Boston Baltic Film Festival Dispatch #5: Mariupolis 2, Accidental Santa
The Boston Baltic Film Festival ran in-person from Friday, 3/3 through Sunday, 3/5 at the Emerson Paramount Center, and will continue virtually through 3/19. Click here for the schedule and ticket info, and watch the site for Joshua Polanski’s continuing coverage! “Also, I got gas poisoning,” one father says to his family, in a context where something…
Boston Baltic Film Festival Dispatch #4: Melchior the Apothecary, Melchior the Apothecary: The Ghost
Poised detective yarns, these old-fashioned populist films are designed to maximize the emotional enjoyment of large audiences while also allowing space for virtue veneration and development.
Boston Baltic Film Festival Dispatch #3: Sisters, January
Sisters is one of the festival’s most essential films.
Boston Baltic Film Festival Dispatch #2: Neon Spring, Tree of Eternal Life
Fortunately for Laine, and undermining the meteorological skills of Punxsutawney Phil, winter doesn’t last forever.
Past Sins and Failed Dreams in Creed III
Dramatics suffer in favor of action and style in Michael B. Jordan’s stylish directorial debut, Creed III, which is basically a pay-per-view title match with the best (and longest) narrative pre-show ever conceived. But make no mistake: you’re here for the match, not the backstory-loaded pre-show. It’s been long decided that boxing is the most cinematic…
Boston Baltic Film Festival Dispatch #1: Upurga, Kalev
Sometimes we find memorable images in the wrong places.
Love Under Capitalism in Comrades, Almost a Love Story
“It was winter and cold and we were two lonely people keeping each other warm.” One of the great Hong Kong romances, director Peter Chan doesn’t consider his own Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996) to be a romantic film. Here’s his response to a South China Morning Post 2021 question asking him to describe…
Hidden Blade Doesn’t Impress
I’m not sure I’d jump to recommend it and its empty calories to many.
Hellboy (2004) Holds Up
Del Toro’s Hellboy just might be the best looking superhero movie ever made.
Scott Lang is No Hero in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, is no hero.