A Letter to Momo (2012) dir Hiroyuki Okiura @ MFA
11-year old Momo is catapulted into a bucolic supernatural adventure as she attempts to make sense of an unfinished letter bequeathed to her by her recently deceased father.
An Evening With Suzan Pitt @ HFA
Plunge down the rabbit hole into the surrealist psycho-sexual splendor of acclaimed animator Suzan Pitt as she screens her luscious hand-crafted films at the HFA
I Declare War @ Brattle
War games get serious in the collective unconsciousness of a group of 12-year-olds.
The Harder They Come (1972) dir Perry Henzell @ Brattle
A poor Reggae singer turns outlaw as he’s ensnared in the corrupt music industry.
The Birds (1963) dir Alfred Hitchcock @ HFA
One of Hitchcock’s most wildly strange and out there films. Stone cold killer bird classic.
An American Hippie In Israel (1972) dir Amos Sefer @ Coolidge
Four freedom seeking hippies. Murderous mimes. Killer Sharks. A goat. Utterly bizarre and incredibly rare.
Spellbound (1945) dir Alfred Hitchcock @ HFA
Hitchcock gets super psychoanalytic in this tale about a man with a dubious past. Salvador Dali even collaborated on the film.
Memento (2000) dir Christopher Nolan @ Coolidge w/ neuroscientist John Gabrieli
A masterful story told in reverse about a man with serious psychological deficiencies searching for his wife’s killer.
Populaire (2012) dir Régis Roinsard @ Kendall Sq Cinema
Rose is an inept secretary, but her boss Louis is determined to turn her into the world’s fastest typer.
Strangers On A Train (1951) dir Alfred Hitchcock @ HFA
Another Hitchcock film, and a Compass fave. A carousel, tennis, and some kind of ambiguous-at-best pact add up to murder. Robert Walker in one of the great villain performances of all time. Beautiful in black and white.
They All Lie (2009) dir Matías Piñeiro @ MFA
Piñeiro explores the tortured history of Argentina through a sensuous mystery in a rural house full of twenty-somethings.
When Comedy Went to School (2013) dir Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank @ Kendall
Revisit the golden era of comedy at the Catskills to get a sense of how the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, and Jackie Mason made it big on the Borscht Belt first.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer w/director Maxim Pozdorovkin in person @ UMASS Boston
Dodge the spectacle and get to know three members of the feminist punk collective known as Pussy Riot. The stories of Nadia, Masha, and Katia are told through family interviews and court footage, effectively letting audiences into the human side of a trial that raised questions that still deserve heaps of attention.
The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan (2012) dir Robert Gastman and Joseph Pattisall @ MFA
Set in the 1980s this documentary chronicles the growing mystery around Washington D.C. graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan set against the backdrop of a crime riddled, city on the verge. Screens Sep 25-29th
Far From Vietnam (1967/2013) dir Jean Luc-Godard @ MFA
A documentary over 40 years in the making, the film takes towering French directors from the nation’s most creative era and examines American involvement in Vietnam.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) dir Alfred Hitchcock @ HFA
Hitchcock’s personal favorite might also be one of his most personal. Paranoia, distrust, and fear enter the lives of a suburban family over the course of this coast-hopping murder mystery.
Eraserhead (1977) dir David Lynch @ Coolidge
David Lynch’s first feature length film and one of the most famous films tied to the midnite movie phenomenon. Watch this strange and grotesque surrealist masterpiece unfold on the Coolidge’s giant screen. The industrial setting and claustrophobic nature of this film will find their way inside your brain. As will the lady in the radiator and her song. More weird and incredible than you remember.
September First Run New Releases
A small space to highlight newly released films with open ended runs.
Now – The World’s End (2013) dir Edgar Wright @ Kendall
Now – The Grandmaster (2013) dir by Wong Kar Wai @ Kendall
9/6 – Salinger (2013) dir Shane Salerno @ Kendall
9/6 – Terraferma (2011) dir Emanuele Crialese @ Kendall
9/20 – Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve (2013) dir Jim Bruce @ Coolidge
Written by Pablo Torroella, Sydney Kinchen, Dan Shea, Matty McBride