FIND WITHOUT SEEKING: THE FILMS OF ANGELA SCHANELEC AT THE HFA

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“These are vexing, sometimes infuriating affairs, probably best suited to viewers who always fall hardest for the ones who don’t love you back. Spending a few days immersed in Schanelec’s work I came to find myself enthralled by her abject indifference to audience expectations, up for the challenge of films designed to remain teasingly out of reach.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/15/2020

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THE THING HAUNTS THE COOLIDGE

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The Thing eventually found an audience on cable, where I know I wasn’t alone in watching it late at night when I was far too young to be doing so. The sheer nastiness of it all had an imprinting effect on a generation of budding cinema buffs. It’s one of the first films I can recall seeing that felt like it was trying to hurt you. The movie’s really, really mean.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/09/2020

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FILMS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES AT THE BRATTLE

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“A bunch of pointy-headed academics writing about kids’ movies might at first sound counterintuitive, but as Keough notes in his introduction, ‘for better and worse, film critics are the most childish people you’ll meet.’ Having sat in Boston screening rooms with Peter for the past 20 years, I can attest that this is an observation he makes from personal experience.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/24/2019

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SÁTÁNTANGÓ AT THE MFA

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“As arduous an experience as Sátántangó may be, I can see why Susan Sontag wanted to watch it once a year. Amid all the moldering rot, drunken boorishness and stupid, venal scheming, the film also offers us a glimpse of something infinite, a vastness of space and time within this small village that can only be experienced at such an obscene duration.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/18/2019

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THE B-FILM: LOW BUDGET HOLLYWOOD AT THE HFA

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“As time goes on it becomes ever more apparent that the unassuming pleasures of these pictures have aged remarkably well. Lacking lavish resources, the leanest and meanest of these little movies come from hunger, directed by filmmakers with something to prove and occasionally ingenious ways of working around budgetary and censorship restrictions.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/11/2019

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LA DOLCE VITA AT THE BRATTLE

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“Fellini’s revelers on the Via Veneto could quite easily be updated as Instagram influencers, rolling on molly instead of red wine while taking selfies in the Trevi Fountain. It’s not much of a stretch to imagine Marcello as a TMZ blogger puttering around the fringes of the Fyre Festival, except rather than chain-smoking he’d probably vape. Some emptiness is eternal.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/29/2019

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SPOILER SPECIAL: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD

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“Writing a spoiler-free, pre-release review of Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood felt a bit like typing with one hand tied behind my back. Only a bastard would dare divulge the shocks and delights that make a first viewing of this film such a raucous rollercoaster ride, so if you haven’t yet had the pleasure please stop reading right away. I’m about to be that bastard.” – North Shore Movies, 08/22/2019

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