Film screening: Oscar series continues with “Manchester By the Sea” Mon., Mar. 6

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s next film series—showcasing Oscar-contending films—continues on Monday, Mar. 6, with a screening of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea.” Of course, the Oscars took place on Feb. 26 so we now know how well “Manchester By the Sea” did. Star Casey Affleck won for Besy Actor and director Kenneth Lonergan won for Best Original Screenplay.

The remaining films will be shown on the next three successive Monday nights. All screenings start at 7:15 PM. Admission to individual movies is $7—free for members of Temple Beth Sholom.

“The Oscar Race—The Main Contenders” is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Adult Education. The films will be introduced by either Best Video founder Hank Paper or Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic, a knowledgeable longtime film maven. As always, feel free to stick around for the optional post-film conversations.

Following his brother’s death,  Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck)—a reclusive, depressive loner working as a handyman in Boston—is summoned back to his coastal hometown where he reluctantly becomes guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. He also encounters his ex-wfe and must confront the tragic reasons for his leaving. The movie was written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who also directed the wonderful “You Can Count On Me.”

New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott wrote:

Manchester by the Sea” is a finely shaded portrait, a study in individual misery set in a place that is observed with care and affection. Mr. Affleck and [Lucas] Hedges are exceptional, but the rest of the large cast is nearly as fine. (I’d single out [Michelle] Williams, [Gretchen] Mol and C. J. Wilson, who plays Joe’s best pal and business partner.) The coastal Massachusetts town that gives the movie its name is picturesque in a modest, thrifty New England way. Not breathtaking, but calm and orderly, its hills flecked with tall deciduous trees and clapboard houses, its harbor ringed with low-slung, rocky islands.

We are very excited about this series, which features a lineup of films sure to spark some invigorating discussions.

The schedule:

Mon., Mar. 6: “Manchester By the Sea”
Mon., Mar. 13: “Moonlight”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: OLIVE TIGER (solo), DANIEL EUGENE

• Sunday, Mar. 5. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM HOSTED BY GUITARTOWNCT

• Monday, Mar. 6. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”

• Tuesday, Mar. 7 ORCHESTRAL EXPERIMENTAL ROCK: FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE (from Atlanta, Georgia); EXPERIMENTAL: LARGE OBJECTS

• Wednesday, Mar. 8. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Friday, Mar. 10. JAZZ GUITAR: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Saturday, Mar. 11. JAZZ: THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Monday, Mar. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MOONLIGHT”

• Wednesday,  Mar. 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHULA WEINSTEIN & BEN ROSS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

• Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66

• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE FOLK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Wednesday, Mar. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: LAMONT

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; DANCY DREAM POP: FOVEA

• Saturday, Apr. 1. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “WARGAMES”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

New releases 2/21/17

Top Hits
Manchester By the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan-directed drama, Casey Affleck. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Metacritic: 96. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a finely shaded portrait, a study in individual misery set in a place that is observed with care and affection. Mr. Affleck and Mr. Hedges are exceptional, but the rest of the large cast is nearly as fine. [I’d single out Ms. Williams, Ms. Mol and C. J. Wilson, who plays Joe’s best pal and business partner.] The coastal Massachusetts town that gives the movie its name is picturesque in a modest, thrifty New England way. Not breathtaking, but calm and orderly, its hills flecked with tall deciduous trees and clapboard houses, its harbor ringed with low-slung, rocky islands.” Read more…)

Hacksaw Ridge (war drama, Andrew Garfield. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 71. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “Mel Gibson can be accused of many things, but subtlety is not one of them. Even at his worst — I mean as a filmmaker, not a political thinker — he consistently proves to be an able craftsman and a shrewd showman. ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ the first feature he has directed since ‘Apocalypto,’ a decade ago, is a bluntly effective faith-and-flag war drama, the true story of a remarkable hero with a knot of moral tension at its center.” Read more…)

Nocturnal Animals (romantic thriller, Amy Adams. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 67. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “In its broadest outlines, ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is about art — its creation, reception and power. Art and power are something that Susan [Amy Adfams], who runs a Los Angeles art gallery, understands. They’ve given her cultural capital and money [there’s a Jeff Koons statue next to her pool], yet she isn’t an artist. That distinction belongs to her ex-husband, Edward, a writer who soon after the movie opens sends Susan his latest, ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ a novel that he’s dedicated to her. She’s intrigued — the dedication is a seduction — and, after some domestic melodrama with her husband, Hutton [Armie Hammer], she settles in to read Edward’s novel.” Read more…)

Sophie and the Rising Sun (World War II-era romance drama, Julianne Nicholson. Rotten Tomatoes: 56%. Metacritic: 55. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “The veneer of decorum that cloaks the fictional fishing village of Salty Creek, S.C., does little to smother the stink of prejudice in ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun,’ a genteel love story set in the autumn of 1941 during the run-up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Manchester By the Sea
Hacksaw Ridge
Nocturnal Animals

New Foreign
A French Village: Season 1 (France, World War II-era drama series, Robin Renucci)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982, Broadway stage production, Angela Lansbury)

New Documentaries
Seasons (nature doc from filmmakers of Winged Migration, forests. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%. Metacritic: 67. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Beginning in edenic tranquillity and ending in death and destruction, ‘Seasons,’ the mesmeric nature documentary from Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, doesn’t make you feel particularly proud to be human. Neither did their previous collaborations, ‘Winged Migration’ in 2003 and ‘Oceans’ seven years later, which were beautifully photographed entreaties to stop ravaging our wildlife. Having checked off fish and fowl, the filmmakers now turn to land animals, traversing millenniums to explore the fate of the vast forests that blanketed Europe after the last ice age.” Read more…)

