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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F.T.A. AT THE BRATTLITE

“A new 4K restoration of the film starts streaming at the Brattlite this weekend, finally giving us a chance to see what all the fuss was about almost 50 years later. The film chronicles the Pacific Rim stretch of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland’s ‘Free The Army’ tour, a musical comedy revue modeled on Bob Hope’s USO shows but with an antiwar agenda.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/04/2021

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INTRODUCING THE BRATTLITE

“The new platform launches with a quartet of films belatedly celebrating the 2020 centenary of Federico Fellini, introducing a sparkling new restoration of his playful, penultimate film, Intervista. In conjunction, the Brattlite is offering internet exclusive screenings of two of the director’s earliest efforts, where we can see his signature style beginning to take shape.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/13/2021

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SIX MOVIES TO STREAM WHILE STAYING HOME ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

“It’s a horrible holiday mostly spent suffering from the nagging feeling that whatever you’re doing you’re still not having as much fun as you’re supposed to be having, often while surrounded by amateurs who have no idea how to hold their liquor. At least this year sitting on the couch and watching movies is what you should be doing, for the sake of public health!” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/30/2020

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WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI

“There’s a certain irony in the idea of a Wong Kar Wai retrospective, as so many of his characters are already living in the past. His best films feel like memories of themselves, rhapsodies of regret and lingering visions of the ones that got away. Watching a Wong Kar Wai movie in a theater is like living inside of somebody else’s dream for a little while.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/11/2020

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