Stop me if you've already heard this, but I just found out about a very cool site via a favorite librarian blog. Cinema Treasures is focused on all those classic movie theaters that are (or were) in operation around the globe. There's even a theater guide in case you wanted to check out what there is to see when you go traveling. Check it out. There are entries (naturally) for my two favorites, Coolidge Corner and The Brattle with a really active set of comments on each!
Of course, if you already knew about this site, don't I feel stupid?
Have you ever seen a film that was produced in Turkey?
The ones I've seen aren't all that good. The Turkish film industry is known for recreating big Hollywood blockbusters, sometimes shot-for-shot, with crappy effects, lousy acting, and a heavier hand than even -- well, than even Hollywood would dare use. I've been (un)fortunate enough to see the Turkish Wizard of Oz, complete with I Dream of Jeannie-style "magical" effects. And I've seen the Turkish Exorcist, which is nearly identical to the original, minus the storytelling genius and Catholic church (the "priest" uses the Koran to scare the Hell out of the girl). I know of what I speak.
But this little gem of a trailer for A.R.O.G made its way onto the viral video chart this week and I am fascinated. Despite the flagrant copyright infringements, it looks like a squeal-fest in so many ways! Now, if someone could please tell me what the title means, I'll be thrilled. I can't find anything on the film on IMDB or any other halfway-reputable English-language site. I do, however, think it's a sequel to something called G.O.R.A., which looks pretty neat itself...
Congratulations to the Harvard Film Archive and the Coolidge Corner Theatre! Movie Nation reports that on the list of grantees from the Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program. The HFA will receive $7,500 to help defray costs for bringing guest filmmakers to town. The Coolidge will receive $5,000 to fund an upcoming seminar of film criticism. Good going guys!