or What We Did On Your Summer Vacation II
September 21–26, 2007
Sponsored by The Harvard Coop
Once again we offer a collection of films that screened here in Boston during the summer months… we imagine that some of you missed these films because you were at the beach, away from quality art-houses, or just too darn busy getting a good tan. We happily bring back these fine features for a second go-round. From the unmitigated over-the-top attitude of GRINDHOUSE to the spirited sexuality of LADY CHATTERLEY to the sharp comedy of MY BEST FRIEND and THE BOSS OF IT ALL to the sheer wonder of PAPRIKA, these are all films worth seeing again or for the first time on the big screen at the Brattle!
Friday 9/21 at 7:30
Double Feature w/PAPRIKA
(2007) dir Danny Boyle w/Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Troy Garity [108 min]
Fifty years into the future our earth is frozen and the sun is slowly dying. The earth's last hope, a crew of eight, has been sent on the ominously named Icarus II to reignite the sun. The second crew to attempt this mission, they are haunted by the unknown fates of their predecessors. As they approach their destination they are both awestruck and terrified by the gravity of their mission and the utter brilliance of the sun. Director Danny Boyle has reinvented space travel just as he reinvigorated the zombie film with his hit 28 DAYS LATER. Completely embracing the exquisite abyss that has enthralled science-fiction fans for years he also manages to do something completely new. Boyle brings a fresh, self-aware perspective to the genre that is undeniably exciting.
Friday 9/21 at 5:30, 9:45
Double Feature w/SUNSHINE
(2006) dir Satoshi Kon w/Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Furuya [90 min]
Fasten your seatbelts for a phantasmogoric animated ride! A nerdy engineer invents the DC-mini, a device that enables access to people's dreams, and it isn't long before some of the prototypes are stolen. When the DC-mini falls into the wrong hands, it's up to a prim psychotherapist and her sprightly alter-ego, the titular PAPRIKA, to find the culprit before the dream-state and reality irrevocably collide! Satoshi Kon's films are smart and challenging and PAPRIKA's artistry and unexpectedly sweet emotional payoff make it one of the most delightful films of 2007.
Saturday 9/22 at 1:00, 4:30, 8:00
(2007) dir Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino w/Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton, Naveen Andrews, Josh Brolin, Jeff Fahey, Michael Parks, Kurt Russell, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Tracie Thoms, Rosario Dawson, Zoë Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead [191 min]
When GRINDHOUSE failed to meet box office expectations upon its release this spring, it was dismissed as an overlong snooze from two self-indulgent filmmakers. It also happens to be one of our favorite films of the year. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s big-budget homage to exploitation cinema is a gross, sleazy, smart and hilarious tribute to going to the movies for the sheer fun of it. Rodriguez’s PLANET TERROR casts Rose MacGowan as a plucky go-go dancer who must save the world from a zombie apocalypse. In DEATH PROOF, Tarantino gives Kurt Russell his best role in years as a psycho bent on offing a band of girlfriends with his souped-up Dodge Charger. Both feature-length movies (Tarantino’s in particular) have a smart and fresh take on the genre, and there’s even trailers for phoney upcoming films like Eli Roth’s holiday slasher Thanksgiving (“White meat! Dark meat! All will be carved!”) and Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women Of The S.S. Explosively entertaining.
Double Feature w/THE BOSS OF IT ALL
My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami)
(2006) dir Patrice Leconte w/Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet [94 min]
François (Auteuil) is a successful antique dealer who is shocked to find that those who he considers his close friends don’t actually like him. In fact, they don’t believe that he even knows the meaning of friendship. François’ business partner, Catherine, wagers that he can’t produce his best friend and challenges him to introduce them. Determined to win the bet, François enlists a friendly cabbie, Bruno, to pose as his friend and help him learn how to be a likeable person. This witty, erudite comedy is a wonderful film from one of France’s leading filmmakers and one of its most beloved stars.
Sunday 9/23 at 5:30, 9:30
Double Feature w/MY BEST FRIEND
The Boss Of It All
(2006) dir Lars Von Trier w/Jens Albinus, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Peter Gantzler, Benedikt Erlingsson, Iben Hjejle [99 min]
An entirely unexpected office comedy from Danish director Lars von Trier, THE BOSS OF IT ALL marks von Trier's first Danish film since 1998's The Idiots. Ravn (Gantzler), the owner of an I.T. company, attributes all of his company's executive decisions to a fictional “Boss Of It All.” Conveniently the fictional boss lives in the United States and communicates solely via e-mail. However, when a potential buyer demands to meet the company's boss he must hire Kristoffer (Albinus), an out-of-work actor to masquerade as the loathed CEO. What follows is a hilarious comedy of errors as Kristoffer is confronted with the chaos and confusion of meeting the company's staff; all of whom have been given contrasting information about their fabled boss.
Double Feature w/JOSHUA
(2007) dir William Friedkin w/Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr. [102 min]
Legendary 70s director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Excorcist) returns with this taught, claustrophobic thriller adapted from the play by Tracy Letts. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon (who originated the role on stage) give fearless performances as a damaged waitress and a paranoid Gulf War veteran holed up in an Oklahoma motel room who imagine themselves under siege by a swarm of bugs.
Double Feature w/BUG
(2007) dir George Ratliff w/Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Kogan [105 min]
George Ratliff’s (Hell House) narrative feature debut suffered from a truncated run in Boston this summer, but this thriller is not just another creepy-little-kid movie, and deserves a second look. Joshua (Kogan) is an exceptionally gifted, albeit taciturn and morbid 9-year old who lives in an immaculate Manhattan apartment with his parents. Joshua’s mother (Farmiga) slides into an increasingly bleak and violent despair when Joshua’s newborn sister goes on an interminable crying jag. Is Farmiga suffering from a seriously bad case of post-partum depression – or does it have more to do with her offbeat son’s increasingly unusual behavior? Ratliff does a superb job establishing a menacing, off-kilter tone as the family implodes, and Farmiga delivers a fearless performance as a young mother in the throes of a total nervous breakdown, making JOSHUA an effective and disquieting examination of the fears of parenthood.
12:08 East Of Bucharest
(2006) dir Corneliu Porumboiu w/Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru [89 min]
This wry, funny farce took the award for best first film at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. On the eve of the 16th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution, a pretentious, small-town TV host strains to produce a show to commemorate the event but the only people he can find to interview are an alcoholic history teacher and a lonely retiree, who moonlights as Santa. As these two struggle to defend their self-professed positions as vanguards of the revolution, the TV producer sees his show disintegrating before his eyes.
Wednesday 9/26 at 5:15, 8:30
(2006) dir Pascale Ferran w/Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coullo'ch, Hippolyte Giradot [168 min]
A keenly perceptive, frankly sensual adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's classic novel about the turbulent love affair between an aristocratic woman and her husband’s gamekeeper. It’s 1921 and Constance Chatterley, a young bride frustrated by her marriage to a wheelchair-bound veteran, has moved to one of her husband’s rural estates. Lonely and isolated in a rural environment that bores her, Lady Chatterley nonetheless finds her desire awakened by her taciturn gamekeeper Oliver Parkin. LADY CHATTERLEY tells the story of a passion that is both innocent and subversive – one that transcends, without ever ignoring, class and social conventions. As Constance and Parkin nourish their mutual love, both enter into a radical realm where nature, sex and romance merge into one powerful experience. Winner of 5 Cesar Awards (the French 'Oscar'), including Best Picture and Best Director.