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(8/23) DIE HARD (1988) DIR. JOHN MCTIERNAN @SOMERVILLE THEATRE

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR BOSTON HASSLE

Yipee ki yay, motherfucker.

A line that needs no introduction, surely, for it, like the bloodied bare feet, ze German bad guys, and Nakatomi Plaza’s 40 stories of terror, is just another well-greased cog in the singular action machine of DIE HARD. Considering it takes place on Christmas eve, it’s also a pretty good Christmas movie, I guess.

Directed by John McTiernan and released in 1988, the film pits Bruce Willis‘s lone-wolf-yet-John-Every-Man cop against a sinister German terror squad headed by the ever-enigmatic Alan Rickman. Rather than set the scene in the sprawling, gray “Europe” that the hundreds of movies featuring heavily accented terrorists seem to haunt, however, DIE HARD plays out in just one modern day (well, close enough) office building. While a lesser movie might have buckled under such close examination, the tight acting and claustrophobic cinematography means that the decrease in space only cranks up the heat.

If at this point you find yourself thinking, “well, you know, action films just aren’t for me,” and you have seen DIE HARD, OK, that’s fine. BUT if you’re thinking that and you HAVEN’T, well you best shut that mouth and get your ass over to the Somerville Theatre at midnight on 8/23 (technically 8/24), where it will be screening. Now hear me out, Ye high brow’d reader. I’m a dude who doesn’t like action movies. They’re dumb, they’re lazy, and they’re cheap in all the wrong ways. In fact, I can’t even remember the last action movie I saw. Oh wait, yes I can. It was DIE HARD. For the (probably) tenth time. Why? Because it’s smart, it’s not that lazy, and it is anything but cheap. It’s not just any action movie – it is THE action movie.

See for yourself this weekend.

DIEHARD (1988) DIR. JOHN MCTIERNAN

8/23 – 11:59PM
$10

Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144

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Preview for Clerks for Boston Hassle

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR BOSTON HASSLE

“I’m not even supposed to be here today.”

A timeless mantra relatable to anyone who has ever been mildly dicked over by bizarre coincidences in our ever callous universe. More than that, it’s also one of the most famous lines in a film full of famous lines – CLERKS.

Released in 1994 and directed by soon-to-be slacker god Kevin Smith, CLERKS managed to encapsulate both the 90’s and dead end jobs in its mere 92 minutes. More amazingly, it did so while appearing to never give a shit – a great irony, considering that Smith used every cent he owned/could dig up/could get by maxing out his credit cards (amounting to $27,575) in order to make the film.

Such a huge risk could have doomed the aspiring director to working the very same Quick Stop shown in the film (which was the actual Quick Stop he was employed by at the time) for the rest of his life, but fate – and both audiences and critics – spared him. The film was a hit, and Smith (along with many of the actors appearing in CLERKS) used it to launch one wild career.

CLERKS (1994) DIR. KEVIN SMITH [92 min]

6/19: 5:30pm $9 students, members and seniors / $11 GA
6/20: 3:30pm $7 students, members and seniors / $8 GA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Remis Auditorium, 161
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Preview for Stop Making Sense for Boston Hassle

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR BOSTON HASSLE

 

While music has seen some unexpected happenings over the past couple years (shit, it’s still hard to believe we got some new MBV), the chances of a Talking Heads reunion happening appear just slightly better than the chance of Elvis rising from the grave (or toilet or whatever). While things were rocky for a while, bassist Tina Weymouth accusing front man David Byrne of being “<a href=”http://www.theage.com.au/news/Music/Byrning-down-the-house/2005/02/04/1107476787488.html&#8221; target=”_blank”>incapable of returning friendship</a>” (and whatever events led up to it) in 2004 seems to have been all there was left to say.

Though this is obviously a damn shame, perhaps a bit of comfort can be taken in knowing we have the next best thing: <a href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088178/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_41&#8243; target=”_blank”>STOP MAKING SENSE</a>, nearly 90 minutes of Byrne and the gang performing at their absolute peak.

Over the course of three nights in late 1983, director <a href=”http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001129/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Jonathan Demme</a> (future director of <a title=”THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS” href=”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102926/&#8221; target=”_blank”>THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS</a>, FYI) managed to capture the funky, spastic genius that had endeared the band to critics and audiences alike. Better still, the three shows used to shoot the film were part of the support tour for <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSEJUkQR6OQ&#8221; target=”_blank”><em>Speaking in Tongues</em></a>, an album which marked the band’s arguable high water point. AND EVEN BETTER STILL: it’s got Byrne in his <a href=”http://submit.boingboing.net/2012/03/david-byrnes-big-suit-gif.html&#8221; target=”_blank”>big suit</a>.

Join the Brattle Theatre in celebrating this wonderful piece of work’s 30th anniversary this Friday.

<a title=”STOP MAKING SENSE @BRATTLE” href=”http://www.brattlefilm.org/2014/07/11/stop-making-sense/#.U76azbGmWXu&#8221; target=”_blank”>STOP MAKING SENSE</a> (1984) [88 min.]
DIR. Jonathan Demme
5 PM // 7:30 PM
7/11 – $ome Co$t

<a href=”http://www.brattlefilm.org/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Brattle Theatre</a>
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Preview for The Shining for Boston Hassle

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR BOSTON HASSLE

First released to a mixed reception in 1980, Stanely Kubrick‘s THE SHINING has since become beloved — at least as much as a horror movie can be. Come on, this isn’t THE BREAKFAST CLUB or STAND BY ME, people. Anyway, even if you haven’t seen it, you KNOW it, thanks to it being referenced by more films and TV shows than THE MATRIX and RAMBO combined (probably) as well as in a slew of top 10 appearances on Greatest Horror Films lists. It seems the only person still snubbing the film is source material author himself, Stephen King.

But whatever, his loss.

Starring Jack Nicholson at his most sinister and Shelly Duvall at her most helpless, THE SHINING tells the story of a family pushed to the limits of sanity. Stressed out and suffering from writer’s block, Nicholson’s Jack Torrence decides to pack up the wife (Duvall) and young kid (Danny Lloyd, whom Kubrick famously kept from knowing he was in a horror film) and ship off to take a job as a caretaker at a remote mountain hotel while it’s closed for the winter.

Snowed in and isolated, Torrence hopes to find inspiration and stress relief, but instead finds more stress… and booze… and a whole bunch of spooky ghosts. Driven into greater and greater mental anguish, Torrence begins to lash out at those he holds most dear.

Just in time for Father’s Day!

THE SHINING (1980) DIR. STANELY KUBRICK [142 min]
6/15 – 1PM, 4PM, and 7PM
$8 // $7 kids and seniors // $10 GA for 7pm screening

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138