07/11/2014 – 07/17/2014

FRIDAY, JULY 11

STOP-MAKING-SENSE

STOP MAKING SENSE    5PM & 7:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1984    100 mins.    DCP

“Part aerobics workout, part self-styled dreamscape, Stop Making Sense is a hyperactive piece of performance art that begins as the stripped-down dress rehearsal of a garage band and builds into a mighty, exhausting spectacle that shakes as much ass as it kicks. Then there’s Byrne. He’s a convulsive Donald O’Connor recast as that lone white boy in the black choir overcome with The Spirit. It’s still not hard to catch it, too.” – Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner

 

SCANNERS    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1981    103 mins.   35mm

“One of the most technically proficient of David Cronenberg’s early gnawing, Canadian-made horror movies. The premise is vague but suggestive, and it’s developed with a creepy psychological resonance. Like Tod Browning, Cronenberg doesn’t have the stylistic resources to match the forcefulness of his ideas, but his movies remain in the mind for the pull of their private obsessions.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

 

THE PRINCESS BRIDE    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1987    100 mins.    Digital Video

“A full-length fairy tale full of fanciful characters, madcap adventures and a lot of other things surely not to every taste. But The Princess Bride has sweetness and sincerity on its side, and when it comes to fairy tales, those are major assets. It also has a delightful cast and a cheery, earnest style that turns out to be ever more disarming as the film moves along.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

 

SATURDAY, JULY 12

Willy Wonka

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY    11:30AM    At Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA 02144    1971    100 mins.    TBD

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination. Willy Wonka is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds and it is fascinating because, like all classic fantasy, it is fascinated with itself..” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD    11:30AM & 2:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1924    149 mins.    DCP

“But the greatest attraction in The Thief Of Bagdad remains Fairbanks himself. Fairbanks had the final authority on his United Artists films, and pushed for visual splendor and thrilling physicality over an excess of plotting and title cards. The best effect in The Thief Of Bagdad is Fairbanks’ lean, muscular physique, which he shows off while leaping and climbing at such great speed that he looks like a real-life superhero.” – Noel Murray, The A.V Club

 

SCANNERS    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1981    103 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE PRINCESS BRIDE    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1987    100 mins.    Digital Video

See above.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 13

A Summer's Tale

A SUMMER’S TALE    1PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1996    113 mins.    TBD

“Having a heretofore-unseen work by Rohmer in a movie theatre is as salutary as basking in a ray of June sunshine. Like many of his later pictures, this is a story of the romantic foibles of some attractive, self-conscious, but hardly self-aware young adults. Rohmer had an almost uncanny knack for using the mercurial predilections of the young as a launching pad for smart but not oppressive philosophical observations.” – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

 

ORPHANS OF THE STORM    2PM    At Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA 02144    1921    150 mins.    35mm

Orphans is gorgeous. Nobody did epic, teeming crowd scenes quite like Griffith, and there are precious few directors who ever conveyed the sweep of history with the same flair. Given Griffith’s overwritten intertitles, the Gish sisters do remarkably well as the orphans of the title. Lillian, of course, was a peerless artist who could pull at your heart like no other. Dorothy, as a blind girl forced to beg in the streets, probably has the better role for once.” – Farran Nehme, Self-Styled Siren

 

THE THREE AGES    12PM & 4:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1923    60mins.    35mm

“A romantic triangle is repeated thrice to illustrate the vicissitudes of courtship through the millenniums, and to give Buster Keaton a bigger canvas for his protean inventions. The intertwined chases in all three settings already point to Keaton’s knack for comic architecture, and there’s at least one magical shot — when the little caveman gets knocked into a pond, Keaton tumbles in slow-motion, blowing a kiss.” – Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

 

INTOLERANCE    1:15PM & 6PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1916    170 mins.    DCP

“Weaving together four disparate storylines, all with the moral that intolerance is the cause of all human misery, Intolerance is almost 100 years old and is an extraordinary accomplishment, and far more than a curiosity, or just an artifact of cinema’s beginnings. It is a still-vibrant and exciting film, featuring awe-inspiring battle scenes as well as three-dimensional performances of great subtlety and emotional truth.” – Sheila O’Malley, Capital New York

 

MONDAY, JULY 14

Blazing Saddles

BLAZING SADDLES    7PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1974    93 mins.   35mm

“I can recite the entire movie by heart, which explains a lot about my sense of humor. Black Bart is my hero, a black man in a racist white world who manages to get them to begrudgingly respect him. I can identify with that. I own 3 copies of it on DVD. I estimate I’ve seen it over 200 times, and I’ll probably be buried with a copy of it so I can laugh my ass off while burning in Hell.” – Odie Henderson, Movie Mezzanine

 

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS    5PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1942    88 mins.    35mm

The Magnificent Ambersons is unusually somber for a Hollywood movie. What American secrets are being hidden here? The Amberson mansion is a miniature Xanadu, with Welles’s camera relentlessly craning up or prowling around its gloomy grand staircase. Filled with dark nostalgia for the artist’s Midwestern boyhood, Ambersons may be Welles’s most personal film.” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

 

CITIZEN KANE    7PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1941    119 mins.    35mm

“Even 60 years after its original release, Kane is still dazzlingly inventive, playing games with the structure of the medium few have had the courage or bravado to replicate. For all its over-the-top drama and twisted psychology (which Welles himself dismissed as “dollar-book Freud”), Kane is fundamentally a young man’s movie, full of the giddy exhilaration of a brash, supremely confident artist crossing into a brand-new medium.” – Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

 

TUESDAY, JULY 15

Citizen Kane

CITIZEN KANE    7PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1941    119 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS    5PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1942    88 mins.    35mm

See above.

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