Archive for January, 2011


Night Out at the Movies: ‘The King’s Speech’ 1/31/11

28 January 2011

All are welcome to join us at the 7:10 PM screening of The King’s Speech Monday, January 31 at the Oswego Cinema 7. Immediately after the film, we’ll assemble in the theater’s upstairs lobby and discuss the film (leading in the Oscar race with 12 nominations), the other Academy Award contenders, and recap 2010 in film.


Movies & Music: German Language Films at SUNY Oswego

26 January 2011

The German Program of SUNY Oswego’s Modern Languages & Literature Department announced their slate of films for the semester.

'Vitus' (directed by Fredi M. Murer)

Wed 2/9   Vitus (Switzerland, 2006) Director: Fredi M. Murer / 123 min / Campus Center 132 (Auditorium)

Wed 2/23  Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence) (Germany, 1996) Director: Caroline Link / 109 min / Lanigan 107

Wed 3/9  Amadeus (US, 1984) Director: Milos Forman / 158 min / Lanigan 107

Wed 3/30  The Third Man (Great Britain, 1949) Director: Carol Reed / 104 min / Campus Center 132 (Auditorium)

Wed 4/13  Sissi – die junge Kaiserin (The Young Empress) (Austria, 1956) Director: Ernst Marischka / 107 min / Lanigan 107

Wed 4/27  Mahler (Great Britain, 1974) Director: Ken Russell / 111 min / Campus Center 132 (Auditorium)

All screenings are at 7:30 PM. All films are free and open to the public.


Oscar Nominations

25 January 2011

Here’s the complete rundown for the 83rd Academy Awards– from Best Picture to Makeup:



From the National Film Registry Entrants for 2010: ‘Tarantella’

22 January 2011

The Library of Congress added another 25 films to its National Film Registry in December. Besides such popular works as Airplane! and All the President’s Men, several experimental and silent films were chosen. Here’s an experimental film by Mary Ellen Bute (with the Library staff  notes):

Tarantella (1940)

Tarantella (1940)
“Tarantella” is a five-minute color, avant-garde short film created by Mary Ellen Bute, a pioneer of visual music and electronic art in experimental cinema. With piano accompaniment by Edwin Gershefsky, “Tarantella” features rich reds and blues that Bute uses to signify a lighter mood, while her syncopated spirals, shards, lines and squiggles dance exuberantly to Gershefsky’s modern beat. Bute produced more than a dozen short films between the 1930s and the 1950s and once described herself as a “designer of kinetic abstractions” who sought to “bring to the eyes a combination of visual forms unfolding with the … rhythmic cadences of music.” Bute’s work influenced many other filmmakers working with abstract animation during the ‘30s and ‘40s, and with experimental electronic imagery in the ‘50s.

For the complete list, see the National Film Registry Board website:

National Film Registry (National Film Preservation Board)


Time for a Break…’Fight Club’ x ‘Calvin & Hobbes’

21 January 2011

(Thanks, Daily Dish)


Night Out at the Movies: “Black Swan” 1/18/11

14 January 2011

Fresh on the heels of Tuesday’s Night Out at the Movies, let’s do it again next Tuesday (11/18). We’ll see the 7:20 PM screening at the Oswego Cinema 7 of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman. Immediately after the show, we’ll meet in the theater’s upstairs lobby and start our discussion on the film. (The theater’s usual admission charges apply; all are welcome to join us at the show and for our talk-back.)

See for more now on the film.


Earnings in five figures!

9 January 2011

That’s right–we’ve made it past the 10,000 views/hits mark! (And I know a big thanks must go to those folks who keep looking for SuperFly–our most consistent hit!)