Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Metropolis (with live accompaniment)

1927. Germany. Dir: Fritz Lang. With Brigitte Helm. 123 min.

If you prefer your futuristic robo-gal to be a destructive doppelganger leading the working class to rebellion against the overlords of their dystopian society, then this ornate and influential silent fable should be right up your alley – and oh what a twisted, Expressionist alley that is. Accompanist Ben Model (MoMA) returns to improvise a live organ score.

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

Film Series: Her

2013. USA. Dir: Spike Jonze. With Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson. 126 min.

Ever just feel like nobody gets you the way Siri does? Awkward introvert Theodore Twombly falls for his computer OS in this love story set in the not-too-distant future. Jonze may have (justifiably) won the Oscar for his screenplay, but the film also boasts some gorgeous use of color and a great score courtesy of Arcade Fire.

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

Film Series: Crystal Fairy

2013. Chile. Dir: Sebastia?n Silva. With Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffman. 98 min.

After chatting up “Crystal Fairy” at a party, douche-y expat Cera accidentally recruits the oft-nude heroine on a quest to find a magical hallucinogenic cactus. Tensions flare as they drive across Chile, thundering towards a secluded beach where the climatic drug trip will play out in all its (strangely moving) glory.

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

Film Series: Cape Fear

1991. USA. Dir: Martin Scorsese. With Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte. 127 min. 

Decades before The Wolf of Wall Street, Marty went nuts with a predator of a different stripe: a psychopathic ex-con out to systematically destroy the defender who failed him. A tattooed, muscular De Niro oozes menacing sleaze, his performance perfectly tuned to an over-the-top style that’s part horror flick, part social satire, and part Hitchcock homage.

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

Film Series: The World of Apu

1959. India. Dir: Satyajit Ray. With Soumitra Chatterjee. 105 min. 

Melding inspiration from Renoir and Italian Neorealism with a distinctly Indian artistry, Ray’s beautiful cinematic craft has in turn influenced generations of international filmmakers. In this humble and powerfully relatable tale, a bright young man in Calcutta saves for university and works on a novel until a sudden marriage alters his path forever.

Film Series: Almost Famous

2000. USA. Dir: Cameron Crowe. With Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson. 122 min. 

The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.” A 15-year-old jour- nalist covering a rising band experiences the messy humanity behind the sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Crowe’s film a? clef lovingly recreates the whirlwind of the seventies’ music scene and the young hearts swept up in its wake.

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

Film Series: Porfirio

2011. Colombia. Dir: Alejandro Landes. With Porfirio Ramirez. 101 min.

Victim of a stray police bullet and an unsympathetic legal system, the eponymous paraplegic spends his time scraping for survival while secretly plotting his revenge. Landes creates a remarkable doc-fiction hybrid that joins the intimate details of Porfirio’s day-to-day life with a re-creation of his astonishing attempt to hijack an airplane.

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

Film Series: Blue Is the Warmest Color

2013. France. Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche. With Adèle Exarchopoulos. 179 min. 

A teenage girl is swept up in a romance with a blue-haired art student in this sumptuously emotional coming-of-age story. The sex scenes got the public talking, but beyond such sensationalism lies a delicate exploration of first love featuring incredibly bold, deeply human performances from its lead actresses.

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

Film Series Special Event: The Image Revolution

Screening and Q&A with director Patrick Meaney ’07.

20 years ago, a group of artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company…a company that impacts mainstream comics and culture to this day. Image Comics was more than just a publisher. It was a response to years of creator mistreatment, and it changed comics forever, thanks to blockbuster titles like Spawn and The Walking Dead.

The Image Revolution tells the story of artists who took a risk, profited wildly and almost lost their soul in the process. Filled with colorful characters, amazing art, it’s a roller coaster journey following a company from wild startup days on a twenty year journey to fulfill its mission of creative freedom.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Powell Cinema / Free

Suggest Movies for the 2014-15 Film Series

Have you ever complained to your friends that your favorite movie is never available to watch in 35mm? Want the chance for your cinematic voice to be heard by the Wesleyan masses? Want more Fellini? More Michael Bay?

We have just the survey for you…

Submit any and all suggestions for next year’s Film Series calendar! Or if technology frightens you, write them down and drop them in one of the Film Series suggestion boxes around campus. We want to know what you want to watch.