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.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM ANNOUNCES 2009 NOMINATIONS – BEST PIC NOMS SHARE TOP HONORS

Nominations for the 16th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group’s nominating committee on January 30. The strength and breadth of this year’s best eligible films is evident in the extraordinarily even and consistent spread of nominations across the top categories. All five films nominated for Best Picture received 4 nominations, which was the highest number of nominations given any film. In addition, all received at least one lead acting or ensemble nomination, and all but one were nominated for Best Director.

The five films nominated for Best Picture and sharing top billing in most nominations received are: Claire Denis’ 35 SHOTS OF RUM, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS the latest from Werner Herzog, recent DGA recipient Kathryn Bigelow’s THE HURT LOCKER, STILL WALKING from Japan’s Hirokazu Koreeda and Michael Haneke’s THE WHITE RIBBON. Also joining them as top nomination getter is A SINGLE MAN, Tom Ford’s directorial debut.

In all, 39 films received nominations; 19 countries were represented, with US films making up barely 40%. There were other multiple nominees, among them three-timers AN EDUCATION, IN THE LOOP and PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE; however this year’s nominations were sprinkled far and wide – almost three-quarters of the nominated films received only one nomination. Female directors had a fairly strong showing this year, with 10 films helmed by women among the nominees.

In the Society’s most competitive and prestigious category, the Buried Treasure, the final nominees were CHERRY BLOSSOMS from Germany’s Dorit Dorrie, about a widower honoring his late wife’s lifelong wish to visit Japan; THE NEW YEAR PARADE, set in Philadelphia amid Mummers; and three UK films: BRONSON, with Tom Hardy’s tour de force portrayal of England’s most notorious prisoner; OF TIME AND THE CITY, Terence Davies’ love/hate ode to the Liverpool of his boyhood; and the gritty SOMERS TOWN about the friendship between two rootless boys in London.

The Buried Treasure is the only category with eligibility requirements: nominated films must have earned less than $250,000 in its U.S. theatrical run, and members can submit no more than 3 entries for films they feel strongly were given distributional short shrift and deserve a wider audience. A shortlist is then compiled before the final vote, and those selections are published on the group’s website and in a separate press release. Once the final ballot is set, all members voting in the category must verify that they have watched in full all of the nominated films.

For over a decade, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has highlighted its commitment to independent and foreign film in style by holding its own black-tie CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS ceremony in early spring. The 2010 edition will be held Sunday March 21st at the historic Brattle Theatre, and the public is invited to join Chlotrudis members, nominees and special guests in the celebration.

In addition to the competitive categories, Chlotrudis also presents special awards that honor individuals or films for particular distinction. Past recipients Ellen Page (Breakthrough Award ‘05), Kerry Washington (Breakthrough Award ‘04), Don McKellar (Body of Work Award ‘07) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (first Hall of Fame inductee) are among those who have made the trek to Boston to be honored for their contributions toindependent film. This year’s recipients are still being finalized at press time.

A complete list of the nominations for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards
follows:

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Claire Denis– 35 Shots of Rum
Werner Herzog – The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
Gotz Spielmann – Revanche
Hirokazu Koreeda – Still Walking
Michael Haneke – The White Ribbon

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

BEST ACTRESS
Nisreen Faour – Amreeka
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Antichrist
Abbie Cornish – Bright Star
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Catalina Saavedra – The Maid
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Yolande Moreau – Seraphine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alfred Molina – An Education
Mads Mikkelsen – Flame and Citron
Anthony Mackie – The Hurt Locker
Peter Capaldi – In the Loop
Christian McKay – Me and Orson Welles

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rinko Kikuchi - The Brothers Bloom
Alycia Delmore – Humpday
Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Ursula Strauss – Revanche Julianne Moore – A Single Man

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
35 Shots of Rum
In the Loop
Still Walking
Summer Hours
The White Ribbon

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Beaches of Agnes
Me and Orson Welles
Moon
A Single Man
Sita Sings the Blues

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Agnes Godard - 35 Shots of Rum
Anthony Dod Mantle - Antichrist
John Christian Rosenlund – O’Horten
Alexis Zabe – Silent Light
Christian Berger – The White Ribbon

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Class
An Education
Gomorrah
Pontypool
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire A Single Man

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
(500) Days of Summer
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
The Hurt Locker
In the Loop
Still Walking

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Beaches of Agnes
La Danse
Good Hair
Herb and Dorothy
Theatre of War
Unmistaken Child

BURIED TREASURE
Bronson
Cherry Blossoms
The New Year Parade
Of Time and the City
Somers Town

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
Moon
A Single Man
Sita Sings the Blues

Cinematography
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

Actor
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

Actress
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

Director
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

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

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

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

Michael Meets Patricia Clarkson and Chansi Harrow!

