IFFBoston ’13 Review: Good Ol’ Freda

To Freda Kelly, the Beatles were just a local band. Working in a secretarial pool around the corner from the famed Cavern Club, early in Good Ol’ Freda, Kelly estimates she saw maybe 190 of the Beatles 295 performances there. While her officemates were swooning over Pat Boone and Cliff Richard, Kelly was obsessed with …

IFFBoston ’13 Review: Persistence of Vision

One thing you have to give Richard Williams- he’s a persistent guy. An award- winning animator, best known for his short films and credit title sequences for other films, in 1964, Williams undertook what was to be his life’s work- a feature-length animated film titled “The Thief and the Cobbler.” Well, that wasn’t the original …

5 Great Concert Films

There’s something about this season that brings back the memories of summers gone by. Memories of friends.  Memories of particular nights.  Memories of particular songs, sung along to, full-throated, beside 10,000 strangers who, for that one moment, could be considered close friends. And while film can never completely capture that feeling, there are a few …

Sam’s 2011 Oscar Picks

Looking over the names and movies nominated, it appears that 2010 was a pretty good year at the movies, critics be damned. Sure, audiences had to sit through “Sex and the City 2,” “The Last Airbender,” and “She’s Out of My League,” but people always remember 1994 as the year of “Pulp Fiction,” and “Heavenly Creatures,” and …

Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Is it a joke?  Is it real street art made by an important new artist?  Either way, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,’ the new documentary by artist Banksy is damn interesting. “Gift Shop” tells the story of Thierry Guetta a French-born, LA-based clothing boutique owner.  Years ago, Thierry became obsessed with video cameras.  He started …