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Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 18 - 25

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

We're breaking from the usual this week, as Chris Kriofske, the week's host welcomes you to join him on Monday night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 7pm screening of SHUTTER ISLAND. We know, it's not indie, but the inide releases are slim this week, Dennis Lehane is a Boston superstar, and most everyone loved MYSTIC RIVER, yes?

"SHUTTER ISLAND maintains a degree of tension and suspense akin to the best films of Alfred Hitchcock. - Moises Chiullan, Hollywood Elsewhere

[This is] the work of a master at his height. This is Scorsese flexing his muscles and cracking his knuckles and making a movie that's intense and thrilling and engrossing and beautiful and dense. - Devin Faraci, CHUD

From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, SHUTTER ISLAND is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the islands fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

Check out the trailer:

Not a whole lot going on in the indie world right now, but as I mentioned last week, we've got some awards-related stuff happening in the next month! For Chlotrudis members, awards season climaxes with the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards taking place on Sunday, March 21 at the Brattle Theatre! Look for the voting ballot to be ready in early March. You can check out what got nomianted at the Chlotrudis Mewsings blog. Start watching those films -- and remember, you must watch all of the Buried Treasures in order to vote in that category. Fortunately, all five Buried Treasure nominees are available on DVD! But in the meantime, both the Brattle and the Coolidge have some awards-related festivities going on.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has chosen internationally acclaimed director Jonathan Demme as the recipient of the 2010 Coolidge Award. Demme will arrive in Brookline to accept the honor and to participate in related public programs on March 1 – 2. The Coolidge will also present selected screenings from Demme’s filmography throughout February and March. On March 1, 2pm the Coolidge will hold a special benefit screening of Demme's documentary THE AGRONOMIST, which will be a fundraiser Haiti earthquake relief efforts. That same night, March 1 at 8pm, the Coolidge will feature the New England premiere of NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, with introduction and Q&A with Jonathan Demme. Tuesday, March 2 at noon will feature a MELVIN AND HOWARD screening and panel discussion with Demme and key cast and crew members. Then the big event takes place Tuesday night at 6:30pm with the Coolidge Award reception and ceremony. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Coolidge website.

At the Brattle Theatre, get ready to party in style at their 10th Anniversary Oscar Party! This annual staple is one of the best parties of the year (I would say second only to our very own celebration)! This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary, their Special Pre-Party & Fundraiser will feature special guest, producer/director James Ivory! Support the Brattle Film Foundation and the Brattle Theatre by attending their exclusive party and silent auction fundraiser and meet director James Ivory. Then stay and watch the awards! The festivities kick off at 5:30pm on Sunday March 7. I'm part of the Oscar Party's Host Committee, so I do hope you will join me for a great time and an opportunity to support the Brattle as well. Your $75 ticket will admit you to the special pre-party for some delicious hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and attendance at the official Oscar broadcast, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Brattle's Silent Auction and win some really terrific prizes. More information can be found at the Brattle website.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, February 19 - 25, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! The 15th Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival
Looney Tunes Revue (Fri. - Sun.)
The Films Of Jacques Tati
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Fri. - Sun.)
Jour De Fete (Mon.)
Soigne Ton Gauche (Mon.)
L'Ecole des Facteurs (Mon.)
Mon Oncle (Tue.)
Cours de Soir (Tue.)
Traffic (Wed.)
Parade (Thu.)
Special Live Music Event! World Music/CRASHarts Presents!
Taken by Trees and El Perro del Mar (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
John Banville (Tue.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Shutter Island
2010 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
2010 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
The Last Station
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsburg and the Pentagon Papers
Midnight Madness!
The Independent Film Festival of Boston Presents Bitch Slap (Fri.)
Black Dynamite (Fri.)
The Room (Sat.)
Goethe-Institut German Film Series
Whole Rain w/ director in person! (Sun.)
2010 Coolidge Award Winner Jonathan Demme Repertory Screening
Silence of the Lambs w/Dr. Thomas G. Gutheil (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Precious
Broken Embraces

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Three Films by Amie Siegel
Empathy & The Sleepers w/ director Amie Siegel in person! (Fri.)
DDR/DDR w/ director Amie Siegel in person! (Sat.)
Night Visionary, Philippe Grandrieux's Adventures in Perception
New Life & Return to Sarajevo (Sun.)
The Black Films of Aldo Tambellini
Black Is, Black Trip, Black Plus X, Black Trip 2, Blackout, Black TV & Moonblack (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Precious
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Red Riding: 1974 (Fri. - Mon., Wed. & Thu.)
Red Riding: 1980 (Sat., Tue. - Thu.)
Red Riding: 1983 (Sun., Wed., & Thu.)
North Face
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
District 13: Ultimatum
The Last Station
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
A Single Man
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
History of Film: From Silent Movies to Social Networking
Modern Times (Fri.)
The Making of Western Myth
Rio Grande (Fri.)
Fort Apache (Wed.)
The Searchers (Thu.)
Vital Signals
open Television (Sat.)
Body Acts (Sat.)
Festival of Films on Art
Solo (Wed.)
Boris Ryzhy (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Broken Embraces

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
A Single Man

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Last Station
Crazy Heart
The White Ribbon
A Single Man
An Education

Coming Soon

BU Cinematheque

Gerry Peary's BU Cinematheque is back for the 2010 winter/spring semester. Check out some of the terrific guests Gerry will be bringing for FREE to BU! The BU Cinematheque: 7 pm at the BU Communications Building, 640 Comm. Ave, Boston. Remember it’s FREE.

Wednesday, February 24, Com 101-AN EVENING WITH JIMMY TINGLE. The nationally renowned satirist and stand-up comedian (60 Minutes II, MSNBC, Conan O’Brien, etc.) previews his new documentary, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, combining hilarious comedy and political chats with a variety of Americans, including Robert Altman, Lewis Black, Howard Zinn, Janeane Garafola, and Tingle’s Somerville mom. The filmmaker,Vincent Sraggas, is a BU Comm. graduate.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Purchase tickets now for March 2 Special Screening PROTEKTOR!

PROTEKTOR is a stylish thriller, well-acted. The Boston Jewish Film Festival is pleased to present this film from the Czech Republic, currently without U.S. distribution -- in other words, see it now. The year is 1938; the country, Czechoslovakia. Hana has her first big success in film – and the German Occupation, or Protectorate, begins. As a Jew, Hana’s dreams for a successful career are smashed. Her non-Jewish husband Emil, a radio reporter, collaborates with the Nazis more and more. Running late to work, he grabs a stray bicycle on the street, one that looks a lot like that used by the would-be assassin of the Reich Deputy Protector Reinhard Heydrich. Winner, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, Best Feature Film, Denver International Film Festival and Czech Republic entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at Academy Awards.

What: Protektor, directed by Marek Najbrt (2009, Czech Republic/Germany, 98 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Date and time: Tuesday, March 2, 7PM (snow date: Thursday, March 4, 7PM)

Location: West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street/Route 16, Newton

Tickets: $15 general admission; $12 discounted for students, seniors 65+, and members of The Boston Jewish FIlm Festival and WGBH. Purchase tickets online with a credit card by clicking here or purchase at the West Newton Cinema box office, daily from 1PM to 8PM.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 29 - February 4

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

While we are spending Saturday afternoon putting the ballot together for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, we still have to keep watching films for 2010 as well! This week Gil and Amanda host the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies. Join them at the Brattle Theatre for the 7:30 p.m. screening of MYSTERY TEAM. This indie comedy features a trio of Hardy Boys styles detectives who struggle to handle a case beyond their experience.

Mystery Team
(2009) dir Dan Eckman, w/Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson, Dominic Dierkes, Aubrey Plaza, Matt Walsh [109 min]
The MYSTERY TEAM was once a spunky band of Hardy Boys-style, gee-whiz kid detectives – in fact, they still are, only they’re eighteen and the real world is waiting just around the corner. Formerly beloved by their hometown, they’re still storming the playground to bust little kids and their shtick is wearing thin. The members of the team have even outgrown their special talents – when they were seven they might have been the “Master Of Disguise,” the “Strongest Kid In Town,” and the “Boy Genius” but as teenagers, well, they’re kind of pathetic. When a little girl asks the gang if they could find out who murdered her parents – a crime that is a little beyond the Team’s jurisdiction – Jason, the erstwhile leader, accepts the challenge readily, over objections from his teammates who worry that the case is too dangerous. Jason makes the point that in this very real crime, the Team has an opportunity to prove they are real detectives to the town and to themselves. The Team embarks on a mystery that will take them deep into a violent conspiracy of druggies, strippers and corporate operatives. They will see their lives threatened, their friendships strained, and their claim that they are “real detectives” put to the ultimate test.

The comedic hit of last year’s Sundance Film Festival, MYSTERY TEAM is the first feature film by Internet sensations Derrick Comedy. A broad but clever comedy that is hilariously inappropriate and sublimely ridiculous.

Check out the trailer:

Another film opening this week that is a must see is Andrea Arnold's latest hit, FISH TANK. Arnold made a Chlotrudis splash with her debut film RED ROAD, and she returns wth a film that showcases a terrific performance by first-time actress Katie Jarvis. Add to that HUNGER's smokin' Michael Fassbender, and you've got a recipe for a real winner. Don't miss it. It opens this weekend at the Kendall.

