We’ve reached the halfway point on this year’s final Film Series calendar, which means we’ve hit the home stretch for the semester, too. What better way than a movie to celebrate your finished thesis and/or recovery from Zonker Harris? With the diversity of this week’s films, there’s got to be at least one you’ll love.
1987. UK/USA. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. With Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey. 116 min.
Wednesday, April 18. 8 p.m. $5.
After surviving boot camp under the profane tyranny of R. Lee Ermey’s drill sergeant, a group of marines takes to the turbulent streets of Vietnam. Kubrick’s half-hilarious, half-horrific view of the dehumanizing effects of war and combat training makes for dark visual poetry.
2012. USA. Dir: Jason Arthurs. Documentary. 80 min.
Thursday, April 19. 8 p.m. FREE.
In the slums of Kibera, soccer may be the most promising vessel of social change, offering youth an escape from and alternative to the unrest and tribal violence. This doc profiles youth as they prepare for the local championship between a SHOFCO team and another named More Fire. Speakers who will be appearing at the screening: the film’s producer, its director, and one of its subjects. Co-sponsored by SHOFCO.
2006. Japan. Dir: Satoshi Kon. Animated. 90 min.
Friday, April 20. 8 p.m. $5.
When a newfangled dream manipulation device is stolen by mind-terrorists, the boundary between real and imaginary breaks down and havoc reigns in near-future Japan. If “Inception” was soaked in color and spun around ‘til it was dizzy, it might look something like this innovative, eye-popping Anime unequaled in kaleidoscopic richness and pure WTF-itude.
1973/2011. USA. Dir: Nicholas Ray. With Richie Bock, Tom Farrell. 94 min.
Saturday, April 21. 8 p.m. FREE.
“Rebel Without a Cause” director Ray collaborated with students at SUNY on his long-unseen final project, a boldly experimental work employing multiple stories and creators. “It’s about what we’re looking for… for ourselves, for a sense of identity,” says the director. Ray’s widow, Susan, who restored the film, will speak after the screening.