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REEL TALK

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HEARTBEATS | RED DAWN

Two close friends—with benefits—with remarkably manicured hair, Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri), become infatuated with Nicholas (Niels Schneider), a young country boy with hair that looks playfully unkempt, but which he probably spends regimented hours on. As they get to know each other, Nicholas plays hard to get, causing the love triangle to narrow as Francis and Marie compete for attention while stylishly reading obscure poetry and wearing vintage ‘50s clothing. [NR | Kendall Square Cinema, Friday 3.11.11]

PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE | TERMINAL VELOCITY

From anti-war rallies to civil rights movements, Kenneth Bowser’s biopic on Phil Ochs tells the often-unsung story of the ‘60s troubadour. While, sadly, our world isn’t big enough for two singer-songwriter folk heroes, Bowser does a good job of explaining that Ochs wasn’t exactly the same as Bob Dylan—just pretty close. And though many people aren’t familiar with Ochs’s music, if you’re a counter-cultural left-winger or wear a lot of hemp, it’ll be worth your time to YouTube him once or twice. [NR | Coolidge Corner Theatre, 3.11.11]

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES | MAJOR LEAGUE 2

Marines (Aaron Eckhart, etc.) fight aliens (robots and stuff) with guns. While that kind of mix always makes for a good film, director Jonathan Liebesman tried to add a little grit to the invasion genre by shooting Battle: Los Angeles in a handheld style often found in modern war movies. Truthfully, what he ended up with is a little closer to the traditional lasers-and-flying-plasma-warriors movie than Saving Private Ryan, but this is America and in America EXTRATERRESTRIALS MUST BE EXPLODED! [PG-13 | Wide release, 3.11.11]

ELEKTRA LUXX | TWO AND A HALF MEN

Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) can bang out more movies while filing her ultra-long press-on nails than younger, older, blonder and even less empowered women can make over an entire career, but then she gets knocked up. As Elektra tries to make the transition from porn to the 9-to-5 life—in her case, teaching Sex Ed to housewives—sometimes her old and new lives get mixed up, creating funny situations where ordinary people have to talk about sex. [R | Kendall Square Cinema, 3.11.11]

MAHLER ON THE COUCH | SCARY MOVIE 3

Made to make people sound smart when they bring it up during Sunday brunch at the wine bar, Mahler on the Couch is a fictional story about composer Gustav Mahler’s (Johannes Silberschneider) real-life marriage to Alma Mahler (Barbara Romaner). It supposes that his eccentricities drive her into the strong-yet-loving arms of dashing architect Walter Gropius (Friedrich Mucke). The affair sends a tormented Mahler to Sigmund Freud (Karl Markovics) for consultation. They’re all famous people. [NR | Museum of Fine Arts, 3.11.11]

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One Response to REEL TALK

  1. Mathilda Mathilda says:

    I can’t but recommend Heartbeats by Xavier Dolan. Everything in the film is just well balanced, the picture, the musics…

    This young guy is definitely talented… and he’s only 22 (or 21, don’t remember…).

    I was actually surprised to see that his next movie is on a crowdfunding website (touscoprod.ca) in order to find money to produce it ! But i joined this opportunity to help this talented director, and I really hope that he’ll get more recognition with Laurence Anyways. Here is the link : http://www.touscoprod.com/ca/pages/projet/fiche.php?s_id=2

    And also an interview he did in french about it (english subs in comments) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHFziRhHFJs