• Congratulations to director David Buchert and editor/co-executive producer Robert Ziegler, who got the Z-movie equivalent of the Good Housekeeping seal: distribution from Troma Films, home to the Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman and sicko genius co-founder Lloyd Kaufman. Their locally shot 2007 splatter movie Blood Oath — an old-school slasher yarn about some unlucky teens who fall prey to a backwoods mutant with a big-ass blade — was just released on DVD by Troma, where it joins a distinguished library that includes Bride of the Killer Nerd, Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy and Buttcrack!
Back in The Belcourt's bleak mid-1990s, Buchert and Ziegler were ringleaders of the posse known as the Belcourt Boys, stalwart dudes who manned the ticket booth at the Hillsboro Village arthouse, maintained a rambunctious salon on the front steps, and kept tucked away in their heads the movies they wanted to make. We congratulate them on their good fortune. Look for Blood Oath on Amazon, Troma.com and DiabolikDVD.com.
• Opening Friday everywhere: Seth Gordon's all-star black comedy Horrible Bosses, with Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell in the lead roles; and Kevin James in Zookeeper.
• Tuesday at The Belcourt brings "Girls' Night Out," which starts with drinks and snacks at Boscos at 5:30 p.m., then moves to the theater for one of its unexpected summer smashes: the Nashville Film Festival favorite Buck, about the real-life cowboy who inspired the soft-spoken hero of The Horse Whisperer.
And if you still haven't seen The Tree of Life, show up this Thursday, July 7, for the latest installment of the theater's "Cinematic Conversations" series with Belcourt board chair Ed Lanquist and staffer Zach Hall. After the 7:30 p.m. show, join the hosts at Sunset Grill for what the arthouse describes as "a book club for film lovers." To get the ball rolling, I'll pass along my brother's less-than-impressed breakdown of director Terrence Malick's imagery: "Those rolling waves? That's the ticket money floating away from you that you'll never get back. That desert wind? That's the numbness as it overtakes your ass ..."
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