Friday, July 10, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 10 July 2020 - 16 July 2020

Some cities are allowed to open theaters now, but from what I can tell, most are playing it safe, either because it's impossible to make a profit given the restrictions or to keep idiots like me from being lemmings. Which means that the virtual releases are hitting actual theaters in less-conscientious areas.

  • One of those is We Are LIttle Zombies, an eccentric story of four Japanese tweens who meet at the crematorium after being orphaned, run away, and become a pop sensation; it played Fantasia just about a year ago and while it's rough in spots it's generally memorable in a good way. That's at The Coolidge Corner Theatre, which has a couple more: Never Too Late stars James Cromwell as a man who once escaped a POW camp but is now trapped in a retirement home, while No Small Matter focuses on the other end of a person's life story, focusing on the impact of early childhood education. The latter film will be the subject of a panel discussion on Tuesday evening, while John Lewis: Good Trouble gets one on Wednesday. Other films still offered in the screening room are Beats, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, The Last Tree, and Miss Juneteenth. The weekly Coolidge Education program will cover Daughters of the Dust, with academic Kyéra Sterling offering an introduction and leading a post-viewing seminar on Thursday.
  • The Brattle Theatre and Massachusetts Historical Society kicked off a "Boston on Film" virtual series on Wednesday, with this first half focusing on the city as a setting for working-class/crime stories, including The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Town, Blown Away, Lift, The Departed, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Knives Out, Good Will Hunting, and Manchester by the Sea. The second half will feature academic and upper-class stories; keep watch on the Brattle's site to see if it will also include a Thursday-afternoon panel discussion as the 9th did.

    Friday evening, they have two one-off virtual experiences: Movie Night is hosting a special stream of John Lewis: Good Trouble at 8pm, followed by a Q&A with director Dawn Porter and with a portion of the proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund. Furie at 9:15pm is decidedly at the other end of the spectrum, with Veronica Ngo as a debt collector punching her way through a Saigon organ-harvesting ring to rescue her daughter; it's presented with commentary by Warrington Hudlin and Lady Sensei. The Virtual Screening Room also continues to showcase Beats, Shanghai Triad, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, In My Blood It Runs, The Killing Floor, the Pioneers of Queer cinema group (Mädchen in Uniform, Michael, and Victor and Victoria), and Shirley.
  • The Lexington Venue is open! The two-screen cinema out in the burbs has Jon Stewart's Irresistible downstairs and splits the upstairs screen between Once Were Brothers and Emma. Short subject "25: Tony Conigliaro - The Documentary" is on the schedule for one show on the 18th, although I suspect that they would be well-served to add another show or two if places are still limited to 25 people by then.
  • The Somerville Theatre has John Lewis: Good Trouble, Shirley, Alice, Pahokee, and the Quarantine Cat Film Fest in its virtual cinema; sister cinema The Capitol has the ice cream shop open (from 2pm to 9pm) but is still limited to the virtual cinema with shorts package "One Small Step", the Quarantine Cat Film Fest, The Surrogate, and Heimat Is a Space in Time.
  • The Regent Theatre is still running What Doesn't Kill Us, Reggae Boyz, and WBCN and the American Revolution virtually, along with a Sunday night Kalliope Reed Quintet concert and a GoFundMe campaign.
  • The West Newton Cinema continues their GoFundMe campaign.

Am I going to head out to Lexington just to experience seeing a movie again? Not for Irresistible! But I will be sorely tempted if they're the only place open when the Train to Busan sequel comes out (though it doesn't seem to be their thing). I will try and catch Never Too Late and can heartily recommend We Are Little Zombies.

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