Movies

July 25 at Doc Films: “Mysterious Skin”

July 25 at Doc Films: “Mysterious Skin”

BY BRIAN BELAK HeraldBlog Contributor In between his child actor days of the ‘90s and his return to stardom in the late ‘00s, Joseph Gordon-Levitt took a break from acting full time to instead study at Columbia University. This break afforded him the time to take on smaller, more interesting projects than before, playing a(…)

July 17 at Doc Films: “T-Men”

July 17 at Doc Films: “T-Men”

BY BRIAN BELAK From the depiction of a gritty crime underworld to the fast dialogue and dark, shadowy sets, director Anthony Mann’s 1947 film T-Men, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on Thursday, July 17, is a quintessential film noir in every way. The eponymous T-Men (short for Treasury-Men) are two U.S.(…)

July 5 at Doc Films: “An American Werewolf in London”

July 5 at Doc Films: “An American Werewolf in London”

BY BRIAN BELAK When making An American Werewolf in London, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on Saturday, July 5, writer/director John Landis (of Animal House and Blues Brothers fame) drew upon his comedic background to inform his take on the horrors of lycanthropy. The resulting film, at times hilarious and frightening,(…)

South Side filmmaker aims to inspire locals with fan-made project

South Side filmmaker aims to inspire locals with fan-made project

Last Wednesday evening, Hyde Park’s First Aid Comics, 1617 E. 55th St., hosted the cast of the short fan-made movie “Night Thrasher: RAVE” for a public meet and greet. Participants included the director Lawrence Lee Wallace and actors Eric Lane, Mildred Marie Langford and Jared Lucas. Inspired by the Marvel Entertainment character Night Thrasher, Wallace wrote,(…)

June 28 at Doc Films: “My Man Godfrey”

June 28 at Doc Films: “My Man Godfrey”

BY BRIAN BELAK The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt only began in 1987, but the history of scavenger hunts traces back much farther than that, developing out of the tradition of ancient folk games. In the 1930s, scavenger hunts became popular at parties of the New York elite, a phenomenon at the core of 1936’s(…)

June 5 at Doc Films: “The House of the Devil”

June 5 at Doc Films: “The House of the Devil”

BY BRIAN BELAK Borrowing heavily from ‘70s and ‘80s slasher films, The House of the Devil (2009), showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on Thursday, June 5, is a classic horror film in style, though its actual substance remains a little lacking. Set in the early ‘80s, the film focuses on broke(…)

June 1 at Doc Films: “To Be Or Not To Be”

June 1 at Doc Films: “To Be Or Not To Be”

BY BRIAN BELAK In 1939 Warsaw, before the invasion of Poland by Germany, Adolf Hitler is discovered strolling along the street, pausing to glance in the window of a delicatessen. The narrator asks, what is Hitler doing alone in Poland? Why is he eying that delicatessen? Isn’t he a vegetarian? In this way, comedic mastermind(…)

May 24 at Doc Films: “Stranger by the Lake”

May 24 at Doc Films: “Stranger by the Lake”

BY BRIAN BELAK In Stranger by the Lake (2013), showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on May 24, murder and sex combine at a sun-drenched lake locale to create a slow-burning, yet passionate, thriller. The film takes place on a quiet, lakeside beach, where male sunbathers meet and go into the woods(…)

May 8 at Doc Films: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

May 8 at Doc Films: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

By BRIAN BELAK A child’s view of the world, with the presence of magic and wonder, can be very different from the view of an adult who has long since left such magic behind. The power of Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on May 8, rests in writer/director(…)

April 30 at Doc Films: “The Long Goodbye”

April 30 at Doc Films: “The Long Goodbye”

BY BRIAN BELAK Hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe is perhaps the most famous “private eye” of the early/mid-20th Century, appearing in numerous stories by Raymond Chandler and portrayed in film by such great actors as Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum. By the 1970s, however, this image of a chain-smoking, fedora-wearing detective had fallen out of favor, now(…)