THE SHINING HAUNTS THE COOLIDGE

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“It is a film that feels tantalizingly incomplete, missing just a few crucial pieces that you feel certain you’re bound to catch the next time around. Every time I watch The Shining I’m pretty sure I’ve got it almost all figured out and then the whole thing just kinda gets away from me, like the way terrible nightmares dissolve in the morning light.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/11/2018

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THE WORLD OF BOB FOSSE AT THE HFA

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“The first time I saw All That Jazz I was zonked on cold medicine with a high fever and afterward figured I must have hallucinated most of it. The movie is a geyser of flowing images, often cut counter-intuitively against the beat of the soundtrack songs and following movements and transitions that defy linear logic while making perfect emotional sense.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/13/2017

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DO YOU STILL LIKE THEM APPLES: GOOD WILL HUNTING AT 20

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“You look at every role and everybody gets their big monologue, their show-stopping piece. It’s how you write a script when you want to attract big stars. You have Robin Williams on the bench, Minnie Driver talking about her dad, everyone gets their Oscar clip. It also created this ridiculous Boston caricature that only two guys from Cambridge could write.” – Boston.com, 12/05/2017

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HANKSGIVING AT THE BRATTLE

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“‘I’ve been thinking a lot about Hanks in relation to the silent comedians,’ the Brattle’s creative director Ned Hinkle explained. ‘He’s like Buster Keaton but with a face made of rubber rather than stone. His commitment to the physical comedy is astounding, but from the very beginning he was able to connect with the real emotions that drive these characters.'” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/20/2017

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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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