Friday, September 11, 2020

Next Week in Virtual Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 11 September 2020 - 17 September 2020

How far away is the next local-ish virtual film festival, another couple weeks? How will I handle not having to focus on reduced options with rapidly approaching expiration dates?

  • One option would be Sibyl, available via The Coolidge Corner Theatre, which features Virginie Efra as a psychiatrist who decides to become a novelist, but lacks inspiration other than the tales told by one of her remaining patients (Adèle Exarchopoulos), which seems professionally dubious even if it didn't have her blurring other lines in her mind. The virtual screening room also continues to offer Critical Thinking, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, Beau Travail, Epicentro, Coup 53, From Controversy to Cure, and I Used to Go Here through at least Thursday.

    The "After Midnite" crew also brings Cannibal Apocalypse to the virtual room, although Antonio Margheriti's uncut, fully restored tale of flesh-eating Vietnam veterans is only available through Sunday. The weekly Coolidge Education seminar goes for a rather less lurid bit of apocalyptic fiction, with Clemson University professor Amy Monaghan taking part in a Thursday-evening discussion of Children of Men (not on the theater's site but available many other places).
  • The week's new offering in the virtual screening room for The Brattle Theatre is Vinyl Nation, a documentary on the recent resurgence of the venerable recording medium, including some facets that are unexpected or counter-intuitive. They also continue to offer the reissue of Tsai Ming-Liang's The Hole, Ghost Tropic, Moroni for President, MR. SOUL!, Desert One, the restoration of Son of the White Mare, and Jazz on a Summer's Day. The links for Represent, Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine, and You Never Had It - An Evening with Bukowski are still up, but may not be for much longer, as they were previously marked as being in their final week.
  • With Tenet likely to take up a lot of screen real estate for some time, wide releases are likely going to come slowly. This week's main offering is The Broken Hearts Gallery, starring Geraldine Viswanathan as a young woman who starts an art project to deal with her own break-up but may find other connections as a result. It's at Boston Common, Fenway, the Seaport, South Bay, Revere

    Boston Common and South Bay also bring back Black Panther as a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, while the Majestic in Watertown has matinee screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Revere has anime horror feature Aragne: Sign of Vermillion on Monday evening and polar opposite The Bridges of Madison County on Tuesday. South Bay also has Blackbird on Monday; it has a heck of a cast in Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, and Rainn Wilson as a family preparing to say goodbye to the terminally ill mother (Sarandon). That may be a one-off or a preview for next weekend; there's both "these dates only" and "opens September 18th" floating around.
  • Apple Fresh Pond opens Fatima, which tells the story of 3 children in 1917 Portugal who claim to have had visions of the Virgin Mary
  • Landmark Theatres Kendall Square opened two documentaries on Wednesday, both featuring elected officials from Georgia: All In: The Fight for Democracy focuses on Stacey Abrams and the current fight against voter suppression, while Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President looks at how musicians helped elect Carter and influenced him throughout his life. They also have The Devil All the Time, a sprawling Midwestern crime gothic from director Antonio Campos.

    Two of those will be hitting streaming on Wednesday (All In on Prime, Devil on Netflix), so they're probably hoping that The Secrets We Keep picks up some of the slack. It features Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman as a mid-century couple who believe their next-door neighbor may be a war criminal. That one also opens at the Embassy.
  • Movies continue to open in China with Wild Grass this week's import; it's a 1990s-set romance starring Ma Sichun, Elane Zhong Chuxi and Johnny Huang Jingyu, and plays Boston Common. The Eight Hundred continues to play at Boston Common, the Seaport//, and Revere; Korean zombie action flick Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula adds the Embassy to showtimes at Boston Common and Revere.
  • The Regent Theatre has a few new virtual options this week, with new documentary The Beatles in India starting on Friday and a "Red Hot Chilli Pipers" concert available starting Tuesday. They also have a livestreamed concert with Serge Clivino on Sunday evening.
  • The Taiwan Film Festival of Boston is running a monthly virtual series, with this weekend featuring 2018 Taipei Film Award winner Dad's Suit. The film will be available through Sunday evening, and there will be a post-screening forum on Sunday evening (mostly in Mandarin with English translation).
  • Bright Lights at Home begins their fall session on Thursday with The Dilemma of Desire, a documentary on how female desire is not taken into account much in public discourse. Director Maria Finitzo and subject Sophia Wallace will have a live-streamed discussion afterward. Note that while the spring's series was recommendations and an open forum, this is a live-stream capped at 175 people (which is three or four times what the Bright Screening Room holds). Note that for right now, the Bright Lights Facebook page is more filled-in than the website.

    ArtsEmerson also has a non-Bright Lights film event going on, documentary Our Time Machine, about artist Maleonn building a stage show around his discovery that his father has Alzheimer's. It can be streamed through next weekend, with a conversation with the artists and subjects planned for the 19th.
  • The West Newton Cinema continues full schedules for Tenet, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Frankie. Casablanca plays Saturday through Thursday, while Inception, Motherless Brooklyn, The Goonies, and The Wizard of Oz play Saturday and Sunday. They are also offering curbside popcorn pre-orders for pick-up on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

    The Lexington Venue is closed this weekend, possibly open in a week.
  • Supposedly theaters in Somerville can open soon, but in the mean time The Somerville Theatre just lets their virtual screening room slate of The Fight, Amulet, John Lewis: Good Trouble, the Quarantine Cat Film Fest, Pahokee, and Alice run; as does The Capitol with "One Small Step" shorts, the Cat Film Fest, The Surrogate, and Heimat Is a Space in Time in their virtual theater, though there are ice cream and snacks for dine-in and take-out.
  • The Brattle, the Coolidge, and West Newton are all offering relatively reasonable rentals for groups of up to 20; search their websites or call them directly get quotes on rates, available slots, and what the rules on concessions and masking are.

I will be cramming as much from the New York Asian Film Festival as I can by Saturday night, and then looking at what I can get off my shelf and maybe doing the thing where I see if I can find an almost empty screen no more than a T stop or three away in the evenings

If you're not ready to go out, make sure to write to your representatives via Save Your Cinema, and check out Nightstream, the upcoming online festival put on by BUFF and other genre festivals around the country.

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