drama, and CHILDSTAR is sure to satisfay.

Daniel MacIvor impressed Chlotrudis audiences at this year's Awards Ceremony, where he picked up the "Body of Work" award. MacIvor's follow-up to the sublmie PAST PERFECT is called WILBY WONDERFUL. Featuring an all-star Canadian cast, MacIvor's film focuses on the small island community of Wilby, and the quirky characters that inhabit it.

A gang of Chlotrudis members and Boston film exhibitor types have taken over a beautiful bed & breakfast called Cawthra Sq. Expect lots of news and reports post-Toronto, as well as the next issue of Chlotrudis Mewsings!

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 2 - 9

Hello Film Lovers!

This week's Chlotrudis Monday Night Movie of the Week picked up two Awards last year at the 9th Annual Chlotrudis Awards. Join us at the Brattle Theatre, Monday, September 6 (Labor Day), 7:00 p.m. for DONNIE DARKO: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT. Jake Gyllenhaal, last year's winner of the Best Actor Chlotrudis Award in a breakthrough performance, leads a cast of such terrific participants as Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Katharine Ross, James Duval, and the delightful Beth Grant in this cult-favorite film that's part science fiction apocalyptic nightmare, part dead-on John Hughes-style teen flick. Writer/director Richard Kelly took home the Chlotrudis Award for Best Original Screenplay, and here's you chance to see the film he intended to make. Don't miss it!

DONNIE DARKO: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
dir. Richard Kelly w/ Jake Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Katharine Ross, and Noah Wylie, 133m

�My original vision was always a kind of epic science fiction take but it had to be condensed to come in under two hours. Ultimately, I found it impossible to fully communicate the story in under two hours but now I don�t have a restriction on running time, hopefully audiences will be able to re-experience the film in a completely new way. With the new visual effects and new sound design I think it�s something the fans will really want to see on the big screen.� � Richard Kelly

When DONNIE DARKO was released in late 2001 it was considered a box office flop. With the events of 9/11 in the forefront of the American consciousness, the film�s stylized violence and mindtrip premise made it a difficult sell. In fact, the Brattle�s January 2002 premiere of the film locally was considered one of its more successful runs� and we only played the film for three days! However, through extremely positive buzz and word-of-mouth, midnight screenings began to spring up across the country, DVD sales began to soar, and the cult of DONNIE DARKO was born. In light of the film becoming a contemporary cult hit and the fact that its star Jake Gyllenhaal is fast on the way to becoming a bona-fide Hollywood Star, writer/director Richard Kelly was given the rare opportunity to revisit his original film with an expanded budget and truly realize his vision of the story. The result is a director�s cut that boasts 20 minutes of additional footage, enhanced sound, more special effects and an expanded soundtrack featuring songs initially too expensive for the original release.

If you really need to see an indie film released in 2004 this weekend, there are a couple of new releases. I really want to get excited about Mira Nair's VANITY FAIR. Nair was last in the Chlotrudis eye with the sumptuous and delightful MONSOON WEDDING. But her film interpretation of William Makepeace Thackery's Vanity Fair looks like a rather limp Merchant/Ivory film. I hope to see it at some point, but I'm in no realy hurry, despite, or perhaps because of Reese Witherspoon in the lead role. Another new release that engenders even less enthusiasm in my film sensibilities is Vincent Gallo's THE BROWN BUNNY. Sure, BUFFALO 66, Gallo's first directorial effort held my interest, but everything I read and hear about THE BROWN BUNNY makes me want to see it less and less. So he gets an unsimulated, on-screen blow job from Chloe Sevigny; it sounds like the only thing that happens in the entire movie. Still, stranger things have happened, and perhaps I'll catch this if it takes off and lasts more than a week... but I'm not holding my breath.

There are a handful of new documentaries you may want to catch. The Coolidge Corner leads the way with NINA SIMONE: LOVE SORCERESS, which was a smash earlier in the summer during the Monday night blues series. The Kendall opens a couple of docs this week, FESTIVAL EXPRESS and END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES, both looking at the music scene, which given my luck with music docs so far this year (DIG!; METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER) should tell me to rush right out and see them!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, September 2 - 9.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Donnie Darko: the Director's Cut

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Hero
Vanity Fair
Nina Simone: Love Sorceress (starts Fri.)
The Corporation
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (Thu.)
Midnites!
Anderson Comedy Live Sketch Comedy! (Fri.)
Midnites! Kung Fu Encores!
Black Voltage (Sat.)
Classic Summer Movies
JaWS (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Screenings... See you on September 10!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
We Don't Live Here Anymore (starts Fri.)
Riding Giants (starts Fri.)
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace
The Door in the Floor
De-Lovely
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Festival Express (starts Fri.)
The Brown Bunny (starts Fri.)
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (starts Fri.)
Open Water
Garden State
The Door in the Floor Maria Full of Grace
A Home at the End of the World
Napoleon Dynamite
Zhou Yu's Train (Thu.)
Bang Rajan (Thu.)
Rosenstrasse (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Vanity Fair (starts Fri.)
Mean Creek
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Maria Full of Grace
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Festival Express (starts Fri.)
Rosenstrasse (starts Fri.)
Mean Creek (starts Fri.)
Danny Deckchair
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Fahrenheit 9/11
Uncovered: The War in Iraq
Maria Full of Grace
Riding Giants
Before Sunset
De-Lovely
Napoleon Dynamite
L. A. Twister (Thu.)
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman (Thu.)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Vanity Fair (starts Fri.)
Hero
Mean Creek
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Fahrenheit 9/11

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Spanish Cinema
My Mother Likes Women (Thu. - Sun.)
Russian Cinema: A Tribute to Lenfilm Studios
The New Babylon (Thu.)
Twenty Days without the War (Thu.)
A Long Happy Life (Sat. & Wed.)
In That Land (Sat.)
King Lear (Sun. & Thu.)
The Second Circle (Wed. & Thu.)
Irish Cinema
Goldfish Memory (Thu. - Sun., Wed. & Thu.)
New England Film Artists Present
Monkey Dance (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Story of the Weeping Camel (Thu.)
A Touch of Pink (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Rosenstrasse by Margarethe von Trotta at the West Newton Cinema and the Kendall Square Cinema.�

If you missed the BJFF's sold-out sneak preview of Rosenstrasse, or if you want to encourage others to see it, you can still do so at two area theatres.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, August 26 - September 1

Hello Film Lovers!

