Have you been taking your dog for granted? When is the last time you serenaded him with Cat Stevenss ode to Fido, I Love My Dog? What are you getting your four-legged best friend for Valentines Day? If you havent even considered these pressing questions, you need a refresher on man-beast love. (If you have, on the other hand, you may need a different kind of help.) Thankfully, theres an endearing solution that veers far from bestiality: My Dog Tulip is an animated film for adults about a mans true and deep love for his dog. (Note: film for adults is different from adult film, you sicko.) The movie is based on J.R. Ackerleys memoir of the same name, a work Truman Capote called one of the greatest books ever written by anybody in the world. It follows Ackerleys experiences with Tulip, an adopted beautiful but willful young German Shepherd, and his ever-evolving awe at his charge as he observes the dogs split personalities: one loyal and heroic, the other defiant to the point of biting, barking, and shitting all over London. Beyond describing an intimate canine-human bond, the film gives insight into the strangeness of relationships of all types, making it interesting even for non-pet owners.
Fri., Feb. 4, 7 p.m., 2011