Monday, December 19, 2011
Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Directed By: Werner Herzog
The story follows the travels of Spanish soldier Lope De Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Amazon River in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. Using a minimalist story and dialogue, the film creates a vision of madness and folly, counterpointed by the lush but unforgiving Amazonian jungle. Although based loosely on what is known of the historical figure of Aguirre, the film's story line is, as Herzog acknowledged years after the film's release, a work of imagination. Some of the people and situations may have been inspired by Gaspar De Carvajal's account of an earlier Amazonian expedition, although Carvajal was not on the historical voyage represented in the film. Other accounts state that the expedition went into the jungles but never returned to civilization. (From Wikipedia)
This film is a wonderfully visual masterwork from one of cinema's most impressive directors. You will not want to miss the harrowing descent into delusion and megalomania. Hope to see you there!
Here's the trailer:
Sunday, December 11, 2011
A Christmas Story
Directed By: Bob Clark
I was going to put a plot synopsis here but I figure just about everyone knows it already. If you don't, all you need to know is that the only thing Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun but it turns out getting it isn't as easy as he hopes. Based on the semi-fictional writings of Jean Shepherd (who also narrates) A Christmas Story is a Christmas classic for everyone.
Here's the trailer:
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Hannah and Her Sisters
Directed By: Woody Allen
Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begin and end with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The movie was written and directed by Woody Allen, who stars along with Mia Farrow as Hannah, Michael Caine as her husband, and Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as her sisters. The story is told in three main arcs, with almost all of it occurring during a 12-month period beginning and ending at Thanksgiving parties hosted by Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her husband, Elliot (Michael Caine). Hannah serves as the stalwart hub of the narrative; her own story as a successful actress (a recent success as Nora in A Doll's House) is somewhat secondary, but most of the events of the film connect to her.
Hannah and Her Sisters won both Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first movie to win both supporting actor awards since Julia in 1977, nearly nine years before. (From Wikipedia)
This is probably one of Woody Allen's best films, right up there with Annie Hall and Manhattan, there is great comedy, plenty of drama, a little romance and infidelity, but overall, a great story. If you're a fan of Woody Allen's work (or even if you're not!) you should come and check out this film!
Here's the trailer:
Monday, October 31, 2011
You like your horror films to be crazy? Well then House is the film for you. There is no easy way to explain this film. Take the styles and stop-motion of Tim Burton, toss in a little bit of Dario Argento's colors, a piano that eats people, severed heads that fly around, and make it Japanese and you might get close. The main characters are all (seemingly) teen-aged Japanese girls, who are basically a caricature of woman in general, Japanese women in particular. There is a bizarre love story that plays simultaneously with the main story (a flashback I believe) that is there to add some extra depth and horror to the story, when you consider what happens to all the guests of the house. It's like the filmmakers took some acid and started shooting, seeing as how the film gets crazier and crazier (and then they somehow slipped the audience some). Oh yeah, and there's like a demon-ghost cat as well...how could one not love this film?
4. Rubber (2010)
House is pretty crazy. This might be crazier, if merely in concept alone. A tire, named Robert, becomes sentient and goes on a killing spree. Yes, that is the actual plot of the film. It's funny, gory and downright insane! (I stole that from a movie poster, but it's the best way to describe it.). It begins with a police officer explaining that this film is an homage to the "no reason", asking a series of questions pertaining to other films and merely replying, "no reason" (i.e. In the excellent "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" by Tobe Hooper, why don't we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands, like people in real life? Absolutely no reason!) We see an audience of people standing out in the desert, watching the "film" of Robert on his rampage (what we are seeing) through binoculars. It's all very bizarre. Strange subplots that seem to be connected, or not connected to anything else in the film, abound. This is another entry for you if you enjoy films that make you scratch your head.
6. Eraserhead (1975)
7. Phantasm (1979)
And that's it. I'm only gonna do 7. "What kind of list only has 7 on it? Why not 5 or 10?"
