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Twitch City and an Unofficial Awards Announcement!

A few weeks ago, Scot reported to the Chlotrudis membership that our beloved Canadian TV sitcom, "Twitch City," was finally being released in the U.S. (it was finally released in Canada last fall). Now it hasn't yet appeared in Netflix, but it is available for purchase over at Amazon. We were wondering if the commentary on the U.S. version would be the same as the Canadian, and judging from the description on Amazon, it does sound like it will be. This is actually an exciting bit of news for Chlotrudis. The commentary is done by Don McKellar, this year's Chlotrudis special guest, and lead actor from the show, who calls his co-stars on the phone for assistance. When he reaches Daniel McIvor, past Chlotrudis "Body-of-Work" Award winner, the two have a rather amusing conversation while watching the debut episode. When they get to the "job wheel" scene (one that Chlotrudis members should know well) Daniel actually starts talking about coming to Boston to receive an award for his body of work, and the fact that we showed this clip. It's pretty cool and pretty funny, even though he doesn't mention us by name.

In related news, we have now confirmed our second guest for the 13th Annual Chlotrudis Awards coming up soon. This is an unofficial announcement, as a press release will follow, but I'm just so excited I couldn't contain myself any longer. She's got "cat-i-tude!" Tracy Wright will be honored at the Awards Ceremony for her "career-so-far!" Tracy is best known in the U.S. for being part of the Chlotrudis Awards-winning Ensemble Cast of ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW. She has done extensive work in Canadian film and tv, including the wacky Dizelle in the afore-mentioned "Twitch City," a major part in Don McKellar's ensemble piece, LAST NIGHT, and a lead role in the upcoming MONKEY WARFARE, co-starring McKellar and Nadia Litz. She most recently appeared off-Broadway in "A Beautiful View" at the Public Theatre, a play written and directed by Daniel McIvor (see how synchronistic this post is?) Tracy Wright makes every movie she is in better, and I can't wait to meet her. Look for the official word on the front page of this website very soon.

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The Award-Makers Top 10!

The lists keep coming in, this one from Mary McIntire, who does, in fact, create our Chlotrudis Awards. In fact, she's currently hard at work making a batch of awards for our 13th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony being held on Sunday, March 18, 7 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre.

  1. Volver
  2. The Proposition
  3. Clean
  4. New York Doll
  5. Sorry, Haters
  6. Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  7. Little Miss Sunshine
  8. Twelve and Holding
  9. Water
  10. Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story

The Technologist's Top 10

Chlotrudis Technology Coordinator Scot Colford sent his Top 10 in weeks ago, but I overlooked it. My apologies!

Scot says, "Gee, I surprised myself again this year. Three of my top four are French and almost all of them are either 1) mind f**ks or 2) heartwarming tales of socially unacceptable sexuality. Hmm. Heck, number 7 is both! That makes up for number 9 being neither, I guess."

  1. Caché
  2. La Moustache
  3. Hard Candy
  4. The Science of Sleep
  5. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  6. Shortbus
  7. Brothers of the Head
  8. Sorry, Haters
  9. Lonesome Jim
  10. The History Boys

Other films I considered:

Duck Season
Half Nelson
Jesus Camp
Little Miss Sunshine
Old Joy
Requiem
Shut Up and Sing
This Film Is Not Yet Rated

The Reporter's Top 10

Daniel Berman is one of Chlotrudis' newest members. He has a show on Brookline Cable Access that reviews movies. Here is a wrap-up of his 2006 Movie Experience.

A Banner Year for Independent Films 'Ten Best Named', 2006
by Daniel Berman

Well folks, the art-deco movie houses are swarming with all kinds of interesting films to keep at the forefront of your minds. In the scheme of things I have another archival collection of documentaries, experimental animation, and newly discovered feature films to behold.

This year I made my way too the local film festival scene including the Boston Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival etc. and got too visually in-take some of these documentaries.

As we being the filmic junkies of the smaller movie houses that we witness David Leaf's eye-catching THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON to the intriguing THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT. We continue our venture with the highly controversially talked about Kirby Dick's THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED as we go behind the iron curtain of the MPAA rating system.

In one of the best documentaries to hit the independent film circuit is the U.S. corporate America's electric automobile and its rise and fall. The brilliantly crafted and well-documented film that investigates the question that who is too blames government, consumers, oil manufacturers; it could be even the hydrogen-powered car that brought down these popular vehicles. In Chris Paine's extraordinary and insightful filmic masterpiece with WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?

Director Andrew Bujalski (FUNNY HA-HA, 2005) is giving moviegoers another fascinating feature film with his latest social commentary piece with MUTUAL APPRECIATION. Currently, in its experimental stages the newest animated flick called RENAISSANCE is a James Bond in sleek and stylish black and white images.

The original film to use this animation is the philosophical speaking WAKING LIFE 2001 directed by Richard Linklater. RENAISSANCE is a gritty, dark story of a society ruled by one major corporate empire named Avalon. In reminisce of sci-fi classics like METROPOLIS and BLADE RUNNER this is a story about a society on the verge of imploding on itself. In a future that crime is escalating rapidly with little hope of survival of coming out alive.

Sydney Pollack (1975, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR) directed a visually astonishing bio-picture entitled SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY. Pollack takes in the genius of one of the most recognizable, controversial Architects of the twentieth century.

In conclusion, Ric Burns just released a four-hour televised documentary on one of the most important artistic figures in our American culture entitled ANDY WARHOL: A DOCUMENTARY FILM. Burns enthralls us with Warhol's vision in unseen archived video clips and still shots that give light to his work. Years ago WGBH released Ken Burns historical look into America's pastime with "Baseball," and his most recent televised documentary on the world of "Jazz" to "Jack Johnson: Unforgivable Blackness."

`Ten Best Named' Independent Films:

1. The U.S. vs. John Lennon
2. The Trials of Darryl Hunt
3. Renaissance
4. Who Killed the Electric Car?
5. This Film is Not Yet Rated
6. Sketches of Frank Gehry
7. Mutual Appreciation
8. Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
9. Neil Young: Heart of Gold
10. Who Gets to Call it Art?

Honorable Mentionable(s):

Drawings and War: The Testimony of the Children of Uganda
49 UP
The Cult of the Suicide Bomber
Not a Photograph: The Mission to Burma Story