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CWRU Film Society Spring 2002 Schedule

Old Schedules:

Friday, January 18 - Saturday, January 19, 2002
27th Annual Science Fiction Marathon

Movies and times subject to change. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 18 at 6pm in the lobby of Strosacker Auditorium. Admission: $25. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision.

Schedule with descriptions

8:00pm The Cell (2000)
10:30pm The Terminal Man (1974)
12 midnight Surprise I
2:00am Frankenstein (1931)
3:30am Tron (1982)
5:30am The 27th Day (1957)
7:30am Meet the Feebles (1989)
9:00am Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
10:30am Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
1:00pm Demon Seed (1977)
2:30pm Surprise II
5:30pm Futureworld (1976)
7:00pm The Terminator (1984)
9:30pm AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Star Wars Trilogy Weekend!
Friday, January 25, 2002 7:00, 9:30pm, and 12 midnight
Saturday, January 26, 2002 7:00, 9:30pm, and 12 midnight

Star Wars (1977)
Rated PG (121 min.) Director: George Lucas
With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Read more about it at the IMDB

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Rated PG (124 min.) Director: Irvin Kershner
With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Read more about it at the IMDB

Return of the Jedi (1983)
Rated PG (134 min.) Director: Richard Marquand
With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Read more about it at the IMDB

With Star Wars, Episode 2: The Attack of the Clones being released in Summer 2002, the Film Society has decided to screen the original Star Wars trilogy—one of the most influential cinematic experiences of the last 30 years. In the mid-1970s, the country was disillusioned by the horrors of the Vietnam War, disgusted by the revelations of the Watergate scandal and exposed to a new generation of darker, more cynical films (The Godfather, Taxi Driver, etc), a small budget space-western about a young farm boy who dreamed to make a difference, riveted the nation. The spirit of Star Wars captured the innocent spirit of the nation, and, at the time, became the highest grossing film ever and spawned a generation of fans, lines of “action figures” and two more nearly as successful films. Come see your favorite Episode, or purchase an advanced-sale wristband to see the complete Trilogy!!!! NOTE: Wristbands can be reserved in advance starting Tuesday, January 22nd. Make a reservation using our website,

Friday, February 1, 2002 7:00, 9:15 and 11:30pm
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Rated G (92 min.) Directors: Peter Docter, David Silverman
With voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs
Read more about it at the IMDB

Do you remember being scared of the monster under the bed? Your parents said that it was just “your imagination.” THEY LIED!! Here is the story of two such monsters. James P. Sullivan (AKA “Sulley”) and Mike Wazowski pick up their paychecks at Monsters Inc., the utility company that generates energy from the goose bumps of children. They enjoy their job and work environment. However, Sulley, the No. 1 scream-generator at the plant, accidentally lets in a little girl into the monster world. Ironically, monsters are actually more terrified of children, then they are of them, so it’s a major cause for alarm and a major headache for Sulley and Mike.

Saturday, February 2, 2002 7:00 and 9:30pm
Wallace and GromitShorts
Read more about it at the IMDB
The presentation of Wallace and Gromit this Saturday night will be slightly different than what appears on the schedule. The presentation will consist of 9 shorts by the Aardman Entertainment studio featuring Wallace and Gromit. The short "A Close Shave" will be shown, however the shorts "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Grand Day Out" will not be featured. Rest assured the presentation will still contain some of the best stop-frame animation of all time and will still star Wallace and Gromit. We appologize for any confusion, and hope to see you this Saturday.

For any people who “found” Nick Park and the talented people at Aardman Animation, with Chicken Run, they should come see these amazingly entertaining Wallace and Gromit short films and other Aardman animations.

A Grand Day Out (1992)
Rated G (23 min.) Director: Nick Park
With voice of Peter Sallis

Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese.

The Wrong Trousers (1993)
Rated G (30 min.) Director: Nick Park
With voice of Peter Sallis

In this Oscar winning story, Gromit finds himself being pushed out of his room and home by a new lodger who is actually a ruthless criminal (and a small penguin). The penguin is planning a robbery and needs to use Wallace and his mechanical remote controlled trousers to pull off the raid. However, Gromit is wise to the penguin and comes to the rescue. A must see for all ages.

