Brattle Staff Picks for January & February

STAFF PICKWe’re back with another selection of picks from the Brattle staff! Check out what some of our coworkers think are the coolest movies on screen at the Brattle in January and February—details after the jump…

Pressed for time? See the complete list on our schedule page


Yangqiao Lu is the Brattle’s associate director.


  • THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE – creepy, unsettling, scary, had me on the edge of my chair, a gem from the IFFBoston Fall Focus.
  • WINGS OF DESIRE – a favorite film from a favorite director.
  • NIGHT OF THE DEMON – from Jacques Tourneur, a film that made a big impression on me as a kid , still remember the eerie foreboding feeling watching it—only seen it on TV—looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.
  • AMELIE – a sweet quirky film which will put a big small on your face.

Dave Leamon is is a member of our projection staff.


Ivy Moylan is the Brattle’s executive director.


  • BELL, BOOK & CANDLE – Looking forward to seeing it for the first time, and on the big screen!
  • THE DEVIL RIDES OUT – Christopher Lee. Enough said.
  • AMELIE – This movie ensnares the senses with its beauty, and Yann Tiersen’s music is magical.
  • ROMAN HOLIDAY – Every time I see this movie I am reminded of the importance of doing things that make you happy in life.
  • CASABLANCA -and- THE PRINCESS BRIDE  on Valentine’s day?! I know where my date and I will be!

Kim Baillargeon is the Brattle’s operations manager.


Hi, I’m Sean, the new guy on Wednesday nights! I spent most of 2016 in a weird, monastic media-cave that involved more microfiche than movies. On the upside, I wrote a book about local proto-punks The Modern Lovers. (It comes out in February, the newest installment of Bloomsbury Academics 33 1/3 series.). On the downside, I missed pretty much every movie in 2016, except for THE WITCH.

So I’m pretty excited to catch up on (Some of) The Best of 2016 in January, especially GREEN ROOM and THE HANDMAIDEN. Then there’s the Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult, which includes The One Movie I Saw Last Year (THE WITCH) and One of My Favorite Films in the History of Ever (HOLY MOUNTAIN), so you can’t go wrong there. And of course there’s the Bugs Bunny Film Festival, which is a week focused on the zenith of human creativity and a celebration of our civilization’s most important art.

So yeah, it’s gonna be a fun couple of months.

Sean Maloney is one of the Brattle’s house managers.

Greg A.:

  • TAMPOPO – Could easily be my favorite movie ever… Takes me to my “happy place” every time I watch it. Don’t go on an empty stomach, its torturous. So much fun even the sad parts are sweet. It’s like if Seijun Suzuki, Jacques Tati, Mel Brooks, and Federico Fellini collaborated on an episode of Iron Chef that was embedded within a spaghetti western. That might be the most pretentious thing I’ve ever written. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • THE DEVILS – Hoo boy! That’s a spicy meatball! Literally jaw dropping.
  • TARGETS – Cause real life is scarier than the movies! Sad!
  • IXCANUL – Saw it when we played it. Gorgeous and atmospheric, its an artfully rendered, sorely-needed respite from the overwhelming glut of American/white/male-driven narratives.
  • OJ: MADE IN AMERICA – Haven’t seen all of this but was very impressed by its scope and depth… Manages to balance deep examinations of OJ’s complex identity as well as the deplorable zeitgeist that shaped it. For those who see him as simply evil, this enlightening series calls to mind the wise words of the similarly contentious and misrepresented Shrek: “Ogres are like onions. They have layers.”
  • WINGS OF DESIRE – Saw this during the Wim Wender’s retrospective at the Brattle and was blown away. A wonderful cinematic experience.

Greg Abrams is one of the Brattle’s house managers.

Greg M.:

  • GREEN ROOM – A blistering 3 chord descent into survival, Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Green Room’ amplifies its tension with brutal honesty and violence, hitting you like a 90-minute blitzkrieg of visceral horror.
  • AMELIE – Featuring a stirring score by Yann Tiersen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ode to the city of love paints its characters with a veneer that mirrors its own beating heart, as they search for affection through one of cinema’s most contemporarily joyous films.
  • CAROL – Rarely has a film weighed so heavily on human desire and the fragility of love than Todd Haynes’s brilliantly paced ‘Carol,’ an ode to and departure from the normative structure of both cinema and the 1950’s.

Greg Mucci is a member of our floor staff and a frequent contributor to Brattle Film Notes.