New Year, Same Problems—The People Before Profit film/lecture series at the Peace & Justice Center (202 Harvard SE) kicks off 2004 with Bush Family Fortunes. This English documentary trails the Bush family, from the Florida election fraud to the Saudi connection. It's based on Greg Palast's hard-hitting investigative reports for the BBC and the UK's Guardian and on his bestselling book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Entrance is free, but seating is limited.
Burning Paradise: Part 2
Newly expanded local video store throws party for loyal patrons
It's Friday night and you're craving a movie. Cruising the aisles of Hastings, all you're able to turn up is row after row of Catwoman DVDs. Kurly Tlapoyawa feels your pain.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Asian art house offering studiously contemplates its own navel
While movies about the art of moviemaking are fairly common (just look at this year's The Aviator), movies about the art of watching movies are fairly rare. Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso is pretty much the capstone of this largely untenanted genre. A nostalgic portrait of growing up in a movie theater and loving cinema in its purest form, Cinema Paradiso examines what it's like to be a viewer, a passive participant captured by the flickering magic of a movie projector.
Bowling for Supe
“Super Bowl XXXIX” on FOX
February is an amazing month, television-wise. First of all, it's Sweeps, which means the networks will be straining their budgets to shoehorn big celebrity guest stars into each and every sitcom. Secondly, February now boasts the two biggest TV viewing days of the entire year. Later this month, we get the Oscars, and this very weekend, the worlds of sports and television come together to deliver nothing less than the Super Bowl.
The Week in Sloth
“Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion” (KOAT-7 7 p.m.) Gosh, it seems like only yesterday I was sitting in class during SSR (silent sustained reading) poring over a copy of Bananas with Fonzie on the cover. Has it really been 30 years? Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast get together to remind us that yes, yes it has been.
“All-American Tailgating Cook-Off” (Food Network 7 p.m.) In anticipation of the Super Bowl, Joe Cahn--the self-appointed commissioner of tailgating--chooses the best parking lot chefs in America. ... “Commissioner of tailgating?” Man, I thought my job was a scam.