DisturbiaMonday, April 96
Disturbia, a re-imagining of the story of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, is about a teenager (Shia LaBeouf) under house arrest who witnesses what he believes to be a crime next door. Tickets are available at the UC Info Desk.
Raiders of the Lost ArkWednesday, April 1110 12
This movie was the first Indiana Jones movie, and it’s a modern classic as far as adventure movies go. Professor Jones has to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis; they are trying to use its power to conquer the world. If you’ve never seen an Indiana Jones movie, it’s your civic duty to go see this.
Iden&TityThursday, April 127
This week’s International Film Festival movie is from Japan. Iden&Tity is the story of a Japanese rock band discovering the meaning of rock music and nonconformity, and finding the balance between their own identities and the band’s identity as a whole. Obvious jokes about Japanese learning about nonconformity aside, this should be a great change of pace for moviegoers on campus, and a great twist on the rock band movie. Also, many of the actors in the movie are actual musicians (even the director used to be in a punk rock band), and the scenes of the band playing at concerts are supposed to be great.
The Last King of ScotlandFriday, April 137:30 10 12:30
Forrest Whitaker won a ton of awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar, for his performance in this movie as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. A quick history lesson: Amin seized power violently in 1971 and was known for being eccentric (bordering on clinically paranoid) — his regime killed several hundred thousand people in the eight years he was in power. The movie is based on a book of the same name and shows Amin through the eyes of his physician. The title is a reference to one of the many absurd and grandiose titles Amin bestowed upon himself as his sanity waned. It should be a good time, and a great look at a dictator that time has already come close to forgetting.
Pan's LabyrinthSaturday, April 146 8 10
You’ve probably heard about this one already. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, it’s a story about a young girl during the Spanish Civil War who escapes into a fantasy land with hopes of saving the life of her unborn baby brother. The movie is far darker than a tiny synopsis like this can convey; the creature design is unsettlingly alien, and the girl’s stepfather (an officer in the Spanish army) demonstrates very little restraint when dealing with captured rebels. The narrative leaves some holes open for you to fill in for yourself, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it gives you plenty to talk about with your friends after you leave the theater. And you will want to talk.
Monty Python and the Holy GrailSunday, April 156 8 10
A recommendation: Do not go see this movie alone. Go with your friends, because it’s guaranteed that everyone else will be in the theater with friends, reciting every single line and laughing hysterically afterwards. You’re going to need your own friends with you so you can make snide remarks about your fellow moviegoers! That’s not nice, of course, but you should know what you’re getting into. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of those movies everyone at this school has seen approximately 17 times, and, sure, it’s funny as hell (Who can say no to the Black Knight, who keeps spouting insults and challenges even after all his limbs are gone?), but if you’ve seen it once, or even twice, you’ve probably seen it enough times to skip out this Sunday.