Don't miss The Boston Jewish Film Festival’s sneak preview of one of the funniest Israeli films ever. In A MATTER OF SIZE, directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor (co-director of the 2008 Festival hit, STRANGERS), four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle are fed up with dieting. Head over to thge Stuart Street Playhouse Movie Theatre, 200 Stuart St. on Tuesday, February 2, 7pm. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 discounted for students, seniors, members of the BJFF and WGBH members. Purchase tickets onlin by credit cards by clicking here, or in person one hour before showtime at the Stuart Street playhouse.

When 341-pound Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant, he falls in love with the world of Sumo, which honors and appreciates people as large as he is.
You'll fall in love with A Matter of Size. Click here to watch the trailer. Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.

Check out the trailer:

Remember, just one more day to nominate, and all you need to do to submit your nomination is to visit http://www.chlotrudis.org/nominations and enter your last name and membership number (which you can find on your Chlotrudis membership card, or by contacting me). From there enter the films you've seen and begin creating your nomination worksheet. We need as many people as possible to submit their nominations, so if you've seen a minimum of 25 eligible films from last year, please make sure you nominate!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 29 - February 4, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Mystery Team
Special Event! World Music/CRASHarts Presents
Damon & Naomi: 1001 Nights An Evening of Music, Film and Conversation with Damon & Naomi (Sun.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
Up in the Air (ineligible)
Waiting for Armageddon
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Ravenous (Fri. & Sat.)
Goethe Institut German Film Series
Cloud 9 (Sun.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Precious
The Lovely Bones

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Peter Bogdanovich, Between Old and New Hollywood
Paper Moon (Fri.)
Daisy Miller (Fri.)
Saint Jack (Sat.)
They All Laughed (Sat.)
What's Up, Doc? (Sun.)
Film Event
Petition Directed by Zhao Liang, Appearing in Person (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Precious
An Education

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Fish Tank
Creation
Police, Adjective
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Young Victoria
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Lovely Bones

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Celebrating Chekhov
Uncle Vanya (Fri.)
Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (Fri. & Sat.)
A Hunting Accident (Fri.)
Ward No. 6 (Sat.)
The Lady with the Dog (Sat.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
An Education

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Young Victoria
A Matter of Size (Tue.)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Crazy Heart
The White Ribbon
A Single Man
An Education

Coming Soon

BU Cinematheque

Gerry Peary's BU Cinematheque is back for the 2010 winter/spring semester. Check out some of the terrific guests Gerry will be bringing for FREE to BU! The BU Cinematheque: 7 pm at the BU Communications Building, 640 Comm. Ave, Boston. Remember it’s FREE.

Friday, January 29, B-05 Com.- AN EVENING WITH HERB GOLDER. A first Boston look at Werner Herzog’s controversial 2009 Cannes hit, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, with a screenplay co-written by Golder, a BU Classics professor. Golder will speak after of his collaboration with the great German filmmaker, Herzog, on this new work based on a true-life, tabloid San Diego matricide murder, with Willem Dafoe, Michael Shannon, and Chloe Sevigny, and produced by David Lynch.

Friday, February 5,. B-05 Com.-AN EVENING WITH LOIS SMITH. During her half-century legendary career, Smith was the most powerful , revered Hollywood publicist. In a conversation with Boston Herald film critic, James Verniere, Smith will discuss her extraordinary A-list career, with personal clients from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep to Martin Scorsese, from Robert Redford to Rosie O’Donnell to Sean Penn.

Wednesday, February 24, Com 101-AN EVENING WITH JIMMY TINGLE. The nationally renowned satirist and stand-up comedian (60 Minutes II, MSNBC, Conan O’Brien, etc.) previews his new documentary, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, combining hilarious comedy and political chats with a variety of Americans, including Robert Altman, Lewis Black, Howard Zinn, Janeane Garafola, and Tingle’s Somerville mom. The filmmaker,Vincent Sraggas, is a BU Comm. graduate.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 22 - 28

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

We're well into January, but we're still seeing 2009 eligible films, so do join this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies Host Chris Kriofske for the 6:45pm screening of POLICE ADJECTIVE. This wry comedy from the director of Chlotrudis Buried Treasure nominee 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST won a Jury Prize at Cannes last year. Hope you can join us as you rack up the eligible 2009 films to nominate!

