“Eventually Depp and the Colleens wind up fighting an army of white supremacist, foot-long sausages dressed as Mounties and played by the director himself. These Brat-zis, as they’re called, kill people by climbing into their rectums. But Yoga Hosers makes it abundantly clear that the only rear end Kevin Smith has crawled up inside is his own.” – Metro, 08/30/2016
Earlier this year, writer-director Ira Sachs brought the terrific Little Men to IFFBoston. After a screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, one of our most eloquent filmmakers discussed his intimate approach to storytelling, an unused ending and the remarkable performances from young stars Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri. Here are some edited highlights from the Q&A:
Talking with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Assocaiation members Bob Chipman and Steve Head about this month’s repertory offerings. Topics include the Somerville Theatre’s 70mm & Widescreen Festival, a visit from Oliver Stone at the Harvard Film Archive and the MFA’s Reagan in Hollywood: The Origins Of A Conservative Icon. – BOFCA, 08/30/2016
“Less common to discover in a first feature is a story that’s been thought out in terms of images instead of just words. Natalie Portman’s directorial debut is not always a successful movie but it’s a movie through and through. She makes bold visual choices and sticks to a personal, if at times trying, aesthetic strategy. She’s a real filmmaker.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/26/2016
“The production is hyper-sexualized in an incredibly creepy way, with leering butt-shots of countless cartoon hookers and lingering, appreciative views of Barbara in her underwear. These adolescent power fantasies have grown toxic, and their treatment of women reveals a pathological, deep-seated fear and loathing on the part of fans and creators.” – North Shore Movies, 08/19/2016
PETE’S DRAGON * * * 1 / 2
Starring Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence, Karl Urban and Robert Redford. Screenplay by Toby Halbrooks and David Lowery. Directed by David Lowery.
“Point Blank is about as close as a mainstream narrative movie can get to not having a present tense. Elliptical and overlapping, Walker’s disconnected memories flicker across the picture and soundtrack, turning scenes into jigsaw puzzles for the audience to assemble as we go along. It’s like if Alain Resnais directed The Terminator.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/10/2016