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CWRU Film Society Fall 2004 Schedule

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Schedule subject to change without notice. Movie information provided by the Internet Movie Database.

Sunday, August 22, 2004 Free Showing! 8:00pm
Casablanca (1942)
No rating (102 min.) Director: Michael Curtiz
With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet
Read more about it at the IMDB

In another of the Film Society's infamous "traditions," every school year begins 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." Case's Improv Comedy Troupe, Improvment, will be performing at 7pm.

Friday, August 27, 2004 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Rated R (136 min.) Director: Quentin Tarentino
With Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
Read more about it at the IMDB

It all began when the nefarious Deadly Viper Assassination Squad moved in and assassinated the Plympton wedding party at the Two Pines Wedding Chapel in El Paso, TX. One survived; The Bride, their real target. All they managed to do to her was put her in a coma. Four years later, she woke up and swore revenge on the lot of them. It began with the disposing of "Cottonmouth" and "Copperhead". Now, she has only three left on her Death List: "Sidewinder", Bill's brother; "California Mountain Snake", the deadly one-eyed assassin; and, of course, Bill. The Bride knows only one thing: in the end, she will kill Bill.

Saturday, August 28, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Rated R (108 min.) Director: Michel Gondry
With Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Gerry Robert Byrne
Read more about it at the IMDB

Joel is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwaik, to have Clementine removed from his own memory. As Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew chase him through the maze of his memories, it's clear that Joel just can't get her out of his head.

Friday, September 3, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Shrek 2 (2004)
Rated PG (92 min.) Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury
With voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Read more about it at the IMDB

Shrek now faces his greatest challenge: meeting the in-laws. After their honeymoon, Shrek and Princess Fiona receive an invitation to visit Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. They set off for the Kingdom of Far, Far Away with Donkey in tow not realizing that the King had other plans for Fiona and is conspiring with a Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, and Puss in Boots to change things to his liking.

Saturday, September 4, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Shaolin Soccer (2002)
Rated PG-13 (111 min.) Director: Stephen Chow
With Stephen Chow, Vicki Zhao, Man Tat Ng
Read more about it at the IMDB

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a Shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile the student with his five brothers and teaches them soccer which takes on a Shaolin kung fu twist. In Cantonese with English subtitles.

Friday, September 10, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Rated R (122 min.) Director: Michael Moore
With Michael Moore
Read more about it at the IMDB

Michael Moore's documentary takes a closer look at the political events before and after the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He examines how the Bush Administration's financial ties to Saudi Arabia and the bin Laden family relate to those political events. Moore also looks into military recruiting in his hometown and talks to troops who were in Iraq and their families.

Saturday, September 11, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
The Fog of War (2003)
Rated PG-13 (107 min.) Director: Errol Morris
With Robert McNamara
Read more about it at the IMDB

Documentarian Errol Morris takes a look at Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, who subsequently became president of the World Bank. The Fog of War combines an interview with Mr. McNamara discussing some of the tragedies and glories of the 20th Century with archival footage and documents and an original score by Philip Glass.

Friday, September 17, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Dodgeball (2004)
Rated PG-13 (92 min.) Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
With Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller
Read more about it at the IMDB

Peter La Fleur owns Average Joe's gym which has been losing clients ever since the Globo Gym opened up across the street. White Goodman, Globo Gym's spokesman, wants to take over Average Joe's gym. La Fleur hopes to save his gym by winning a Las Vegas championship dodgeball tournament. His team, led by Patches O'Houlihan, works their way to the championship while contending with a team White has assembled.

Saturday, September 18, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Philadelphia (1993)
Rated PG-13 (125 min.) Director: Jonathan Demme
With Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell
Read more about it at the IMDB
Co-sponsored by the CWRU student team participating in the Cleveland AIDS Walk

Andrew Beckett, a hotshot Philadelphia lawyer who has been keeping his homosexuality and his AIDS hidden from his conservative bosses, is suddenly and inexplicably fired. He suspects AIDS is the reason and is determined to fight in court even though he is losing his battle against the disease. Beckett hires attorney Joe Miller to represent him but the lawyer must first overcome his own homophobia and fears.

Friday, September 24, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Rated PG-13 (127 min.) Director: Sam Raimi
With Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Read more about it at the IMDB

Peter Parker is having a rough time. His life as the superhero, Spider-Man, is ruining his regular life. Mary Jane Watson, the girl he loves, is engaged to another man, he can't make ends meet, and he's having problems with his friend, Harry Osborn. Peter is ready to give up the superhero business but his sense of responsibility forces him back to work to defend New York City from Dr. Octopus, a new villain who has metal tentacles fused to his back.

