Thursday, April 10, 2014
If you're searching for a head scratcher of a movie, few are as perplexing and ambiguous as the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink." Yet, collectively, our CineVerse group was able to piece together the broken shards of one writer's sanity and come up with a few theories and insights that better explain this deep, dark, enriching picture.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Few minds in film are as imaginative and visionary as the Coen brothers. Witness their warped brilliance on April 9 at CineVerse by attending “Barton Fink” (1991; 116 minutes), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, chosen by Joe Valente.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" reveals interesting truths about the gender dynamics and sexual politics of the 1950s (as well as the 1850s, when the story is set), putting a charming, pseudo-chivalrous sheen on rugged chauvinism. But even if the sexism rubs you the wrong way, you can't beat the acrobatic dancing and slick choreography on display in this oft-overlooked musical. Here's what CineVerse concluded about this picture:
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
John Frankenheimer's "Seconds" appears to be quite the prescient picture for the mid-1960s, forecasting our youth-obsessed culture, the dangers of corporatization and blind trust in technology. Here's a summary of what was discussed during our group meeting about this movie:
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
"The Birth of a Nation" is not an easy film to watch in 2014 or any other year. But our film group took up the challenge of exploring this firebrand of a feature film to try to see what makes it tick--and the answer is clearly a very outdated, misguided and bigoted ideology that makes modern audiences cringe. Yet, despite its deplorably offensive content, "Birth" deserves to be recognized as a landmark motion picture achievement on many technical levels. Here's what CineVerse concluded post discussion: