Sunday, March 22, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 22 March 2020 - 27 March 2020

Didn't post one of these Friday, because what's the point when everything's closed. And a good thing too - I don't know about you, but I would have absolutely headed out to catch up on what I missed on vacation, what with nobody usually sitting within six feet of my preferred seats up front anyway Bummer that I won't get a chance to see Onward in 3D unless I order some UK Blu-ray down the road or something, but oh well.

And while part of what's good about streaming is that there are relatively few boundaries, there are some explicitly connected to local institutions this week.

  • Boston Jewish Film's ReelAbilities Film Festival, rather than being canceled, is going virtual, with the first screening starting half an hour ago (sorry), but other shows on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and much the same schedule next week. The page will tell you how to get free screening links and what to do to be ready when the stream starts.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre remains closed, but is the first theater in the Boston area to be setting up a "virtual screening room". Details about how it's going to work aren't posted yet - get on their mailing list for those - but what it means is that you will be able to go to a studio's website and stream the movie, and they'll treat it like you bought a ticket at the Coolidge, splitting the fee. The first selections are Saint Frances, an Oscilloscope release about a nanny bonding with her eccentric charge (Wednesday), and Bacurau, an over-the-top Brazillian action movie distributed by Kino Lorber on Friday. They are also planning on a Rear Window seminar sometime next week, likely in conjunction with when it would have played as a Big Screen Classic.
  • Now's a good time to renew your membership to The Brattle Theatre, and while there's nothing on their calendar until the Wachowski series in mid-April (fingers crossed!), their newsletter suggested we follow along with what they would have been doing by streaming their repertory series from various places. JustWatch is a useful site here (and, really, in general), so you can tailor it to your own subscriptions/memberships and see which places have it in HD or 4K at a glance.

    This week would have seen the last couple nights of "A Little Faith Can Be a Dangerous Thing", with planned double features of The Omen & The Exorcist tonight and one of Requiem & Frailty on Tuesday.

I'm going to be renewing my various memberships and supporting the Coolidge by catching Saint Frances and Bacurau on opening night, while trying to get the DVR and unwatched Blu-ray shelves under control.

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