EMERGENCY

“Dávila’s script won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, I’m guessing on the strength of this premise. Their journey across campus is like a frat comedy remake of The Wages Of Fear, except instead of transporting nitroglycerin through the jungle they’re carrying a passed-out white girl across an ocean of privilege, which might be even more dangerous.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/19/2022

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MONTANA STORY

“Pained monologues are delivered, pondering the ruins of the white man’s settler colonialism while the minority characters nonetheless remain on the margins, speaking like sentient fortune cookies. It’s all very staid and reverential and rather annoyingly enamored of its own importance. But I’ll tell you, that Haley Lu Richardson sure can pluck a chicken.” – North Shore Movies, 05/19/2022

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SEMI-TOUGH: JULES AND JIM ON THE 30 YARD LINE

“Ritchie keeps a polite distance from the novel’s more notorious shenanigans. Football is a backdrop instead of the film’s focus, and you’ve never seen a SuperBowl treated so nonchalantly. Fans of the book found the adaptation treasonous, but others were beguiled by the offbeat rhythms and an airy, almost European approach to such a distinctly American game.” – Crooked Marquee, 05/13/2022

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OUT OF THE BLUE AT THE BRATTLE

“A masterpiece of alienation returns in all its ragged, unseemly glory. The movie means to be Hopper’s reckoning with the legacy his generation has left for their children, and as far as metaphors go, the original Easy Rider wiping out a bus full of kids while he was wasted isn’t exactly a subtle one. But then, we never admired Dennis Hopper for his understatement.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/11/2022

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DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

“The 28th official MCU entry is tasked with managing not just movie continuity but also that of several streaming Disney+ programs. I’ve seen all these movies and watched some of the shows, yet still found Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness nigh-incomprehensible most of the time, like I was bluffing my way through a class for which I hadn’t done the reading.” – North Shore Movies, 05/06/2022

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MALIGNANT MOMS AT THE COOLIDGE

“I think Dunaway’s actually pretty great in Mommie Dearest, going for broke with a baroquely stylized turn a galaxy away from the low-key naturalism so fashionable in boring biopics intending to bring icons down to earth. She’s not just playing Joan Crawford, she’s playing a larger-than-life idea of Crawford as imagined by someone who grew up seeing her on a giant screen.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/06/2022

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INLAND EMPIRE RETURNS TO THE BRATTLE

“The films of David Lynch vibrate on a frequency of intense dread, one that’s often counterbalanced by equally intense expressions of innocence, purity and love that would seem laughably corny if they weren’t so hard-won. Inland Empire is strictly the scary stuff, his most heartless, hopeless movie. And perhaps tellingly, to date his last.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/04/2022

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HARD BOILED DOUBLE FEATURES AT THE SOMERVILLE

Program notes for a series of down-and-dirty crime double features I curated at the Somerville Theatre including Drive, To Live And Die In L.A., 52 Pick-Up, The Way Of The Gun, The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, Charley Varrick, The Killing, The Asphalt Jungle, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Ice Harvest, Night Moves, Hustle, Touch Of Evil and Detour. – Somerville Theatre, 04/27/2022 – 06/15/2022

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LIKE HAVING A TERRIBLE THERAPIST: ANDREW BUJALSKI ON FUNNY HA HA TURNING 20

“That was just where we were. This was just what was around me. Making work like this and exposing it to an audience, you learn a lot about yourself. In some ways, it’s like having a terrible therapist. People are gonna give you a whole lot of feedback and they’re gonna tell you all about yourself. Some of it makes no sense at all, and some of it’s pretty painful.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/27/2022

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IFFBOSTON 2022

“’When you’re standing backstage at Somerville One and something happens onscreen that makes the whole audience gasp or scream, that’s a really thrilling moment for a filmmaker,’ Tamm enthuses. ‘One of the things IFFBoston is known for among filmmakers is that we have really good audiences. Bringing them back is what I’m most excited about.’” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/25/2022

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