A Close Shave (1995)
Rated G (30 min.) Director: Nick Park
With voice of Peter Sallis

When Wallace and Gromit go over to wash windows, Wallace falls in love with a wool store owner named Wendolene. Meanwhile, Gromit is framed for killing sheep and is put in jail. So with help from the sheep and Wendolene, Wallace must get him out of prison.

Friday, February 8, 2002 7:00, 9:15 and 11:30pm
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Rated R (104 min.) Director: Kevin Smith
With Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith
Read more about it at the IMDB

Kevin Smith first parodied himself and his friends in Clerks, went after the rich kids at the mall in Mallrats, analyzed sexuality and relationships in Chasing Amy, and then attacked the Catholic Church in Dogma. Now he takes on the evils of Hollywood in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. When Dante and Randal get a restraining order to keep the punchy Jay and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, from selling drugs in front of the Quick Stop convenience store, their lives are suddenly empty. They find new purpose when their friend, Brodie, informs them a movie is being made featuring two infamous characters based on their likenesses. After visiting one of the creators of the Bluntman and Chronic, Holden McNeil, they set out to get what fat movie cash they deserve and hopefully put an end to people slandering them on the Internet.

Saturday, February 9, 2002 7:00 and 9:15pm
Sexy Beast (2000)
Rated R (88 min.) Director:  Jonathan Glazer
With Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane
Read more about it at the IMDB

Gal has retired from the gangster life, and is content sunning himself placidly beside the pool at his villa and having dinner with his friends. However, this idyllic life is threatened by a visit by Don Logan (Kingsley). Logan wants Gal for a high stakes vault break- in in London, and he WILL NOT take no for an answer. Gal needs to balance the situation between Logan and his new found lifestyle and devise a solution which will appease everyone. Kingsley gives a haunting (and probably Academy Award nominated) performance.

Friday, February 15, 2002 7:00, 9:30pm and 12 midnight
Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (1997)
Rated R (117 min.) Director: Alejandro Amenabar
With Eduardo Noriega, Penelope Cruz, Chete Lera
Read more about it at the IMDB

If you wanted to see why Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise wanted to spend $80+ million, come see the film upon which Vanilla Sky, is based upon.  Cesar, a rich “pretty boy” who drifts from girl to girl, becomes disfigured in a car crash. He sinks into a depression, finds that Sofia, his latest interest (who had been seeing Cesar’s best friend) wants nothing to do with him. Cesar becomes obsessed with recovering his looks, but plastic surgery cannot undo the damage that has been done. After a night of drinking, Cesar wanders alone through the streets and passes out. He is awakened in the morning by Sofia. From this point on it becomes difficult to tell what is real and what is illusion. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday, February 16, 2002 7:00 and 9:00pm
Silent Movie (1976)
Rated PG (87 min.)  Director: Mel Brooks
With Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise
Read more about it at the IMDB

Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio’s creditors attempt to thwart them. The film contains only one word of dialogue, spoken by an unlikely source.

Friday, February 22, 2002 7:00 and 9:45pm
The Last Castle (2001)
Rated R (131 min.)  Director: Rod Lurie
With Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo
Read more about it at the IMDB

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can’t hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter’s injustice towards the inmates himself. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smugly position. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win.

Saturday, February 23, 2002 7:00 and 9:30pm
The Big Sleep (1946)
Rated PG (114 min.) Director: Howard Hawks
With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely
Read more about it at the IMDB

Summoned by the dying General Sternwood, Philip Marlowe is asked to deal with several problems that are troubling his family. Marlowe finds that each problem centers about the disappearance of Sternwood’s favoured employee who has left with a mobster’s wife.  Each of the problems becomes a cover for something else as Marlowe probes.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will NOT be shown March 1 due to the distributor pulling the movie. It has been rescheduled for Friday, April 26, 2002.
Friday, March 1, 2002 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00pm
The Secret of NIMH
Rated G (82 min.) Director: Don Bluth
With voices of Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, Dom DeLuise
Read more about it at the IMDB

It seems to Mrs. Brisby, the widowed head of a family of field mice, that her youngest son must die, either by the farmer's spring plough or of pneumonia in his flight to safety. In her quest for a cure she frees a young crow from some string in which he has foolishly tied himself, at the mercy of the farmer's cat Dragon. In return for her risking her life to save his, he takes her to the creature all birds know is the wisest: a great owl. Owls eat mice, but when this owl learns Mrs. Brisby's name he sets her on a path to earning a noble solution to her predicament - which is the secret of NIMH...

