The CWRU Film Society Fall 2002 Schedule
In another of the Film Society’s infamous “traditions,” every Orientation Week ends with a free screening of this classic film. Bogie, Bergman, Nazis, and romance abound in one of the best movies of all time. The Film Society hopes that “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
One of the best-ever translations of a comic book into a movie! Tormented high-school geek Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), an orphan who lives with his Aunt Mae (Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) is transformed into a web-slinging superhero after being bitten by a genetically-engineered spider. Should he use his new-found powers to win (at last!) the attention of his childhood sweetheart, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), even though it would double-cross his best friend, Harry Osborn (James Franco)? Or should he heed Uncle Ben's injunction that "with great power comes great responsibility"? When Harry's father, crazed industrialist Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), goes on a high-tech crime spree as supervillain The Green Goblin, Peter must choose...and Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man swings into action! While theres plenty of action and special effects, ultimately its the characters who make this film so satisfying. Maguire simply *is* Peter Parker. A superb adaptation of the original comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Stay for the surprise song at the end of the credits!
This animated Japanese film is based on the 1949 Magna comic book by Tezuka Osamu. In the futuristic city of Metropolis, a struggle between the robots and the human population of the city, who once coexisted peacefully, has now exploded into a violent revolution. An investigation conducted by private detective, Shunsaku Ban, and his nephew, Kenichi, leads to an outlaw scientist named Dr. Laughton. The scientist was hired by the ruler of Metropolis, Duke Red, to create a superhuman robot-girl, Tima, to succeed him as the next ruler of Metropolis. However, Duke Reds jealous bastard son, the Rock of Marduk, cannot stand the idea of a robot taking the throne and he sets out to destroy Tima. What ensues is a frantic race as Kenichi and Tima flee the Rock through the underground tunnels, dilapidated alleys, and skyscraping towers (the Ziggurat) of Metropolis, aided by a nurturing trash-collecting robot, Fifi.
An attorney (Ben Affleck) in a rush to make a court appointment to file legal papers involving a multi-million dollar trust accidentally collides with an alcoholic insurance salesman (Samuel Jackson), who also is a rush for a court appointment involving the custody of his children. The attorney leaves the scene of the accident and strands the salesman, causing him to miss his custody hearing. During the process of the post-crash discussion, the attorney accidentally drops the papers he needs to present in court. The judge gives him until the end of the day to present the papers and thus begins a cat and mouse game between the proponents.
Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last assignment, in war-torn Yugoslavia, in 1991, at the height of the fighting. Word comes back that he apparently died in a building collapse, but his wife Sarah (also a journalist for Newsweek) refuses to believe that he's dead and goes looking for him.
While some modern thrillers are called Hitchcock-esque, this one actually deserves the comparison. Besides keeping audiences on their edge of their seats, this film even includes a good guy fending off a bad guy with a tool unique to them (a la the flashbulbs in Rear Window). Jodie Foster stars as a divorced mom who moves into a swank New York City home with an added feature not listed in the real estate ad a panic room where one could seek shelter in an emergency. That emergency happens when three desperate crooks break into what they thought would be an empty house, at which point their simple burglary spirals into chaos. Most-likely film to keep you on the edge of your seat this semester.
Director Stanley Kubrick delivers a harsh critique on human nature in this unflinching look at the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. At boot camp in the States, punishing drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) turns raw, naive recruits into unflinching killing machines; he even gives them insulting, dehumanizing names like Joker (Matthew Modine), Cowboy (Arliss Howard), and Gomer Pyle (D'Onofrio). The film then follows Pvt. Joker to Vietnam and the turning point of the war, the disastrous 1968 Tet Offensive, during which it became painfully clear that the Americans good war mindset from WW2 could no longer succeed, and despite the brutality of their training, these Marines were inadequately prepared for their enemys tactics. Kubrick does not take sides (like John Waynes' The Green Berets); instead, he shows you the events and lets you make up your own mind.Humanities Week - “The Americas”
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Set in a dreary urban landscape of an anonymous Canadian city, Love and Human Remains is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on roommates David, a gay waiter who has given up on his acting career, and Candy, a book reviewer who is also David's ex-lover. David and Candy's lives are entangled with those of David's friends (a busboy, a psychic dominatrix, and a misogynistic civil-servant) and Candy's dates (a male bartender and a lesbian schoolteacher). Meanwhile, a serial killer menaces the concrete and asphalt neighbourhood in which David and Candy live.
El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.
Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound.
Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him?