Saturday, September 25, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
No rating (83 min.) Director: Frederick De Cordova
With Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak
Read more about it at the IMDB

Prof. Peter Boyd is engaged to brainy dean's daughter Valerie. The Dean wants the engagement ended when he discovers that Peter's father was a crook. To prove that environment is more important than heredity, Peter adopts lab chimp Bonzo and vows to "teach this monkey the difference between right and wrong." He hires young nursemaid Jane Linden to "mother" Bonzo but will Valerie understand when she finds Jane in his house?

Friday, October 1, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
The Ladykillers (2004)
Rated R (104 min.) Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
With Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans
Read more about it at the IMDB
Will be shown in Schmitt Auditorium

A remake of the 1955 comedy, the story revolves around Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph.D., a Southern professor, who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino. They rent a room in Mrs. Munson's house and convince her that his band will practice Renaissance music in her cellar. She soon discovers their plot to tunnel through her cellar and her curiosity throws a monkey wrench in their plans.

Saturday, October 2, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Rated R (95 min.) Director: John Cameron Mitchell
With John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor
Read more about it at the IMDB
Will be shown in Schmitt Auditorium

Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was planned. Years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig but left her and stole all her songs.

Thursday, October 7, 2004 7:00pm FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Rated PG-13 (? min.) Director: Peter Berg
With Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Garret Hedlund
Read more about it at the IMDB

A straight arrow coach leads his team to the 1988 Texas state semifinals in the west Texas city of Odessa, where high school football is king. Expectations of classmates, coaches, family, and community members exact a toll on the athletes central to the story. Economic and racial undertones pervade this adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's book by the same name.

Friday, October 8, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Saved! (2004)
Rated PG-13 (92 min.) Director: Brian Dannelly
With Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin
Read more about it at the IMDB
Will be shown in Schmitt Auditorium

Mary is a good Christian girl who goes to a good Christian high school in Baltimore where she has good Christian friends, mainly Hilary Faye, and a perfect Christian boyfriend, Dean. Her life seems perfect, until the day that she finds out that Dean may be gay. After "seeing" a vision of Jesus in her pool, she does everything in her power to help him turn straight, including offering up her virginity. But none of it helps because Dean's caught and sent to a "degayification" center and Mary ends up pregnant. It's during her time of need that she becomes real friends with the school's set of "misfits": Cassandra, the school's only Jewish girl; Roland, Hilary Faye's wheelchair bound brother; and Patrick, the skateboarder son of the school's principal, Pastor Skip.

Saturday, October 9, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Life of Brian (1979)
Rated R (94 min.) Director: Terry Jones
With Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
Read more about it at the IMDB
New 35mm print!

The setting is the Holy Land in 33 A.D., a time of poverty and chaos, with no shortage of messiahs, followers willing to believe in them, and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the center of it all is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances that parallel the life of Christ.

Monday, October 11, 2004 7:00pm Free Showing
No rating (?? min.)
With Bob Avakian

This film is a recording of a talk given by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. He discusses how to transform society. This showing is sponsored by the Cleveland Communist Group.

Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16, 2004
No Movies due to Fall Break

Thursday, October 21, 2004 7:00pm FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
Rated R (?? min.) Director: Charles Shyer
With Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Susan Sarandon
Read more about it at the IMDB

A remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine, Alfie is a philosophical womanizer who is forced to question his seemingly carefree existence.

Friday, October 22, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Super Size Me (2004)
Rated PG-13 (96 min.) Director: Morgan Spurlock
With Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Daryl Isaacs
Read more about it at the IMDB

Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject of this documentary about the commercial food industry. He rigorously eats a diet of McDonald's fast food three times a day for one month. Spurlock explores the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food on a regular basis. While doing this, Spurlock also provides a look at the food culture in America through its schools, corporations, and politics as seen through the eyes of regular people and health advocates.

Saturday, October 23, 2004 7:00pm, 10:00pm
City of God (2002)
Rated R (130 min.) Directors: Katia Lund, Fernando Meirelles
With Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen
Read more about it at the IMDB

City of God (Ciudad de Deus) is a slum housing project built in the 1960s. By the 1980s, it had become a very dangerous place to live in Rio de Janiero. The only way to survive was to turn to a life of drugs and crime. Buscape, a poor black youth, lived in the City of God. He attempted a life of crime but failed. Buscape found that he had a keen eye and turned to photography as career. He struggled to escape the slums while his friends got absorbed into the violence. Along the way, Buscape documented the life around him with his camera. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Friday, October 29, 2004 7:00pm, 11:00pm
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Rated PG (141 min.) Director: Alfonso Cuaron
With Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Read more about it at the IMDB

It's Harry Potter's 3rd year at Hogwarts. Not only does he have a new Defense against the Dark-Arts teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban, the Wizard's Prison. Everyone believes that Black is headed for Hogwarts to kill Harry. Azkaban has sent Dementors to guard Hogwarts in an attempt to catch Black. Will Harry and the school survive the presence of the Dementors and will he find out what Black really wants?