Romania’s official Oscar selection and winner of a 2009 Cannes Jury Prize and FIPRESCI international critics’ prize, writer/director Corneliu Porumboiu’s whip-smart, dryly funny follow-up to his acclaimed debut 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST centers on a police officer on a surveillance mission who has a crisis of faith. Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a young undercover cop pressured to arrest a teenager who offers pot to two of his schoolmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man he considers merely irresponsible, Cristi must either allow the arrest to be a burden on his conscience, or face censure by his superior (Vlad Ivanov of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) for whom the word “conscience” has an entirely different meaning. Porumboiu wields his camera like a well-aimed weapon, revealing his story with little dialogue and gradually increasing tension, until the unexpected conclusion. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Cast: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu, Ion Stoica, Marian Ghenea, Cosmin Selesi, George Remes, Dan Cogalniceanu, Serban Georgevici, Alexandru Sabadac

Check out the trailer:

Boston celebrates Robert Altman this weekend, and it all kicks off on Friday, January 22, 5:30 - 10pm at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue. The life and work of legendary film director Robert Altman will be celebrated at a Boston University symposium on January 22, marking the publication of a new Altman biography and the 40th anniversary of his seminal film “M*A*S*H.” Favorite Altman actors Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, and Michael Murphy will be joined in a panel discussion by his widow, Kathryn Altman, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr, and BU Prof. Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Robert Altman: The Oral Biography followed by a screening of M*A*S*H.

Open to the public ($10 for adults, $5 for children), the evening is sponsored by the BU College of Communication in concert with the BU Alumni Association’s WinterFest Weekend.

If you can't make it on Friday, make sure you swing by the Brattle Theatre on Sunday for a day of Altman with special appearances by Sally Kellerman and Elliott Gould. They will be screening COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, BREWSTER MCCLOUD, THE LONG GOODBYE and THE PLAYER.

Remember, nominations are now open, and all you need to do to submit your nomination is to visit http://www.chlotrudis.org/nominations and enter your last name and membership number (which you can find on your Chlotrudis membership card, or by contacting me). From there enter the films you've seen and begin creating your nomination worksheet. We need as many people as possible to submit their nominations, so if you've seen a minimum of 25 eligible films from last year, please make sure you nominate!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 22 - 28, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Brattle Selects 2010!
Whip It (Fri.)
Unholy Rollers (Fri.)
West Side Story(Sun.)
Arizona Dream (Mon.)
Ong Bak (Tue.)
Ong Bak 2 (Tue.)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Wed.)
Wise Blood (Wed.)
Special Event! Celebrating Robert Altman
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Sun.)
Brewster McCloud Followed by a Q&A w/ Sally Kellerman & Michael Murphy
The Long Goodbye (Sun.) Followed by a Q&A by Elliott Gould
The Player (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Joseph E. Stiglitz (Wed.)
Universal Horror Triple Feature
Frankenstein (Thu.)
Drracula (Thu.)
Wolfman (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
2009 Sundance Shorts
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Galaxy Quest (Fri. & Sat.)
The Room (Fri.)
Show: A film, burlesque show and book signing with Henry Horenstein (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas
L'Orfeo (Sun.)
Sundance USA
The Company Man (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Serious Man
Me and Orson Welles (Mon. - Thu.)
Bombay Cinema Presents
Chance Pe Dance (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Precious
The Lovely Bones

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Alain Resnais and the Enigmatic Art of Memory
Stavisky (Fri.)
Private Fears in Public Places (Fri.)
Muriel, or the Time of Return (Sat.)
Mélo (Sat.)
All the Memory of the World, Guernica, Statues Also Die and Night and Fog (Sun.)
Providence (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Broken Embraces
Precious
An Education

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Creation
Police, Adjective
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
A Town Called Panic
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Young Victoria
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Lovely Bones
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Young Victoria
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Lovely Bones

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
International Masters
The Man from London (Fri., Sat. & Wed.)
Human Rights Watch International FilmFestival
Youth Producing Change (Fri.)
Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter (Sat.)
Look Into My Eyes (Sat.)
Celebrating Chekhov
The Seagull (Wed.)
Ward No. 6 (Wed.)
Uncle Vanya (Thu.)
Chekov's Motive (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
An Education

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Young Victoria

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Crazy Heart
The White Ribbon
A Single Man
An Education

Coming Soon

BU Cinematheque

Gerry Peary's BU Cinematheque is back for the 2010 winter/spring semester. Check out some of the terrific guests Gerry will be bringing for FREE to BU! The BU Cinematheque: 7 pm at the BU Communications Building, 640 Comm. Ave, Boston. Remember it’s FREE.

Friday, January 29, B-05 Com.- AN EVENING WITH HERB GOLDER. A first Boston look at Werner Herzog’s controversial 2009 Cannes hit, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, with a screenplay co-written by Golder, a BU Classics professor. Golder will speak after of his collaboration with the great German filmmaker, Herzog, on this new work based on a true-life, tabloid San Diego matricide murder, with Willem Dafoe, Michael Shannon, and Chloe Sevigny, and produced by David Lynch.

