Archive for September, 2009


“Degham (Body)” at SUNY Oswego, 10/5

25 September 2009

There will be a free screening of the film Degham (Body) on the SUNY Oswego campus on October 5. This documentary looks at transgender issues in the lives of five women in India. The film, directed by Vishnu Mathur, is in Tamil with English subtitles and runs 1 hour, 35 minutes. The screening will be at 6:30 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium (C118).


OFG Presents “The Class” 9/29 at SUNY Oswego

24 September 2009


Our first offering this season will be the acclaimed French film, The Class (Entre les murs). There will be a free screening on Tuesday, September 29, at 7 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium/118 on the SUNY Oswego campus.

“Directed by Laurent Cantet, the film follows a year in the life of a French schoolteacher working in a tough multi-cultural section of Paris. Based on a best-selling autobiographic novel by François Bégaudeau, who plays the main character. ‘The Class’ is brought alive by the performances of the non-professional actors playing the students.” The New York Times

The film won the 2008 Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. Please learn more about the film at The Class‘s website:


Come Join Us: The Informant!

21 September 2009

Come join us at the Wednesday evening screening of The Informant!, now playing at the Oswego Cinema 7. After the show (which starts at 7:40 PM), we’ll regroup (Greene’s?) to discuss the film. (Since we didn’t arrange this last week, we won’t be having our usual Night Out discussion in the theater’s upstairs lobby as we usually do).

Check out the A. O. Scott article on the film, published in Sunday’s New York Times, for some good potential discussion topics.



New Link: The Red House, Syracuse

18 September 2009

We’ve added a link to the film happenings at the art center in Armory Square, The Red House.


‘Saviours’ Star Darren Sutherland Dead at 27

18 September 2009


We were shocked and saddened to hear that boxer Darren Sutherland was found hanged in his London home. The 27-year-old, one of the three boxers we saw featured in Saviours, had won an Olympic medal and was seen as one of the brightest lights in the sport. What a heartbreaking coda to the story we’d seen; our thoughts go out to his family, friends, colleagues , and fans.


Upcoming Fall Film Programs in Syracuse

17 September 2009

The Palace Theatre continues its Brew and View series:

Sept 18: Jaws, The Birds

Sept 25: Giant Gila Monster, Jurassic Park, Alligator

Oct 9: The Blob (1988 re-make), Nightmare City (aka City of the Walking Dead), Night of the Creeps

Oct 23:  Repo Man, Rock N’ Roll High School, Wizard of Gore (HG Lewis version)

For more info, please visit the Palace’s website (see the Links sidebar).


The Syracuse Cinephile Society presents its Hollywood finds at 7:30 PM on Mondays at the Spaghetti Warehouse (680 N Clinton St):

Sep 21: Bulldog Drummond (1929); Sept 28: College Holiday (1936); Oct 5: 13 Hours by Air (1936); Oct 12: White Heat (1949); Oct 19: Tin Pan Alley (1940); Oct 26: Mark of the Vampire (1935) and Murders in the Zoo (1933)


Mr & Mrs Wizard Indeed

16 September 2009

An article (“Mr. & Mrs. Wizard”) in the Sunday New York Times Men’s Fall Fashion Style magazine caught my eye. The piece focussed on Powers of Ten, the classic short that begins at a picnic on the shores of Lake Michigan–and travels (how many was is?) light years into space–and then reverses the journey all the way back to the level of an atom.

I remembered seeing the film, but hadn’t realized that the filmmakers were Charles and Ray Eames. (Okay, I also didn’t realize that Ray was a woman and the two were a married couple; I’d always assumed they were brothers!) Quick: word association–Eames…. Did you think ‘chair’?


That’s understandable, but I discovered that the Eames designed “everything from toys, games, houses, books and movie sets to leg splints for the United States Navy. They also found time to pursue parallel careers as educational filmmakers.”

Check out more on this renaissance couple’s work at their foundation’s site and the Library of Congress’ exhibit site: