Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Them!

1954. USA. Dir: Gordon Douglas. With James Whitmore, Joan Weldon. 94 min.

 

Giant man-eating ants in the Southwest: a science fiction metaphor for nuclear panic, or the shocking true secret the government doesn’t want you to know? Either way, you’ll think twice before planning your next Sunday picnic. Terror! Horror! Excitement! Mystery! …Them! Programmed in conjunction with One Book, One Middletown.

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

Film Series: Inherent Vice

2014. USA. Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson. With Joaquin Phoenix. 148 min. 

On a case for his ex-girlfriend, a weed-addled private eye stumbles upon a bizarre underground network of neo-Nazis, dentists, heroin, and a very mysterious boat. In this semi-coherent, wildly entertaining rendering of 1970 L.A., Anderson bravely goes where no director has gone before: into the feverishly “un- adaptable” world of Thomas Pynchon.

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

Film Series: The Lunchbox

2013. India. Dir: Ritesh Batra. With Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur. 104 min.

 

One workday in Mumbai, a miscommunication results in a widowed accountant receiving a box lunch far superior to his normal order from a neglected housewife. The film unfolds the touching story of the unlikely friendship between the two as they start including notes with the lunches and sharing their lives. Co-sponsored by Shakti. 

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

Film Series: Song of the Sea

2014. Ireland. Dir: Tomm Moore. With Brendan Gleeson. Animated. 93 min.

The latest beautiful output from the artists behind The Secret of Kells is a sort of tuneful Celtic Spirited Away: Two siblings journey into a hidden world of nature and folklore when they learn that the mute young sister, like their late mother, may be a selkie – a person capable of transforming into a seal and communing with magical beings.

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

Film Series: Seven Chances (with LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT)

1925. USA. Dir: Buster Keaton. With Keaton. Approx 90 min, including shorts.

 

Buster can claim his inheritance if he gets married in a day, but the poor lad just can’t seem to catch a break. Either he’s being rejected by every gal he knows, or he’s being chased over streets and hillsides by a hundred ferocious would-be-brides. Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model (MoMA) and some short films round out a night of slapstick hijinks.

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

Film Series: Zoolander

2001. USA. Dir: Ben Stiller. With Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor. 89 min.

 

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? You won’t find the answer inside a computer or a book – especially if you can’t read good – but globally renowned male model Derek Zoolander should be able to point you in the right direction. Unless that direction is left. Then you’re on your own.

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

Film Series: The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

2012. Israel. Dir: Benny Toraty. With Uri Gavriel, Dudu Tassa. 106 min.

 

Two decades after a tragic car crash, lute player Yosef must get his band back together to play an unperformed symphony and fulfill the wishes of a dying friend. This “Falafel Western” – a sort of musical Magnificent Seven – has been hailed for its style and outstanding soundtrack. Speaker: Laura Blum, film critic.

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

Film Series: Force Majeure

2014. Sweden. Dir: Ruben Östlund. With Johannes Kuhnke. 118 min.

A picture-perfect Swedish family enjoy their holiday at a gorgeous Alpine ski resort – that is, until the father’s dubious actions during a sudden incident shakes the family balance. With an unexpectedly keen ability to find bleak humor amidst the domestic drama, Östlund coolly observes how a minor annoyance can slowly metastasize into a full-blown marital crisis.

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

Film Series: La Ciénaga

2001. Argentina. Dir: Lucrecia Martel. With Graciela Borges. 103 min.

Two large bourgeois families (and a lot of booze) vacate to a run-down country home; beneath the outward stillness of the summer stupor, everything is primed to explode. A Chekhovian consideration of familial and social dynamics, this film takes a powerful, painful trudge through The Swamp (as its title translates). Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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

Film Series: Birdman

2014. USA. Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu. With Michael Keaton. 119 min.

 

A washed-up Hollywood superstar struggles with erratic actors, vicious critics, fatherhood, and his own demons as he prepares to mount an ambitious Broadway production that will reinvent his career. Powerful performances (Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone) and Iñárritu’s bold visual style (a Rope-style long take experiment) intensify the film’s darkly comedic blurring of fantasy and reality.

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