What we're about

Meet up with other cinephiles for discussions of classic, cult, and documentary films!

Format:

Watch films on your own time and meetup to talk about them (like a book club (http://www.meetup.com/Montreal-Science-Fiction-Book-Club/)). The discussions to be held at pubs and/or cafés.

Movie Selection and Participation:

An important element of this club is movie selection. Films will be selected at least three months in advance by those who attend the discussions.

Members will have at least one month to buy, borrow, download, or stream the movies and watch them on their own time.

The purpose of this group is to get movie fans together; to meet people with similar interests in a comfortable environment.

Screenings:

Occasionally, I will post Meetups for screenings, in those cases we will see the film together and hold a discussion afterwards.

Fees:

I will be charging $1.00/person fee at each discussion to help cover the annual Meetup fees. For screenings, free or paid, the fee will be waived.

Upcoming events (5+)

Screening: Citizen Kane

Cinema J.A.de Seve - Concordia U.

(1941, USA, 105 min., 35mm) Orson Welles Often hailed as ‘the greatest film ever made’, this was a first effort directed by a rebellious 25-year-old genius named Orson Welles. Untainted by the studio system, he threw the rule book out the window then proceeded to build a new window on the world of possibilities for the art form. The use of deep-focus photography and abstracted camera angles, the non-chronological narrative structure and overlapping dialogue, were just some of the myriad formal innovations that Welles brought together for his ground-breaking debut. It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941, a first-time director; a cynical, hard-drinking writer (Herman J. Mankiewicz); an innovative cinematographer (Gregg Toland), and a group of New York stage and radio actors (Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, et al.) were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece. Citizen Kane is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound’’- Roger Ebert, late great film critic. Beneath it all is a complex portrait of a man who built an empire rich in materials so that he may fill an inner void. This is a film that is ripe for psychological analysis, which is exactly what we will do thanks to our esteemed guest speaker! Offered is beautiful restored 35mm print which allows you to experience it exactly as audiences did back in 1941. Theatrical screenings of CITIZEN KANE are more than an event. Presented in collaboration with the CG Jung Society of Montreal Guest speaker: Tom Kelly is past-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). He has been actively engaged in teaching and lecturing in many Developing Groups of the IAAP around the world for many years. He completed his training as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich in 1986 and has a private practice in Montreal. Billets / Tickets: 8$, 6$ (Étudiants / Students, 65+), sur place seulement, argent comptant / At the doors, cash only

Screening: Alien

Cinema J.A.de Seve - Concordia U.

(1979, US/United Kingdom, 116 min., 35mm) Ridley Scott It was 2122, aboard the Nostromo. The opening shot might have reminded you of Star Wars. But this space adventure wasn’t quite in the same vein. Far from the escapism and wonder of George Lucas’ science-fiction blockbuster of two years prior, this industrial refinery was transporting mercenaries, scientists and engineers, who only wanted to get home after their work was done. Released 40 years ago following his Cannes prize-winning début The Duellist, Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, The Hunger, The Martian) abandons all projects for a chance to direct Dan O’Bannon’s (Heavy Metal, Total Recall) tense, claustrophobic script. In essence, the story was simple: after accepting a distress call from the planet LV-426, these seven crew members are lured into bringing an alien component aboard their ship, which becomes, as with so many genre classics, the trap which encloses them with their killer. What differentiates Alien are Scott’s dark direction, Sigourney Weaver’s iconic first lead performance, Jerry Goldsmith’s eerie score, and H.R. Giger’s legendary designs for the never surpassed, slimy, violent, disturbing Xenomorph. “Jaws in space” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre of science fiction” don’t quite illustrate the deeply terrifying experience of watching the stillness of Alien’s opening shots culminate in its enthralling final scenes… while nothing can equal the authentic experience of rediscovering it as a pristine 35mm ‘director’s cut’ print with Dolby surround sound. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of this science-fiction horror classic with us, in the deSève Cinema: where everyone can hear you scream! Billets / Tickets: 8$, 6$ (Étudiants / Students, 65+), sur place seulement, argent comptant / At the doors, cash only

Screening: Penitentiary

VA-114 Cinema (Fine Arts (VA) building of Concordia University)

1979, USA, 99 min., 16mm) Jamaa Fanaka Expecting to have fun times with Marie, a young prostitute he meets while hitchhiking, Michael ‘Too Sweet’ Gordone finds himself caught in the middle of a biker gang conflict in a road side diner. While attempting to defend Marie who is threatened by the bikers, he gets knocked unconscious only to wake up in a small county jail cell, falsely accused of murdering one of them. Found guilty by a racially-biased legal process, he gets sent to a state penitentiary populated by an odd assortment of hardened criminals. It’s there that he discovers the cut throat sport of prison boxing. Though trapped behind bars, can ‘Too Sweet’ regain his honour in the ring? Appropriately presented during Black History month, it will be preceded by a truly astounding documentary short. ELECTRIC BOOGIE (1983) by Dutch filmmaker Freke Vujist gives us an amazing window into the cutthroat world of competitive breakdancing by following a band of teen break dancers from the South Bronx who come up with creative ideas and impressive moves based on lived experience. Shot on 16mm using available light, this is an honest portrait of youth surviving their difficult conditions of gang life and poverty through creative expression. With music by such artists as Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Stacey Latissaw, Arkade Funk and Pieces Of A Dream, this short alone is worth the price of admission. Our very nice 16mm print is of far better quality than the few murky VHS tapes that might still exist after being circulated in educational systems. Billets / Tickets: 8$, 6$ (Étudiants / Students, 65+), sur place seulement, argent comptant / At the doors, cash only

Screening: Meet Me in St. Louis

Cinema J.A.de Seve - Concordia U.

(1944, USA, 113 min., 35mm) Vincente Minnelli This Valentine to the ‘good old days’ of the 1900’s, and all they stood for, is pure perfection. The iconic Judy Garland shines under the stylish direction of Vincente Minelli in this wonderful Technicolor film that has been hailed as one of the greatest of the Golden Age of musicals, by far. Its story is a portrait of Americana at the turn of the last century and one family’s struggles to deal with progress, symbolised by the 1904 World’s Fair (beautifully recreated for the film) The director proves his eye for detail and captures the era and its values in richly colored gentle images displaying a startling balance of emotions from scene to scene and song to song. A stand out scene that was nearly cut from the film takes place on Halloween night and plays like a horror short unto itself. It must be seen to be believed! Thanks to our generous friends at the Chicago Film Society (that other CFS) we are able to project for you a stunning 35mm print onto the big screen it was intended for. This event is one of the not-to-be-missed screenings of our whole series. Even if you are not a fan of musicals, Judy garland will steal your heart in St. Louis and prove why she is such a Hollywood legend. Billets / Tickets: 8$, 6$ (Étudiants / Students, 65+), sur place seulement, argent comptant / At the doors, cash only

Past events (120)

Screening: The Third Man

VA-114 Cinema (Fine Arts (VA) building of Concordia University)

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