Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This Week In Tickets: 1 February 2015 - 7 February 2015

Festival starts this week, falling behind happens.

This Week in Tickets

That falling behind is made even more intense by trying to fit a lot of stuff in before the festival as Oscar prep. That started with a long afternoon and evening split between the two small screens at the Coolidge, watching the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts. As expected, they were a great group, but heavy. Poland, in particular, dropped a heck of a complementary downer, a mother with cancer on the one hand and a baby with a horrifying illnesses on the other.

The plan was probably to continue that the next night, but it looks like I stayed at work a bit too late and wouldn't have reached Kendall Square in time, so I got off the Red Line at Davis and checked out A Most Violent Year at the Somerville. That one was released like an awards contender, but didn't get much in the way of nominations, probably because it came out at the very end of the window and didn't get seen much. Shame, because it's kind of excellent.

Tuesday, it was back on the short-film path, doing a double-feature at the Kendall. First came the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts, a short break, and then the Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts. As you might expect, it was all pretty good stuff. The expected things wound up winning, but there are a lot of other good things in the package.

A couple days later, I ws considering just resting up for the festival, but then I read an article saying that Running Man was the highest-grossing movie in the world the previous week, and got curious. Satisfying that curiosity was not exactly a mistake, but it wasn't good at all, a drama-free super-sized reality show episode.

After that, the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival started, with Robot Overlords & Alien Outpost the first night and a full slate of Max Mercury, "Painting the Way to the Moon", The History of Time Travel, Uncanny, and Suicide or Lulu and Me in a World Made for Two on Saturday. Pretty uneven, but some interesting things in there, especially on Saturday.

Oscar-Nominated Documentary ShortsA Most Violent Year
Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Running Man SF40 opening night SF40 day two

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