Category Archives: The Harvard Film Archive

BOFCA #13 – @fter Midnite at The Coolidge, What is Cinema? at the Brattle and More!


On this episode of the Boston Online Film Critics Association podcast, members Bob Chipman and Dave Reidel discuss films playing at the Coolidge Corner Theater, the Brattle Theatre, the Somerville Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard Film Archive in June.

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BOFCA #12 – Magical Movies at the Brattle, Technicolor Musicals at the MFA, Capra at Harvard and More!


On this episode of the Boston Online Film Critics Association podcast, members Bob Chipman, Dave Reidel, Evan Crean, and Steve Head discuss films playing at the Coolidge Corner Theater, the Brattle Theatre, the Somerville Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard Film Archive in May.

Among the films talked about are: Something Wicked This Way Comes, Magic, Godzilla: The Japanese Original, Motel Hell, Big, Lord of Illusions, Super Duper Alice Cooper, It’s a Wonderful Life, Videodrome and many more…

May 2 – 8 at the Somerville Theater, Somerville, Ma [Godzilla: The Japanese Original®: Godzilla ®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.]

#142 – PROMETHEUS and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (guest: Sean Burns)

Time to get to talkin’ about PROMETHEUS. To help John and me figure it out, Improper Bostonian and Philadelphia Weekly film critic Sean Burns returns to the mic. We also get to talking about SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED and the unusual NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU.



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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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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Directors Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene and Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s Paranormal Activity 3 get the full review treatment.

Topics also discussed…

  • John’s theory art house film overflow: The Sundace Effect
  • Sergio Leone’s films at the Harvard Film Archive, particularly Once Upon a Time in America (1984) on Nov. 5th
  • John Wayne and Kirk Douglas’ The War Wagon (1967)
  • Why thrillers and horror films desperately need more humor
  • The strange return of Teddy Ruxpin and Lite-Brite!

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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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Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior get the full review treatment.

Other areas traversed…

– The Harvard Film Archive’s “American Punk” series ruled, like seriously.
– Matt Damon is a great leading man because he’s a great character actor.
– After 25 years of home video, Suburbia on screen in 35mm is a trip.
– Sonny Chiba needs his own retrospective at Harvard.
– Eating during a movie can be exceptionally disruptive; sometimes as much as talking or texting.
– Gweneth Paltrow is a really good sport. How can you not love what she lets Soderbergh do to her character in Contagion?
– Find and watch Linda, Linda, Linda.

Marion Cotillard as Dr. Leonora Orantes in director Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion.'

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#87 – Submoronic SHARK NIGHT

In this episode, directors David R. Ellis’ Shark Night 3D and David Robert Mitchell’s The Myth of the American Sleepover get the full review treatment.  The Myth of the American Sleepover is now playing through Monday, September 5th, at the Brattle – where, by the way, Cameron Crowe’s new rock doc, Pearl Jam Twenty, premieres Tuesday, September 20th, with a week-long engagement beginning Friday the 27th.

'Shark Night' ... a bust. Cool poster though.

John and I also discuss the slate of films playing this month at the Brattle, The Coolidge Corner Theater, and the Harvard Film Archive; including Class of 1984, The French Connection, and the films of Woody Allen.

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#86 – Tossing texters from the theater

During a film, you never know how an idiot using their smart phone will react when you ask them to put it away. Last Wednesday, about 45-minutes into a screening of Our Idiot Brother, a woman using her phone kinda went nuts one me when I asked her to stop texting. These inconsiderate dolts much be stopped!

Katie Holmes finds her new house a bit of a challenge in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.'

In this episode, John and I talk about what to do when, during a film, you’ve come to the conclusion that a texter (or any other obnoxious moron) must be tossed from the theater. We discuss the right away, if there really is one, to go about it.

Getting the full review treatment this week is the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and director Jesse Peretz’s comedy Our Idiot Brother.

Paul Rudd as Mr. Happy-go-lucky in 'Our Idiot Brother.'

We also discuss the 1963 epic Cleopatra, which played during the Harvard Film Archives’ The Complete Joseph L. Mankiewicz retro this past month. They showed the complete version – all 248 minutes or so, with overture and intermission music. Nearly a 5-hour evening for me, without a single texter in attendance. Harvard Film Archive patrons take their movies seriously, and they respect other patrons!

Also up for discussion are the new Blu-ray and DVD releases:

Top Gear: Series 16 from the BBC…

Director Jodie Foster’s The Beaver. We urge you to side-line any Mel Gibson issues and check it out.

And Akira Kurosawa’s 1962 procedural High and Low, starring Toshiro Mifune.

Undercover officers tail a kidnapper though the streets of Tokyo in 'High and Low' - new from the Criterion Collection.

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