Category Archives: The Coolidge Corner Theater

Episode 105 – HUGO and MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

It’s hard to believe we’re just a couple episodes away from 100. Here we are, more than two years later. I supposed it’s an achievement, but really it’s just a natural thing. We talk about film. Always have. For years. It’s what we do.

And for this sweet bite of audio candy, we get to talking about directors Martin Scorsese’s 3D family friendly feature Hugo, and Simon Curtis’ period piece My Week With Marilyn, starring the stunning Michelle Williams; as well as some films coming to The Coolidge Corner Theater:

The Creature from the Black Lagoon – in 3D, which plays December 2nd and 3rd at midnight…

The riot grrl doc From the Back of the Room, which plays Friday, December 9th at midnight…

And Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkes, which screens Monday, December 14th as part of the Coolidge’s Science on Screen series.

Over at the ArtsEmerson Paramount (If you live in Boston and you love film (as we suspect a fair number of you do), you’ve got to get over to the Paramount and check it out. It’s relatively new and it needs you! It’s saying “Love me!” and I will give you fine films in a cinemateque-ish environment.) they have: The Color Wheel screening December 2nd and 3rd, and The Swell Season, a documentary from Glen Hansgaard and Markéta Irglová, the Academy Award winning duo featured in the film Once – seriously, who didn’t like that film?

So join us for a fun discussion! Click on the video player at the top of this post or the media player below.

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Episode 103 – THE DESCENDANTS and THE MUPPETS

For #97, John and I discuss directors Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and James Bobins’ The Muppets.

Also among other subjects up for discussion…

  • DirectorAlex Ross’ The Color Wheel, which plays at ArtsEmerson December 2nd and3rd
  • NBC’s announced resurrection of The Munsters
  • Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at the Harvard Film Archive
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 … most of which is dismissive – ie., you’ll either be offended or entertained.

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#102 – JACK AND JILL, IMMORTALS and WEST SIDE STORY on Blu-ray

Directors Dennis Dugan’s (in actuality, Adam Sandler directed it) Jack and Jill, and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals get the full review treatment.

We also discuss new DVD and Blu-ray releases including: Funimation’s Darker Than Black; Toy Story on 3D Blu-ray; West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition; Criterion’s release of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander; The Asylum’s Three Musketeers (“All for one and guns for all”); The Complete Henri-Georges Clouzot coming to The Harvard Film Archive; E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D coming to The Coolidge Corner Theater and more!

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#101 – TOWER HEIST, HAROLD & KUMAR and MELANCHOLIA

Directors Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist, Todd Strauss-Schulson’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia get the full review treatment.

Topics also discussed, among other things…

  • Steve raspy voice due to his Spooky World: The Fear at Fenway gig
  • What’s playing at the Coolidge Corner Theater in November
  • The Tobolowski Files coming to The Brattle Theater in Harvard Square (Nov. 11th -13th)

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#97 – THE BIG YEAR and THE THING disdained, sort of

Directors David Frankel’s The Big Year and Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s The Thing are reviewed.

What’s more, we talk about…

  • Having directors John Boorman (The General) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) get upset with us
  • Trying to forget The Human Centipede: Full Sequence
  • What’s at The Brattle on Halloween: White Zombie with a live score by The Volcano Kings (7:30 PM, Oct 31)
  • What’s coming to The Harvard Film Archive: The Legend of Taylor Mead (Oct 21-24)
  • What’s coming to The Coolidge: director Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (Midnight, Oct 21)
  • And John being under the uncomfortable contempt of Stephen Baldwin

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Coming to The Coolidge: ‘The Human Centipede: Full Sequence’

-IFC Films

Just returned from a screening of The Human Centipede: Full Sequence, and WOW… what a disgusting display of grotesque imagery and squeamishly irritating sound effects. It’s definitely the sideshow that director Tom Six wanted. It isn’t “cinema.” It’s more like a freak-show; a one-note experience that should work well for those desiring to see it for its novelty – and that’s being kind.

