Villanova Cultural Film & Lecture Series Spring 2014
Connelly Center Cinema – Villanova University
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’firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-519-4454
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
Speaker: Susan Mackey-Kallis
Critic Phil Villarreal wrote that this "may be Kubrick's greatest film, for its lasting influence and social significance."
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."
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."