Volume CXXXIII, Number 15
February 8, 2002
Not-so-ordinary flicks from the Film Society
This weekend, the Film Society has some films for you that
are little different than your normal mainstream film. It doesn't mean
that any of these titles aren't enjoyable, they all are. When you watch
them though, you will see something you do not normally find when you
go to the movie theater. Also, I am sad to report that due to budget problems,
we were unable to secure a copy of Waking Life, even though we previously
advertised we would have this film to show. With any luck, we can bring
it to you later in the semester. But for now, please enjoy the three great
films we do have. As always, they will be shown in Smith Auditorium, in
Sills Hall and are free for everyone.
Friday at 7:00 p.m.
In this film, Mike Figgis has made a truly amazing picture. There are
four screens, all moving in real time, which the story folds out upon.
It may be confusing to have four separate views of up to four different
scenes going on at once, but it is done with such skill that it will blow
you away. The plot is a little too complex to explain here, but this isn't
a film you see for the plot. You see it for the pure film-making expertise.
As you take in all that Time Code has to offer, remember that these are
four continuous shots taking place at once, with actors who are almost
completely improvising the dialogue you are hearing. Very few films can
truly be called ground-breaking. This is one of them.
Friday at 9:00 p.m.
This is a crazy film from the unique filmmaker David Cronenberg. It concerns
a video game programmer who has created a completely virtual game world
(which the film is named after). Unfortunately, after an assassination
attempt, the game is damaged, and she must enter into the world to fix
it. Or something like that. It's difficult to explain, and features a
shocker of an ending, so you should check it out.
Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Now here is something you won't see at your local multiplex: a film that
was given a rating of NC-17, but was eventually released with no rating
as to avoid the bad associations with NC-17; a film that involves the
lives a three sisters and their acquaintances, all of whom have some sort
of atypical sex life; a film that when released gained notoriety for having
a character that was, without a doubt, a child molester. Happiness is
shocking and disturbing, but then again, most important works of art are.
It's almost Valentine's Day, so see it with someone you love.