TILDA SWINTON: WORLD’S GREATEST ACTRESS

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“‘Tilda Swinton is simply one of the most mercurial and indelible screen performers of our age,’ says the Brattle’s creative director Ned Hinkle, via email from the Toronto Film Festival. ‘She fits neither the definition of movie star nor the definition of character actor. I think she’s a very unique performer and also, in a real way, a cinema artist.'” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/14/2017

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YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN: THE END OF TWIN PEAKS

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“The past is gone, the show kept reminding us. The Return was ultimately an anti-nostalgic nostalgia revival about how you can’t go home again. Lynch and Frost repeatedly, adamantly denied the comforts of the familiar, sidelined old regulars in favor of new creations and kept their most beloved character comatose for the first sixteen hours. That’s nerve.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/04/2017

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ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM: THEY LIVE AT THE MFA

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“We could read the scene as a sad visualization of the underclass (both homeless men of pointedly different races) fighting amongst themselves over nothing while their oppressors prosper. Or it could just be that Carpenter had cast a wrestler in his movie and wanted to give the guy a chance to strut his stuff. To be a fan of They Live is to realize it can be both.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/01/2017

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DESPERATELY SEEKING FAST TIMES AT THE BRATTLE

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Fast Times may have been marketed as another locker room romp, but the movie is made of stronger stuff. Heckerling undercuts the usual teensploitation tropes at every turn. Even co-star Phoebe Cates’ genre-required bikini stripping scene is sent up for the silly male fantasy that it is, then punctured by having her walk in on Reinhold masturbating.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/10/2017

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BEST BOSTON MOVIE EVAH: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE AT THE BRATTLE

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“This is the story of ratty, low-rent crooks meeting ignoble ends, with Mitchum playing against type as a rumpled, underworld Willy Loman on his way out. The movie reeks of grubby authenticity, shot on overcast afternoons beneath the city’s most oppressive, brutalist architecture. It’s a film full of daylight glaring through dingy barroom windows.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/04/2017

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COOLIDGE AT THE GREENWAY

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“‘It’s a good 20 hours of work,’ Lazzaro says. ‘Setting up the rigging, power, positioning the truck and building a projector booth from scratch. Then tearing it all down. It all has to be safe and low impact to the grounds.’ So why go to all this trouble when easier, albeit inferior digital cinema options are available? ‘We do the Lord’s work. That’s why.'” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/18/2017

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TWIN PEAKS HALFTIME REPORT

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“We’re now halfway through director David Lynch’s maddening, magnificent magnum opus, a work of such sweeping breadth and bonkers daring that mere hyperbole feels meager and insufficient. This is the most thrilling, confounding program to be seen on television since… well, since the original Twin Peaks first premiered on ABC back in 1990.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/12/2016

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