PERIOD PIECE: TURNING RED WITH BRIAN DE PALMA’S CARRIE

“The half-kidding nature of Carrie’s opening is emblematic of De Palma’s overripe, sensuous sensibility, a naughty boy’s luscious leering with just enough self-awareness to have his cake and eat it, too. He’s smart about being sleazy, always up for using gratuitous nudity as commentary on female objectification, while at the same time reveling in tawdry delights.” – Crooked Marquee, 04/22/2022

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A STRING OF PEARLS TO AN APE: JOHN FRANKENHEIMER’S THE TRAIN

“It’s a thrillingly visceral experience, but also one with a questioning, philosophical soul. The Train was the last studio action extravaganza to be shot in black-and-white, and the shades of gray suit the murky moral inquiries. It’s a movie about foolhardy heroes and grand, symbolic gestures, wondering aloud if art and culture are really worth dying for. And if not, what is? ” – Crooked Marquee, 04/08/2022

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CHRIS ROCK: LIVE IN BOSTON AFTER THE SLAP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

“Rock’s fury was focused on performative outrage and empty, politically correct gestures, spitting fire at corporations like Lululemon, which put up signs in their stores congratulating themselves for standing against racism while selling $100 yoga pants. Most folks, the comedian countered, would be fine with $20 yoga pants that said the n-word once in a while.” – Rolling Stone, 03/31/2022

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WHY I’M NOT WATCHING THE OSCARS THIS YEAR

“The prevailing wisdom within the Academy seems to be that regular folks don’t care about these categories, because I guess boring stuff like editing, production design, original score and sound aren’t important aspects of the cinematic experience. Audiences will instead be indulged this year with new awards sourced on Twitter, of all godforsaken places.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/24/2022

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THE FILMS OF FLORA GOMES AT THE HFA

“The calendar kicks off welcoming writer-director Flora Gomes. The 72-year-old, Bissau-Guinean filmmaker studied in Cuba under the legendary Santiago Álvarez and worked as an assistant to French New Wave master Chris Marker, before returning to his homeland to make a series of powerful pictures confronting the legacy of Portuguese colonial rule.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/22/2022

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A BETTER WAY TO FIGHT A WAR: THE DIRTY DOZEN

“It’s a war movie for people disgusted by war, fed up with battlefield myths about valor and noble sacrifice. It’s about cheating and breaking bullshit rules and killing the enemy in cold blood because you can and because you have to. It’s a movie where death is ugly and everywhere and only the meanest, most irredeemable sons of bitches survive, if they’re lucky.” – Crooked Marquee, 03/18/2022

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TRAVOLTA / CAGE: FACE OFF AT THE SOMERVILLE

“Travolta and Cage have made more bad films than most stars of their stature, but the lineup Judge put together contains one cultural phenomenon after another. Saturday Night Fever, Moonstruck, Grease, Valley Girl, Raising Arizona and Pulp Fiction have become part of our shared pop consciousness. They’re movies you feel like you’ve seen even if you haven’t.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/14/2022

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A WHOLE LOTTA WOMAN: PAM GRIER IN FOXY BROWN

“In a genre where women were subject to all sorts of abuse, she was a fox who fought back. But what made her even more fun to watch is how much she looked like she was enjoying it. With that crooked curl of her naughty smile, Pam Grier always seemed to be having an even better time than you were watching her. It’s why crushes on her are still so contagious.” – Crooked Marquee, 03/04/2022

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A TRIBUTE TO MONICA VITTI AT THE BRATTLE

“Often called the Thinking Man’s Sex Symbol, Vitti was less ‘va-va-voom’ in her appeal than Italian starlets of the era like Loren or Magnani. High cheekbones and a patrician air made her the perfect frontwoman for Antonioni’s adrift elite: absurdly wealthy, spiritually bankrupt wanderers who have everything and are slow to realize how little that really is.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/01/2022

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ANOMALIES AGAINST THE GRID: MICHAEL MANN’S PUBLIC ENEMIES AND BLACKHAT

“Paying little lip service to genre conventions, Mann’s electrifying, experimental cyber-thriller is an almost abstract symphony of sound and color smeared across the screen in crackling, corrupted digital cinematography meant to mirror the twitchy surveillance state in which its stealthy characters operate. Blackhat is like a Stan Brakhage movie with gunfights.” – Crooked Marquee, 03/01/2022

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