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CHLOTRUDIS co-presents ‘CAIRO TIME’ starring Patricia Clarkson, & ‘I AM LOVE with Tilda Swinton at INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is pleased to join with the INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON (IFFBoston) once again to co-present two films as part of the festival’s 8th year. I AM LOVE will play on Saturday April 24th, while CAIRO TIME will screen on April 26th. Both films boast outstanding performances by their respective leading ladies and were among members’ favorites at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. | Read more »

Out of Nowhere (and very late) Michael's Top 10 of 2009 has arrived!

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 »

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, April 9 - 15

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

Slash on that rouge! While most of the world was dancing to the disco 'round, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Sandy West were punk rocking out as The Runaways. Join me for this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies as we go back in time to see THE RUNAWAYS! The show starts at 7:20pm and we'll grab a bite to eat at the Regal Beagle beforehand around 5:45pm. Let me know if you can make it!


The Runaways

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Catching Up on Member's Top Tens of 2009!

Our 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony occupied some of our time in the past couple of months, so we got off track in posting member's Top 10s of 2009. We'll try to get back on track so you will be seeing a few more Top 10s from members who sent in their Top 10s weeks and months ago!

Today you get two top 10s, from the husband and wife podcasting team of Popcorn 'n Rosies, otherwise known as TC and Kim! Their podcast is called Subject:Cinema and as you might imagine, they talk about movies! Subject:CINEMA is a weekly podcast devoted to movies and films, along with other entertainment-oriented features, and is currently in it's fourth year of production, with an average of 20,000 listeners per week. The Popcorn N Roses website recently celebrated it's fourth birthday, and has expanded over the past several years to encompass over 10 sites and 15 blogs for its loyal readership to view. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up April 2 - 8

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

Gil and Amanda are up as hosts for the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies this week. Please join them at the Kendall Square Cinema for the 7:05 screening of GREENBERG. Ben Stiller stars in the latest film by THE SQUID AND THE WHALE's Noah Baumbach. They'll also be hosting this week's pre-movie dinner at The Friendly Toast at 5:30pm. | Read more »

Scot's Top 10 for 2009

  1. Just Another Love Story - I'm surprised as you are to see this at the top of my list. But the Vertigo-esque, two-films-in-one premise really worked for me. As did the brilliant performances by all three leads.
  2. Sauna - Shocking and haunting. I never thought I'd be so spellbound watching a horror flick about drawing the Finnish/Russian border in -- 16?? AD? -- as I was with this film. It's an incredibly artful and haunting exploration of human psychology and guilt, long before our current clinical analyses could peg those sickos.
  3. Cold Souls - Adorable, and not in a cute way. Paul Giamatti suffering through Uncle Vanya is low-key-hilarious enough, but throw in Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, and a chickpea, and you have a salad of existential humor fit for a king.
  4. Theater of War - Jeez. Meryl Streep rehearsing Mother Courage? Come on, people. Put your hands together.
  5. Drag Me To Hell - Disgustingly funny. But what really made this film for me was Alison Lohman's performance. I'd only seen her in Where the Truth Lies before, but in this, she runs the gamut from Mary Tyler Moore (please like me!) to Laura Croft ("Eat it, bitch!") with grace and aplomb. Plus, the kitty sub-plot is one of the funniest horror gags I've ever seen.
  6. The Maid - A remarkable thriller/drama. Okay, the thriller is mostly in my head, but I can't help comparing it to the fabulous mistake of a film The Housekeeper starring Rita Tushingham. Maybe I just love stories about "the help" who act out. I know *I* would act out.
  7. Humpday - I happen to like most "mumblecore" films I see. And this is one of those gems that explores relationships in a seemingly realistic way. Worth watching for Alycia Delmore alone, though I'm happy to see Josh Leonard in a fascinating new light.
  8. A Single Man - Based on my (probably) favorite novel, I was kind of pissed at first that they ditched the narrative structure of the book. But on the second viewing, I could see why they did so. It's an incredible effort and a beautiful result.
  9. Paranormal Activity - I do love a good low-budget film if it's effective, and this one certainly is that. It builds an intense creepiness based mainly on the expert performances of the two leads. Sure, it's not original in the least, but it is so well crafted that it seems to leave any prior horror fake-umentaries (not naming titles, Josh Leonard) in the dust.
  10. Precious - I had my mind set to *hate* this film but Gabby Sidebe, Mo'Nique, and Mariah Carey (!?) shook that hate right out of me. I have issues with Daniels' direction, but the performances are top notch.

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!

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
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
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

Diane's Top 10 Has Arrived!

The Top 10's keep rolling in; and I expect more to arrive as members catch up on the nominees for this year's 16th Annual Awards Ceremony (the full awards page will be up in early March.) In the meanwhile, here's a look at Diane's Top 10!