Speed Sisters (Palestinian women race car drivers. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%. Metacritic: 65. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Unconventional in form as well as content, ‘Speed Sisters’ is a sports-underdog documentary that pays only lip service to the genre’s typical strive-setback-win narrative arc. Loose and unforced, this debut feature from Amber Fares explores the rewards and challenges of belonging to the first female streetcar racing team in the Middle East.” Read more…)

Marinoni (bicycle manufacturing, riding. Rotten Tomatoes: 67%. Metacritic: 40. From Daniel M. Gold’s New York Times review: “‘Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame,’ a documentary by Tony Girardin, opens with Giuseppe Marinoni bent over a bicycle he’s building, welding torch in hand, in his workshop near Montreal. He doesn’t enjoy having the camera around, and hates talking about himself: ‘The welds can feel the stress,’ he complains. Once a champion cyclist who went to Canada to race and never left, Mr. Marinoni, 75, is now a master craftsman whose bicycles are prized by devotees.” Read more…)

Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (bio, supermodels, John Casablancas)

New Oscar contenders film series starts Tues., Feb. 7, with interracial romance/historical drama “Loving”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s next film series—showcasing Oscar-contending films—begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with a screening of “Loving.” An historical drama, “Loving” tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial Virginia couple who went to the Supreme Court to affirm their right to be married and to overturn Virginia’s racist anti-miscegenation law.

While “Loving” screens on a Tuesday, the five remaining films will be shown on the next five successive Monday nights. All screenings start at 7:15 PM. Admission to individual movies is $7—free for members of Temple Beth Sholom—or the advance price for the entire series is $30. Purchasers of the full series pass are also entitled to $10 off the cost of attending BVFCC’s Feb. 26 Oscar Day Brunch and Fundraiser.

All attendees for the three films preceding the Academy Awards broadcast will be given an Oscar ballot to fill out and a prize will be given to the individual who picks the most correct winners.

“The Oscar Race—The Main Contenders” is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Adult Education. The films will be introduced by either Best Video founder Hank Paper or Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic. As always, feel free to stick around for the optional post-film conversations.

We are very excited about this series, which features a lineup of films sure to spark some invigorating discussions.

View the trailer for the first movie in the series. “Loving”:

The schedule:

Tues., Feb. 7: “Loving”: They loved; a segregated Virginia did not love them back. Loving revisits a Supreme Court civil-rights landmark case on interracial marriage. “It was the absolute ordinariness of their love that defined them and that made their fight for it into an indelible story of this country.” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) “A cinematic take on a familiar story that’s deeply relevant today.”(Clay Cone) “The precision of Nichols’ film makes every shot meaningful….For once, a cinematic history lesson doesn’t feel artificial and processed in every pore.” (Tasha Robinson)

Mon., Feb. 13: “Birth of a Nation”: This tour-de-force retelling of the 1831 slave rebellion led by slave-turned-preacher Nat Turner – written, produced, directed, and starring Nate Parker – could not be more timely. “An unapologetic, impassioned biopic, this film begins quietly but ends in a howl of rage. It might not be perfect, but it’s powerful enough to stay with you….soul-shakingly powerful.” (Phil De Semlyen, Empire)

Mon., Feb. 20: “Arrival”: When gigantic spaceships touch down around the world, linguistic professor (Amy Adams) races against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrials, taking a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. “Epic and intimate.” (Christopher Orr, The Atlantic). “This deeply thoughtful, profoundly compassionate sci-fi movie beautifully mixes realism with a sense of wonder.” (Common Sense Media). “The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

Mon., Feb. 27: “Elle”: Isabelle Huppert delivers a stand-out performance as a ruthless, seemingly indestructible video game CEO, attacked in her home, who then turns the tables on her attacker. “A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)

Mon., Mar. 6: “Manchester By the Sea”: Following his brother’s death, a reclusive, depressive loner —working as a handyman in Boston — is summoned back to his coastal hometown where he reluctantly becomes guardian to his 16-year-old nephew and reunited with his divorced wife (Michelle Williams). “This beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama…succeeds because of its love for its characters, rather than for their misfortunes.” (David Sims, The Atlantic) “You can’t really prepare yourself for the emotional powerhouse that is ‘Manchester by the Sea.’ … No film this year has moved me more with its humor, heart and humanity.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

Mon., Mar. 13: “Moonlight”: A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life as he comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era, struggling to find himself as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. “’Moonlight’ is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) “‘Moonlight’ [is] a flat-out masterpiece.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Friday, Jan. 27. ROOTS ROCK: BRONSON ROCK

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ OF OUR GENERATION: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI & BARRY REIS

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Sunday, Feb. 5. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM HOSTED BY GUITARTOWNCT

• Tuesday, Feb. 7. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “LOVING”

• Wednesday, Feb. 8. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Monday, Feb. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BIRTH OF A NATION”

• Thursday, Feb. 16. ALT-COUNTRY/ROCK: NO LINE NORTH

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Monday, Feb. 20. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “ARRIVAL”

• Wednesday, Feb. 22. JAZZ: THE PAUL SHANLEY QUARTET

• Thursday, Feb. 23. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. PROTEST MUSIC CABARET: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Sunday, Feb. 26. “AND THE AWARD GOES TO…”: BVFCC OSCAR AWARDS BRUNCH/FUNDRAISER 4-6 PM

• Monday, Feb. 27. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “ELLE”

• Saturday, Mar. 4. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Monday, Mar. 6. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA”

• Saturday, Mar. 11. JAZZ: THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Monday, Mar. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MOONLIGHT”

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Wednesday, Mar. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: LAMONT

• Saturday, Apr. 1. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Friday, Apr. 21. POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA