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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HEAT AT THE COOLIDGE

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“Dudes love to talk about Heat. I often joke that the film has been watched on more black leather couches in man caves than any other movie except maybe The Godfather or Goodfellas. It’s an intricately plotted, 170-minute cat-and-mouse game with over seventy speaking roles and at least two of the decade’s defining action set-pieces.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/01/2019

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PARIS IS BURNING AGAIN AT THE KENDALL

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“What emerges is a boisterously entertaining portrait of some sassy, marginalized people heroically carving out a space for themselves, where they can be themselves. Strutting these makeshift runways in their most glamourous getups, the community comes together to celebrate the very qualities that leave them scorned by the outside world.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/30/2019

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THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH AT THE COOLIDGE

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“Time passes quickly and without warning in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Roeg and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg elide entire years sometimes during a single scene, with the supporting cast drifting into old age within the space of an edit. The movie is far more interested in conjuring moods of mystery and melancholy than explicating a prosaic plot.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/16/2019

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KEANU-THON AT THE COOLIDGE

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“There’s nothing swaggering about Keanu Reeves. He presents a confident and inclusive masculinity at a time when a lot of people are longing for an alternative to the toxic, boorish braggadocio that we’re inundated with every day by insecure, overcompensating males everywhere from the White House to sports arenas to the sewers of social media.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 06/25/2019

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