First, the three films I gave 5 cats to:

  1. THE HURT LOCKER. Alongside Bravo Company, we get worn down by repetition, fear, failure, and moral questions.
  2. REVANCHE. Complex, creative, suspenseful, pitch perfect
  3. THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL -- NEW ORLEANS. Take the consummate film-making of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, add a dash of the craziness of ZATOICHI.
  4. And some of my 4-catters:

  5. THE MAID. Part horror film, part psychological study, part critique of the bourgeoisie.
  6. PAPER HEART. Completely enjoyable faux-doc about the search for real love.
  7. THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE. And I thought Anna Wintour just edited a magazine.
  8. SITA SINGS THE BLUES. Three layers of storytelling enrich this animated film.
  9. SOMERS TOWN. Thomas Turgoose returns, just like the Cat in the Hat.
  10. SUGAR. Every shot has an emotion underlying it.
  11. TREELESS MOUNTAIN. The slow destruction of a girl's spirit.

New Member Reports a Top 10 of 2009!

Here's a Top 10 List from one of our newer members, Dave Valdes Greenwood.

The films that resonated with me this year are not all perfect, but all have an ability to express a particular vision well, whether as hyped as WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE or as under-the-radar as MOON was comparatively.

  1. A SERIOUS MAN. This is the movie I thought most about after seeing it. A puzzle, a cosmic joke, a provocation, and a pitiless humanist assault on the comfort of faith, it takes the darkness of No Country for Old Men and cloaks it in Leave it to Beaver trappings, which makes the universe’s harsh judgments all the more unfathomable.
  2. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. An incredibly realized vision of childhood emotions.
  3. THE HURT LOCKER. Tension of the best kind: character-based.
  4. AN EDUCATION. Who knew an old school three-act drama could still be potent?
  5. PRECIOUS. Stunning performances in an unsparing world.
  6. A SINGLE MAN. Gorgeously composed and haunting.
  7. IN THE LOOP. Maybe the most laughs of any film in years.
  8. WHITE RIBBON. Eerie and impeccably controlled.
  9. MOON. A minimAlist triumph.
  10. THE MESSENGER. Character studies matched to killer performances.

If I was voting for the Oscars (in addition to the Chlotrudis awards), The Coen Brothers, Sam Rockwell, Carey Mulligan, Peter Capaldi, Monique, the screenwriters for IN THE LOOP, and the cinematographer for WHITE RIBBON would all go home happy.

Nominations Announced for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards

Yesterday Chlotrudis members got together to set the ballot for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards. The Buried Treasure is still being discussed, but here is the list of the rest of this year's nomiantions.

Ensemble Cast
35 Shots of Rum
In the Loop
Still Walking
Summer Hours
The White Ribbon

Production Design
The Beaches of Agnès
Me and Orson Welles
A Single Man
Sita Sings the Blues

Agnès Godard for 35 Shots of Rum
Anthony Dod Mantle for Antichrist
John Christian Rosenlund for O'Horten
Alexis Zabe for Silent Light
Christian Berger for White Ribbon, The

Adapted Screenplay
Laurent Cantet; Robin Campillo; François Bégaudeau for The Class
Nick Hornby for An Education
Maurizio Braucci; Ugo Chiti; Gianni Di Gregorio; Matteo Garrone; Massimo Gaudioso; Roberto Saviano for Gomorrah
Tony Burgess for Pontypool
Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
David Scearce; Tom Ford for A Single Man

Original Screenplay
Scott Neustadter; Michael H. Weber for (500) Days of Summer
William M. Finkelstein for Bad Lieutenant, The: Port of Call -- New Orleans
Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker
Armando Iannucci; Harold P. Manning; Ian Martin; Jesse Armstrong; Simon Blackwell; Tony Roche for In the Loop
Hirokazu Koreeda for Still Walking

Supporting Actor
Alfred Molina for An Education
Mads Mikkelsen for Flame and Citron
Anthony Mackie for The Hurt Locker
Peter Capaldi for In the Loop
Christian McKay for Me and Orson Welles

Supporting Actress
Rinko Kikuchi for The Brothers Bloom
Alycia Delmore for Humpday
Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Ursula Strauss for Revanche
Julianne Moore for A Single Man

Nicolas Cage for The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker
Sam Rockwell for Moon
Baard Owe for O'Horten
Colin Firth for A Single Man

Nisreen Faour for Amreeka
Charlotte Gainsbourg for Antichrist
Abbie Cornish for Bright Star
Carey Mulligan for An Education
Catalina Saavedra for The Maid
Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Yolande Moreau for Séraphine

Claire Denis for 35 Shots of Rum
Werner Herzog for The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans
Götz Spielmann for Revanche
Hirokazu Koreeda for Still Walking
Michael Haneke for The White Ribbon

The Beaches of Agnès
La Danse
Good Hair
Herb and Dorothy
Theater of War
Unmistaken Child

35 Shots of Rum
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans
The Hurt Locker
Still Walking
The White Ribbon