CWRU Film Society Spring 2000 Schedule
Movie information provided by the Internet Movie Database. Schedule subject to change without notice.
Friday, January 21 - Saturday, January 22, 2000
25th Science Fiction Marathon
Tickets go on sale Friday at 6pm.
8:00pm eXistenZ (1999)
9:50pm Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
12 midnight Surprise I
2:30am Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)
4:00am Frankenhooker (1990)
6:00am Fantastic Voyage (1966)
8:00am Scanners (1981)
10:00am First Men in the Moon (1964)
11:30am Things to Come (1936)
1:30pm The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)
2:30pm Alien (1979)
4:30pm Surprise II
6:30pm Silent Running (1971)
8:00pm Wing Commander (1999)
9:45pm Trekkies (1997)
11:30pm The Matrix (1999)
Friday, January 28, 2000 7:00, 9:00, 11:00pm
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Rated R (80 min.) Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
With Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard
Three film students travel to the mountains of western Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend... The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in an abandoned house in the woods. The resulting footage was edited together in hopes of solving the mystery of their disappearance. This was a smash hit at the Sundance Film Festival.
Saturday, January 29, 2000 7:00 and 9:30pm
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Rated PG (126 min.) Director: Terry Gilliam
With John Neville, Eric Idle, Uma Thurman
This is the third film in Gilliams fantasy trilogy. (Time Bandits and Brazil are the other two.) This is a fantastic tale of a 17th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks and their numerous adventures along the way including being swallowed by a sea-monster, a trip to the moon and a dance with Venus.
Note: This replaces 1947 Earth. A group of legendary Cuban musicians, some as old as their nineties, were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a CD. In this film, we see and hear some of the songs being recorded in Havana. There is also footage from concerts in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall. In addition, many of the individual musicians talk about their lives in Cuba and about how they got started in music. Great soundtrack!!
In order to generate more endorsement revenue, Champion Citys resident superhero Captain Amazing arranges for the release of supervillian Casanova Frankenstein, only to be captured by him. The citys fate rests in the hands of seven loser superhero wannabes: the fork-flinging Blue Rajah, the shovel-wielding Shoveler, the possessed bowling ball-hurling Bowler, the flatulent Spleen, the only-when-nobodys-looking Invisible Boy, the mysterious Sphinx, and the perpetually-angry Mr. Furious.
When word reaches two elderly best friends that someone in their tiny Irish village has won the national lottery, they go to great lengths to find the winner so they can share the wealth. When they discover the lucky winner, Ned Devine, they find he has died of shock upon discovering his win. Not wanting the money to go to waste, the village enters a pact to pretend Ned is still alive by having another man pose as him, and then to divide the money between them.
Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is discovered by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerrys 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.
This was one of the independent sleeper hits of last year! This film follows theadventures of two mystical Jedi knights (Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi) who are assigned to protect the young queen Amidala from the clutches of the evil Trade Federation who has occupied her planet. On a far away planet, Tatooine, they meet a young boy, Anakin Skywalker, who shows potential strength in ways of the Force. Together, with the help of the lovable JarJar Binks, they confront the evil Federation during their invasion of Coruscant in an epic battle on land and in the air.
The film version of Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize winning play firmly establishedBrando as an international sex symbol and allowed us to trust the kindness of strangers. Wonderful acting and direction (from most of the same people who performed on Broadway) give us a touching story of a lower middle class couple in New Orleans whose lives are turned upside down when the wifes refined sister comes for a visit.
Yimou Zhang is one of Chinas greatest (and most controversial) directors. In the 1990s he has directed incredibly moving films which demonstrate the beauty and hardship of living in China; many starring his ex-wife, the beautiful Li Gong. All of his films are banned from public screenings in China. Lantern presents the story of a powerful lord who has numerous wives within his manor. Competition among the wives to win the masters approval/attention is fierce. The title refers to a red lantern being raised in front of the particular wifes room, who the master will visit each evening.
Fincher and Pitt reunite to tell a tale of disallusionment, social injustice and male bonding through bare knuckle street brawling. Our unnamed narrator (Norton) is a depressed young professional who feels lost and undesired in this world. A chance encounter with Tyler Durden changes all this. To get back in touch with their manhood, they begin a fight club in the basement of an abandoned warehouse. The word spreads of this club and the popularity grows to where Durden begins to create fight clubs all over the country, spreading his word and cult celebrity. As Durdens popularity soars, his ideas begin to escalate into explosive proportions where our narrator begins to question Durdens motives and sanity.
After gaining international fame in Sergio Leones spaghetti westerns, Eastwood was cast by Don Siegel in his most famous role, Dirty Harry Callahan. In the first of five Dirty Harry films, a bank robbery and an attempted suicide form the prelude to the main event: catching a skillful sniper who is murdering the innocent while holding a city to ransom. Catching him becomes a war between good and evil - with the protagonists on both sides shown as ruthless, bitter and merciless products of a violent society.
Musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City, where rival street gangs (the Jets and the Sharks) battle for territory and respect. Is the love affair between former Jets leader Tony, and Maria, sister to Sharks leader Bernardo, doomed to failure?
Ever wonder what that cold feeling on the back of your neck was? Well, now we know-dead people still walking the earth. Or so Cole Sear says. Cole is a social outcast in grade school who doesnt talk to classmates and often has weird visions. Malcom Crowe is a child psychologist who takes on the task of curing Cole who exhibits the same behavior as an ex-patient who attempted to kill Malcolm. Crowe spends a lot of time with Cole, destroying the relationship with his wife, to discover the secret Cole has.
Lola rennt is one of the most-breathtaking films of last year with kinetic film-making feeding the on screen frenzy. After finding some money, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) has to deliver 100000 DM. Unfortunately he leaves the cash in the subway - a dosser (Joachim Krol) is very happy about that. Now there are 20 minutes remaining for Manni to deliver the money otherwise hes for the high jump. Desperately he phones his girlfriend Lola (Franka Potente) who helped him out of every situation so far. Will she be able to get 100000 DM in twenty minutes?
A musical remake of the 1960 Roger Corman cult classic! Seymour, an orphan and a nerd, is taken in and given a job by Mr. Mushnik, the owner of a run down florist shoppe in the seedy part of town. Seymour spends his time doing menial tasks and dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey. One day, just after an eclipse of the Sun, Seymour discovers a strange plant. He buys it and names it Audrey II. While caring for Audrey II, Seymour discovers the plants rather unique appetite. The plant grows and grows, as does Seymours popularity and infatuation for Audrey, but who will get her first?
Based on a true story about Dr. Jeffrey Weigand, who became the first ever tobacco executive to come forward with incriminating evidence accusing tobacco companies of regulating the levels and effectiveness of nicotine in cigarettes, the story focuses on his relationship with the CBS 60 Minutes segment producer who convinced him to come forward. Weigand almost loses everything (career, family, life) by coming forward against his former employer Brown and Williamson, and the other companies in Big Tobacco. Brilliant performances by Pacino and Crowe highlight this film.
Oliver Stones homage to 60s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the groups late singer, the Electric Poet Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27. The movies features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrisons long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmers vocals from Morrisons originals.
The movie tells the story of rock singer Pink who is sitting in
his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able
to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album The
Wall by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pinks youth where he is crushed
by the love of his mother. Several years later he is punished by the teachers
in school because he is starting to write poems. Slowly he begins to build a
wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all
this in massive and epic pictures until the very end where he tears down the
wall and breaks free.
Russells vision for The Whos seminal rock opera, Tommy,
is a virtual explosion of imagery and music (especially Ann Margret cover in
baked beans). The story centers around Tommy, a traumatized child who retreats
into his own mind, and his only touch with the outside world is pinball. Tommy
begins a mystical journey to become enlightened. When he awakens from his inner
journey, he forms a holiday camp to teach others how to follow his path to enlightenment
Friday, March 10, 2000 - Saturday March 11, 2000
No Movies Due To Spring Break.
Tuesday, March 14, Friday, March 17, Saturday March 18, 2000
No Movies Due To Spring Break.
A compilation of 1960s films about what to do in case of a nuclear attack
and the effects of radiation, also includes footage of tests which exposed troops
to an atomic bomb in order to measure the effects of radiation. Just remember,
Stop! Drop! And cover!
Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown is bored of being able to buy everything
he desires. Being irresistible to women, he also does not feel any challenge
in that area. But there are a few things even he cant get, therefore Thomas
Crown has a seldom hobby: He steals priceless masterpieces of Art. After the
theft of a famous painting from Claude Monet, the only person suspecting Thomas
Crown is Catherine Banning. Her job is to get the picture back, no matter how
she accomplishes her mission. Unfortunately, Catherine gets involved too deeply
with Thomas to keep a professional distance to the case. Fortunately, Thomas
seems to fall for her, too. Remake of the 1968 film starring Steve McQueen.
Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston esquire wont graduate
if they dont do well in their history presentation. This would be both
bogus and uncool! A dude called Rufus comes from the future in a telephone box
to help them, as their lives are apparently rather important to the future of
mankind! They travel through time doing some interesting research for their
history presentation, and generally being excellent to each other!