Saturday, September 21, 2002 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Will be shown in Schmitt Auditorium Come join us as we put together a collection of short films for your viewing enjoyment. Each showing will be a 2 hour collection of different films. Check out the complete list which includes Popeye, The Three Stooges, and Tom and Jerry.Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll Conference
When a young woman (Jane Adams) rejects her current overweight suitor (Jon Lovitz) in a restaurant, he unexpectedly places a curse on her. The film then moves on to her sisters. One (Cynthia Stevenson) is a happily married woman with a psychiatrist husband (Dylan Baker) and three kids. Unfortunately the husband develops an unnatural fascination for his 11 year old son's male classmates, fantasizes about mass killing in a park, and masturbates to teen magazines. One of his patients (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has an unrequited fascination for the third sister (Lara Flynn Boyle). Meanwhile the apparently stable 40 year marriage of the sister's parents (Ben Gazzara, Louise Lasser) suddenly unravels when he decides he has had enough and wants to live a hermit's life in Florida.
Friday, September 27, 2002 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Rated R (142 min.) Director: Christophe Gans
With Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne
Read more about it at the IMDB
Based on the true story of the Beast of the Gevaudan that terrorized France in the mid-18th century, the movie aims to tell first and explain afterwards. In the first part, a special envoy of the King of France: a biologist, an explorer and philosopher arrives in the Gevaudan region, in the mountainous central part of France. The Beast has been attacking women and children for months and nobody has quite been able to harm it or even take a good look at it. In the second part, our hero,Chevalier de Fronsac, will not only have to fight the Beast, but also ignorance, bigotry and conspiracy and will rely on two women: one an aristocrat, the other a prostitute, as well as the enigmatic Mani, an Iroquois he met in New-France (Canada).
Saturday, September 28, 2002 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Rated PG (91 min.) Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
With Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Read more about it at the IMDB
The Monty Python team are at it again in their second movie. This time we follow King Arthur and his knights in their search for the Holy Grail. This isn't your average medieval knights and horses story - for a start, due to a shortage in the kingdom, all the horses have been replaced by servants clopping coconuts together !
On a stormy night, a young man is pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea by the crew of a fishing boat. In a bank vault the young man discovers his name, Jason Bourne, a baffling pile of different passports with his picture and a huge pile of cash. Jason Bourne goes to the U.S. Embassy, meets Marie and discovers that someone wants to kill him. Armed with a bag of money and mysterious martial arts skills, with Marie by his side, Bourne scours Paris for clues about his identity and past life... and finds himself in the middle of two assassination plots masterminded by the CIA.
Even if you are one of the three people left on this planet who has not seen any of the Star Wars movies, screenwriter/director/actor Mel Brooks will keep you in stitches with this sci-fi spoof. Bill Pullman plays Lone Starr and John Candy is Barf the Mawg, two space-buddies who are hired to find a runaway space-princess (Funny, she doesnt look Druish.) in their trusty space-Winnebago. Meanwhile, the evil Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) wants to steal fresh air from planet Druidia! Will Lone Starr and Barf save the girl AND the day? Will the power of The Schwartz be with them? Will the movie promoters run out of Spaceballs placemats?!?
Here is a fairytale for grown-ups, brought to you by the same director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who gave the world Delicatessen and City of Lost Children. Amelie is looking for love, and perhaps for the meaning of life in general. We see her grow up in an original if slightly dysfunctional family. Now a waitress in central Paris, she interacts curiously with her neighbors and customers, as well as a mysterious Photomaton-image collector and one of his even more mysterious photo subjects. Little by little, Amelie realizes that the way to happiness (and yet more subtle humor) requires her to take her own initiative and reach out to others. This film was a hit at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Come see why the American Film Institute voted “Some Like it Hot” the funniest movie ever made Cool-headed Tony Curtis and his nervous sidekick Jack Lemmon play two musicians who need to dodge the mob and find new jobs ASAP. While in hiding, they hook up with an exclusively female band featuring the voluptuous Marilyn Monroe in all her size 12 glory. Billy Wilder directed this pre-Bosom Buddies in-drag-out-of-desperation comedy.
Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19, 2002
No Movies Due to Fall Break
Friday, October 25, 2002 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
The Powerpuff Girls: The First Movie (2002)
Rated PG (87 min.) Director: Craig McCracken
With voices of Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily
Read more about it at the IMDB
In the city of Townsville, the frustrated Professor Utonium is gathering all the ingredients to make a perfect little girl (sugar, spice, and everything nice). But when his lab assistant, a monkey named Jojo, causes the accidental addition of Chemical X to the mix, the Professor ends up with not one but 3 perfect, powerful little girls, the Powerpuff Girls. Find out how the Girls, of Cartoon Network fame, went from troublemaking super fiends to the lovable diminutive superheroines they are today.
The Film Society decided to “Do the Time Warp again!” Come join the Film Society and the Rocky crowd in celebrating Halloween with this cult movie classic! Dress up, bring squirt guns, toast, rice, and the Plain Dealer! Dr. Frank N. Furter (Curry), Riff Raff, Janet (SLUT!), and the rest will all be there!! A live performance by the campus Rocky cast will accompany this show. Come early for the de-virginization exercises!Disney in the World
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigors of war, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead.
