Tickets on Sale for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards!

Tickets are now on sale for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, online at brattlefilm.org, or in person at the box office. Tickets are $20, $15 for Chlotrudis and Brattle members. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 21, 5pm at the historic Brattle Theatre. This link will take you directly to the ticket purchase page.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up March 5 - 11

Hello Chlotrudis Members! We're glad that even though a snow storm curtailed Board member Vicky Oleskey's Chlotrudis Movie of the Week deubt, she's back again for another try. This week join Vicky at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Tuesday, March 9 for the 7pm screening of THE GHOST WRITER. Starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams and Kim Catrall, THE GHOST WRITER is a thriller from directxor Roman Polanski. And Vicki will be meeting interested movie-goers for dinner at Mr. Sushi at 5:30pm.
The Ghost Writer
A gifted author hired to ghostwrite the memoirs of a controversial former British Prime Minister becomes a hunted man when he uncovers explosive secrets about the past. Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams and Kim Catrall star in THE GHOST WRITER, a taut, suspenseful thriller from the Oscar®-winning director of THE PIANO.

Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony will be Dazzled with a touch of Sparkle Motion!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is thrilled to announce our first guest to be honored at the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards, March 21, 5pm at the Brattle Theatre. Beth Grant is exactly the kind of actor Chlotrudis loves to honor. Like Maury Chaykin and Alberta Watson, previous recipients of the “Career-so-far” award, Beth Grant is one of those people whose name you may not be familiar with, but whose face and delightfully uptight performances you will recognize from dozens of independent and mainstream films, and television. Beth Grant is the kind of performer who rarely leads the cast, but whose presence is sure to enhance anything she is in. | 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.

Chotrudis Sunday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 26 - March 4

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

There is a lot going on this week... so many films to chose from and so many different speical events going on. This week's hosts, Gil and Amanda, have decided to keep the weeknights clear in case you want to go to any of the Coolidge Award activities on Monday or Tuesday, so please join them for a very special Chlotrudis Sunday Night at the Movies when they will head to the Harvard Film Archive to see director Bong Joon-ho present his latest film, MOTHER. Bong Joon-ho has thrilled Chlotrudis members in the past with his Buried Treasure nominated MEMORIES OF MURDER and his surprise hit THE HOST. Tickets go on sale at 6:15pm for this 7pm show, so do plan on arriving early.

Mother (Maedo)
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Appearing in Person
With Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Jin Ku
South Korea 2009, 35mm, color, 129 min. Korean with English subtitles

Bong Joon-ho’s latest film is at once a murder mystery, a portrait of a small Korean town and, above all, a meditation on the dark complexity of the ambivalent bonds binding parents and children. Kim Hye-ja brings a riveting, desperate energy to her portrayal of the title character, a woman trying to prove that her son has been coerced into confessing to a murder he did not commit. As her investigation continues and expands, it unearths ever-darker layers in the community and in the relationship between mother and son. Bong’s talent for conjuring a sense of menace from landscape, color and framing suggests a rich hybrid of Hitchcock’s crisp storyboarded world and Imamura’s ribald animism. Kim’s character ultimately reveals her Imamuran ancestry - earthy, potentially violent, and seemingly indomitable.

Check out the trailer:

Many people have already enjoyed CHILDREN OF INVENTION during it's area premiere at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, but at long last this made-in-Boston movie gets a theatrical run at the Brattle Theatre. Director Tze Chun and Producer Mynette Louie will be present at the Friday and Saturday 7:30pm screenings, and I can't recommend this film highly enough. If you haven't seen it yet, DON'T MISS IT! This film will definitely be among next year's nominations... as the Buried Treasure at the very least. It's a fine, fine film and an amazing, local achievement. Go see it.

Check out the trailer:

**editor's note: So I just watched the trailer again when I went to get the link to post it and now I have to go see the film again. It's that good.

Speaking of the Independent Film Festival of Boston, they've got a couple of free sneak preview screenings this week that you might want to check out. On Wednesday, March 3, 7:30pm at the Kendall Square Cinema, join the IFFB for a free screening of the documentary THE ART OF THE STEAL. Director Don Argott will appear in person for a Q&A immediately after the screening. On Thursday, March 4, 7pm at the Somerville Theatre, the IFFB presents the Danish thriller TERRIBLY HAPPY, which opens on Friday at the Kendall Square cinema. This is a great opportunity to see a few great sneak previews. Admission is free, but you will need a flyer to get in. Go to the IFFB website and print out the flyers.

Check out the trailer for TERRIBLY HAPPY:

Boston Jewish Film Festival has a sneak preview screening taking place this week as well. On Tuesday, March 2, 7pm at the West Newton Cinema, join them for a special screening of 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, Tickets are $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.

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. 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!
Michael

Playing this week, February 26 - March 4, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Area Premiere!
Children of Invention Director Tze Chun and Producer Mynette Louie will be present on Fri. and Sat.
The Films Of Jacques Tati
Playtime
Return Engagement!
Antichrist
A Benefit for Hands On Disaster Response (Haiti)!
Happiness Is (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents
Jodi Picoult (Wed.)

