Inspired by the HBO-sponsored Audience Awards selected by attendees at the Provincetown International Film Festival, Chlotrudis polled the members who attended the Fest to make their own picks for the best doc and best narrative feature, with decidedly different results. The PIFF Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to HAUTE CUISINE, a film that underwhelmed the only Chlotrudis member who saw it, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary went to TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, an entertaining film that failed to get top marks from the Chlotrudis members who checked it out. | Read more »
‘THE GRADUATE’ at the top of 100 BEST COMING OF AGE FILMS, 2012’s year-end list from CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM
Every year the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film selects a category and asks its membership to submit their favorite top films. The group’s previous year-end topics have included Best Musicals, Best Sequels and Remakes, and Best Foreign Language. For 2012, members submitted their personal top 30 Coming of Age films in order for Chlotrudis to create the list of the 100 Best Coming of Age Films! | Read more »
Celebrated author, Dad, Chlotrudis member, and as of this year's tour de force Awards Ceremony - Chlotrudis performer, David Valdes Greenwood,had the opportunity to visit the lovely city of Toronto recently, and fortunately his trip coincided with the wonderful documentary film festival, Hot Docs. David has written a nice round-up of the films he caught while there. It's on our film festival review page, so go check it out!
A DREAMY YEAR-END LIST, AS ‘IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE’ HEADS CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 100 FILMS OF THE DECADE (ish)
For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 films of the decade among its 100+ membership. Being the opinionated contrarians that we are, however, we decided to include 2000 in the mix - call it a baker's decade! Topping the list was Wong Kar Wai's masterful film, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. A dozen directors scored 2 or more on the list with Michael Haneke winning that prize (#4 CACHE, #8 THE PIANO TEACHER and #58 THE WHITE RIBBON). Almost half of the films were from outside the US, with the highest ranked US film being #6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD. | Read more »
The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film began its 12th year as a 501(c)3, non-profit organization this summer, and we’re busier than ever! As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, we are committed to teaching audiences to view films actively and to increase awareness about independent, international and documentary film through our Annual Awards Program and Ceremony, special screening series at partner theaters, partnerships with film festivals, and our online news and reviews. We are in the midst of our Annual Fund drive and we are asking for your help to insure that we are able to provide members with some exciting programs and events over the coming year. | Read more »
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This week Chlotrudis recommends a couple of new indie releases playing in Boston. For those of you who like gritty, yet magical stories set on the streets of Dublin, KISSES is for you. Chlotrudis members caught this wonderful little film at the Provincetown International Film Festival way back in 2009! We're very happy to see it get a Boston release courtesy of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Kylie and Dylan are two kids living in a bleak suburb of Dublin. After an altercation with a parent, the two run away and spend a frightening yet magical night in the big bad city. It's really a special film, so please overlook the fact that it's playing in the Screening Room and go see it! The other new release that's worth a look is LIFE DURING WARTIME, Todd Solondz sequel of sorts to the Chlotrudis Awards-winning HAPPINESS. Some time has passed since the startling conclusion of HAPPINESS, and the characters are all played by different actors, but even if the particulars of the first film are a bit fuzzy in your memory (as they were in mine) the feel and themes of these characters lives will quickly come back to you. LIFE DURING WARTIME is slightly more gentle than HAPPINESS, or perhaps, with over ten years distance, slightly more mature. Plus it's got some outstanding performances by Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson and delightfully amusing turns by a host of supporting actors like the ever-interesting Ally Sheedy and a fierce Charlotte Rampling. Check it out at the Kendall Square Cinema (or wait a week and catch it at the Coolidge!)
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It's back to the movie theatre this week! Chris will be hosting the Chlotrudis Thursday Night at the Movies! Join him on Thursday, August 5 for the 7:30pm screening of DOGTOOTH at the Museum of Fine Arts, part of their New Talent to Watch series. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, DOGTOOTH is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate, kept under strict rule and regimen. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days learning an invented vocabulary and living in an absurdist, nightmarish experiment—until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, starts bringing gifts for the teens. A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, DOGTOOTH’s ruthless satire of middle-class mores heralds the arrival of an important new voice in world cinema. In Greek with English subtitles.
Actor Josh Hutcherson and actress Mia Wasikowska took the honors as the #1 male and female rising star on the fifth annual Popcorn N Roses Rising Stars list as announced on Sunday, July 4.
Hutcherson just edged out actor Logan Lerman for the top spot on the male side, with actor Kyle Gallner in the #3 position. On the women’s side, Wasikowska is the first non-American female to top the annual list. She is followed by actress Chloe Grace Moretz at #2 and actress Emma Stone at #3. | Read more »
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So I think I'm finally wrapping up the members' Top 10s for 2009 with my own (although if you have one and you haven't seen it here yet, please send it to me and I will post it!) My movie-going was less than stellar last year, and I feel there are some holes that still need to filled. As is often the case, I was rather surprised when the #1 film of 2009 emerged for me. This was one I don't think I would have predicted. I saw it again on DVD not too long ago, and it really held up well. COLD SOULS was a terrific viewing experience because knew very little about it and went in fairly cold. Wish that happened more often! And so, without further ado, my Top 10 films of 2009: | Read more »