CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

IMG_3731

“The film luxuriates in the sun-kissed settings, languorous and largely devoid of conflict. Adapted by 89-year-old screenwriter James Ivory, it exhibits that specific brand of watchable, genteel restraint that made Merchant Ivory the arthouse Marvel Studios of the 1980s and ‘90s. It’s the kind of movie that discreetly pans to billowing curtains during a sex scene.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/22/2017

Comments Off on CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Posted in Reviews

DOWNSIZING

IMG_3732

“The movie pretty much drops the whole shrinking business altogether to focus on Damon’s sudden discovery of an underclass. Payne’s early, acidic satires like Citizen Ruth and Election used to skewer this exact sort of self-congratulatory, limousine liberal BS. The filmmaker’s softening over the years has been one of cinema’s slow-motion tragedies.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/22/2017

Comments Off on DOWNSIZING Posted in Reviews

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

IMG_3698

“I’m pretty sure there’s an audience for this deliberately naïve, pie-eyed, old-fashioned musical celebrating the life of P.T. Barnum as a ‘Hey, let’s put on a show!’ tribute to outcasts and oversized dreams. But I’m even surer that I’m not a part of that audience, given how much of the running time I spent groaning with my face buried in my hands.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/22/2017

Comments Off on THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Posted in Reviews

I, TONYA

IMG_3696

“The movie feels at odds with itself, chiding the audience for disrespecting Harding’s underprivileged background while at the same time chock full of sight gags sniggering at poor people. There’s also a thuddingly obvious collection of needle-drop soundtrack cues so on-the-nose I left the theater wishing someone could have kneecapped the music supervisor.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/21/2017

Comments Off on I, TONYA Posted in Reviews

THE WORLD OF BOB FOSSE AT THE HFA

IMG_3691

“The first time I saw All That Jazz I was zonked on cold medicine with a high fever and afterward figured I must have hallucinated most of it. The movie is a geyser of flowing images, often cut counter-intuitively against the beat of the soundtrack songs and following movements and transitions that defy linear logic while making perfect emotional sense.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 12/13/2017

Comments Off on THE WORLD OF BOB FOSSE AT THE HFA Posted in Features

BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2017

IMG_3679

1. A Ghost Story    2. Phantom Thread    3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri    4. Lady Bird   5. The Florida Project   6. First They Killed My Father   7. BPM (Beats Per Minute)   8. The Beguiled   9. Marjorie Prime   10. Lucky

Honorable Mentions:  After The Storm,  Alien: Covenant,  All These Sleepless Nights,  Colossal,  Columbus,  Get Out,  Good Time,  Jane,  Logan Lucky,  Long Strange Trip,  The Lure,  Nocturama,  On The Beach At Night Alone,  The Post,  Their Finest  –  BOFCA, 12/08/2017

Comments Off on BOFCA AWARDS BALLOT 2017 Posted in Lists