“But what makes the movie a masterpiece is the intensely visceral way in which Spielberg conveys these children feeling adult emotions for the first time. The film’s final image is notably not of E.T.’s departing spaceship, but rather a medium shot of Henry Thomas’ Elliott; the Lost Boy growing up and waving goodbye to Peter Pan.” – Metro, 03/09/2017
“This is a film of dazzling, garish colors that bops to an electric New Wave beat. The whole thing throbs with such overheated sexual energy that about halfway through, the story stops dead for a montage where everybody drops what they’re doing and gets it on. More movies should do this. It’s like an intermission, but better.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/09/2017
CATFIGHT * * *
Starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone, Craig Bierko and Dylan Baker. Written and directed by Onur Tukel.
“The problem with our accelerated media culture is that we quickly run out of angles with which to feed the content maw, and attention spans aren’t what they used to be. These films get picked to the bone during the Bataan Death March to Oscar Night, and contrary takes are what get clicks, which is why you see bizarre headlines calling La La Land fascist.” – The Muriel Awards, 03/05/2017
LOGAN * *
Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant. Screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.
Talking with fellow Boston Online Film Critics Association members Bob Chipman, Steve Head and Greg Vellante about this month’s repertory offerings. Topics include The Women Who Built Hollywood at the Brattle and trolling the president at the Coolidge. We also digress to discuss the Oscars and the passing of beloved actor Bill Paxton. – BOFCA, 03/01/2017
“Kimmel goofing on foreign-sounding names was a weird, ad-lib quirk that kept coming up, almost Tourette’s-like regarding Mahershala Ali. A good part of his appeal has always been a sort of smarmy, Playboy Club entitlement, which was probably a bad call for this batch of nominees. His beef with Matt Damon will never not be funny, though.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/27/2017