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!
Coolidge Award Screening Crazy Mama (Fri. & Sat.)
Coolidge Award Screening Caged Heat (Fri. & Sat.)
Special Coolidge Award Events
The Agronomist w/ Jonathan Demme (Mon.)
The Neil Young Trunk Show w/ Robyn Hitchcock Live! (Mon.)
Melvin and Howard w/ Jonathan Demme and special guests moderated by Elvis Mitchell (Tue.)
Reception w/ Jonathan Demme and special guests (Tue.)
2010 Coolidge Award Ceremony Honoring Jonathan Demme w/Jenny Lumet & special guests (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Blood Into Wine
The Crazies
Broken Embraces

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Night Visionary, Philippe Grandrieux's Adventures in Perception
Sombre Director Philippe Grandrieux in Person! (Fri.)
A Lake Director Philippe Grandrieux in Person! (Sat.)
Bong Joon-ho: The Pleasures and Terrors of Genre
Mother Director Bong Joon-ho in Person! (Sun.)
Memories of Murder Director Bong Joon-ho in Person! (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Last Station
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Precious
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Red Riding: 1974
Red Riding: 1980
Red Riding: 1983
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Ajami
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 Crazies
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Making of Western Myth
Stagecoach (Fri.)
Cheyenne Autumn (Sun.)
History of Film: From Silent Movies to Social Networking
M (Fri. & Sun.)
Festival of Films on Art
Light, No Light (Fri.)
Nora preceded by Oslo Opera House (Sat.)
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (Sat.)
Karsh is History (Sat.)
Mort a Venise (Sun.)
Peepshow (Sun.)
Anthony Caro, Sculpture like Religion (Wed.)
Piotr Anderszewski (Wed.)
Photography on Film
Harry Callahan (Sat.)
New Films from Quebec
It's Not Me, I Sweaer (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Broken Embraces

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Check the theatre's website.

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Check the theatre's website.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Current Nominations Page In Progress

The listing of nominations for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards has its own page. It's still in process, but should be complete in early March. In the meantime, visit the Current Awards page for the list of nominations. The 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards will be announced on Sunday, May 21, 5pm at the Brattle Theatre. Watch this spot for a very special announcement about our first special guest coming very soon!

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!
Michael

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
Precious
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
Precious
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.

Bruce's Top 10 of 2009!

Bruce is a Chlotrudis Board member living in Manhattan. He sees lots of movies and lots of theater, and here he offers his Top 10 films of 2009!

  1. Hunger
  2. The Hurt Locker
  3. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  4. California Dreamin'
  5. A Single Man
  6. Séraphine
  7. The Beaches of Agnès
  8. O'Horten
  9. Still Walking
  10. Of Time and the City

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 12 - 18

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

Chlotrudis board member Vicki Oleskey is this week's host for the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, and she's has chosen the Jeff Bridges tour de force, CRAZY HEART. Join her at the Kendall Square Cinema on Tuesday night for the 6:50pm screening of this Academy Award nominated film. She will be meeting for dinner at 5:30pm at The Friendly Toast.

Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart. Co-starring Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall.

Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Beth Grant, Sarah Jane Morris, Tom Bower, Annie Corley

Check out the trailer:

Well, Awards season is well and truly upon us, and for Chlotrudis members, that 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. 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!
Michael

Playing this week, February 12 - 18, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! The 15th Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival
All Bugs Revue (Fri., Sun., Tue., & Thu.)
A Devil of a Time (Sat., Mon. & wed.)
Special Event! Happy Valentine's Day!
Casablanca (Sun.)
Special Event: CineMental Presents!
Bloodsisters (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Police, Adjective
Until the Light Takes Us
The Last Station
Up in the Air (ineligible)
The Messenger
Broken Embraces
Midnight Madness!
The Action Pack Presents Moulin Rouge Sing-A-Long! (Fri.)
The Action Pact Presents Total Eclipse of the Heart 80's love song sing-a-long! (Sat.)
Valentine's Day Movie
Notorious (Sun.)
London's National Theatre Live: encore presentation
Terry Pratchett's Nation (Mon.)
2010 Coolidge Award Winner Jonathan Demme Repertory Screening
Stop Making Sense (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Precious
The Lovely Bones
The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
Lunopolis (Fri.)
Ink (Sat.)
The Boston Science Fiction Film Marathon!
Labyrinth, The Lathe of Heaven, District 9, Moon, The Thing and more! (Sat. & Sun)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Classic Ford: A John Ford Retrospective, Part I
The Long Voyage Home (Fri.)
Mogambo (Fri.)
Fort Apache (Sat.)
Steamboat Round the Bend (Sat.)
Rio Grande (Sun.)
Young Mr. Lincoln Introduced by Tom Conley (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Precious
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
North Face
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Saint John of Las Vegas
The Last Station
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
Broken Embraces
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
The Making of Western Myth
Rio Grande (Fri.)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (Fri.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Young Victoria

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