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The Kriofske Top 10 for '09

I make complaints about a subpar year for film on an annual basis. Then, I look at my top ten list and wonder what the heck I was thinking. My blog has more detailed commentary on the following.

Top 10 Films:
1. Still Walking
2. 35 Shots of Rum
3. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
4. The Hurt Locker
5. Revanche
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
7. A Serious Man
8. The Beaches of Agnes
9. In the Loop
10. Lake Tahoe

Honorable Mentions:
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, The Class, Coraline, Herb and Dorothy, Julia, The Messenger, Of Time and The City, O'Horten, The Pleasure of Being Robbed, Somers Town, Sugar, The White Ribbon

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

A Returning Member Offers His Top Films of 2009

Nathaniel T. was a member years ago when he was in High School. Now he's in college and he's returned to the fold...welcome Nathaniel! He has something to say about his Top Films of 2009 before we present his list.

keep in mind that I have been severely limited in my theater selection this year, and there aren't a lot of indies on my list...good year for 'mainstream'
Hollywood though.

  1. Coraline
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
  4. The Hurt Locker
  5. Where the Wild Things Are
  6. The Class
  7. Up
  8. Drag Me to Hell
  9. A Single Man
  10. Funny People
  11. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  12. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire
  13. The Road
  14. (500) Days of Summer
  15. Paranormal Activty

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

Top 10 All the Way from Japan!

Did you know we have a member living in Japan? Tom has sent his Top 10 of 2009 in but he does state, "Remember that the release schedule is different here than in the states. Quite a few movies take a year or two to get here."

The Best 13 hour or so movie

Mad Men Season 3

But seriously, the Best Film of 2009

Up

The Best of the Rest

Summer Wars
Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance
Synecdoche, New York
One Piece: Strong World
Kuki Ningyo
Inglorious Basterds
Waltz with Bashir

The Rest of the Best

Uchuu Senkan Yamato: Fukkatsu hen
Sita Sings the Blues
Higashi no Eden: The King of Eden
The Wrestler
Red Cliff pt. 2 (in hindsight, Red Cliff pt. 1 was the best of 2008, but I had forgotten about it)
Thirst

The "It's every American's solemn duty to punch Peter Jackson in the back of the neck" Award

The Watchmen

The Biggest Disappointment

Chou Gekijou-ban Keroro Gunsou: Gekishin Doragon Woria-zu de arimasu!

The Best Review Ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKtZmQgxrI

Honorable Mention for Kicking Ass

The Yes Men kicking the US Chamber of Commerce to the curb

Japan Needs Brevity

Up!'s Japanese title was Carl-jisan no Sora Tobu Ie, or Old Man Carl's Sky Flying House...

SKY’S THE LIMIT AS ‘SUNSET’ AND ‘HEAVEN’ WIN PLACE OF HONOR IN CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 50 SEQUELS, TOP 50 REMAKES LISTS

While everyone else looked back to sum up the decade’s trends and fads, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) came up with its own twist on ‘everything old is new again’, compiling for its annual year-end Top Film List, the top 50 film remakes AND the top 50 film sequels. Its 100+ membership put at the head of the Top Sequels Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNSET, while Todd Hanynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN topped the Remakes list. This year’s selection brought out the most spirited and contentious discussions ever, as members compiled their top faves. At times the conversation waxed philosophical as people struggled with the age-old questions ‘when is a remake a reboot, not a remake’, ‘is a prequel a sequel’, and ‘is a third installment a sequel to the original or a sequel to the sequel?’. In the end, CSIF resisted codifying guidelines, and hope the lists spur on your own impassioned debates.

Check out or Top 50 Sequels and Top 50 Remakes of all time!

Amanda's Top 10

Chlotrudis member Amanda Doran isn't one to waste any time! She sent her Top 10 films of 2009 in right away! Here's what she had to say, "There are still a few 2009 films I want to see but here's my Top 10 as of January 1!" Amanda originally hails from Connecticut, but has sought out independent theatres and films in all of the cities she has lived in, including Philadelphia, Austin and now Boston. Here are her top 10 films of 2009!

  1. 35 Shots of Rum
  2. The Hurt Locker
  3. Still Walking
  4. Sugar
  5. Medicine for Melancholy
  6. Cold Souls
  7. Up in the Air
  8. The Class
  9. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  10. The Maid

The Top 10s Begin

Now that 2009 has come to a close, Chlotrudis members will start to weigh in with their top films of the year. As the Top 10s come in, they will be posted here on the Mewsings blog, and ultimately, all of the Top 10s will appear on Our Favorite Films page.

To kick us off, please enjoy Peg Aloi's lovely, annotated Top 10 of 2009, with a few extras to follow.

  1. AN EDUCATION Intelligent if occasionally dreamy memoir-based coming of age story, perfectly directed by Lone Scherfig and with a breakout performance by Carey Mulligan.
  2. FANTASTIC MR. FOX Wes Anderson's cool, clever, delightful puppet animation with a creative soundtrack and a lovable assortment of woodland creatures that dance, meditate, steal, lie, argue, zone out, and glow.
  3. MOON Stunning debut by Duncan Jones who directs Sam Rockwell as a lonely and increasingly-desperate astronaut stuck in a dead-end gig mining moon fuel.
  4. O'HORTEN Charming but never cute, Bent Hamer's story of a Norwegian train conductor's retirement chugs along with unexpected twists and turns.
  5. BRIGHT STAR Jane Campion paints the love life and demise of John Keats, played with subtle intensity by Ben Whishaw, paired with an impressive Abbie Cornish as his lover Fanny.
  6. L'HEURE D'ETE (SUMMER HOURS) Olivier Assayas helms this story of three siblings who decide to sell the family's country estate after the death of their mother, and revisits the tone and themes of his earlier masterpiece L'eau Froid.
  7. IN THE LOOP Sure-handed feature debut by Armando Iannucci: hilarious, sharp and vicious parody in the style of The Office, set in London and Washington, DC, with a uniformly wonderful cast including Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander and Gina McKee.
  8. STAR TREK From the slutty green-skinned girl to the doomed red-shirted officer, J. J. Abrams' prequel abounds with delicious references to the original TV series, and the casting is truly inspired.
  9. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Who knew our little Quentin had an epic in him? It's not perfect, but it's damned fine, with some truly inspired visual and aural moments.
  10. SIN NOMBRE Cary Fukunaga's story of several Mexican families affected by the pervasive control of the drug cartels: brutal, shocking, and hard to shake off.

Best performances of 2009: Carey Mulligan (AN EDUCATION); Tom Hardy (BRONSON); Christoph Waltz (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS); Meryl Streep (JULIE & JULIA); Sam Rockwell (MOON); Michael Sheen (THE DAMNED UNITED)

Best Ensemble Cast: IN THE LOOP

Highest Hopes, Biggest Disappointments: ZOMBIELAND; MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS; PONYO.

Honorable Mentions: A SERIOUS MAN; ADVENTURELAND; THE DAMNED UNITED; BRONSON; (500) DAYS OF SUMMER; THE ROAD; TWO LOVERS

Best Documentaries: FOOD, INC.; CRUDE; CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones (MOON)

Best Score: THE ROAD (Nick Cave)

Best Costumes: BRIGHT STAR, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, NINE

The (Apparently) Best Movie I Haven’t Seen Yet: THE HURT LOCKER

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 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

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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