Category Archives: Film

Film Series: The Handmaiden

2016. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Kim Min-hee. 144 min.

When a professional pickpocket is sent by a conman to serve as a Japanese heiress’s maid, the last thing she expects to discover is sexual freedom. Acclaimed director Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) transposes Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith to Japanese-occupied Korea in this sensational erotic thriller.

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

Film Series: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004. USA. Dir: Michel Gondry. With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet. 108 min.

Upon learning that his former girlfriend has undergone a memory erasure procedure to forget their relationship, a soft-spoken man decides to do the same. Dazzling, dreamlike imagery and sci-fi wonder show the memories of a couple in reverse, as Gondry stretches an already poignant Charlie Kaufman script to its emotional breaking point.

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

Film Series Statement on The Holy Mountain

The Following Statement comes from the 2015-2016 Wesleyan Film Board:

After releasing this quarter’s calendar, members of the Film Board learned that Alejandro Jodorowosky, the director of The Holy Mountain (to be shown on Thursday, April 20), has openly claimed to have sexually assaulted a cast-member while working on his previous film El Topo. While these accounts are not recent, none of the members of the Film Board were aware of Jodorowsky’s past comments until after the calendar’s release.

First and foremost, we sincerely apologize for programming this film into the calendar; had we known of Jodorowosky’s statements, which can be easily found online, we would not have suggested its screening. Upon learning this information, we looked into possible alternative films to screen that night and discovered that replacing or cancelling the screening of The Holy Mountain would be impossible. The film’s distributor, which is not one of our regular vendors, has a formal booking process for 35mm films, which involves signing booking contracts in advance and pre-paying for the booking. Due to those contractual obligations, we were unable to cancel Holy Mountain. Furthermore, we neither had sufficient time nor funds to book an alternative screening for April 20.

The Film Board aims to bring to campus movies that will provide education and entertainment, but we also have a responsibility to program films by directors whose voices are worth championing. As a part of this duty, we must strive to showcase filmmakers who we can look up to, not those that perpetuate abuse. We can and must do better.

In the future, the Board pledges to prioritize research into the films and directors that we consider for screenings. We must be extremely mindful of the histories of the Jodorowoskys, Polanskis, and Allens of the world, and it is our responsibility to be aware of what we are endorsing, implicitly or explicitly, by screening any particular film. Additionally, several Board members will not be attending the screening of Holy Mountain in order to acknowledge our missteps in this booking. We recognize that this is only a starting point, and we welcome further feedback from the Wesleyan community as to how to handle situations like this in the future.

We again apologize for booking Holy Mountain, and we hope that you enjoy the remaining films on the calendar for this semester.

Film Series: A History of Violence

2005. USA. Dir: David Cronenberg. With Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello. 96 min.

From the director of Videodrome comes the story of a small-town everyman with a fine job and a beautiful family…until he kills a pair of would-be armed robbers. A one-eyed man comes into town asking questions about a past our hero doesn’t seem to have, and his American dream becomes a waking nightmare.

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

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 8): The Dawn of the Last Full Day

“I’ve been telling people that my brain is somewhere splattered on some pavement that I’ve been trying to find.”

                                                  “anonymous preparedness”

It’s the last full day of thesis-ing for most of you (more on that later), and you can feel the stress gathering in the air–or is that the humidity that chose to accompany the lovely spring temperatures? Either way, we’ve got plenty of interviews left to distract you from last-minute edits, frantically writing acknowledgments, and all the other stuff you have to do before you hit print one last time. And if these aren’t enough, you can also read back on all seven parts of THESISCRAZY 2017  here, here, herehereherehere, and here, and you can find the entire archive here.

If you’re a thesis writer who’s feeling really wild, and you really want an interview before the pearly gates close at 4 PM tomorrow, you can email us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]edu with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet today, and there’s ~a chance~ (no promises) we’ll be able to make the magic happen before 4 PM tomorrow. But you should probably be working anyways.

Check out the interviews after the cut:

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 7): The Real Thesis-Writers of Fauver 211

“I really feel like I’m melting and that my brain is really coming out and like making a mess all over the place.”

Things are getting down to the wire here at THESISCRAZY central (and we’re sure its similarly frenzied in your carrels too)! But you can’t focus on your work 24/7, so take a little break with us and read about your fellow students’ theses in this 7th installment in our series. We’ve got a whole Fauver full of thesis writers to keep you sufficiently distracted from more important work. Will McGhee ’17, Sofi Goode ’17, and Allison Cronan ’17 live Fauver 211 along with Kiley Rossetter ’17 (not interviewed). In case you’re looking for more distraction, you can check out past THESISCRAZY 2017 posts here, here, hereherehere, and here and you can find the entire archive here.

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 6): In Case One Thesis Just Isn’t Enough…

“My advisor is like, ‘You have time to figure that out!’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like that is the case!’”

with my editor privileges i would like to interject here that this is the timeline of hawai?i history in my carrel that i made entirely out of post-it notes, with events color coded by type. —maya, 4/17/17 1:23 PM

What a knockout group of THESISCRAZY seniors to start off your Monday morning! In today’s installment, we have one of our fearless editors, a double-thesis-writer, housemates, and more! You can catch up with our past THESISCRAZY 2017 posts here, here, here, and here, and here, and you can find the entire archive here.

Prepare to be blown away after the jump!

THESISCRAZY 2017 (PART 5): Let’s Talk About Sex

“I don’t know. I’m a mess! I don’t know what I’m doing!”

I spent the last 20 minutes looking up funny euphemisms for sex to make a title to this post. (I was unsuccessful.) If you’re looking for something equally procrastinate-y to do on this fine Sunday night, look no further. Today we bring to you four fine specimens of thesis writers. Remember, Wescam is just around the corner ;) If you want, check out the previous THESISCRAZY 2017 posts here, here, here, and here to start scheming for senior week, or our entire THESISCRAZY archive here.

If you’re looking to be immortalized in THESISCRAZY (and potentially Wescam) fame, email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org with your name, major, workspace/carrel number, and times you can meet before April 19th.

More theses and craziness after the jump!

Film Series: Central Station

1998. Brazil/France. Dir: Walter Salles. With Fernanda Montenegro, Vini?cius de Oliveira. 113 min. 35mm print.

A stalwart orphan and a jaded former schoolteacher set out in search of the boy’s lost father – and discover untellable Brazilian splendor along the way. Shooting both urban sprawl and bucolic meadowland with abiding warmth, Salles weaves dense characterization and spiritual depth into a unique road movie.

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

Film Series: Inglorious Basterds

2009. USA. Dir: Quentin Tarantino. With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent. 153 min.

Forget just punching Nazis! Tarantino’s ultra-violent WWII adventure is the perfect catharsis for today’s political climate. Come cheer as Lieutenant Raine’s band of “basterds” and a vengeful refugee terrorize the Third Reich. No fascist is safe.

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