Brattle Staff Picks for July & August

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 May & June—details after the jump…

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


Erica Hill is one of the Brattle’s house managers.


Yangqiao Lu is the Brattle’s associate director.


Dave Leamon is is a member of our projection staff.


  • THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE – I love Eddie Coyle. The book, the movie, the character. Hell, I even managed to shoehorn an Eddie Coyle subplot into my first book, the Modern Lovers installment of the 33 ⅓ series*, though I had to cut it for space. It was the most painful edit of my writing life, if I’m being honest.) Eddie Coyle was the key to figuring out the entire twisted history of 70s Boston. From the street-hawkers pushing the Phoenix, to the kid driving his white Plymouth Roadrunner up Route 128, the details that made George V. Higgins’ novel perfect cinema-fodder were also the details that allowed me to connect disparate historical threads like urban renewal and interstate development to the birth of punk rock in our fair city. Well, it wasn’t really a fair city, more a crumbling and chaotic crime zone, but you know what I’m getting at. Eddie Coyle is the perfect time capsule of Boston’s most fitful and anarchic era, as grizzled and goonish as the city itself. And if the book wasn’t perfect enough, they went and cast World’s Greatest Tough Guy Robert Mitchum for the movie adaptation. Mitchum’s performance is pitch perfect, dour and distraught in all of the right places, simultaneously macho and moving. Needless to say, I am overjoyed to see Eddie get the restoration it deserves and I’m proud of the Brattle for helping make it happen. *Ask our buddies at Harvard Book Store for a copy.

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