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Boston Film Events-Summer ’10

3 Jul

Movies on the Lawn-available here too!

I’m doing this officially as a post, but also as a FYI to those not acquainted to my newly christened “Boston Movie Circuit.”

Basically, we go out, we see movies, we have a good old time. It’s just that simple.

I’ve (slightly) painstakingly put together a listing of movie venues and events from around the Boston area for people to enjoy. This includes free or discounted movies, special events such as director visits and marathons, and film-related events such as Film Night at Tanglewood.

So please, read and enjoy your summer in the city.

You can sign up on Facebook for the latest updates and get togethers here.

~Coolidge Corner Theater~

-Roxbury Film Fest (next Thurs)
-Mad Max (midnight movie, either 9/10)
-Raiders of the Lost Ark (July 12th-you don’t want to missss!!!)
-The Big Lebowski (Aug 16th)

~Brattle Theater~
-FREE-Elements of Cinema: Double Feature!
Beauty and the Beast(Sat 7/10 at 11:00 AM)
Orpheus(Sat 7/10 at 1:00 PM)
-The Hospital, with Director Fredrick Wiseman in person! (July 19)
-Back to Back to Back to the Future Marathon (July 25)
-Return of “Metropolis”: (Aug 6-9)

Series (many awesome movies):
-Best of the Oughts
-100 years of the Noir

Check out the documentary series:

-Kick Ass (July 9/10)
-Jaws (July 23/24)
-Green Zone (Aug 6/7)
-Date Night (Aug 20/21)

July-French Film Festival

~FREE Movies at the Hatch Shell~
starts at 8pm!
7/9 “The Wizard of Oz”
7/16 “Star Trek”
7/23 “Where the Wild Things Are”
7/30 “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs”
8/6 “Monsters vs. Aliens”
8/13 “How to Train Your Dragon”
8/20 “The Princess & The Frog”
8/27 “Up”

~FREE Movies in the Moonlight~
starts at dusk at the Boston Harbor Hotel!
July 9: “The Maltese Falcon”
July 16: “Field of Dreams”
July 23: “An Affair to Remember”
July 30: “Some Like It Hot”
Aug. 6: “All About Eve”
Aug. 13: “Tootsie”
Aug. 20: “All the President’s Men”
Aug. 27: “The Adventures of Robin Hood”
Sept. 3: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

~Free films at the BPL~


The Benefits of Seeing Movies Live

21 Jun

One of America's oldest orchestras also boasts Boston's oldest Neon sign. Bet you didn't know that.

Since we’ve been a bit busy (2 weeks too busy) to update, I’ll restart with a lengthy musing. I’ll warn you now, half of this article is about the wonderful evening I shared last Tuesday with the Boston Pops. The other half of my piece is why people should actually go out to watch movies.

It’s like you’re reading two articles for the time of one!

As much as the buy-one-get-one-free option should still be available at movie theaters (double features!), I feel like when I go outside of my house for a movie, I’m already getting an extra freebie with my ticket-the experience.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s beauty in Netflix and DVD nights. The ability to pause the movie, adjust volume, rewind if you missed something, or just saving the hassle of getting out of your pajamas is a luxury not afforded in most theaters. But while a nice night in is fun, there is something special about the way we watch movies. It changes the way we create the memory and the way we “interact” with the cinematic art. Pardon the art criticism jargon, but it fits much too well in my reasoning.

For a little more than the price of a 3-D movie, you can enjoy movies in a way you may have never done so before. That evening I mentioned earlier was one such occasion. A Rogers and Hammerstein I dressed up, I planned the trip, got my tickets to advance, waited in anticipation-and then-“Oh, what a beautiful morning” resonated through the silent crowd who were faithfully mouthing the words. Yours truly, included.

Not to mention I cried when my hero, Robert Osborne, took the stage and started introducing each of the subsequent Rogers and Hammerstein film clips. Mr. Osborne is the host of TCM, my favorite movie channel, and the guy that got me excited about the weirdest, most random stuff they could show on a cable network. Everything from the classics to camp, I’ve seen him introduce it all with trivia and facts that even imdb.com lacks. Not to mention, he’s also the Oscar’s official biographer. Yes, it’s a legitimate title, one that he created and the Academy approves over. Take that, Leonard Maltin.

So, celebrity film critic introducing some of the most popular classical musicals of all time. Oh, with the Boston Pops. You know, an orchestra? In their own concert hall and with many, many musicians on hand. It’s a big deal. The kind of deal that people come out of their houses for.

And that’s where I find the live events so much more thrilling. It’s the same as listening to your favorite band on CD and then going out to see them live. Pounding music, larger than existence images, and the ticket stub you save afterward. Or have it roll around in your purse/wallet, whatever you’re more prone to.