A couple of outstanding films that have been around for quite awhile are opening on the big screen in Boston this week. One is making a return engagement in a special director's cut, and the other is finally getting the big American release it deserves. I'm going to try to catch both of them during their Boston runs, but for Monday night, the choice has to be Zhang Yimou's HERO. If you see only a single film this year (and I know you're not going to see just one film) it has to be HERO. This film just defies explanation in its power and beauty. The visual mastery HERO displays is beyond compare. Join us Monday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for a feast for the senses: HERO.

Zhang Yimou's HERO
dir. Zhang Yimou w/ Jet Li, Tony Leung, Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, in Mandarin w/subtitles, 1h36m

From this year's first annual Coolidge Award winner, Chinese director Zhang Yimou, comes one of the most eagerly anticipated foreign films of the decade. HERO is an epic action film in the style of classic wuxia (martial arts literature), featuring such notable onscreen talent as Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Donnie Yen. It is a story of assassins and heroes - though which is which can be tough to determine - drenched in the history of China's Qin dynasty. As a brutal warlord attempts to unite his divided country, the different kingdoms each send an assassin to put an end to the Qin King and his unstoppable army. But with a master like Yimou behind the camera, the film is more than just a series of action scenes. Lush primary colors define and separate the lyrical sections of the film, outstandingly captured by cinematographer Christopher Doyle (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE). With flowing costume design, and a beautifully atmospheric score from the famed composer Tan Dun, HERO became an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, in addition to sweeping the Hong Kong Film Awards with an impressive seven wins. And while the film is filled with balletic fighting scenes, HERO's heart truly lies in exploring the transcendent final stage of martial arts - where a warrior can sway an enemy not with violence, but with words.

The other film that's returning to the big screen is across the river at the Brattle Theatre. It has a particular resonance with Chlotrudis members, and many of you may recall how it was cited as the top film of 2002 at the 9th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony. That film is DONNIE DARKO: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT. See the film that director Richard Kelly originally intended. This double-Chlotrudis Award winner (Best Actor, Jake Gyllenhall and Best Original Screenply, Richard Kelly) is one of the masterpieces of modern cinema. Not only is this a apocalyptic science fiction mind bender, it's a note perfect homage to 80's teen films as well. I hope to catch this some time this week as well.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival is busy this week as well. Check out a special preview screening of the new Israeli film BONJOUR, MONSIEUR SHLOMI co-presented with the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday night. The film ROSENSTRASSE opens this week at the Kendall Square Theatre. The BJFF hosted a special preview screening of that film last week. And there's one more chance to see the BJFF's co-presentation of My Architect at the MFA on Saturday.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 26 - September 1.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Last Life in the Universe (Thu.)
Donnie Darko: the Director's Cut (Fri. - Wed.)
Midnight Cult Classics
Pink Flamingoes (Fri. & Sat.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Hero (starts Fri.)
Vanity Fair (starts Wed. 9/1)
Maria Full of Grace
The Corporation
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman (Thu.)
Teens on Screens! "Runaways"
Where the Day Takes You (Wed.)
Midnites! The Best of Ben Stiller
Royal Tennebaums (Fri. & Sat)
Midnites! Kung Fu!
Escape from Women's Prison (Sat.)
Classic Summer Movies
Lawrence of Arabia FREE! for Coolidge Members! (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Screenings... See you in September!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Garden State
Maria Full of Grace (starts Fri.)
The Door in the Floor
De-Lovely
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Zhou Yu's Train (starts Fri.)
Bang Rajan (starts Fri.)
Rosenstrasse (starts Fri.)
Open Water
Garden State
The Door in the Floor Maria Full of Grace
A Home at the End of the World
Napoleon Dynamite
The Corporation (Thu.)
Intimate Strangers (Thu.)
La Dolce Vita (Thu.)
Uncovered: The War in Iraq (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Mean Creek (starts Fri.)
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Maria Full of Grace
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite
Uncovered: The War in Iraq (Thu.)
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman (Thu.)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Danny Deckchair (starts Fri.)
L. A. Twister (starts Fri.)
SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (starts Fri.)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (starts Fri.)
Uncovered: The War in Iraq
Maria Full of Grace
Riding Giants
Code 46 (Thu.)
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman
Before Sunset
De-Lovely
The Door in the Floor (Thu.)
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Hero (starts Fri.)
Mean Creek (starts Fri.)
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Fahrenheit 9/11
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman (Thu.)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Pre-release Screening
Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival
The Extraordinary Mr. Barnet
Okraina (Thu.)
By the Bluest of Seas (Thu. & Sat.)
Alenka (Fri. & Sat.)
The House on Trubnaya Square (Sun.)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Sun.)
Irish Cinema
Goldfish Memory (Thu. - Sun. & Wed.)
Art on Film
My Architect (Sat.) co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Sun.)
Spanish Cinema
My Mother Likes Women (Wed.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Door in the Floor (Thu.)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Special Pre-release Screening
Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi at the Museum of Fine Arts (Thu.)
Another Chance to see...
My Architect at the Museum of Fine Arts (Sat.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President