Friday, January 15, 2021

Next Week in [Virtual] Tickets: Films sort of playing Boston 15 January 2021 - 21 January 2021

How long's it been and how long have we got? One local theater is re-aligning their streaming platform, presumably because they've outgrown what they were doing and are in it for the long haul, and one of the things they're opening is only just now finding distribution or has been waiting for a slot for a while..
  • That would be the good folks at The Brattle Theatre, whose "Brattlite" soft-launched earlier this week with Shadow in the Cloud and opens for real with two new releases: Spoor has actually been kicking around a while - I saw it at Fantasia back in 2017 - but it's a terrifically eerie and unconventional thriller from Agnieszka Holland with a terrific performance by Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka as a woman who thinks normally-docile creatures are taking out local hunters (and is pretty much okay with it). They also open Acasa, My Home; that one also hails from Eastern Europe - Romania, to be precise - and offers up a family that has been living off the grid who are brought into the city when the land where they have been squatting becomes a national park.

    They also have something more like repertory series, with four by Federico Fellini. La Dolce Vita is only available through Sunday, and this is apparently the only place it can be streamed right now; Variety Lights, Il Bidone, and Intervista will be available through the 28th. Members get $3 off regular price, so there's more reason to renew your membership. They also continue to offer To the Ends of the Earth, Another Round, and City Hall, though those are not served by the Brattlite.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre brings a couple of documentaries that played Emerson's Bright Light series to their virtual room. Some Kind of Heaven takes a look at The Villages, a huge retirement community in Florida, with filmmaker Lance Oppenheim joining a live Q&A on Sunday afternoon. Through the Night looks at the other end of life and comfort, with filmmaker Loira Limbal following three working mothers who meet (at least in passing) at a 24-hour day care center. Limbral and two of the subjects will also call in for a "Panorama" Q&A on Monday evening. They join The Reason I Jump, I Blame Society, Love Sarah, Another Round, 76 Days, City Hall, and Martin Eden in the virtual theater.

    The weekly Coolidge Education seminar is The Thin Blue Line, with critic Nicolas Rapold leading discussion of Errol Morris's documentary on Thursday evening. Register, watch the introduction, and stream it from your service of choice before then.
  • The Japanese Embassy's "New Year Japanese Film" series continues this weekend with Wood Job!, which stars Shota Sometani as a recent high school graduate who, not getting into college, decides to become a lumberjack, though he's not exactly the outdoorsy type and the village he winds up in is way off the beaten path. Nice supporting cast, too, with Masami Nagasawa, Hideaki Ito, and Nana Seino.

    Closer to home, Belmont World Film brings their annual Family Film Festival online this year, with most of the films available through the 24th, although documentary Forward is only available from 7pm Saturday to 7pm Sunday, while Fahim, the Little Chess Piece is there from 10am Saturday to 10am Monday, while the "Hungry Bear Tales" shorts are there from 10am Saturday to 10am Tuesday. There's also a Junior Film Critic's workshop on Saturday and Sunday, and modeling workshops with folks from Aardman next Saturday (giving folks time to get some materials)

    The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival hasn't yet placed their complete lineup on sale, but it starts on 10 February and tickets are on sale for both the 6-day festival (with, so far, 6 features, 2 short programs, and 2 panels on sale) and the 24-hour marathon.
  • Global Arts Live is offering a free stream of documentary Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion on Saturday evening at 8pm, followed by a conversation with director Ron Wyman. Though the film started as a general look at the Taureg nomads of northwest Africa, it soon focused on musician Omara "Bambino" Moctar.
  • It looks like the Majestic 7 in Watertown is going into hibernation after a few days of playing Indian films, so if you want to see something on the big screen, your closest and most T-accessible spots are in Newton, with the Showcase SuperLux in Chestnut Hill only showing times through Tuesday at the moment. The new release there is The Marksman, with Liam Neeson as a rancher on the Mexican border who takes in a kid fleeing from a drug cartel.
  • Elsewhere in Newton, The West Newton Cinema is open through Monday with Wonder Woman 1984, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and matinees of The Keeper. No afternoon shows on Friday, no evening shows on Monday
  • The Somerville Theatre is still closed but The Slutcracker: The Movie still appears to be available. Ice cream and other goodies available at The Capitol, their sister theater in Arlington still appears to be selling ice cream.
  • Theater rentals are available at the Coolidge, West Newton, the Capitol, The Lexington Venue, the AMCs out in the suburbs, and the Majestic in Watertown. The Coolidge is showing slots available to reserve online through the end of February for both Moviehouse II and the screening room, with "Premium Programming" including In the Mood for Love, Sound of Metal, and Wolfwalkers available along with the option to bring your own disc. The independent theaters also have other fund-raising offers worth checking out.
I'm streaming Wood Job! at the very least, and once again trying to use some spare time to write up the backlog of stuff I've streamed from various festivals.

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