With ‘Drive’ playing tonight at Coolidge Corner After Midnite, we look at the crowdpleaser’s place among the director’s more divisive work.

Drive is playing at Coolidge Corner Theatre After Midnite tonight, and if you’re among the uninitiated, everything you’ve heard is true. It’s great. It’s gorgeous. It’s fun, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. The performances are excellent, full of A-listers either playing totally against type or gleefully sinking their teeth into their trademarks (all of whom were wholly absent from Oscar consideration, most notably Albert Brooks as the primary villain).

It’s also a great introduction to the work of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose films more often convey a sense of impending doom. A lifetime of making such films, as you…


Boston Reel editor Kristofer Jenson and contributing writer Sean Burns attended this year’s IFFBoston, a festival famous for its remarkable quantity and quality. With so many films, one wrap-up would fail to do the fest justice, so check out Sean’s picks here and here.

MENASHE

“I can’t believe this movie exists” exclaimed one audience member who was raised Yeshivish during the post-screening Q&A of Menashe. What’s even more unbelievable is that until now, no one has effectively dramatized the life of New York’s Yiddish-speaking community so effectively, so lovingly, and from its own point of view. Partially based on the…


Their film, chronicling the life of Carlos Arredondo, premieres Saturday 3.25 at Boston Public LIbrary

In the chaotic aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a photo of Carlos Arredondo rushing alongside first responders to help a man injured by the blast emerged as a much needed symbol of clarity and unity. Though images of the destruction and violence dominated the early news, his was one of many stories of everyday heroism that began to emerge. Sporting an unmistakable cowboy hat, Carlos became the face of resilience to a shocked and saddened city.

As it happened, Arredondo was in attendance near the finish line to cheer on runners representing his two sons — Alex, a…


At 50% of its Kickstarter goal with two weeks left to donate, BUFF announces first wave of programming ahead of March 22 opening

Click here to donate to BUFF’s Kickstarter.

The Boston Underground Film Festival is back for its nineteenth (!!) year with yet another subversive, unpredictable, and unforgettable slate of films. If you’ve never been to BUFF, imagine the thrill of watching USA Up All Night when you were too young, eyes glued to the screen, unsure if they were even allowed to do this on TV or if you were breaking the rules by watching. A day at BUFF is the closest thing to that experience for an adult with a lifetime of media consumption, and its lineup will shatter expectations you didn’t even know you had.

Every…


Catch shorts blocks ‘Far From Home: Refugee Stories’ and Larissa Sansour’s Sci-Fi Trilogy tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts

‘3000 Nights’

The evolution of Palestinian film culture, both domestically and in diaspora, is among the most spectacular in all of world cinema. As international recognition of Palestinian films grows — 2016 marks thirteen years since Elia Suleiman’s Divine Intervention became the first Palestinian film submitted to the Academy as a contender for Best Foreign Language Film, and two have been nominated since — the rise in sophistication of both style and content has also occurred on the independent level, which was on full display at this year’s Boston Palestine Film Festival.

BPFF concludes today at the Museum of Fine Arts with…


Catch the horror festival at Somerville Theatre from Thu 10.13 thru Sun 10.16

There’s no better place to get your creepy kicks this October than at Boston’s renowned independent and repertory theaters. Every year, our cinemas pull out all the stops to bring you the best in horror with marathons, rare prints of the greatest genre films, special guests, and more.

Kicking the season into high gear is TerrorThon ’16, a celebration of spooky cinema in all its forms, from camp (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fri 10.14 midnight) to classic (Vincent Price double feature: House of Usher & Tales of Terror, Sun 10.16 2pm) and everything in between. …


Founded by filmmakers, ambitious MassIFF connects audiences with films that truly embody the spirit of independence.

At a time when the word “independent” has as much to do with a film’s marketing as its production, funding, or distribution, the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival stands out as a celebration of the scrappy spirit of grassroots, DIY filmmaking . Founded six years ago by Christopher Di Nunzio, Jason Miller, and Nolan Yee — themselves independent filmmakers — MassIFF is one of the best places to catch budding artists on their way up. …


The Amazing Nina Simone

The Roxbury International Film Festival — New England’s largest festival celebrating stories by and about people of color — returns for its eighteenth year this week (Wed 6.22 thru Fri 7.1) at the Museum of Fine Arts. Produced by the Color of Film Collaborative, a Boston-based non-profit that, as described on its website, “works to support media makers of color and others who have an interest in creating and developing new, diverse images of people of color in film, video and performing arts.”


Courtesy of Peter Flynn.

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” is a common reference point for film projectionists in Peter Flynn’s The Dying of the Light. It is, after all, an art that necessitates the invisibility of the artist. But as Flynn’s documentary illustrates, the concealment of its practitioners — and gradual disappearance of film projection — is precisely what makes the subject so fascinating.

After a successful run at Coolidge Corner Theatre, The Dying of the Light returns to local screens this Friday at Somerville Theatre as a double feature with Julia Marchese’s Out of Print. The connection is not…


After a near-fatal accident and grueling recovery filled with vivid hallucinations and waking nightmares, Mike Pecci sprang back to make the most ambitious — and personal — film of his life.

Courtesy of McFarland & Pecci

With Mike Pecci’s 12 Kilometers, there are two stories to tell. The first is that of the film itself: a psychological horror-thriller short set in the remotest corner of the USSR, in which a drill team responsible for the deepest man-made hole on the planet is faced with a mysterious presence that unleashes their deepest fears and anxieties. Visually inventive, technically impenetrable, and psychologically stirring, 12 Kilometers is a stunning achievement guaranteed to entrance audiences and floor film professionals who learn of the small budget, practical effects, and DIY work ethic that created this Hollywood-caliber production.

The other story is…

Kristofer Jenson

Founder/Editor @BostonReel. Former Assoc. Film Editor @digboston. Work in @artscville, @newsweek. Member of the key 18-35 demographic. Burrito enthusiast.

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