Friday, August 07, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 7 August 2020 - 13 August 2020

Keep writing to Save Your Cinema, since these places could all use some help, whether they're currently open, doing virtual screening rooms, neither, or somewhere in between.

  • The Brattle Theatre has their first significant turnover in the Virtual Screening Room in a few weeks, adding a pair of documentaries compact enough that you can do a double feature and not be up too late, even if you start at 9pm or so. Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine packs the Detroit-based publications rapid rise and fall into 75 minutes, while You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski is 53 minutes of Silvia Bizio's footage of a 1981 interview with Charles Bukowski, looks at how his Los Angeles neighborhood exists now, and readings of his poetry. You may even have time for Beats or Shanghai Triad afterward!
  • In addition to Creem and You Never Had It, The Coolidge Corner Theatre also picks up two more documentaries. A Thousand Cuts follows Filipino journalist Maria Ressa as she attempts to do her job despite the violent, authoritarian Duterte regime, while The Wild has filmmaker and fisherman returning to his home in Alaska where a copper mine threatens local fisheries. Those films are added to The Fight, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, Marley, and John Lewis: Good Trouble.

    There are two guests this week, with filmmaker Amy Seimetz doing a livestreamed discussion of Barbara Loden's Wanda on Tuesday evening, while ScreenCrush editor Matt Singer has the Coolidge Education seminar on Thursday, talking about Groundhog Day. As usual, you have to watch the films on your own and then return to their site later.
  • The West Newton Cinema appears to have all of their screens open, including a bona fide new release in The Burnt Orange Heresy, which features Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang, Mick Jagger, and Donald Sutherland in an art-heist thriller with a screenplay by Scott B. Smith, who wrote A Simple Plan way back when. That's on two screens (the better to spread people out), with the others showing 2001: A Space Odyssey, Casablanca,Motherless Brooklyn, The Goonies, The Wizard of Oz, and Happy Feet. Warner Brother seems to be offering pretty good rates to open the vaults. Buying tickets ahead of time is recommended with moviegoers required to wear a mask and keep distance between groups.

    The Lexington Venue is also open this weekend, also showing The Burnt Orange Heresy as well as Summerland, a WWII romance starring Gemma Arterton, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, and Penelope Swinton. It's been getting some great reviews. They also have early-afternoon shows of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Somerville Theatre still has The Fight, Amulet, John Lewis: Good Trouble, the Quarantine Cat Film Fest, Pahokee, and Alice in their virtual screening room; their friends at The Capitol are open for ice cream and snacks, with the "One Small Step" shorts, the Cat Film Fest, The Surrogate, and Heimat Is a Space in Time in their own virtual theater.
  • The Regent Theatre also shows Creem, as well as a live-streaming even with Dr. Rachel Geller on "Solving Common Cat Behavior Concerns" at 7:30pm Thursday. What Doesn't Kill Us, Reggae Boyz, and WBCN and the American Revolution may or may not still be available; the pages are still up but they're not listed on the events portion of the site.
  • If you've got a larger quarantine pod than me and my 1-person situation, The Brattle, the Coolidge, and West Newton have all been offering relatively reasonable rentals for up to 20-ish people (though the Brattle looks like they've sold out their slots) while they ease into being prepared to open for the public. I envy those who can make it work, though!

I may just wind up in Lexington for a double feature at some point, but the calculation on it is tough - I want to see these movies, I want to support the small businesses showing them, but I don't know about actually sitting through them or all the public transit involved in getting there.

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