An Incomplete Guide to “The Tempest” on Film

January 17, 2011

I haven’t caught Julie Taymor’s adaptation of The Tempest, and by the way it swiftly disappeared from the marquees of local moviehouses (while The Social Network is going on it’s fifth month in theaters), it looks like I’ll be waiting until it leaks on the Internet or shows up in Netflix. I have now seen […]


What the fuck are we doing?: “Winnebago Man”

July 26, 2010

Larry Fahey reviews the documentary “Winnebago Man,” a film on Jack Rebney’s 15 minutes.


Chanel No. 2: “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”

July 1, 2010

Bryce Lambert comments on the latest installment in the Coco Chanel mythology.


Coming Soon to the Brattle: Catherine Breillat’s “Bluebeard”

May 12, 2010

Catherine Breillat’s new feature “Bluebeard” reminds us she’s not a feminist.


Geoff Edgers Becomes a Celluloid Hero in “Do It Again”

May 6, 2010

Bryce Lambert finally saw and reviewed Boston arts reporter Geoff Edgers’ debut film “Do It Again,” a documentary on Edgers’ personal quest to put The Kinks back together again.


Ben Stiller is a dick in “Greenberg”

April 2, 2010

Lawrence Fahey reviews the latest Noah Baumbach feature “Greenberg.”


Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: “Terribly Happy”

March 11, 2010

Lawrence Fahey reviews the new Danish neo-noir “Terribly Happy.”


Oscar Nominee Catch-Up: “Ajami”

March 8, 2010

Catch up on one of those foreign Oscar nominees you didn’t see.


Jonathan Demme receives Coolidge Award, premiers “Neil Young Trunk Show”

March 3, 2010

And the Coolidge Award goes to……Jonathan Demme.


The 2009 Sundance Shorts @ the Coolidge

January 27, 2010

I highly suggest you catch the Sundance Shorts at the Coolidge while they’re still around. Here’s a clip of one of my favorites.


A Single Man

January 10, 2010

A Single Man is the smartest and most visually interesting thing in the theaters right now. Even the trailer, and trailers are all starting to look the same these days, is almost as good as the one for Contempt. The film moves slowly, sometimes redundantly, as it follows Colin Firth’s character George through a day […]


Herb and Dorothy (2008)

December 24, 2009

I missed the short run the Kendall Landmark gave the 2008 documentary Herb and Dorothy a few months ago. Apparently, I also missed it on PBS’s Independent Lens, but we all know how hard it is to keep up with PBS’s schedule. I was finally just able to see it on video. The film follows […]


Some More IN-FOR-MA-TION on AMC’s Prisoner Remake

November 22, 2009

When watching The Prisoner remake on AMC, it was hard to not think about how much better the McGoohan series is, because the remake did everything it could to remind you of the original. Not only are there countless visual references (I picked out a few while watching, see bottom of post) but plots were […]


Prisoner No. 2: AMC’s The Prisoner

November 15, 2009

I’m afraid of being hypocritical here, because I am the guy who shakes his head when he opens up the Globe‘s Arts section and finds that half of it is about TV. But, I just couldn’t resist putting down some anticipatory thoughts (concerns?) on the AMC/ITV miniseries remake of the Patrick McGoohan classic The Prisoner, […]


The Music of Traffic: Sufjan Stevens’ The BQE

November 8, 2009

Sufjan Stevens’ recent foray into film, The BQE (click for an interesting description), a visual and orchestral essay on the scar and affront to urban planning that is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is one of those movies made to be seen on DVD. The chances of seeing a screening, except for some lucky urbanites well on […]


Boston’s Lecture Scene: Not John Stoddard Anymore

October 21, 2009

If BSO tickets or the MFA’s new prices are draining your entertainment budget, Boston’s gamut of free lectures, often followed by receptions with free food and even a little free booze, offer engaging and educational relief. The MFA’s Shapiro Celebrity Lecture Series may fetch $30+ for a ticket, but Boston’s universities rarely charge even a […]


Stanley Donen at the HFA

October 10, 2009

I caught the Stanley Donen appearance at the HFA‘s screening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) on Friday night. The film represents MGM’s first foray into CinemaScope, which produced a picture about twice as wide as the then current standard Academy format. Donen used every inch of it by the way, seven brides + […]


Not The Dueling Cavalier: Stanley Donen at the Harvard Film Archive

October 2, 2009

This month the Harvard Film Archive presents a series of films drawn from the career of Stanley Donen. Donen’s pictures can be conveniently divided into two sections: the iconic musicals of the 1950s, like On the Town (screens Oct.2), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Oct.9), and Singing in the Rain (Oct.2), and those films made […]


The Revolution Will Be Screened: The Baader Meinhof Complex

September 29, 2009

Ihave no idea how the international film circuit works, but it’s shame that foreign films don’t screen here a little bit sooner. The Coolidge is currently running the 2008 German action ‘based-on-a-true-story’ political film, The Baader Meinhof Complex, released on DVD in Europe (and on the Web) months ago. Directed by Uli Edel, who did […]