When I learned that I was one of the lucky IU Cinema employees to be randomly picked for the Staff Selects series, I was over the moon. I mean, a chance to program a film at one of my favorite places in the world? Seriously? Incredibly enough, my first choice worked out — a 1953 charmer called Easy to Love, starring two actors I’m obsessed with, Esther Williams and Van Johnson — but I would’ve been thrilled with any of my selections, which included Jane Fonda and Rod Taylor’s marvelous ’60s rom-com Sunday in New York. Funnily enough, Ms. Fonda still made her way onto the Cinema’s screen thanks to our Business Manager Carla Cowden, who chose one of the actress’s best-loved films, 9 to 5. (more…)
Guest post by Alyssa Brooks, Outreach and Programming Coordinator and Events and Operations Assistant at Indiana University Cinema.
On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., IU Cinema will screen the documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, the first film in our Spring 2020 Science on Screen® series. Making Waves is directed by veteran sound editor Midge Costin and features many notable Hollywood filmmakers, sound engineers, and composers in discussion of the processes, technology, and ingenuity that go into the creation of a memorable cinematic soundscape.
I have a background in music and have always deeply appreciated a good film score, what it contributes to the story, and how it’s built into a film, so I was excited to watch this documentary and learn more about cinematic sound as a whole. After watching Making Waves, I feel like I can experience film sound from a more informed perspective, and I am eager to learn more. By using familiar examples and highlighting the difficulty of capturing and creating sounds moviegoers often take for granted, this film provides an excellent jumping-off point into its subject. (more…)
“To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.” – Herman Melville
“What interests me the most is human behavior.” – Neil Simon
Director Robert Eggers has named many influences on his new nautical horror film The Lighthouse. They include filmmakers and writers such as Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Lang, and the poet Sarah Orne Jewett. But there is another writer whose work seems to have had an influence on The Lighthouse. That person is the playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon. (more…)
Every month A Place for Film will bring you a selection of films from our group of regular bloggers. Even though these films aren’t currently being screened at the IU Cinema, this series will reflect the varied programming that can be found at the Cinema, as well as demonstrate the eclectic tastes of the bloggers. Each contributor has picked one film that they saw this month that they couldn’t wait to share with others. Keep reading to find out what discoveries these cinephiles have made, as well as some of the old friends they’ve revisited. (more…)
If there’s one thing I learned about film this past decade, it’s that where and how you see a film is just as important as the content of the film itself. Even without bringing up the totemic shift in how streaming services have fundamentally changed our relationship to media, the theatrical experience itself has changed so much since 2010. Monopolization of chain theaters like AMC led to a service that simultaneously overprices and underserves the consumer. Disney is vaulting not only its original titles but Fox’s rightfully well-worn catalogue of titles. The earned apprehension from studios to release more of their micro- and mid-budget movies outside of metropolitan areas has created a lack of variety for those of us living in smaller cities that wasn’t necessarily the case 10 years ago.
It’s why the IU Cinema has been such an elemental force in my life since I started going in the spring of 2011. As cinephiles go, I was a late bloomer getting into movies. I came to IU in 2008 as someone who liked seeing whatever was out in theaters with their friends and had some favorites but I wasn’t seeking out things to challenge or move me in anyway. It’s mostly serendipity that I ended up meeting other weirdos in music school who were more into movies than me at the time, but also not dyed-in-the-wool cinephiles. It was through many trips to dorm video libraries and Vulture Video (formerly Plan 9) to take the stress off between all the hours spent in music practice rooms and libraries that we all started to turn into bona fide cinema junkies. However, it wasn’t until the IU Cinema opened its doors that we had a proper cinematic experience. (more…)
Agnès Varda’s legendary career was defined by many qualities, but two especially striking ones were playfulness and empathy. Her playful experiments with film form, including a blurring of the line between nonfiction and fiction, mark her as an innovator. At the same time, her empathy for whoever she is filming gives her films an emotional warmth that make them as compelling to watch for their narratives as they are for their formal experiments. (more…)