“The Boston Underground Film Festival kicks off the season with its nineteenth annual celebration of the bizarre and insane. This year’s ‘Cinematic Sensory Onslaught on Cambridge’ begins at the Brattle with Prevenge, writer-director Alice Lowe’s pitch-black British comedy about a pregnant woman coached into a killing spree by her misanthropic unborn baby.” – Metro, 03/10/2017
My final dispatch from Park City ponders movies and meditations, thrilled by some philosophical sci-fi from an old pro and bored by more New York nattering from an up-and-comer. There’s also the festival’s most essential documentary and another Casey Affleck picture about death, this one so strange and wonderful I’m not quite sure how to describe it.
My second dispatch from Park City muses on the medium-rare pleasures of a well-done potboiler and when bad movies happen to good intentions. Two of my favorite actors don’t let me down in my most anticipated film of the festival, but the movie they’re in sure does. Finally, a break from looking for the next big thing to reflect on some cinema history.
My first dispatch from Park City kicks off with an inconvenient celebrity slighting on opening night, followed by yet another dud that doesn’t deserve Melanie Lynskey. Obvious Child‘s team returns with witty and sophisticated follow-up, but I’m underwhelmed by the festival’s first big darling. Finally, founder Robert Redford and an all-star cast whiff on their way to Netflix.
“The series spotlights six new films hand-picked by program director Nancy Campbell and executive director Brian Tamm during their travels to fests around the world. It’s the kind of eclectic mix for which IFFBoston is renowned. ‘These are films that really affected us when we saw them at other festivals, and we’re thrilled to share them with our community.'” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/20/2016
“There’s an energy to this festival you don’t find in other cities. There’s none of the industry posturing or velvet rope snobbery that so often plagues events of this size and scope. IFFBoston has always been a scrappy, non-profit affair put on by and for passionate film fans in the community. Everybody’s welcome, and we’re all celebrating movies together.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/27/2016
“In the space of just five evenings, IFFBoston’s Fall Focus selection highlights the diversity for which this local treasure of a festival is renowned: documentary, indie thriller, foreign language, Oscar winners, underground comedy, martial arts, even puppet animation. This place has everything.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/23/2015