Happy Halloween everyone!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
THE BOTTOM LINE
Terrence Malick is a visionary director the likes of which are rarely seen in this day and age, from his early film Days of Heaven to his epic meditation on war and humanity The Thin Red Line, and now The Tree of Life. This is one of those films you must see, if you love film, music, art, whatever! Just see it. It's not for everyone, but it's at least worth a watch. FINAL GRADE: A
Monday, October 24, 2011
Alright everyone, we're coming up on the last night of HORRORFEST. We've watched Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, and Let the Right One In. This Friday we will be watching Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece, The Shining. Everyone is invited, there is no sign-up, just show up at the library before 5:15 this Friday evening, the 28th. Food and drink will be available but feel free to bring anything else you might like, either for yourself or to share. Hope to see you there!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Hey everyone. Just want to start off by saying the first night of HORRORFEST went well, we had about 11 people in attendance for the film Night of the Living Dead. This coming Friday, the 14th we will be watching John Carpenter's classic film Halloween. Come on out for some food and drink, good company and a great film, hope to see you there. (Library hours are 9:30-5:00, we will wait til about 5:15 before we start, come early so you don't get locked out!)
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse. It separately follows the crew of one B-52 as they try to deliver their payload. (From Wikipedia)
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Hey folks! It's August now (yikes) and that means it's time for a new film. This month we will be meeting Thursday, August 18th at our usual time of 6:15pm and we will be watching:
Monday, July 25, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Catches thieves just like flies, look out! Here comes the Spider-man!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
1. Contagion (Directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Soderbergh is one of those directors that I love because of his broad range of films, whether it be Ocean's 11, 12, 13, Erin Brockavich, the remake of Solaris, Traffic, the experimental The Girlfriend Experience or the mania that is Schizopolis, (to name a few), I always find myself enjoying them. You never really know what to expect from the man because he can pull off the ridiculous, the serious, or the moderately/wildly humorous. This looks like a film that I think will be at the very least, entertaining.
See the brand new trailer here: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/contagion/
Probably my second favorite living director (behind David Lynch), Cronenberg is one of those directors that deals directly with the source of horror, love, anger, hatred or what-have-you....human beings themselves. Known for somewhat having invented the pseudo-genre of "Bio-horror" his films don't just deal with human beings, they rip them apart, bury themselves deep inside them or mutate them into horrific creatures (most often revealing what they really are on the inside to begin with). When I hear his name certain titles jump to my head immediately: The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch (all together different than the book), The Brood, A History of Violence, and probably my favorite, Videodrome. This new film about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung looks like it will be nothing short of wonderful.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ7JKmcLTsI
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Duck Soup (1933)
The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) be appointed leader of the small, bankrupt country of Freedonia before she will continue to provide much-needed financial assistance. Meanwhile, neighboring Sylvania is attempting to take over the country. Sylvanian ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) tries to foment a revolution, woos Mrs. Teasdale, and attempts to dig up dirt on Firefly by sending in spies Chicolini (Chico Mar) and Pinky (Harpo Marx).
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Hey friends, for all you fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, check out this trailer for the American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film (if you haven't seen the Swedish version I recommend you check it out immediately). Normally I don't go for remakes and what have you but this trailer is just so well made I can't help but get a little excited. This version is going to be directed by David Fincher who's most recent film was The Social Network (also worth watching). If the music from the trailer is any indication of what we can expect I'm totally psyched. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame is teaming up with Fincher again to do this soundtrack (he was also responsible for the wonderful soundtrack to The Social Network).
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
(Duck Soup will be a nice, light, buffer between the two other, heavier, films.)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Hello all, film club will be here before we know it. This month, we will be meeting on Thursday, April 21 in the big room upstairs, at 6:15pm.
This month we will be watching the film Baraka, directed by Ron Fricke. The film was made in 1992 and is a non-narrative film. What this means is that the film follows no particular story, and contains no dialogue. The film is more of a visual documentary that takes the viewer on a journey across different cultures and locations, to be specific, 152 locations spread out over 24 different countries. This film was the first film in over 20 years to be filmed in the 70mm Tod-AO format (technically filmed on 65mm then printed on 70mm), a format that allows for extreme widescreen film format. The result is a "journey beyond words" that will leave you awe-struck. You will not want to miss this one-of-kind film experience.
Check out the trailer:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
"A million dollars isn't cool, you know what's cool? A billion dollars." ( A review of The Social Network)
We can argue about the legality of what Zuckerberg did, about whether or not the site should've been allowed to continue functioning considering his, as the movie states, "intellectual property theft", but it would be irrelevant. Regardless of your opinion, what Zuckerberg did, what he created, was nothing short of genius. Whatever truly fueled him, whatever his motives really were, he saw something more, knew something the Winklevoss twins did not. Facebook may've appeared to be a simple social networking site among the ranks of Myspace and Friendster, but it was something far more important, to the online community in general and specifically our generation. Something that continues to change and adapt to the ever-shifting, often fickle social scene.
