Two years after our first screening series, Filmic Magazine has partnered with IC’s DKA Professional Cinema Society to present another exciting slate of films. Spanning four countries, three decades and various genres, the movies making up the program were chosen to both entertain and stimulate thought on aesthetic and contextual issues. Brief moderated discussions with the audience will follow each film.
Every screening in this series will take place in Park Auditorium at Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications. Admission is FREE and each event is open to the campus community and the public.
The following is the schedule of events:
Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
From the director of Looper and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Brick is a neo-noir detective thriller set in an American high school. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a loner who decides to investigate his school’s underground crime ring after his ex-girlfriend goes missing. Through a series of encounters with local drug dealers, he slowly unravels the motives behind his ex’s disappearance and begins to plot revenge. Full of stylized dialogue and slick visuals, the film is a detailed homage and an outstanding example of creativity in low-budget filmmaking.
Sunday, February 19 at 7pm
The Spirit of the Beehive (Víctor Erice, 1973)
One of the most beloved Spanish-language films of all time. Director Victor Erice’s debut tells the story of a young girl who develops a fascination with the 1931 film Frankenstein and begins to drift into her own fantasy world. Set in a small village in 1940, The Spirit of the Beehive represents magical realism of the most delicate kind and has been acknowledged by Guillermo Del Toro as a major influence for such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.
Screened in partnership with Ithaca College’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Sunday, March 26 at 7pm
Putney Swope (Robert Downey Sr., 1969)
An outrageous satire of the advertising world, corporate corruption and race relations in America. Underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.’s most popular film follows the titular token black man on an advertising firm’s executive board who is accidentally put in charge. He renames the business “Truth and Soul, Inc.” and replaces the employees, radically shifting the principles and identity of the company. Soon, the U.S. government steps in after declaring Swope’s firm to be “a threat to the national security.” The film is as insightful as it is hilariously offbeat.
Sunday, April 2 at 7pm
Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008)
An innovative blend of animation, documentary and narrative filmmaking, Waltz with Bashir is a sobering drama about the 1982 Lebanon war. Through interviews with old friends and comrades in the Israeli Defense Forces, director Ari Folman unearths suppressed memories and reflects on the horrific experiences that continue to haunt those cursed to remember them. A surreal and utterly unique film about guilt and denial.
Sunday, April 16 at 7pm
House (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977)
In the words of one of our writers, House is a “hypnotic, hallucinatory” horror film that “lies on a foundation of surrealism, psychedelia, absurd humor, childhood nightmares and Scooby-Doo cartoons.” Hailing from Japan, this cult classic tells the story of a schoolgirl and her six classmates who travel to her aunt’s country home, only to find that it’s haunted. Carnivorous pianos, floating heads and a singing cat are just a few of the wonders that this thoroughly weird, convention-breaking movie has in store.
Sunday, April 30 at 7pm