Friday, February 5,. B-05 Com.-AN EVENING WITH LOIS SMITH. During her half-century legendary career, Smith was the most powerful , revered Hollywood publicist. In a conversation with Boston Herald film critic, James Verniere, Smith will discuss her extraordinary A-list career, with personal clients from Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep to Martin Scorsese, from Robert Redford to Rosie O’Donnell to Sean Penn.

Wednesday, February 24, Com 101-AN EVENING WITH JIMMY TINGLE. The nationally renowned satirist and stand-up comedian (60 Minutes II, MSNBC, Conan O’Brien, etc.) previews his new documentary, Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream, combining hilarious comedy and political chats with a variety of Americans, including Robert Altman, Lewis Black, Howard Zinn, Janeane Garafola, and Tingle’s Somerville mom. The filmmaker,Vincent Sraggas, is a BU Comm. graduate.

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.

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

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 30 - November 5

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Gil and Amanda have chosen an outstanding selection of next week's Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies. Please take this opportunity to join them in screening Claire Denis' masterful 35 SHOTS OF RUM, at the Kendall Square Cinema, 7:25pm on Monday, November 2. This one's got lots of rave reviews on the Chlotrudis page, so check it out! Watch of an announcement about dinner before the movie at The Friendly Toast on Monday.

Set among a small circle of friends and neighbors in a Parisian suburb, 35 SHOTS OF RUM is a gloriously delicate and sublime new film from the great French filmmaker Claire Denis (BEAU TRAVAIL, CHOCOLAT). Lionel (Alex Descas), a metro conductor, lives with his daughter Josephine (Mati Diop), a beautiful university student, in a bustling apartment complex. They have been sharing the same space for many years and have grown accustomed to one another's company. Josephine has begun spending time with Noé (Grégoire Colin), a handsome young neighbor, while Lionel is being drawn into a romance with a longtime friend, taxi driver Gabrielle (Nicole Dogué). As their lives are pulled in different directions, father and daughter realize they must confront a painful aspect of their past in order to embrace what lies ahead. Sumptuously shot by frequent Denis collaborator Agnès Godard, this warm, funny and enchanting film casts a lovely spell unlike any other movie this year. Original music by Tindersticks (Denis's TROUBLE EVERY DAY and NENETTE AND BONI). (Fully subtitled)
Director: Claire Denis
Cast: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin, Jean-Christophe Folly, Djédjé Apali, Eriq Ebouaney

Check out the trailer:

Has a year gone by already? The 21st Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off next week on Wednesday, November 4 with the Massachusetts premiere of ELI & BEN, 7pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. As usual, the BJFF serves up an incredible line-up of films playing at 9 different venues in Greater Boston. I'm also please to announce that Chlotrudis is a community partner once again, this time working with the BJFF on the film THE WOLBERG FAMILY.

THE WOLBERG FAMILY (LA FAMILLE WOLBERG)
Thursday, November 5, 7:45 pm, Institute of Contemporary Art
Thursday, November 12, 9:00 pm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
East Coast Premiere
Director: Axelle Ropert, France, 2009, 80 min., Narrative, 35mm
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? French with subtitles

I also want to mention a couple more films playing the festival that you should make note of. Playing on Saturday, November 7, 9:30pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre is JAFFA, 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. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is the latest film by André Téchiné (WILD REEDS; STRAYED; CHANGING TIMES) who returns with a family drama starring Catherine Deneuve and Emilie Duquenne. Ronit Elkabetz is also featured in this film that's sure to be a thought-provoking work. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN plays Sunday, November 8 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Thursday, November 12 at the Kendall Square Cinema. Finally, you should check out the animated Australia 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!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, October 30 - November 5, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Theatrical Premiere!
Trick R Treat (Fri. & Sat.)
Special Family Event! Brattle Trick or Treat!
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (Sat.)
Special Engagement!
Evil Dead 2 (Sat.)
Special Live Music Event! World Music/CRASHarts Presents!
The Hidden Cameras w/ Gentleman Reg! (Sun.)
Special Engagement! Area Premiere!
American Casino (Wed. & Thu.)
Classic TV on the Big Screen! 50th Anniversary!
The Twilight Zone (Wed. & Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
An Education
A Serious Man
The Yes Men Fix the World
The Beaches of Agnes
No Impact Man
The Darkness Within (Thu.)
Midnight Madness!
The Thing (Fri.)
9th Annual Halloween Marathon: The Blob, Night of the Creeps and four others! (Sat.)
Kid's Film
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas!
Maria Stuarda (Sun.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Film Series
Hear and Now (Tue.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Opening Night Film: Eli & Ben (Wed.)
Hello, Goodbye (Thu.)
He's My Girl (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
The September Issue
The Hurt Locker (Mon. - Thu.)
Bombay Cinema
Aladdin (Fri. - Sun.)

