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2014 Winter Film Series Dates
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:30pm
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
2010 (R) 104 min. USA
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
What follows is an excerpt of a review written by Betsy Sharkey in the LOS ANGELES TIMES:
“Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is an ode to the virtues of family, in this case a surprisingly conventional one even with its two moms, two kids and one sperm donor. Whatever your politics, between peerless performances, lyrical direction and an adventurous script, this is the sort of pleasingly grown-up fare all too rare in the mainstream daze of this very dry summer. Before delving into the layered perfection of Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, let’s start by getting past any hesitations or reservations about the lesbian household premise on which THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is based. The issue of gay marriage is not what’s on the table here. At its heart, this is a movie about how families, whatever their composition, stay together, love each other through difficult times, and weather the particularly storm-tossed seas that come when the kids hit their teenage years. Writer-director Lisa Cholodenko and co-writer Stuart Blumberg have put the politics aside for now and created an easy interplay of comedy and drama spawned by typical family pressures – the thank you notes that haven’t been sent, the sketchy best friend the parents don’t approve of, the house rules made to be broken. It helps that the characters are eminently relatable at the same time intriguingly iconoclastic, no small feat.”
“One of the year’s best pictures. It leaves you charged and cheering. Touching and funny. This film tackles contemporary social issues with the natural rhythm of a heartbeat. It’s so cleverly written, designed, and constructed. Great acting distinguishes this film. Annette Bening is enchanting. She and Julianne Moore are marvelous.” – Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER
“One of the year’s best pictures. A generous nearly note-perfect portrait of a modern family. With characters who are as honest as the movie’s Los Angeles locations. Exquisitely played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Mark Rufflalo is as excellent as the rest of the cast. Director Lisa Cholodenko’s best work yet.” – Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“****My favorite American film of the year so far. A triumph. – Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:30pm
THE PATIENCE STONE
2013 (R) 98 min. France/subtitles
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamidrez Javdan, Hassina Burgan
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM
In a country torn apart by war, Afghanistan or elsewhere, a young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. He has been abandoned by his fellow combatants and even by his own brothers. One day, the woman’s vigil changes. She begins to speak truth to her silent husband telling him about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, desires, and secrets. After years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before, even though they have been married for ten years. Her husband has unconsciously become syngue sabour (The Patience Stone) – a magical black stone that according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. The woman’s confessions are extraordinary and without restraint: about sex and love, her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Through the words she delivers so audaciously to her husband the woman seeks to free herself from suffering. But after weeks of looking after him, she begins to act, discovering herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier. The legend of The Patience Stone also says that when it has absorbed all that it can handle, it explodes, causing the world to end. But, for one brave Afghan woman, it is a risk she is willing to take to unburden herself and be free. THE PATIENCE STONE is adapted from the best selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, co-writer and director of the film. The novel has been translated into 33 languages and was winner of the 2008 Goncourt Prize, the most prestigious book award in France.
“One of the year’s best films…A not to be missed experience.” – Caryn James, INDIEWIRE
“An amazing movie you will surely never forget. Unlike any film you’ve ever seen.” – Jeffrey Lyons, LYONS DEN RADIO
“Some movies prove both immediately transformative – altering how we view the world as soon as we leave the theater – and long-lasting, demanding days or weeks of reflection” – Stephanie Merry, WASHINGTON POST
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:30pm
THE GREAT BEAUTY
2013 (R) 142min. Italy/subtitles
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory; a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Many film critics’ selection for Best Foreign Film of the year, and Italy’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards.
THE GREAT BEAUTY was the Movie Pick of the week in THE PLAIN DEALER on February 7, 2014.
“THE GREAT BEAUTY, an essay on nostalgia, gives even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies and the reviving artistry of Paolo Sorrentino…it is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film.” – Richard and Mary Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE
“A radiant work on the meaning of life…THE GREAT BEAUTY is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino’s mind, a lot more.” – Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A deliriously alive movie…a wildly inventive and sometimes thrilling ode to sensibility and to some of its linguistic cousins, like sensation, sensitivity and sentiment.” – Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“I can’t remember when a film last gave me such a surge of pure pleasure---no, outright euphoria---as THE GREAT BEAUTY…I find the film infinitely resonant, as inexhaustibly explorable as Rome itself.” – Jonathan Romney, FILM COMMENT
“Thrillingly good…Sorrentino offers the most ravishing footage of Rome I’ve ever seen.” – John Powers, FRESH AIR, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“A blast. There’s little sense in trying to resist the film’s tumultuous visual banquet. Sorrentino’s vision is the size of Rome itself, and his confidence is dazzling.” – Michael Atkinson, THE VILLAGE VOICE
“THE GREAT BEAUTY is a subtly daring cinematic high-wire act… And it might just be the most unforgettable film of the year.” – Bilge Ebiri, VULTURE
“It's resplendent, it’s ravishing.” – Craig Seligman, BLOOMBERG NEWS
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
2012 (PG) 98min Saudi Arabia/subtitles
Director: Haiffa Al-Mansour
Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Sultan Al Assaf
WADJDA is a 10-year old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. It won’t be easy, especially for a troublemaker like herself, but she refuses to give in and is determined to fight for her dreams. WADJDA is a movie of firsts: the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker.
