Sunday, November 22, 2015
This week, it's time to give thanks, stuff up on turkey and all the trimmings, and take a break from movie discussion. CineVerse will not meet on Wednesday, Nov. 25 but will reconvene on Dec. 2.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Yes, there's "Ferris Buehler's Day Off," "The Fugitive," and "Risky Business." But the king of all movies set and filmed in Chicago has to be "The Blues Brothers," the zany rambling musical comedy from 1980 that made John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd superstars. Here's our analysis of this must-see Windy City flick:
• It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
"Doctor Zhivago" is the kind of sprawling, majestic widescreen epic that Hollywood stopped making many moons ago. Watching the film now, 50 years since its original theatrical run, it's easy to see how movies have changed from a time when old-school craftsmanship and blow-em-away casting were part of the DNA of top shelf films. Although this flick shows its age, it also has a lot to teach us about narrative style, visual compositions, creative editing choices, and pre-digital artistry. Here is what our CineVerse group concluded about" Doctor Zhivago":
WHAT ARE THIS FILM’S GREATEST STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Fifty-five years may sound old, but hardly any dust has settled on Alfred Hitchcock's supreme horror film "Psycho" since its release in 1960. It's one of only a handful of films that CineVerse has screened and discussed three times in our 10-year history, and, as demonstrated by the strong member turnout every screening of it elicits, it remains thrilling, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating as a work of pure cinema. Here are some of the points we covered in our discussion of the picture last evening:
CAN YOU NAME ANY EXAMPLES OF HOW PSYCHO CHANGED CINEMA FOREVER?