The Accused is a brutally honest portrayal of the struggle for justice
a low middle class woman has after being gang raped at a local bar. Did
she come onto the men? Look at the clothes she was wearing!
Was she asking for it? She must face all of these questions
and accusations to get justice after these men took her pride and dignity. Jodie
Foster won her first Academy award for this role.
In Toy Story 2, the fun and adventure continues when Andy goes
off to summer camp and the toys are left to their own devices. Things shift
into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody who unbeknownst
to himself is a highly valued collectable. Its now up to Buzz Lightyear
and the gang from Andys room - Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm
to spring into action and save their pal from winding up as a museum
piece. Theres plenty of excitement and fun as the toys get into one predicament
after another in their daring race to get home before Andy does.
A puppeteer (John Cusack) discovers a door in his office that allows him to
enter the mind and life of John Malkovich for 15 minutes and then dumps you
on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. The puppeteer and a co-worker on the
famous 7½ floor try to turn the portal into a small business for people
who want to escape their own lives, if just for a few minutes. Things become
confused when some people want to stay as Malkovich. Look for the great CWRU
In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as the
red violin, is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back
to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as
it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in
19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal,
where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of the
The classic poem of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow is brought to life
by gothic film-maker Tim Burton. Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, and to win
the heart of Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci) he will have to brave the
nearby woods, even though several decapitated bodies have been found. And then
the legend of the axe wielding headless horsemen come together to make this
Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialize in testing security
systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret
black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue.
After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode
all existing encryption systems around the world.
The great grand niece of Jesus Christ enlists Metatron (the messenger of God)
to prevent two fallen angels from reentering Heaven and thus undoing the fabric
of the universe. Along the way, she is aided by two prophets, Jay and Silent
Bob. With the help of Rufus, the 13th Apostle, they must stop those who stand
in their way and prevent the angels from entering Heaven.
During the height of the Cold War the USS Montana, a US nuclear ballistic submarine,
sinks into an ocean abyss due to unknown circumstances. The US Navy scramble
to the scene to rescue survivors and recover the nuclear missiles on board before
nearby Russian forces do. Their best hope is a team of divers attached to a
submersible drilling platform not far from the crash site. During the operation
freak weather conditions damage the platform and sever its communication with
the surface. As World War III looms above and tensions rise between the divers
and a deployed SEAL team the rescuers discover that there is something else
besides the submarine in the Abyss.
Koyaanisqatsi is a documentary presented as a visual concert of images
set to the music of Phillip Glass. While there is no plot in the traditional
sense, there is a definite scenario. Through the use of extensive time lapse
photography and slow motion photography, the film makes comparisons between
different types of physical motion. This technique of comparison exists throughout
the film, and through it we are allowed to examine the world around us. Through
this the film conveys its key message, which is Koyaanisqatsi: life out of
balance; crazy life; life in turmoil; life disintegrating; a state of life
that calls for another way of living.
This movie gives a ficitional portrayal of the crew of an American submarine in World War II who seizes a German U-Boat and steals their code machine. Things go awry when their sub is sunk during the operation and they need to take the U-Boat home through hostile waters...
James Bond temporarily resigns from MI6 to head up security for Elektra King
after her father, a prominent oil tycoon, is killed in a bombing attempt on
MI6 headquarters. The assassin, Renard, is intent on using the resources of
King Enterprises to accomplish a twisted vendetta against MI6. As Renard starts
to set his plan in motion, Bond must fight to protect the very organization
that he has devoted much of his life to.
An unemployed visionary finds a job as the manager of a television station his uncle owns. Unfortunately, due to gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to a rival stations owner. With popular less-then network standards of programming, George and his friends try to save the towns new favorite station.
A biopic based on the life of Andy Kaufman, the brilliant, yet eccentric comedian
who went onto enjoy a career as lovable foreign car mechanic Latka Gravas on
TVs Taxi and later gained infamy as an inter-gender wrestling
champ. The film studies some of Kaufmans comedy antics as well as his
personal life and his relationship with his manager George Shapiro, his best
friend/partner Bob Zmuda and his girlfriend Lynne Marguiles.
Adult Movie Night Returns!
Must be 18 or older with proof of age ID for admittance.
Saturday, April 29, 2000 7:00pm
Flesh Gordon (1972)
Rated X (78 min.) Directors: Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm
With Jason Williams, Cindy Hopkins, Joseph Hudgins
Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his
mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only
one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon. Along with his
girlfriend Dale Ardent and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, they set off towards
the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them!
Deep Throat is the touchstone adult film. The first ever porn film to
earn over $1 million at the box office and legitimize adult entertainment as
mainstream and profitable.