Tim Burton’s 1994 film Ed Wood plays like a cult film by — and for — members of the cult of bad cinema. By BRIAN BELAK.
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Director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s 2012 film “Neighboring Sounds” offers an intimate character study set in middle class Brazil. By BRIAN BELAK.
“City of the world (for all races are here) City of tall facades of marble and iron, Proud and passionate city.” These lines, excerpted from the Walt Whitman poem “City of Ships,” open the 1921 avant-garde film Manhatta, showing at Doc Films on Wednesday, August 21, as part of a collection of “city symphonies.” In(…)
The story is pretty familiar to anyone who paid attention to the news four years ago, especially if you were in California at the time. On January 1, 2009, after a night of celebrating the new year in San Francisco, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer(…)
By Brian Belak It’s arguably the most important development of the last decade, though probably not for furthering the development of society, but for stunting it. It is the cute cat video, the great time-waster of the Internet, holding millions of users hostage on Youtube as they choose one more meow over whatever work they(…)
For more information about Doc Films, visit docfilms.org. If you were held at gunpoint in the middle of the night, would you turn your assailant in to the police, or invite him to come live in your home for a couple weeks? In the 1954 film noir The Sleeping Tiger, showing in 16mm at Doc(…)
Screenwriter Travis Beacham, working on a script to be developed with director Guillermo del Toro, was walking along the Santa Monica Beach when he had visions of an epic battle between a giant robot and a giant sea monster occurring on the shoreline. When that initial project with del Toro was scrapped, then, Beacham decided(…)
By Brian Belak Every year, the summer schedule at Doc Films proves itself interesting. With many of the regular attendees and volunteers gone for the quarter with much of the University community, the screenings are scaled back to Wednesdays through Saturdays, and there aren’t so many big-name blockbusters in the line-up. However, this ultimately makes(…)
By Brian Belak See docfilms.uchicago.edu for times and location Stroszek (May 8) Called “one of the oddest films ever made” by the late Roger Ebert, who included it in his “Great Movies” list, Stroszek follows deranged street musician Bruno Stroszek as he and his prostitute girlfriend, Eva, move from Berlin to rural Wisconsin to escape(…)
By Brian Belak Amour (April 13, April 14 matinee) It’s rare that a foreign language film is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s worth taking note that Amour did just that. Although Amour ultimately lost the award this year to Argo (also showing at Doc Films on April 4), the Austrian-directed, French-language(…)