Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: The Wizard of Oz

1939. USA. Dir: Victor Fleming. With Judy Garland, Frank Morgan. 102 min.

“Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby…”

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

Film Series: Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3-D!

2015. USA. Dir: J. J. Abrams. With Daisy Ridley, John Boyega. 135 min.

Forget the prequels (seriously, forget them); with a new, young cast and Abrams at the helm, the Force is stronger than ever in Episode VII. Expertly balancing nostalgia and freshness, Abrams ushers the spirit of the original trilogy into the 21st century – with some sic action scenes to boot.

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

Film Series: Divine Intervention

2002. Palestine et al. Dir: Elia Suleiman. With Suleiman, Manal Khader. 92 min.

In the spirit of Keaton and Tati, Suleiman’s wry silent-comedy performance anchors a very “loud” situation: the day-to-day life of Palestinians in Israeli-controlled territory. Subtitled “A Chronicle of Love and Pain,” the movie plays out a series of darkly funny and visually whimsical vignettes. Co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine.

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

Film Series: Blazing Saddles

1974. USA. Dir: Mel Brooks. With Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder. 93 min.

A land-grabbing railroad baron tries to drive off a tiny frontier town by getting them appointed a black sheriff, only for the new lawman to become their unlikely savior. Brooks’ comedy Western, co-penned by Richard Pryor, “rises below vulgarity” as it simultaneously offers slapstick gags, juvenile jokes, and a sharp satire of American racism.

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

Film Series: Black Girl

1966. Senegal. Dir: Ousmane Sembene. With Mbissine Thérèse Diop. 85 min.

A young Senegalese woman migrates to France in hopes of a more cosmopolitan life, but instead is abused and alienated and question the possibility of happiness abroad. This still-urgent landmark of post-colonial African cinema announced Sembene to the international film scene.

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

Film Series: Face/Off

1997. USA. Dir: John Woo. With Nicholas Cage, John Travolta. 139 min.

An FBI agent goes undercover by swapping faces with an evil mastermind, who retaliates by using the agent’s identity to wreak havoc. Travolta and Cage clash with each other (or is it themselves?) in gleeful self-indulgence throughout this dopey but riveting thriller from compatibly over-the-top auteur Woo.

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

Film Series: Born Yesterday

1950. USA. Dir: George Cukor. With Judy Holiday, William Holden. 103 min.

Among the most gifted (and still relatively unsung) sound-era comediennes, Holliday broke out with this reprise of her hit Broadway role, winning the Best Actress Oscar in the process. She brings impeccable comic timing and depth of expression as a seemingly ditzy blonde who gets an education and turns the tables on the crooked lobbyist she’s dating.

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

Film Series: Enter the Dragon

1973. Hong Kong/USA. Dir: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee. With Lee. 102 min.

Lee may have died just before its release, but this truly essential martial arts flick keeps him alive as an icon of the genre. His Shaolin master/secret agent – a career, alas, hard to get with a liberal arts degree – joins up with some pals from the West to beat up all the bad guys in a heroin smuggler’s hidden island layer.

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

Film Series: Avatar

2009. USA. Dir: James Cameron. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana. 162 min.

For all the visiting pre-frosh (and all of you who secretly love this film), we’re going to let our movie theater do the talking this year. Immerse yourself in the cinematic splendor of big blue cat people, flying lizards, and glowing flora. Intro by Scott Higgins, Film Studies Chair.

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

Film Series: The Man Who Fell to Earth

1976. UK. Dir: Nicholas Roeg. With David Bowie, Rip Torn. 139 min.

“You know Tommy, you’re a freak. I don’t mean that unkindly. I like freaks.” It’s the role Bowie was born to play: a starman seeking to save his home planet from extinction, yet finding only alienation in our world. The late singer’s unearthly performance is matched by psychedelic visuals courtesy of WALKABOUT’s Roeg.

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