Chlotrudis Indie Film Round-Up, July 2 - 8
Hello Chlotrudis Members!
The summer is heating up, and this is one year where the indie films seem to be getting more attention than the big Hollywood blockbusters! WINTER'S BONE has been garnering raves all over the country. Local gal Debra Granick has constructed a magnificent, suspenseful family drama set in the Ozarks, with a host of strong performances, and an assured script adapted from the novel of the same name. The documentary JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK has been receiving accolades on the Festival circuit, and it now in limited release, including a run at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston. Tilda Swinton's controversial (among Chlotrudis members anyway) I AM LOVE hits theatres this week, and if you're a fan of Italian melodrama... heck, any melodrama... go see this film! Then there's CYRUS, the latest effort from the Duplass Brothers starring John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei. It's an interesting take on family dynamics that plays things for laughs, but gets pretty serious as well.
At any rate, all this is to say that just because it's summertime doesn't mean there aren't any great movies to see. For the summer, we're going to try something different than our usual Chlotrudis Movie of the week. Each week, a Chlotrudis Board member will recommend a film or two for you to try to see. A couple of weeks will feature our traditional, hosted Movie of the Week dinner, but the rest of July and August we will leave up to you. We do encourage you to see the films that we recommend, because throughout the summer we will also be hosting dinners where we talk about the films we've been seeing! It's a little more relaxed, less pressure, but still encouraging you to get out there and seem some good independent films.
This week I will be recommending a few films. If you haven't seen the films I mentioned above, WINTER'S BONE, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, I AM LOVE, or CYRUS at one of the lcoal festivals, then head out and see them now. But for something that hasn't played in Boston yet, I would recommend Shirin Neshat's iranian period piece, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN, which also got high praise at Toronto. In her feature-film debut, renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of Iran in 1953, when a British and American–backed coup removed the democratically elected government. Adapted from the novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur, the film weaves together the stories of four women during those traumatic days, whose experiences are shaped by their faith and the current social structure. If you think it's tough being a woman in Iran today, can you imagine what it was like back in 1953? check out this film to find out.
So tune in next week when Beth Caldwell will chose a summer film for us to get together and watch!
See you at the Movies!
Playing this week, July 2 - July 8, 2010.
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
American Dreamer: A Tribute to Dennis Hopper!
The Glory Stompers & The Trip (Fri.)
Easy Rider & The American Dreamer (Sat. & Sun.)
Super Mario Brothers (Sat.)
Mad Dog Morgan (Tue.)
Speed & Waterworld (Wed. & Thu.)
P-Star Rising Director in attendance! (Mon.)
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
I Am Love
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Independence Day (Fri. & Sat.)
The Roxbury Film Festival and The Boston Jewish Film Festival present!
Off and Running Q&A with Avery Klein-Cloud after the screening! (Thu.)
Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No screenings this week
Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art on Film
Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies & Con el Mismo Amor (Fri., Sat. & Thu.)
Women Without Men (Fri., Sat. & Thu.)
Classic Italian Cinam
The Girlfriends (Fri. & Sat.)
The Boston French Film Festival
The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President