Wednesday October 30, 2002 9:00pm
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Rated PG-13 (133 min.) Director: Hayao Miyazaki
With voices of Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton
Read more about it at the IMDB
Miyazaki's gorgeously animated masterpiece takes place Muromachi era, Japan. A prince of a small village, Ashitaka (Crudup) is cursed to endure a slow but certain death by a Boar God. To find a possible cure to the curse, he travels westwards. Hearing of a Shishi-Gami (Deer-God) that may be his salvation, he soon comes across a village of iron miners and there finds himself in the middle of a battle between the animal gods of the forest, led by a girl called Princess Mononoke (Danes) Alongside this battle is a mysterious group of men who are after the head of the Shishi-Gami in a quest to gain immortality. Why did the Boar God suddenly become evil? Can he persuade all those involved to make peace or is conflict inevitable between man and nature? Dubbed in English
It has been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. K has since returned to the comforts of civilian life while J continues to work for the Men in Black. While investigating a seemingly routine crime, J uncovers a diabolical plot masterminded by Serleena, an evil Kylothian monster who disguises herself as a sexy lingerie model. It's a race against the clock as J must convince K--who not only has no memory of his time spent with the agency, but is also the only person alive who has the expertise to save the galaxy--to reunite with the MIB before Earth is destroyed completely.
A group of unemployed scientists gather together to trap and fight ghosts in the New York area. No one takes them seriously until a great threat appears in the Big Apple and they are called on to protect New York from other dimensional beings.
Using future viewing technology police are able to arrest killers before they can commit the crime. John Anderton (Cruise) learns what its like to be on the other side of the law when he is accused of a future murder and must find a way to prevent the events that cause it to happen, all while avoiding his inevitable arrest.
Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen.
Friday, November 15, 2002 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
Rated PG (85 min.) Directors: Dean Deblois, Chris Sanders
With voices of Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Tia Carrere
Read more about it at the IMDB
In a place far, far away, illegal genetic experiment #626 has escaped. #626 crash lands on Hawaii where he ends up in a local dog shelter. He is adopted by a lonely Hawaiian girl, Lilo, who names her new pet, Stitch. Lilo's older sister, Nani, is attempting to take care of them but the social worker thinks it's not quite working out. Lilo and Stitch wreak havoc as the aliens who created Stitch want him back. In the meantime, everyone is gradually learning about how important "Ohana - the Hawaiian word for family" really is.
A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Russell Crowe) soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggles with schizophrenia, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize.
Craig and Day Day have finally moved out of their parents houses and into their own crib. The cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve they team up to track him down.
Friday, November 22, 2002 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Rated PG-13 (94 min.) Director: Jay Roach
With Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael York
Read more about it at the IMDB
Dr. Evil and Mini-Me have somehow escaped from a maximum security prison and the duo has teamed up with Goldmember. Together they formulate a plan for world domination. This particular scheme requires a large amount of time-travel and kidnapping Austin Powers' father, England's master spy, Nigel Powers. As Austin chases Dr. Evil, Mini-Me and Goldmember through time, he stops in 1975 to "connect" with an old girlfriend, detective Foxy Cleopatra, and requests her help to track the villains and save his father.
Adapted from the Stephen Belber play, Tape takes place in a Lansing, Michigan hotel room, where two old friends reunite ten years after graduation. Vince (Ethan Hawke), a lackadaisical fire fighter who pays the rent by selling pot, and John (Robert Sean Leonard), a self-assured filmmaker whose debut feature is set to screen at the Lansing Film Festival, greet each other with smiles and hugs. But as their conversation becomes more personal, Vince brings up an old grudge from the past, which confounds John. Vince is convinced that on the night before graduation, John date-raped his ex-girlfriend, Amy (Uma Thurman), and he wont rest until John tells him what really happened. Eventually, John admits the truth, evoking a shocking response from Vince. John must finally confront the demons from his past. When Amy arrives at the hotel room and joins the old friends, she detonates the explosive situation, accusing both Vince and John of being selfish, heartless cowards, which they actually are.
Friday, November 29 - Saturday, November 30, 2002
No Movies Due to Thanksgiving Break
In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a five-hundred-foot crop circle is found on the farm of Graham Hess (Gibson), the town's reverend. The circles cause a media frenzy and test Hess's faith as he journeys to find out the truth behind the crop circles.
Denis Leary (Gus) stars as a jewel thief on the lam whose seemingly innocent break-in on Christmas Eve turns to comic catastrophe in the home of Lloyd and Caroline Chasseur. After taking the Chasseurs hostage, Gus finds himself at the mercy of their dysfunctional family who proceed to use the family's Christmas dinner to let out all their frustrations and aggressions forcing the "innocent" kidnapper to become the hostage trapped in the middle of a hilarious family crisis.