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Zombieland

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Debonair: The Films of Stanley Donen
Movie Movie (Fri.)
Staircase> (Fri.)
Bedazzled (Sat.)
Damn Yankees (Sat.)
John Marshall’s Explorations in Ethnography
Selection of short films of the !Kung Bushmen - Introduction by Cynthia Close, Documentary Educational Resources (Sun.)
Selection of Short Films from the Pittsburg Police - Introduction by Brittany Gravely, Documentary Educational Resources (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Amelia
A Serious Man

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
35 Shots of Rhum
The Boondock Saints II: All Saint's Day
The Canyon
An Education
Antichrist
A Serious Man
Amelia
Capitalism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Damned United
Capitalism: A Love Story
An Education
More than a Game

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Zombieland

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Halloween Program
American Movie (Fri. & Sat.)
Hagstone Demon (Fri. - Sun.)
Jon Springer Shorts (Sat.)
Boston Palestine Film Festival
Curfew (Sun.)
Laila's Birthday (Sun.)
Women in Film
She is the Matador (Thu.)
Documentary
Crude (Thu.)
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Room and a Half (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Paris

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

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, October 23 - 29

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Brace youselves... Chris has selected Lars von Trier's ANTICHRIST as next week's Chlotrudis Monday Movie of the Week. The controversial director of DOGVILLE, DANCER IN THE DARK and BREAKING THE WAVES has done it again in this psychosexual fable starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Join Chris on Monday for the 7pm screening of ANTICHRIST at the Kendall Square Cinema for this challening and controversial film.

A grieving couple retreat to 'Eden,' their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse… Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (winner of the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival) give brave, outstanding performances in the new provocation from writer/director Lars von Trier. ANTICHRIST is a totally uncompromising psychological horror film conceived and made while the director was experiencing emotional challenges in his own life. Reviewing the intense and controversial film at its Cannes premiere, Roger Ebert called it "powerfully made" and continued: "The performances by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg are heroic and fearless…Von Trier's visual command is striking…And if you can think beyond what he shows to what he implies, its depths are frightening…Von Trier has reached me and shaken me."
Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Check out the trailer:

The Sunday Eye-Opener, a co-presentation of Chlotrudis and the Brattle Film Foundation is back in swing and we're this week features another strong documentary. THE GOOD SOLDIER is a powerful documentary follows the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars. In extensive and emotional interviews these soldiers recount their experiences as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a "good soldier." THE GOOD SOLDIER is an extraordinary film that transcends political lines and speaks to all sides. The Sunday Eye-Opner is one of the most popular of the local Chlotrudis programs, runs during the Spring, Fall, and Winter and features either a special sneak preview or an undistributed independent film, followed by a moderated audience discussion. To insure that you know what films will ne playing you'll need to join the Sunday Eye Opener email list to find out what's playing. Visit the Sunday Eye Opener page to learn more about the program, join the email list, or purchase a subscription. Complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries included. Admission is $10 or you can purchase an 8-week subscription: $50 general public; $30 for Brattle or Chlotrudis members; $20 for members of both organizations. This week's Sunday Eye Opener starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 25.

The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc. and Haley House Bakery Cafe invite you to "Dinner and a Movie!" The Color of Film Collaborative's DINNER & A MOVIE series event takes place this Friday, October 23, so stop by to enjoy a special night of great food and conversation centered around a new film. SIMPLY RAW: REVERSING DIABETES IN 30 DAYS is a fascinating, independent film by Morgan Spurlock (known for his SUPER SIZE ME documentary) that follows six Type I and II diabetics for thirty days as they take the 'raw challenge' to treat their disease naturally by eating only organic, vegan, "raw foods," despite the American Medical Association's claim that "Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure." Doors open at 5:30pm,
Dinner & desert served promptly at 6pm until 6:45pm. The movie starts at 7pm, followed by your discussions at 8:30pm led by Nina LaNegra of The Roxbury Media Institute. $20 per person includes this special RAW FOODS menu prepared prepared by Zakiya Alake of Abundance Vegan Catering Service, Raw Veggie Wraps, Vegan Maki Rolls, Huge Dinner Salad of portobello and squash cervich, "cooked" in a lime juice, ginger and salt bath overnight, served on a riot of lettuce, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers, dressed with a vinaigrette of extra virgin olive oil, lime and mango puree; accompanied by a healthy scoop of raw-style, seasoned brown rice. For dessert: seasonal fruit slices with raw cream made from cashews or almonds. Organic beer, bio-dynamic wine, a wide array of non-alcoholic beverages and gratuities are additional. Gratuities for our volunteers that evening are greatly appreciated. The festivities take place at Haley House Bakery Cafe at 12 Dade St.

