A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.
Bon Voyage II: More Vintage Travel Films
(Shown on film): Traveling to Fiji, Siam, Venezuela and Hawaii is one thing. Seeing them in the distant past is something wholly different. The latest Secret Cinema unearths a night's worth of proto-travelogues, most of them hailing from the first half of the century. That way, not only do you get to see Korea, you get to see it when it was still unified, as well as New Orleans back before Mardi Gras was beset upon by the Girls Gone Wild crew. Along with exhibiting the works of early travel film rivals Burton Holmes and James A. FitzPatrick, the night's selections will also surely reveal the condescension and casual racism of ethnography at the time. Not for nothing is there a film called The Mystic East (as part of a series entitled "Quaint People in Queer Places," yet). Fri., May 16, 8pm.
(2005) (Shown on DVD): Minutes before Juno, Ellen Page had already established herself with her ferociously smarty-pants turn in this stagy thriller, in which she plays a teen who relentlessly fucks with the head of a well-off pederast (Patrick Wilson). Part endless theatrical two-hander, part dumbed-down Michael Haneke ripoff, try imagining it with, say, Miley Cyrus. C+ Mon., May 19, 6:30pm.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
(2006) (Shown on DVD): Ken Loach's insightful, mournful look at the genesis of the Troubles in Ireland scored him a Palme d'Or at Cannes, and deservedly so: It walks a fine line between triumphing the cause that invented the IRA while lamenting what it quickly devolved into. A shockingly un-flamboyant Cillian Murphy plays the young Irishman who joins up against the British, only to watch as infighting cripples their cause. B+ Sat., May 17, 7:30pm.
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