Current Series

Music and The Movies

Villanova Cultural Film & Lecture Series Spring 2014

Connelly Center Cinema – Villanova University

Cultural Film Series Brochure

Each film will be shown three times: Sundays at 3:30 & 7 pm and Mondays at 7 pm with guest speaker. Admission is free to all patrons. For more information, contact Dr. John O’Leary at john.o’ or by calling 610-519-4454

Just Imagine

February 9-10

Speaker: George Strimel

George Strimel has put together a fascinating collection of newsreels and other documentaries from the '30s, '40s, and '50s that attempt to describe the future of the United States.

The Brother from Another Planet

February 16-17

Speaker: John O'Leary

The historian and essayist Walidah Imarisha correctly observes that this independent movie "is clearly a critique and comment both about the history of Black folks in this country, and the realities of immigration. It is the film's deft ability to show the connections and commonalities between the two that makes it a monumental film."

Battle Royale

February 23-24

Speaker: To Be Announced

Many critics have pointed out the similarities between this film and The Hunger Games. The British critic Johnathan Ross wrote this when he saw the film in 2000: "If you want to catch a wildly original and super-cool slice of entertainment before it gets remade and ruined by the Americans, then I suggest you try hard not to miss it." In 2009 Quentin Tarantino commented that this was the best film he had seen in the last two decades.


March 16-17

Speaker: Derek Arnold

New York Times film critic Janet Maslin had high praise for this inventive film, calling it "a jaunty, wittingly observed vision of an extremely bleak future," and "a superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones."


March 23-24

Speaker: Dan Jefferson and Susan Marcosson

Critic Dan Jardine tells us "The haunting imagery and dystopian vision of Alphaville deserves comparison to Fritz Lang's Metropolis."

A Clockwork Orange

March 30-31

Speaker: Susan Mackey-Kallis

Critic Phil Villarreal wrote that this "may be Kubrick's greatest film, for its lasting influence and social significance."


April 6-7

Speaker: Joe Ansolabehere

Here's how the critic for the Baltimore Sun described this influential anime classic: "Akira is a blast and a half, twist dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid."

A Man for All Seasons

April 13-14

Speaker: Joan Lynch

The Time Magazine critic reminds us that this story of Thomas More's stand against Henry VII is "one of the more intelligent religious movies ever made."