Don't forget to keep Gerry Peary's BU CINEMATHEQUE in mind now that the fall semester has begun. BU Cinematheque Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29-AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL PAUL STEPHENSON
Who could have imagined that the execrable 1990 horror flick, Troll 2, would
not disappear but become an obsessive cult movie shown around the world, celebrated for being abominably bad? Stephenson, the once-child star, tracks down the original cast—some genial, some goony, some certifiably crazy—for his good-natured autobiographical documentary, BEST WORST MOVIE, a super hit at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. And let’s not forget Troll 2’s ill-natured Italian director, Claudio Fragasso, who, alone in the world , believes he made a little masterpiece. A Boston premiere.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, October 23 - 29, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Boston Bike Film Festival (Fri. & Sat.)
The Triplets of Belleville (Sat.)
Sunday Eye Opener
The Good Soldier (Sun.)
Repertory Series - Boston Noir!
Dennis Lehane and Friends, Celebrating the Release of Boston Noir (Sun.)
Gone Baby Gone (Sun.)
Mystic River (Mon.)
The Spanish Prisoner (Tue.)
Spartan (Tue.)
The Boston Strangler (Wed.)
The Departed (Thu.)
The Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Christos Papadimitriou (Wed.)
Harriet Reisen (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Yes Men Fix the World
An Education
A Serious Man
The Beaches of Agnes
No Impact Man
Midnight Madness!
Prince of Darkness (Fri. & Sat.)
A/V Geeks: The Haunted Classroom (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas!
Maria Stuarda (Sun.)
Brookline Booksmith presents
John Irving (Tue.)
Augusten Burroughs (Thu.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatre, Arlington
(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
The September Issue

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Zombieland

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Tales of a Wandering Camera – The Films of Ulrike Ottinger
Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia (Fri.)
Freak Orlando (Sat.)
Taiga (Sun.)
The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press (Mon.)
Karel Vachek in person: two screenings
Záviš, the Prince of Pornofolk Under the Influence of Griffith’s 'Intolerance' and Tati’s 'Mr. Hulot’s Holiday', or The Foundation and Doom of Czechoslovakia Director in Person! (Tue.)
Elective Infinities (Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Amelia
New York, I Love You
A Serious Man

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Antichrist
A Serious Man

New York, I Love You
Bright Star
Amelia
Capitalism: A Love Story
Coco Before Chanel
Motherhood

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Damned United
Capitalism: A Love Story
An Education
More than a Game
The Invention of Lying
New York, I Love You

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Zombieland

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Documentary
Heart of Stone (Fri. - Sun.)
Halloween Program
Hagstone Demon (Fri.)
Boston Palestine Film Festival
American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (Fri.)
Seeds of Peace (Sat.)
Young Freud in Gaza (Sat.)
Five Minutes from Heaven (Sun.)
The Dupes (Sun.)
Terrace of the Sea (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Julie & Julia (ineligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Amelia
Heart of Stone
A Serious Man
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

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

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

For this next week, Gil and Amanda are going to pick the 7:30 screening of SOMERS TOWN on Tuesday at the Kendall Square. It's the new film from British director Shane Meadows who did THIS IS ENGLAND which was one of Gil's favorite films from that year. It also stars the same young actor from THIS IS ENGLAND. Gil and Amanda are planning to meet people at Cambridge Brewing Company at 6:00 before the movie for dinner.


Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer in this dramatic comedy from award-winning director Shane Meadows (THIS IS ENGLAND, DEAD MAN'S SHOES, TWENTYFOURSEVEN). Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a Polish immigrant, lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. When Marek agrees to let homeless Tomo move into his room, unbeknownst to his father, the pair forms a strong bond, as they work odd jobs for an eccentric neighbor and compete for the attention of Maria (Elisa Lasowski), a beautiful young French waitress with whom they are both infatuated. But it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on... Winner of the Best Actor award (for both young leads) at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Best New British Feature award at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival.

dir. Shane Meadows w/ Piotr Jagiello, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson, Elisa Lasowski, Thomas Turgoose, Kate Dickie 1h10m

If not for the fact that Gil and Amanda saw WE LIVE IN PUBLIC at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, they would have definitely chosen that one for this week. This provocative film screens all week at the Brattle Theatre, but since director Omdi Timoner will be at the Brattle for a Q&A on Friday/Saturday, Chlotrudis members may want to attend on those nights. It's a frustrating and challening view of how are lives are changed by the Internet.

