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.(…)

U of C Admin Pay Exposé Goes Viral

U of C Admin Pay Exposé Goes Viral

By DAVID MIHALYFY HeraldBlog Contributor Informal tallies indicate that a surprisingly broad and deep response met my June 7th analysis of University of Chicago administrative pay. Published online in the progressive magazine Jacobin, “Higher Ed’s For-Profit Future” asserted that top U. of C. staff received and concealed extreme compensation increases as debt has increased and(…)

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(…)

Sojourn in Sicily: A Day with the Duchess

Sojourn in Sicily: A Day with the Duchess

By Anne Spiselman “Respect” and “family” are basic concepts you need to understand to get on in Sicily, the duchess tells us at the start of the day. We’re on our way to Caffe Mirage, right outside Palermo’s Capo Market, and she’s explaining why she always goes to the same vendors—family in the wider sense.(…)

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(…)