Thursday, May 18, 2017
Whether you consider it more of a comedy or a drama, it's hard to deny the charms and philosophies at work on Hal Ashby's "Being There," featuring perhaps Peter Sellers' greatest performance. There's a lot of substance packed into this film, and more than meets the eye, as demonstrated by the extensive discussion we enjoyed last evening at CineVerse. Here's a roundup of that group talk:
HOW DO YOU INTERPRET THE FINAL SHOT OF CHANCE WALKING ON WATER?
OTHER MOVIES THAT BEING THERE MAKES YOU THINK OF:
OTHER FILMS DIRECTED BY HAL ASHBY
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
David Fincher's "Gone Girl" takes viewers on a tense and uncomfortable ride through the minefield of an unhinged marriage and gets us to the other side in one piece--but without a feeling of safety or closure. Our CineVerse discussion group took a closer look at this work of dark chocolate and arrived at the following observations:
WHAT THEMES ARE AT WORK IN GONE GIRL?
HALLMARKS OF MANY DAVID FINCHER PICTURES:
OTHER MOVIES THAT REMIND US OF “GONE GIRL”
OTHER FILMS DIRECTED BY DAVID FINCHER
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
There's no cult movie quite like "Vanishing Point," a strange but exhilarating chase flick from 1971. On one hand, it likely would have appealed to manly men conservative types back in the day, but also to hippies, multicultural-minded moviegoers and liberal-leaning viewers, too. For a film that lacks any type of meaty plot or character development, there was a lot more to talk about with this picture than expected. Here's the thrust of our CineVerse discussion points:
WHAT THEMES COME TO MIND AFTER WATCHING THIS PICTURE?
WHAT OTHER MOVIES DOES VANISHING POINT CONJURE UP?
OTHER FILMS DIRECTED BY RICHARD C. SARAFIAN
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Giuletta Masina acquits herself quite nicely as an outstanding actress in "Nights of Cabiria." Of course, it helps getting direction from your husband, Federico Fellini, perhaps the greatest Italian director of all time. And borrowing physically expressive elements from Charles Chaplin's Little Tramp character doesn't hurt either, especially when playing a spirited young lady of the night with a diminutive stature but a large heart. Masina certainly does much of the heavy lifting in "Cabiria," but the film excels across many levels besides acting. CineVerse tapped into what makes this movie tick last evening and deduced the following:
WHAT IS INTERESTING AND OFFBEAT ABOUT NIGHTS OF CABIRIA?
A FEW NOTES ON FELLINI AND HIS STYLE:
OTHER FILMS DIRECTED BY FEDERICO FELLINI