It’s almost besides the point to say that 12 Years a Slave, which began playing at the Avon on Friday, is a great movie. Of course it’s a great movie. It’s technically polished, well-acted by all involved–Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, primarily, with brief appearances by everyone from Brad Pitt to The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams –and well-managed, if a bit self-consciously, by director Steve McQueen (not the guy from the 70s car chase movies). But this is beyond a great movie: it’s a statement, with enough sheer power to transcend its medium and become something far more important.
A lot has already been written about 12 Years a Slave‘s cultural significance, including this Washington Post article that quotes African Studies professor Tricia Rose and this Grantland column that is near as long as War and Peace. I can’t speak to the kinds of issues those pieces bring up. I’m not well-read or well-learned or well-cultured enough to be articulate about the broader relevance of the film in the context of American race relations or in the context of American filmmaking.
Here’s what I do know: Continue Reading
My first semester is just half-way over and I’m already beginning to feel nostalgia for my first few weeks at Brown. In that ephemeral time, everything is new and exciting in a way that it will never be again. There are many “firsts” that you will never forget–the first house party, the first class we ever shopped, the first time at the Ratty. There is one “first” considered more sacred than others: the first spicy with. Losing your spicy with virginity is like losing your… well, you know where I’m going with this. Here’s a combination of your two favorite things: cheesy movie quotes (no pun intended) used to describe your first spicy with. The saga begins after the jump. Continue Reading
Are you the type of person who’s more interested in sitting back and watching a movie than you are with all the tedium and effort involved in actually producing and screening them (i.e most people)? Despite the prevalence of film-loving types on campus, made apparent by well-known student groups such as Ivy Film Festival and Brown TV, screenings of classics or particular genre favorites are often difficult to come by. Enter the Brown University Film Forum (BUFF), an organization formed by a group of students who, according to co-founder Beatrix Chu ’15, were “surprised by the lack of regular, popular film screenings for students on campus.” Along with weekly screenings, the organization also hopes to incorporate discussions for the kind of people who like to talk about their movies after they watch them (i.e most university students).
BUFF will be screening of The Graduate this Thursday, November 7 at 9 p.m. in the Metcalf Auditorium.Whether you’re a newbie to the film scene, a seasoned movie aficionado, or merely a senior looking for reassurance that finding satisfaction after graduation is as simple as engaging in affairs with married women, stop by BUFF’s event and experience a 60′s classic.
Is this real life? Kinda.
While the title of this post is vaguely suspicious and reminiscent of a shady website, this (Campus)Lifehacker post is one of the most useful and completely legal ways to get your movie watching fix… especially when you’re craving those Halloween classics.
All you have to do is follow these three (ridiculously simple) steps:
- Walk to the SciLi (you don’t need directions, it’s rather uh…visible)
- Go to the bottom floor of Friedman Study Center (in other words — take the steps that lead below after you swipe in to the SciLi)
- Request for the DVD of your choice at the help desk (full list of movies available here)
And that’s it! If you followed the above directions, you should leave the SciLi with a DVD in hand and a smile on your face!
PS: Thanks to David for sharing this prized secret. Now we know how he does his RomCom Thursday posts.
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So, you wanna talk rom-coms? You can have your When Harry Met Sally, your Love Actually… you can even have Katherine Heigl’s entire ouvre (except Knocked Up, obviously—who do you think I am?) All I need is (500) Days of Summer.
(500) Days is that rare rom-com made by men, (mostly) for men. This audience breakdown stems at least partly from accusations that Summer fits the manic pixie dream girl archetype and therefore represents an unfair depiction of women by the filmmakers. I would push back by arguing that we are intentionally shown Summer not as a complete person, but as a manifestation of the perfect girl in Tom’s mind. In other words, we see Summer as a caricature because she is, in fact, a caricature to the protagonist and yadda yadda yadda. Whatever. I could write a MCM essay on this, but it is neither the time nor place. (Nor will it ever be, MCM department. Never again.)
One disclaimer before we go any further: there will be spoilers. And realistically, this will be far more interesting if you’ve seen the movie.
Okay, very well. I hereby present my five favorite moments out of all five hundred days.
Halloween is fast approaching, and while you’re all frantically coming up with seven different costumes for Halloweek, Ivy Film Festival and the Brown University Film Forum (BUFF) are preparing to screen a MIDNIGHT MOVIE to get in the Halloween spirit. The movie will be shown on Friday, October 25th at midnight in Lower Salomon, and it’s up to you to decide which movie will be screened!
We’ve teamed up with IFF and BUFF to get your input about the movie you want to see. While we regret to inform you that Halloweentown is not an option, please vote to see your favorite one of the following Halloween classics (check out movie options and our poll after the jump): Continue Reading