Saturday, October 30, 2004 7:00pm, 12:00am
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rated R (100 min.) Director: Jim Sharman
With Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry
Read more about it at the IMDB

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, 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!

Friday, November 5, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
The Terminal (2004)
Rated PG-13 (128 min.) Director: Steven Spielberg
With Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci
Read more about it at the IMDB

Viktor Navorski, fleeing the war that ravages his tiny Eastern European homeland, finds himself stuck in the terminal of one of New York City's airports when the time of his landing coincides precisely with the point at which the war causes his nation of origin to no longer exist. This renders his passport and paperwork invalid. As a man without a country, he takes up residence in the terminal itself, befriending the staff of the airport, and falling in love with an airline flight attendant.

Saturday, November 6, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
On the Waterfront (1954)
No rating (108 min.) Director: Elia Kazan
With Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb
Read more about it at the IMDB

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers' union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs,later meets the dead man's sister, and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

Friday, November 12, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
I, Robot (2004)
Rated PG-13 (115 min.) Director: Alex Proyas
With Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk
Read more about it at the IMDB

Robots are commonplace as assistants and workers for their human owners on Earth in 2035. Chicago Police Detective John Spooner is investigating the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning, who works at U.S. Robotics. Aiding Spooner in his investigation is a psychologist, Dr. Susan Calvin, who specializes in the psyches of robots. He suspects that Sonny, a robot, is the murderer. It seems impossible because all robots have been programmed with Isaac Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics. What will happen to humankind if a robot can ignore the laws?

Saturday, November 13, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Monster (2003)
Rated R (109 min.) Director: Patty Jenkins
With Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
Read more about it at the IMDB

A dark tale based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of America's first female serial killers. Wuornos had a difficult and cruel childhood plagued by abuse and drug use in Michigan. She became a prostitute by the age of thirteen, the same year she became pregnant. She eventually moved to Florida where she began earning a living as a highway prostitute servicing the desires of semi-truck drivers. The tale focuses on the nine month period between 1989 and 1990, during which Wuornos had a lesbian relationship with a woman named Selby. She also began murdering any of her clientele who attempted to rape her.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004 7:00pm FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
National Treasure(2004)
Rated PG (?? min.) Director: Jon Turteltaub
With Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight
Read more about it at the IMDB

All his life, Benjamin Franklin Gates, 3rd generation treasure hunter, has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Hidden by our Founding Fathers, they left clues to the Treasure's location buried within the symbols on the dollar bill. Gates life-long journey leads him to a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. But what he thought was the final clue is only the beginning. As word of the map spreads, Gates realizes in order to protect the world's greatest treasure, he must steal the document before it falls into the wrong hands. In a race against time, Gates must elude the FBI, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary, decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000 year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure.

Friday, November 19, 2004 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Rated PG-13 (91 min.) Director: Adam McKay
With Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd
Read more about it at the IMDB

Ron Burgundy is the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the '70s. When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone, Ron is willing to play along at first--as long as Veronica stays in her place covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. When Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed's war.

Saturday, November 20, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Pump up the Volume (1990)
Rated R (105 min.) Director: Allan Moyle
With Christian Slater, Cheryl Pollack, Samantha Mathis
Read more about it at the IMDB

Mark is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to Arizona from the East Coast. His parents give him a short-wave radio so he can talk to his pals, but instead he sets up shop as pirate deejay Hard Harry, who becomes a hero to his peers while inspiring the wrath of the local high school principal. When one of Harry's listeners commits suicide and Harry-inspired chaos breaks out at the school, the authorities are called in to put a stop to his broadcasts.

Friday, November 26 - Saturday, November 27, 2004
No Movies due to Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 3, 2004 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Collateral (2004)
Rated R (140 min.) Director: Michael Mann
With Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
Read more about it at the IMDB

Max has lived the mundane life of a cab driver for 12 years. Vincent is a contract killer. When an offshore narcotic trafficking cartel learns they're about to be indicted by a federal grand jury, they hire Vincent to identify and kill the key witnesses. Circumstances cause Vincent to hijack Max's taxicab, and Max becomes collateral--an expendable person in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through the night, Vincent forces Max to drive him to each assigned destination. As the LAPD and FBI race to intercept them, Max and Vincent's survival becomes dependent on each other in ways neither would have imagined.

Saturday, December 4, 2004 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Whale Rider (2002)
Rated PG-13 (101 min.) Director: Niki Caro
With Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton
Read more about it at the IMDB

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. Her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Sunday, December 5, 2004 7:00pm FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Rated R (?? min.) Director: Wes Anderson
With Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett
Read more about it at the IMDB

Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew -- Team Zissou -- set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.