Tag Archives: Art and Film

Manchester By The Sea starring Casey Affleck opens later this month

Casey Affleck, Kenneth LonerganLater this month be on the look out for Casey Affleck’s new film  from director Kenneth Lonegran, “Manchester By the Sea”. The movie was one of the biggest breakouts from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It is expected to score big during the Christmas holidays and just in time for the awards season.

“Manchester By the Sea” is a heartbreaking story about when Lee (Casey Affleck) is made legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after his father Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Set in a Massachusetts’ seaside North Shore town, Lee has to face his community and ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams). Critics hailed performances from its stars, Affleck and Williams, and both have decent shots at earning an Oscar nomination.

How true was that Hollywood movie

moviesHave you ever watched a movie “based on a true story” and wondered how much of the truth was stretched or eliminated altogether to appease Hollywood? The website informationisbeautiful.net has used data to review every scene in several popular biographical films to evaluate their veracity.

Below are two movies that are included in the post.informationisbeautiful

Deep blue means the scene is  true and pretty much what happened
Light blue means the scene is mostly true but tweaks were made
Light red means the scene was pretty false; understandable dramatic license
Deep red means completely false – outrageous dramatic license taken
Grey means couldn’t be verified or sources may have been private (e.g. diaries)

See how true several other popular “based on a true story” moves are here.

Dewey Square’s latest mural inspires and gives me hope

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Rose Kennedy Greenway art, Boston Public Art, Dewey SquareLast month I wrote about the Iranian artist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, who was asked to paint a mural in Boston’s Dewey Square. The artist has made a name for himself painting large trompe-l’oeils in his homeland and the mural that the public was able to watch him create which spans an impressive 76′ x 70′ is a beautiful addition to the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Called, Spaces of Hope, the mural does not disappoint and is a welcome addition following what I thought was an uninspiring mural it replaced. You can read more about the artist and his first piece of public art here in the US by visiting the Rose Kennedy Greenway website here.

Below I’ve posted the murals in chronological order that have previously graced this facade in Dewey Square.BosArts, boston public art, Mehdi GhadyanlooI’m proud that this Iranian artist was commissioned and given this space to share his work. Good art like Ghadyanloo can help foster dialog and breakdown stereotypes; something I think our country needs to do more of if we are going to come together as one nation.

MFA Boston presents: Wilson / Cortor

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift. © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The Wilson / Cortor exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston opens today. The exhibit celebrates the legacies of two contemporary American artists—John Wilson (a Roxbury, MA native) and Eldzier Cortor—each dedicated to an exploration of the African American experience. The exhibit includes approximately 50 works, many shown for the first time. The exhibition highlights the MFA’s significant holdings of prints and drawings by each artist.

Link here for more information about the exhibit.

16th annual Halloween Horror Marathon at The Coolidge Theatre is this weekend

Halloween, Horror movie marathonTis the season to watch scary films and keeping with that tradition The Coolidge Theatre is hosting their 16th annual Halloween Horror Marathon this weekend.

The twelve hours of murder, mayhem, and masks on 35mm film starts at the witching hour on Saturday, October 29th with a double feature of the late Wes Craven’s meta-slashers Scream and Scream 2!

For more information contact The Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Halloween-themed movies showing this weekend

scary movies, HalloweenAre you a Halloween movie junkie? Do you love horror films and all things gothic? Check out these area movie houses that are pulling out all the stops with some classics that are sure to get you in the mood. Below I’ve included links to each showing so you can purchase tickets online if you’re so inclined.

Thursday, October 27
The Phantom of the Opera is at The Coolidge in Brookline at 7PM
Hocus Pocus is at The Kendall Cinemas at 7PM
Ouija: Origins of Evil is at the AMC Theatres Boston Common (multiple showtimes)

Friday, October 28
The Fly is at The Coolidge in Brookline at 11:59PM
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is at the AMC Theatres Boston Common at 12:00 Midnight

Saturday, October 29
The Addams Family is at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 4PM
Pet Sematary is at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 7PM
Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 9PM
16th Annual Halloween Horror marathon is at The Coolidge in Brookline starting at 11:59PM
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is at the AMC Theatres Boston Common at 12:00 Midnight

Sunday, October 30th
Nosferatu is at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 7PM

Monday, October 31st
The Bride of Frankenstein is being shown for FREE at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 6PM
Halloween is at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 8:30PM
Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Double Feature) is at The Coolidge in Brookline at 7PM
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is at the AMC Theatres Boston Common at 10PM

If I’ve missed any showings, please feel free to share in the comments section.

Hocus Pocus at the Kendall on Thursday, Oct 27

HalloweenThe 1993 cheesy, cult favorite Hocus Pocus starring Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will be playing at the Kendall Theater in Cambridge next Thursday, October 27.  The Welcoming Committee is already promoting this event which is certain to sell out so if you are interested get your tickets.

Hocus Pocus at The Kendal – Thursday, Oct 27 at 7PM