It’s that experience, starting from the moment you buy your tickets to leaving your seat at the end of the night. The memories of running to catch the bus, or rushing home to taking a shower before the show, whatever. You remember that. Can’t remember what you ate for breakfast a couple days ago? No problem, it just wasn’t memorable. You didn’t run down one of the biggest streets in your city in heels, I did. I dressed up for the “Metropolis” premiere at Coolidge too. Short red dress, 1920’s style, but in flats because I knew I would be standing in line for over an hour. It’s special not because of the miserble woes of uncomfortable footwear or ridiculously long lines. It’s not what your first review of Disney World talks about, its the excitement of getting there, seeing it, enjoying the sounds and smells of music and a fast food meal. Yeah, it’s overpriced and possibly was a headache to coordinate, but you’re happy you did so. It was the experience that made the work okay.

So this covers special movie events, what about regular movies?

I’m advocating the experience of going out, sharing a laugh with your fellow movie-goers, help some poor college kids in their sad theater jobs. I hate the 3-D craze, the price hikes, the ridiculous amount of sub-par sequels going throughout theater chains that are slowly driving audiences back to the comfort of their On Demand button on their remotes. I don’t blame them. If we’re going to throw down a good $20 of our hard-earned money for some entertainment, it better damn well be an experience.

Now, this is where creativity comes in.

You got to make this fun for yourself. Enjoy the movie, don’t just “go” to it. That sounds like you survived something, and unless you just survived something as horrific as “Jonah Hex,” I don’t see why you can’t have fun going to the movies. Make an adventure out of it, go to a theater you’ve never been to, try walking or going a different route-provided you have the time of course. Make it a date, catch dinner either before or after. Follow the movie with some other excursion. Even the simple act of dressing up for the movies like audiences did back in the day can be fun. Break out the outfit with the tag still on it, invite friends you haven’t reconnected with for a long time. Make it a different experience every time you can.

Life is too short to go see the same picture every week. Switch it up and enrich your experiences; multiply your memories. Because in the end, memories are your own personal movies, but you can only share them with others if they were there to make the memories with you.

Return to “Metropolis”

24 May

"Metropolis," One of the greatest Sci-Fi films the world has ever seen.

The quote “must see movie of the year” is way too widely misused. Often, studio’s advertising campaign will use some critic’s words to drive audiences to their film.

Well, let me utilize this cliche: “Metropolis” is the must see movie event of the year.

A one week engagements and live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra is one proper way to get people’s interests. Keep your over-priced 3-D ticket, the real show is never repeated; each performance offers something new. It’s like watching a film that has come alive.

Alive since 1927.

Yes, it’s a silent film, the cast and crew are long gone, and even the great studio that commissioned the work has been reduced to a mere TV production company. But, this is still a new film being released. Just last year, around a half an hour of never before seen footage was found in an archive in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Much like pre-production, the delicate film was put into one of the most delicate restoration efforts ever attempted. These 30 minutes have been erased from history, with even film historians considering this piece of work lost with the other 90% of all film made before the sound era (1929).

A poster that has become quite popular in its own artform.

What’s more exciting than watching something considered lost to time? Imagine rediscovering the Library of Alexandria or the Colossus of Rhodes. Like these ancient wonders, we won’t find the piece in its entirety, there is still over 30 minutes of footage unaccounted from Fritz Lang’s original cut of “Metropolis.” I still will walk into Coolidge Corner’s Art Deco theater with the awe and wonderwent of an explorer discovering Atlantis. It means that much to me.

So I hopefully have you sold on the historical aspects of “Metropolis,” but what about the actual movie you’re going to be paying good money to see. Well, if you share my 20-something age, it’s something you’ve never seen before, unless you like the classic movies before the days of computer animation. This entire city of the future is made of intricate models stylistically done in 1920’s art deco. That’s the German Expressionism style that was popular among German directors at the time. Artsy, with a plot of a driving struggle for survival-it’s Karl Marx’s history of class struggle placed in a cold future. The upper class and the lower class are divided not only by societal position, but they are literally segregated from each other. Eventually, the worlds collide with chaos, and only time will tell if the leaders of revolution and their oppressors will turn to peace rather than tearing each other to pieces. And there’s a love story of sorts and a cast that numbers over 20,000.

Watch the most expensive, epic movie of its time, the way it was meant to be seen.

Tickets are on sale now for the restored version of “Metropolis” playing for one week only at Coolidge Corner Theatre. The June 4th screening will feature a live orchestral accompaniment. For more information and ticketing, please visit their website.

"Metropolis" at its finest-or worst.