What makes this film work is a masterful combination of very important elements. First, the strong leading actors. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justing Timberlake and Armie Hammer, all of whom embody the characters they are portraying with a deft sense of realism and finesse. Second, the witty, intelligent, fast paced and razor sharp writing of Aaron Sorkin, who's script leaps off the page onto the screen with a clarity that is near unparalleled. Third, David Fincher (the director). Fincher has come a long way from his feature film directing debut, Alien 3. Fincher proves he is worth his salt and worthy to contend with the best of the best (consider his latest films: Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and now The Social Network), with his adept control of the actors' performances, taking the script and making it his own, he has become a force to be reckoned with within the directing community. Fourth, and by no means the least, the fresh, original, often haunting score composed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) and Atticus Ross. This score won Reznor the Oscar at the Academy awards for best original score and he deserves every bit of that honor. Sorkin took the source material and made a screenplay that was his own, the actors interpreted it in their own way, Fincher molded it into his style, and Reznor made it into something all together different than all the others before him, and yet, it all comes together, it all works as a whole, a wonderful piece of cinematic art that I am proud to have witnessed, a film with a beautiful sense of humanity and depth. I have seen the movie countless times now and I find myself discovering something new about it every time I watch it, maybe nothing substantial, or even important, but things that make it a thrill to watch with every subsequent viewing.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
This film should've won best picture at the Oscars (granted The King's Speech was a great film as well), and I will stand by that. I think this is a film that will be remembered for generations to come, because it captured something great, something that could've been lost in a single moment of hesitation or doubt. Was Zuckerberg wrong for what he did? Maybe, probably, but does it matter in the long run? He's worth upwards of 40 billion dollars now, I believe, but I don't think it was ever really for the money, not saying he doesn't enjoy it or would give it all away, but I think he truly saw something, something that was important, something that was "cool", and that was a priceless asset he wasn't going to give up. I'm glad he didn't.
See this film.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Film Club is approaching....
This month's film club will be on Thursday, March 17 at 6:15 PM, which happens to also be St. Patrick's Day. In honor of St. Patrick's Day we will be watching My Left Foot, directed by Jim Sheridan, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the main character (a role for which he won as oscar) Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, misdiagnosed as mental illness for the first 10 years of his life; brown eventually learned to write with his left foot, the only part of his body he could control. This movie is at times funny and at times sad but always affecting, this is a film you shouldn't miss. Hope to see you all there!
Check out the trailer:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
So, what is Catfish? I can't tell you.
Catfish follows the story of a man, Yaniv, who is a photographer who lives with his brother and friend (filmmakers, also directors of this film). Yaniv receives a painting in the mail, the painting is of a picture he had taken that appeared in a news article. The painting was made by a little girl named Abbie. Yaniv becomes friends with Abbie on Facebook and continues to receive paintings of pictures he has taken. They message each other and talk on the phone, they become friends. He gets to know her family, her mother, her father, her older sister and their Facebook friends of the family. He starts a relationship with Abbie's older sister Megan, it's long distance (Yaniv in New York, Megan in Michigan), they message each other on Facebook, they text, they call each other and it starts to get serious. Yaniv's roommates document the process, they are all part of it. All of Abbie's family know them and they know Abbie and Megan's family.
Abbie, Megan and their mother are all very talented. They paint, they play guitar and the piano and they sing beautifully. Abbie is a cute little 9 year old, Megan is a very attractive young woman and their mother is youthful and gorgeous. They are next to perfect. Yaniv falls for Megan and thus begins their relationship.
I have set the movie's scene for you and that is about all I can do, without possibly spoiling the movie. What I can do at this point is describe to you somewhat how I reacted to this film. I was intrigued, I was nervous, I bit my nails, I was on the edge of my seat, I got chills and I was shocked, moved, impressed. These filmmakers have captured something genuine here, genuine and genuinely disheartening. I really feel that the film was a little bit of a commentary on this age, this generation in which we find ourselves. It really delves into concepts of personal identity and reality (one that is ever-shifting). I would try and say more but I've most likely said too much already.
BOTTOM LINE: Don't let anyone tell you what it is...see it. A
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Hey everyone, film club is approaching. We will be meeting Thursday, Jan. 20th at 6:15 in the Large Meeting Room upstairs, and that's at the Crete Public Library (in case you didn't know). This month we will be watching Tarsem Singh's artistic masterpiece: The Fall.