WADJDA was #4 on the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Must List on February 14, 2014. The magazine said of the film "The Saudi Arabian gem (directed, notably, by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour) about a Converse-wearing girl who desperately wants a green bicycle is as charming as it is gently revolutionary."
“A sharply observed, deceptively gentle film… The movie presents the facts of its heroine’s life with calm authority and devastating effectiveness. With impressive agility, WADJDA finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling. There is warmth as well as austerity in Wadjda’s world, kindness as well as cruelty, and the possibility, modestly sketched and ardently desired, of change. Buoyant.” – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The film marks a huge triumph for its female director…a remarkable film twice over.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“You’ll stand up and cheer. A world class piece of cinema” – Bob Strauss, L.A. DAILY NEWS
“It’s always fascinating to discover what can make us happy, both as moviegoers and citizens of the world. WAJDJA does the trick…funny and touching in equal measure.” – Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
“More than a critique of Saudi society, WADJDA offers a character with universal resonance and appeal.” – Peter Keough, BOSTON GLOBE
Film Admission (the same as the last two seasons!)
Patrons, except LCCC students/faculty/staff with valid ID, must purchase an annual membership in the LCCC Film Society for $3.00/each, which is good through April 18, 2014. The admission price for each film is $6.00/ticket with your membership card.
- Films start at 7:30pm and are shown in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center.
- $3/each - Annual memberships, remain the same price they have been and are good for the entire season!
- AND BEST OF ALL...Any Time Tix are available for the entire year! You can purchase as many Any Time tickets as you think you'll need all at once and use them for any of the films that play during the 2013-2014 Film Series. Buy 10 and use 2 per film for 5 films, or buy 5 and use 1 per film for 5 films -- it's your choice. Any Time Tix will expire as of the last film of the 2014 Winter/Spring series, so don't buy too many. There are NO REFUNDS for Any Time Tix that you purchase but don't use...so make sure you use them all!
*You must hold a valid 2013-2014 annual membership in the LCCC Film Society (or be an LCCC student/faculty/staff member with a current validated ID) in order to purchase Film or Any Time Tix.
*Any Time Tix are good for the FILM SERIES ONLY and cannot be transferred or used for any live events occurring at Stocker Arts Center.
All films begin at 7:30 pm and are shown in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center.
The Stocker Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 pm and 90 minutes prior to ticketed events, including films. You can reach the Box Office at (440) 366-4040. (closed December 23, 2013 through January 3, 2014).
Sorry you missed these great Fall films:
Friday, August 30, 2013 – AMOUR
Friday, September 6, 2013 – 11 FLOWERS
Friday, September 20, 2013 - PROMISED LAND
Friday, October 4, 2013 – STARBUCK
Friday, October 11, 2013 – QUARTET
Friday, October 18, 2013 – RUST AND BONE
Friday, October 25, 2013 – LINCOLN - Special FREE Film Event
Friday, November 1, 2013 – YOU WILL BE MY SON
Friday, November 8, 2013 – RENOIR
Friday, November 15, 2013 - WHAT MAISIE KNEW
Friday, November 22, 2013 – UNFINISHED SONG
Sorry you missed this great Winter/Spring film:
Friday, January 31, 2014 – LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER
Friday, February 14, 2014 – LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
Friday, February 21, 2014 - THE OTHER SON
Friday, February 28, 2014 - THE INTOUCHABLES
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE STOCKER ARTS CENTER FILM SOCIETY
The Stocker Arts Center Film Society is truly an alternative cinema, as most of these films have not played in Lorain County and are not always readily available on video. Audiences have the opportunity to sample the gourmet flavor of prize-winning foreign films as well as the exciting energy and originality of contemporary independent American and international cinema.
The LCCC Film Society's series focuses on human relationships, moral and social issues, cultural and religious diversity and universal human emotions and aspirations, including humor, disappointment and tragedy.
The first Film Series film was premiered on campus more than 40 years ago by Professor Emeritus Robert Dudash (who is still the LCCC Film Society Director!), making it the longest running non-academic activity at LCCC.