Saturday, March 28, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 28 March 2020 - 3 April 2020

Can you imagine what this post is going to be like the day the cinemas reopen? Might be, like, August, but just all new releases all the way down. In the meantime, here's what the local places are doing to keep you entertained

  • Boston Jewish Film's ReelAbilities Film Festival has its last few days from Sunday to Tuesday, with a block of international shorts, and feature documentaries Heart of Glass and Once Upon a Boy playing over the three days. One "show" each, so register now.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre cheats a bit by having more virtual screening rooms than actual ones, but we'll allow it. Saint Frances, Bacurau, and Fantastic Fungi continue their runs - and they are runs, with what look to be relatively solid end dates. They also add a couple from Magnolia where the whole "ticket" price goes to the Coolidge - Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band and the new one from Corneliu Porumboiu, The Whistlers, a heist movie which on the one hand seems pretty mainstream for the Romanian director, but on the other reminds one that he's always made fairly entertaining films even if they showed up at the art house. Those two are only there through Thursday the 2nd.

    They're also doing a "Coolidge Education" Rear Window seminar - when you register, you'll get a link to a pre-film lecture on Tuesday, then rent/stream it from your service of choice, before joining a Zoom discussion at 8pm on Thursday.
  • The DocYard's programming at The Brattle Theatre was one of the first cancellations to come down the pike, but they will be presenting No Data Plan online for a week starting on Monday, with a Q&A on Tuesday.

    They also kicked off a new virtual series, "Keep Your Distance", for members to watch along with, including The 39 Steps & The Lady Vanishes; The Lavender Hill Mob & Big Deal on Madonna Street; It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World; Single White Female; The Conversation & Blow Out; The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie; Daisies; Throw Momma from the Train; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Detour; and Blade Runner. The Hitchcocks were technically yesterday, but so what? The discs are still on your shelf or the file is still on the server! Time and schedules basically don't exist!

    They are also offering last-minute recommendations, with new Y'Know, For the Kids! selections daily (today is Mary and the Witch's Flower and Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, with The Hudsucker Proxy presumably being saved for the finale), and #BreakYourAlgorithm selections every Wednesday and Thursday.

(Sorry about the eFilmCritic links in some of those pages; it looks like its host is having recurring issues.)

Remember, if you get other ideas but don't have them on your shelf, JustWatch will let you know how to find them at least on the streaming services. Maybe try not to be like me, who has ordered way more than I can watch even with going out and taking the bus to work taken out of the picture.

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