One of the best parts about going to national film festivals includes meeting... Chlotrudis members from around the country! We met Marilyn, Maryellen, Alex and Thom (although I already knew Thom) in Toronto, and Tara at High Falls... and this year, a bunch of us were lucky enough to meet and spend time with Chansi, one of our new members from Florida! Chansi was delightful, and I hope we get to see her again soon... maybe even at this year's 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony.

One thing that Chansi did as we were leaving the screening of CAIRO TIME was take a few photos of me while introducing myself to Patricia Clarkson! Did I mention how charming she was? And how accessible? I love these photos, because not only do they capture how beautiful she was, but how personable; especially the last where it looks like she's sassing me.

Anyway, here they are for your enjoyment!

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...

Chlotrudis Monday Afternoon at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 15 - 21

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

This week we're doing something a little different as we check out THE WHITE RIBBON, the latest film by German director Michael Haneke (CACHE, THE PIANO TEACHER). Since the film is 140 minutes long and starts at 8pm, we're going to take advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday to catch THE WHITE RIBBON on Monday, 1:55pm at the Kendall Square Cinema. If you have to work on Martin Luther King Day, I apologize; otherwise I hope you'll join us for this Chlotrudis Awards-winning filmmaker's latest film.

The setting of The White Ribbon is a village in Protestant northern Germany from 1913 to 1914, on the eve of World War I. The story revolves around the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers—a cross-section of the entire community. Strange accidents and misfortunes befall the citizens of Eichwald, gradually taking on the character of a punishment ritual. But who is behind it all? Winner of three awards at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, including the prestigious Palme d'Or, this provocative and haunting film from writer-director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Caché, The Piano Teacher) is stunningly photographed in black and white. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Tukur, Theo Trebs, Michael Schenk

Check out the trailer:

Watch your e-mail boxes for the guidelines for nomination for the 16th Annual Chlotrudis Awards!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 15 - 21, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! 50th Anniversary!
La Dolce Vita (Fri. - Mon.)
The Brattle Selects 2010!
Golddiggers of 1933 & 42nd Street(Tue.)
Chinatown (Wed.)
In the Mouth of Madness (Thu.)
Cinematical Presents!
Fruit Fly (Wed.)
The Best of Open Screen 2009 (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
Up in the Air (ineligible)
2009 Sundance Shorts
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Heavenly Creatures (Fri. & Sat.)
Black Dynamite (Sat.)
Europe's Grand Operas
L'Orfeo (Sun.)
Science On Screen
The Wild Child (Mon.)

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

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Alain Resnais and the Enigmatic Art of Memory
Last Year at Marienbad (Fri.)
The War is Over (Fri.)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (Sat.)
Same Old Song (Sat.)
My American Uncle (Sun.)
Providence (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
Broken Embraces
Precious
An Education

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Skin
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Road
The Young Victoria
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Lovely Bones
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Broken Embraces
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
Music on Film
In Search of Beethoven (Fri.)
Mexican Film
I'm Gonna Explode (Fri. - Sun.)
The Boston Festival of Film from Iran
Heiran (Fri.)
My Little Country, Consulting God, and Behind the Wheel of Life (Sat.)
Niloofar (Sat.)
Torgheh, Of Men and Motorcycles, and My City, Pizza (Sat.)
A Man Who Ate His Cherries (Sun.)
Premiere
Town Called Panic (Sat.)
Human Rights Watch International FilmFestival
The Reckoning (Wed.)
Look Into My Eyes (Thu.)
International Masters
The Man from London (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Seraphine

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Young Victoria

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
A Single Man
An Education

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President