Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Ida

2013. Poland. Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski. With Agata Trzebuchowska. 106 min.

 

A nun-to-be discovers that she comes from an eradicated Jewish family and sets off with her estranged aunt to uncover the dark secrets of a past left buried after the war. The stark and desolate Polish landscape that pervades throughout wordlessly articulates the quiet dread of two lost souls who have yet to find their way.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Make Way For Tomorrow

1937. USA. Dir: Leo McCarey. With Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi. 92 min.

 

An elderly couple lose their home, only to face separation and struggle when none of their five children will take in both parents at the same time. Perceptive, calm, and pure, this tale of humor and heartbreak served as inspiration for Ozu’s Tokyo Story. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to call your grandma.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Trapped In The Closet

2005-2007. USA. Dir: R. Kelly, Jim Swaffield. With R. Kelly. 89 min.

From the brilliant mind that brought you “Ignition (Remix)” emerges a timeless domestic melodrama ripe with sex, deceit, emotional twists – and a very shiny handgun. Feel free to join in as Kells croons every single character’s part in a continuous melody through the first 22 chapters of his “hip hopera.”

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Orlando

1992. UK. Dir: Sally Potter. With Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane. 94 min.

 

Commanded by the dying Queen not to grow old, the eponymous nobleman (Swinton) obeys; through the centuries Orlando’s age never changes – though hir gender suddenly does. This wonderful journey was originally conceived by Virginia Woolf but comes to life via the film medium, effortlessly bounding across time and circumstance with a free spirit.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Abre Los Ojos

1997. Spain. Dir: Alejandro Amenábar. With Penélope Cruz. 117 min.

 

A handsome Casanova is horribly disfigured in a car crash and left to re-piece his identity, but the boundaries of dream and reality start to blur before his eyes. The film that inspired the endearingly disastrous Vanilla Sky, this Spanish original succeeds with its psychosexual thrills, bizarre plot turns, and the welcome absence of Tom Cruise.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: The Leopard

1963. Italy. Dir: Luchino Visconti. With Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon. 187 min.

 

The times, they are a-changin’ (in 1860s Sicily). During the tumultuous unification of Italy an aging aristocrat contemplates history, class, and his family’s legacy in the face of imminent political and social upheaval. From ballroom to battlefield, lavish cinematography and magnificent settings transmit a powerful sense of nostalgia for a bygone era.

Tonight’s screening of the digital restoration of The Leopard will be the PREMIERE SCREENING on the Goldsmith Family Cinema’s new 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Projector).

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Obvious Child

2014. USA. Dir: Gillian Robespierre. With Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann. 84 min.

 

In this humbly subversive rom-com, a twenty-something comedian gets more than she bargained for when her drunken one-night stand gets her pregnant – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Slate gives a stellar turn as a young woman adrift in her newfound adulthood, while the film balances plenty of laughs with an earnest and refreshingly honest handling of the unwanted pregnancy.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Morvern Callar

2002. UK. Dir: Lynne Ramsay. With Samantha Morton. 97 min.

A supermarket clerk wakes up Christmas morning to find her boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind a completed manuscript for a novel. Morton’s captivating and deeply enigmatic performance (along with a great soundtrack featuring Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, and Velvet Underground) anchors a pictorial, strange, yet evocative study of loss.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Chinatown

1974. USA. Dir: Roman Polanski. With Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway. 130 min.

LA, 1937: A private detective who specializes in catching adulterers becomes entangled in a much larger plot involving murder, corruption, and water… Perhaps Polanski’s most iconic film, Chinatown is touted by many as the “perfect script” but succeeds just as well in atmosphere, as homage to the Hollywood noir and foreboding love letter to the City of Angels.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Peeping Tom

1960. UK. Dir: Michael Powell. With Carl Boehm, Anna Massey. 101 min.

It’s Psycho by way of The Red Shoes: a lurid proto-slasher about a repressed young man who films women as he murders them. Though stylish and eerily prescient of our obsessions with sex, death, and voyeurism, Peeping Tom was so shocking in its day that it all but ended Powell’s career – one critic found it “more nauseating than a leper colony.”

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free