Saturday, March 2, 2002 7:00 and 9:00pm
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Rated R (85 min.) Directors: Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton 
With Arsenio Hall, Phil Hartman, Michelle Pfeiffer
Read more about it at the IMDB

This is a wonderful film in the vein of The Kentucky Fried Movie. The film is comprised of a series of short sketches, most of which parody late-night television and the low-budget movies one often finds there. The television motif is centered around a parody of a bad ‘60s sci-fi movie called Amazon Women on the Moon, and includes skits like a man being attacked by his apartment, a funeral hosted by classic comedians, and a teen-age boy’s big night turning into a nightmare.

Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9, 2002
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16, 2002
No Movies Due to Spring Break

Friday, March 22, 2002 7:00, 9:30pm, and 12 midnight
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Rated R (108 min.) Director: Wes Anderson
With Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller
Read more about it at the IMDB

From the makers of Rushmore, comes this outrageous, star- studded film. The Tenenbaum children were all prodigies—financial wizard, championship tennis player, and Pulitzer Prize winning playright—and they were the children of Royal Tenenbaum, who had left them long ago. Now, he has brought the whole family together to make amends and be a family again. However, the family does not share his same enthusiasm for the gathering.

Saturday, March 23, 2002 7:00 and 9:15pm
Romper Stomper (1992)
Rated R (94 min.) Director: Geoffrey Wright
With Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollack, Jacqueline McKenzie
Read more about it at the IMDB

If you liked Ed Norton in American History X, you should see this Australian film done 6 years earlier and much better, featuring a young Russell Crowe. Crowe stars as Hando, the leader of a group of Australian skinheads who take out their racism on the Chinese immigrants. Crowe is riveting as he evolves from maniacal racist to a caring boyfriend attempting to leave the Aryan gang. Much of the violence is intense and very realistic, so it is not for the weak of heart; however, this film is not to be missed.

Friday, March 29, 2002 7:00, 9:30pm and 12 midnight
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
Rated R (116 min.) Director: Joel Coen
With Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini
Read more about it at the IMDB

1949, Santa Rosa, California. A laconic, chain-smoking barber with fallen arches tells a story of a man trying to escape a humdrum life.  It’s a tale of suspected adultery, blackmail, foul play, death, Sacramento city slickers, racial slurs, invented war heroics, shaved legs, a gamine piano player, aliens, and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Ed Crane cuts hair in his in-law’s shop; his wife drinks and may be having an affair with her boss, Big Dave, who has $10,000 to invest in a second department store. Ed gets wind of a chance make money in dry cleaning. Blackmail and investment are his opportunity to be more than a man no one notices. Settle in the chair and listen.

Saturday, March 30, 2002 7:00 and 9:30pm
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Rated R (117 min.) Director: Joel Coen
With Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
Read more about it at the IMDB

Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is the ultimate LA slacker, until one day his house is broken into and his rug is peed on by two angry gangsters who have mistaken him for Jeffrey Lebowski, the LA millionaire, whose wife owes some bad people some big money. The Dude becomes entangled in the plot when he goes to visit the real Lebowski in order to get some retribution for his soiled rug, and is recruited to be the liason between Lebowski and the captors of his now “kidnapped” wife.

Friday, April 5, 2002 7:00, 10:30pm, 1:00am
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Rated PG-13 (178 min.) Director: Peter Jackson
With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen
Read more about it at the IMDB

An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! However he does not go alone. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign!

Saturday, April 6, 2002 7:00 and 9:30pm
Naked Lunch (1991)
Rated R (115 min.) Director: David Cronenberg
With Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm
Read more about it at the IMDB

Not an adaptation of beat writer William S. Burrough’s novel but a mix of biography and an interpretation of his drug-induced writing processes combined with elements of his work in this paranoid fantasy about Bill Lee, a writer who accidentally shoots his wife, whose typewriter transforms into a cockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in an Islamic port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough’s books.

