WE STILL LIKE TO WATCH: BLUE VELVET AT 35

“The film’s centerpiece sequence is one of the most boldly transgressive in modern cinema, a terrifying tightrope walk of abuse and illicit longings that famously sent viewers fleeing from their seats. Blue Velvet speaks to something primal about moviegoing itself: we’re all in that closet with Jeffrey. If we didn’t like to watch we wouldn’t be at the movies in the first place.” – Crooked Marquee, 09/17/2021

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MARTY AFTER MIDNITE AT THE COOLIDGE

“It might be Scorsese’s most manic movie, disjunctively doubling back through dissolves so we’re seeing things from multiple angles at once. The camera flips on its side or upside down altogether, with Van Morrison’s wheezy, queasy ‘TB Sheets’ percolating over and over on the soundtrack, his wailing harmonica standing in for the ambulance’s siren.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/10/2021

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WILD STYLE AT THE MFA

“Few films are blessed with the sense of discovery captured in these ramshackle reels. Wild Style is a fanciful first draft of a cultural history play-acted by the same people who created the culture in the first place. It’s a winning bit of self-mythology by folks who were there on the ground floor, adorable in it’s amateurish ardor and endless optimism.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/22/2021

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BACK TO THE BRATTLE

“The private June screenings provided opportunities for Hinkle and Moylan to gauge the comfort levels of audiences returning to the theater after a scary 15 months, while also stress-testing their new operating systems. But most importantly, they were ways to say thank you to a community that came through when the Brattle needed them most.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/30/2021

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THE AMUSEMENT PARK

“Romero’s great subject as an artist was the scary precarity of our society, and how quickly men become beasts when the comforts of civilization are rudely ripped away. The Amusement Park is his explicit warning about a crass, commercial culture with no regard for anything but the present, and how we are all doomed to soon be forgotten and ignored.” – North Shore Movies, 06/08/2021

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BACK TO THE MOVIES

“Before anybody heard of the novel coronavirus, I used to go to the movies three or four times a week. Cinemas are my churches, my sanctuaries. They’re where I’d go to feel closer to people and where I go to get away from them. Movie theaters were where I could vicariously experience adventures beyond my wildest imagination, or sometimes just take a nap.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/17/2021

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TOP GUN TURNS 35

“Every scene is shot and cut like a commercial. It’s all shimmering sunsets and golden magic hours with cool motorcycles and vintage cars. People wear heavy leather bomber jackets in the San Diego summer simply because they look so great in them. Top Gun feels like the longest advertisement you’ve ever seen, but what exactly is it supposed to be selling?” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 05/14/2021

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OSCARS 2021: THANKS, BUT NO MANKS

“We’ve got movie theaters, their employees and crew members who work on Hollywood films suffering catastrophic financial losses, but have any of these obscenely wealthy luminaries lifted a finger to help them out? The only show of support I can recall was Gal Gadot and her dopey friends singing ‘Imagine’ off-key from the grounds of their gargantuan estates.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/23/2021

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ERIC ROHMER’S TALES OF THE FOUR SEASONS

“These are classy, educated people who know which wine pairs best with your fish, but precious little, as it turns out, about their own hearts. So they talk. Heavens, do they talk. Rohmer’s characters talk themselves around in circles, in and out of affairs. They construct elaborate excuses for doing what they feel like or make up ridiculous reasons why they won’t.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/01/2021

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20 YEARS OF THE BRATTLE FILM FOUNDATION

“Our desire is to continue to be here for those generations of people to come who aren’t finding what they want on TikTok or Twitch, or even on Netflix or Amazon Prime. They’re looking for a way to find a different experience of the world and the Brattle has always provided that, and we want to make sure that it continues to provide that for people.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/26/2021

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