This week Chlotrudis-pal and supporter Gerry Peary, will see his first feature documentary, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM begin its first theatrical run in Boston! The film will be screening at the Museum of Fine Arts from Wednesday, September 9 - Sunday, September 13. Copies of the film on DVD will be on sale at the screenings! Gerry and his wife, producer Amy Geller, are still on the festival circuit for FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES, and they will also be receiving theatrical runs in Chicago and LA. Congratulations, Gerry & Amy!

Speaking of Gerry, his popular BU Cinematheque returns next week, and he would love to see some Chlotrudis faces in attendance! Welcome to the September 2009 BU Cinematheque, meetings and conversations with filmmakers, free screenings of important, innovative films and videos, sponsored by the Film and Television Department, BU College of Communication. The programmer is Gerald Peary, a film studies professor at Suffolk University and a Boston Phoenix film critic. This month's line-up features a couple of Chlotrudis pals, Lucia Small, who will be featuring her two outstanding films, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS and THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, and Andrew Bujalski, who will present his debut film, FUNNY HA-HA.

Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

Thursday, September 10-EVENING ONE WITH LUCIA SMALL.
Now living in New York, Small brings to BU her wry, endearing Boston classic, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS, chronicling the exasperating relationship of Small
and her two adult sisters trying to get close to their self-absorbed, long-divorced, architect father. He is angry forever at being rejected by the architecture establishment, despite his undeniable “genius” talents.

Friday, September 11. EVENING TWO WITH LUCIA SMALL.
A world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Small’s
THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, a collaboration with the legendary documentarian, Ed Pincus, took the two filmmakers on a psychic journey to Louisiana and Texas to give voice with a camera to those who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and
shunned by the Bush Administration. They met some amazing resilient people, and some very peculiar ones.

Thursday, September 17. AN EVENING WITH ANDREW BUJALSKI.
While living in Boston and doing odd jobs, Bujalski began the whole “Mumble Core” movement with FUNNY HA HA (2002), a charming, talk-choked tale of a Cambridge post-grad woman searching for work, and, maybe, love. Seven years later, at the release of his new feature, Beeswax, Bujalski returns to BU, where he once taught filmmaking, for another look at Funny Ha Ha, and a conversation about the “Mumble Core” explosion.

Thursday, September 24. AN EVENING WITH THE DEAGOL BROTHERS. “The Deagol Brothers” is a code name for a filmmaking collective of ex-high school friends from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Collaborating as writers, directors, technicians, actors, they forged a chilling, accomplished, zombie horror film, MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival. It’s a kind-of-Carrie, with weird twins, Southern Gothic surroundings, and a beautiful undead girl writhing in a bathtub. At least one “Deagol” will be at BU.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

Friday, September 25. AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE.
It’s the happy “indie” story of the year, how a tiny, delicate independent narrative, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, became the runaway hit of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, including an adulatory article in Film Comment. Everyone responded to the Cambridge-set interracial love story featuring a jazz trumpeter who plays at Wally’s,and also to ex-Harvard filmmaking student Chazelle’s filling of the screen with visionary dance numbers.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 4 - 10, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere!
We Live in Public Director at select screenings!

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Ponyo
(500) Days of Summer
It Might Get Loud
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Food, Inc.
Midnight Madness!
Flicker (Fri. & Sat.)
Big Screen Classics!
Office Space (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
Away We Go
Paper Heart
Food, Inc.

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Taking Woodstock
Extract

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No screenings this week! Check back September 11.

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Taking Woodstock
Ponyo
Adam

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
In the Loop
Ponyo
Cold Souls
The Hurt Locker
Thirst
It Might Get Loud
World's Greatest Dad
Flame & Citron
Somers Town
My One and Only

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Extract
It Might Get Loud
Taking Woodstock
(500) Days of Summer

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Extract
It Might Get Loud
Taking Woodstock
(500) Days of Summer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Music on Film
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (Fri. - Sun.)
African Cinema
Munyurangabo (Fri. - Sun.)
Argentinian Cinema
The Window (Fri. - Sun., & Thu.)
Local Filmmaker Presents
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Cold Souls

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Hurt Locker
Lorna's Silence
Departures
One Day You'll Understand
Cold Souls
Adam
Departures
In the Loop
Whatever Works
Seraphine
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Ponyo
My One and Only

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Richard Kelly’s The Box Movie Trailer | /Film

Richard Kelly’s The Box Movie Trailer | /Film

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Check out this trailer for Richard Kelly's new film, THE BOX. You may recall Kelly as the director of Chlotrudis Award-winner DONNIE DARKO. What's extra cool about this trailer is the number of scenes shot in the Boston Public Library!