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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: 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

Screening: The Magic of Méliès

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

THE MAGIC OF MÉLIÈS (Docs plus shorts with live piano) (1902 – 1968, France, 120 min, 16mm) In our first-ever collaboration with one of Montreal’s most respected and popular festivals, we serve up a pair of documentaries on one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of the art form; GEORGES MÉLIÈS (1968) by Claude Leroy utilises archival footage and images of artefacts from his earlier period as magician, poster artist and maker of automatons plus LE GRAND MÉLIÈS (1952) by Georges Franju (Eyes Without A Face) rekindled an interest in Méliès in the 1950s with this 31 minute film featuring dramatizations of key moments in his life. These will be followed by a selection of shorts by the great Méliès including the restored hand-coloured version of A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) all on 16mm and accompanied live on piano. The 37th edition of the International Festival of Films on Art runs from March 19th to the 31st. Tickets available at www.artfifa.com and www.lavitrine.com

Screening: The Quiet Earth

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

(1985, New Zealand, 91 min., 35mm) Geoff Murphy Unlike Australia’s loud and violent Mad Max (1979), New Zealand’s The Quiet Earth approaches the end of the world in a very different way. Without biker gangs, zombies, marauders, vigilantes or secret societies of survivors, the silent planet comes to its end with a creepy and terrifying peacefulness. The film takes an engaging and pensive journey through the psychological ramifications of being truly, not metaphorically, alone in this world. In spite of some thrilling moments, this is hardly an action film. Zac Hobson (superbly portrayed by Bruno Lawrence) wakes up late for work because his alarm clock didn’t go off. He calls his office but no one answers, and outside of his window, there’s no traffic whatsoever. Slowly, Zac realizes something is a little bit “off” about this day, something he can’t quite put his finger on. Could it be that every other human being has vanished without a trace leaving him as the last survivor? He finds himself at first desperately trying to find another living human being in an abandoned city-scape. He uses radio announcements and huge signs to let any prospective rescuer know where to find him. But as time goes on, two things become clear to him. 1. He is most likely the last man on Earth and 2. He may well have been part of the cause of this apocalypse. Which brings us to 3. He is quickly going quite insane. What follows is both fascinating and frightening as our only character goes from shock to denial to anger to megalomania to blasphemy to cross-dressing to violence to the edge of suicide to acceptance. But the questions begin to really fly when he discovers bodies out there, some that haven’t been dead for long. Zac spends so much screen time as the only character (which is a testament to the quality of this never-dull film) that the audience is just as shocked as he is when he encounters… No. We won’t reveal what he encounters. You’ll just have to leave the solitary confinement of your couch to join a group of fellow human beings in a movie theatre on a Sunday night in May. The Quiet Earth is a great and unique film, which looks and sounds excellent on 35mm in stereo. However, because the film is so great, it deserves an accompanying short that is an equally unique labour of love that will stay with you for a long time. Witness the FUTUROPOLIS, a space flick from 1984 inspired by Star Wars and Flash Gordon made on a shoestring budget by Phil Trumbo with a small team of dedicated movie geeks putting in lots of meticulous hard work on weekends and spare nights over several years. It incorporates a dizzy variety animated styles, live action effects and quirky ideas for jaw-dropping impact. Like our main feature, there are very few films like it. Being screened for you is one of only two 16mm prints that exist anywhere on earth. Billets / Tickets: 8$, 6$ (Étudiants / Students, 65+), sur place seulement, argent comptant / At the doors, cash only

Past events (122)

Screening: Alien

Cinema J.A.de Seve - Concordia U.

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