Friday, April 12, 2002 7:00 and 9:45pm
The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
Rated R (129 min.) Director: Tom Tykwer
With Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Joachim Król
Read more about it at the IMDB

From the director of Run Lola Run which also starred Franka Potente...Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex- soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident that results in her lying under a truck, unable to breathe. While he provides life-saving first aid, mesmerized Sissi begins to wonder whether he may be the man of her dreams. But when she tracks him down weeks later her affection is rejected, as Bodo is stuck somewhere between a traumatic past and a criminal future. In German with English subtitles.

Marx Brothers Double Feature!
Saturday, April 13, 2002 7:00pm
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Rated PG (96 min.) Director: Sam Wood
With Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Read more about it at the IMDB

The Marx Brothers take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man’s lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers’ stunts, they arrange for the normal tenor to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance.

Saturday, April 13, 2002 9:00pm
A Day at the Races (1937)
Rated PG-13 (111 min.) Director: Sam Wood
With Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
Read more about it at the IMDB

Town villain Morgan has his sights set on taking over Judy’s sanitarium and turning it into a casino. Aiding Judy in saving the sanitarium are Dr. Hugo Hackenbush, a horse doctor illegally employed as the sanitarium director; Tony, a helper at the sanitarium; and Stuffy, a jockey formerly employed by Morgan. Judy’s boyfriend, Gil, a singer, has invested all his money in Hi Hat, a race horse he hopes will win enough to pay off the sanitarium debts. After Gil figures out the horse is a jumper and not a racer, the boys try to win a major steeplechase race, while Morgan and his men try to prevent the horse from getting onto the race track. Obligatory appearance by Margaret Dumont as the wealthy hypochondriac who might also save the sanitarium from financial ruin.

Friday, April 19, 2002 7:00, 9:30pm and 12 midnight
Ocean’s 11 (2001)
Rated PG-13 (120 min.) Director: Steven Soderbergh
With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia
Read more about it at the IMDB

A gangster by the name of Danny Ocean (Clooney) rounds up a gang of the “best” criminal minds to stage heists of three major Las Vegas casino’s (Bellagio, The Mirage, and Treasure Island) simultaneously during a popular boxing event. Complicating matters, Danny’s ex-wife (Roberts) is the girlfriend of the casino owner who they would be robbing. Just as Sinatra did 40 years before, Clooney and Soderbergh has assembled an all-star cast to have fun and make a good, old popcorn movie.

Sorry, Ocean's 11 (1960) will NOT be shown.

Saturday, April 20, 2002 7:00 and 9:30pm
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Rated PG-13 (123 min.) Director: John Landis
With John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd, Joe Morton
Read more about it at the IMDB

Elwood, the now lone "Blues Brother" finally released from prison, is once again enlisted by Sister Mary Stigmata in her latest crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital. Once again hitting the road to re-unite the band and win the big prize at the New Orleans Battle of the Bands, Elwood is pursued cross-country by the cops, led by Cabel (Morton) the Curtis' son (and Elwood's step-brother), the Russian Mafia, and a militia group. On his new "mission from God" Elwood enlists the help of a young orphan (Bonifant), and a strip-club bartender (Goodman).

Friday, April 26, 2002 7:00 and 10:00pm
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Rated PG (152 min.) Director: Chris Columbus
With Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Read more about it at the IMDB

Based upon the hugely successful book by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter has spent the first ten years of his life living under the stairs in the house of his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, unbeknownst to his fame and importance to an entire magical world of wizards and witches. Then, one day, an invitation to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry appears at Harrys door. After much denial by his aunt and uncle, Harry is finally rescued by the giant, Hagrid, and introduced to this magical world and the incredible legacy Harry is destined to fulfill. Along with his new friends, Ron and Hermione, Harry finds new worlds and adventures never imagined under the stairs.

Saturday, April 27, 2002 7:00 and 10:00pm
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Rated R (154 min.) Director: Quentin Tarantino
With Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman
Read more about it at the IMDB

The film initiates with two small-time thieves, Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, who spontaneously decide to hold up a restaurant. The film then shifts to the story of Jules and Vincent, who hit men for the well known and feared Marsellus Wallace, who is caught up in a deal gone wrong with struggling boxer Butch Coolidge.