06/13/2014 – 06/19/2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

Friday The 13th VI

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1986    86 mins.    35mm

“The murderous Jason is back in the latest chapter of the most offensive series in film history, unless Burt Reynolds makes three more Smokey and the Bandit pictures real quick. This time the silent killer, still wearing a hockey mask, is dug up from his grave and rejuvenated by lightning. Jason attacks young camp counselors with his favorite carving knife. Of course he’s done that before and before and before and before and before.” – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

 

MISS OYU    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1951    95 mins.    35mm

“In this instance, Mizoguchi stages every scene as if it were meant for the theatre rather than the big screen (the post childbirth La Bohème sequence is as moving as it is reverential: just switch the kimono for Mimi’s shawl in mind’s eye) that lets these desperate characters arrive at their destiny with more show than tell. The best shot of the film places Oyû between the loveless couple, who, like bookends, gaze away to their respective wings.” – S. James Wegg, JWR

 

MY LOVE BURNS    9PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1949    96 mins.    35mm

“Kenji Mizoguchi, furious and delicate, on the limits of enlightenment — rallies and debates aren’t enough when liberation isn’t extended to both sexes, every woman must start her own personal revolution. Spiritual and literal flames for Mizoguchi, who expands the Guernica note from Women on the Night in a severe account of the private upheavals that shape history more than treaties and parades.” – Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

 

THE NEVERENDING STORY    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1984   102 mins.    Digital Video

“A graceless, humorless fantasy for children. Is it possible for Nowhere to be destroyed by Nothing? The child who can grasp this concept should be immediately packed off to the Sorbonne. When the movie is not sounding like The Pre-Teenager’s Guide to Existentialism, it’s simply a series of resolutely unexciting encounters between Atreyu and the creatures that alternately help and hinder his mission.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 14

The 47 Ronin

THE 47 RONIN    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1941    241 mins.    35mm

“Mizoguchi brings the tale to life with a visual style as grandly expressive and as perfect as any I’ve seen. He makes no concessions to his audience in this four-hour film with perhaps three close-ups. Piecing together long takes, some five minutes or more, Mizoguchi gives the film the architectural integrity of a great building, systematically integrating the blocking of characters, narrative events, and the camera movements.” – Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

 

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1986    86 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE NEVERENDING STORY    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1984   102 mins.    Digital Video

See above.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 15

The shining

THE SHINING    1PM, 4PM & 7PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1980    142 mins.    35mm

“It is this elusive open-endedness that makes Kubrick’s film so strangely disturbing. The movie is not about ghosts but about madness and the energies it sets loose in an isolated situation primed to magnify them. But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease.” – Roger Ebert, The Great Movies

 

THE LADY OF MUSASHINO    5PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1951    88 mins.    35mm

“With its rather insistent score and generally melodramatic tone, this exploration of (or perhaps lamentation about) the loosening of post-war Japanese morals – depicting a series of extra-marital affairs (both consummated and unconsummated) in the small hamlet of Musashino – proves to be, despite excellent performances and a quite breathtaking, symbolically rich final scene, a decidedly minor Mizoguchi.” – Iain Stott, The One-Line Review

 

THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1954    102 mins.    35mm

“Mizoguchi spends a good 40 minutes setting up the intricacies of the relationships and the social obligations intrinsic to this story before opening up the film considerably in its second half, where a series of set pieces to rival anything in his catalogue are constructed and contrasted with the intimacy of this mostly two-person narrative. Akira Kurosawa was also a fan, considering it Mizoguchi’s finest achievement.” – Jordan Cronk, PopMatters

 

MONDAY, JUNE 16

Hedwig

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH    7PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    2001    95 mins.    35mm

Hedwig ranks among the most pleasant socks to the head I received all year long. Because despite all the usual classic camp tropes — the you-go-girl bravado, the Farrah Fawcett flip-coifs, a transsexual dude belting out glam-rock songs — it’s a pissed-off soapbox rant, angry and yet still pleasingly absurd. Unlike your usual transvestite masterpiece, Hedwig is actually about something. And for that I’m grateful.” – Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly

 

TALES OF THE TIARA CLAN    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1955    108 mins.    16mm

“One of Kenji Mizoguchi’s most lavish productions, this chronicle of the rise of the samurai amidst the oppression of 12th century Japan is heavy on plot and crowd scenes, but strangely inert at the center. An effective, meaningful effort by most standards, it registers as a kowtow to prestige picture impulses when considering the singular achievements of Mizoguchi’s earlier works.” – Kevin B. Lee, The House Next Door

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 19

Clerks

CLERKS    5:30PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1994    92 mins.    TBD

“A buoyant, bleakly funny comedy chronicling a day’s worth of activity at two adjoining stores, Clerks is true to the slacker motif of mixing smart twentyish characters with precocious burnouts, throwing them together in an atmosphere of funny yet frustrating paralysis. Though nominally situated in New Jersey, this convenience store and video rental place are in spirit somewhere very near the end of the world.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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