For those who dare, or those wanting nothing beyond gore, you can see it this Friday, Oct 14, and Saturday, Oct 15 at the midnight hour at The Coolidge. Click here for tickets.

Regarding Mr. Six’s personal philo$ophy and the film’s ban in Britain, I suggest reading Dave Itzkoff’s interview in The New York Times.

#91 – Ways DRIVE rules

Rod Laurie’s Straw Dogs and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive get the full review treatment.

And then there’s the other stuff…

Rolling Thunder at midnight and the latest Q&A ever at the Coolidge
Sophie’s Key and a film introducer’s worst nightmare
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training actually and deservedly gets honored
Dr. Detroit and Dan Aykroyd at his best (yes, there was a time)
– Recalling the ’80s films of Chevy Chase
– What’s up with Boston’s Stuart Street Theater?

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Ryan Gosling as the nameless wheelman in 'Drive.'

IFFBoston 2011 – Ep. #7 – ‘The City Dark,’ ‘Project NIM’ and ‘Bobby Fischer Against The World’

Posters for director Liz Garbus' 'Bobby Fischer Against The World' and Ian Cheney's 'The City Dark.'

From the Davis Sq. Diesel Cafe in Somerville, Ma, John and I discuss three new documentaries from the Independent Film Festival Boston: director Ian Cheney’s “light pollution” exposé The City Dark; James Marsh’s follow-up to Man on Wire, Project NIM; and Liz Garbus’ biography of chess master Bobby Fischer, Bobby Fischer Against the World.

The Independent Film Festival Boston runs now through Wednesday, May 4th,  closing with a screening of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop at the Coolidge Corner Theater. Be sure to visit IFFBoston.org for schedule and showtimes.

This episode has a running time of about 13 minutes.

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#69 – Preview of the Independent Film Festival Boston 2011

Miranda July listens for the yell of her illicit, cross-town lover in 'The Future.'

Joining John and me this week is Brian Tamm, Managing Director of The Independent Film Festival Boston. The 9th annual festival runs April 27th through May 4th, with films playing at The Somerville Theater, The Brattle Theater, The Stuart Street Theater and Coolidge Corner.

In this episode, we preview a number of films including Troll Hunter, The Future, 13 Assassins, Bellflower, The Catechism Cataclysm, Trigger, The City Dark, Being Elmo: A Puppeteers’ Journey, Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story, Tatooine, Superheroes, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (which closes the festival on May 4th at the Coolidge) and many more.

Please visit IFFBoston.org for a complete list of films, events and to purchase tickets.

We recorded this episode at Panera Bread in Brookline, Ma, across the street from the Coolidge. Our apologies for any obtrusive background noise.

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#68 – SCREAM 4 and the films of Brian De Palma and Sidney Lumet

Neve Campbell returns as beleaguered heroine Sidney Prescott, now a best selling self-help author, in Wes Craven's 'Scream 4.'

Joining John and me this week is Tom Meek, film critic for The Boston Phoenix and President of The Boston Society of Film Critics.

Up for discussion is Wes Craven’s Scream 4; Jee-woon Kim’s I Saw the Devil, which plays May 6th and 7th at midnight at the Coolidge Corner Theater; the films of Sidney Lumet, who sadly passed away on April 9th; and the films of Brian De Palma, whose 1981 thriller Blow Out will be released by the Criterion Collection on April 26th.

John Lithgow, as the sociopath Burke, and Nancy Allen, as the prostitute Sally, en route to Philadelphia's Liberty Day celebration in Brian De Palma's 'Blow Out' (1981).

For our picks of the week, we recommend the Blu-ray release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Luchino Visconti’s 1954 film Senso, Jeff Malmberg’s award winning documentary Marwencol, Claire Deni’s White Material and the BBC’s Road to Coronation Street.

We recorded this episode at Panera Bread in Brookline, Ma, directly across the street from the Coolidge Corner Theater.

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