Singin' in the Rain1952. USA. Dir: Stanley Donen. With Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. 103 min.
What a glorious feeling! While Hollywood loses its head over the conversion to “talkies,” Kelly and Reynolds still find time to fall in love, make 'em laugh, and transform drenched streets into pure movie magic. Clever and charming, this is the classic Hollywood musical that will leave you singing through the night and all the way to “Good Morning!”
You Hurt My Feelings2012. USA. Dir: Steve Collins. With John Merriman, Courtney Davis. 97 min.
The gradual changing of the seasons guides the hilarious and melancholy tale of a directionless male nanny caught in a love triangle. Wesleyan's own Prof. Steve Collins applies a humble yet sublimely minimalist film style to keep the screen vibrating with quiet tension. Join Collins for a post-film Q&A.
Brave2012. USA. Dir: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman. With Animated. 93 min.
Fed up with endless princessly dos-and-don’ts, tomboy archer Merida jumps at the chance to magically change her life. Witchcraft, however, is not an exact science, and soon she must save the kingdom from chaos, peril, and slapstick shenanigans. Pixar again weds eye-popping visuals and touching narrative, innovating fairy tale formula via a heartfelt mother-daughter story with a Celtic flair.
The Lady from Shanghai1947. USA. Dir: Orson Welles. With Welles, Rita Hayworh. 87 min
An Irish deck-hand’s affair with the sultry wife of a conniving attorney inevitably leads to no good: a murder plot, a legal battle teeming with sharks, and a dizzyingly virtuosic visit to a hall of mirrors. Convoluted to a criminally insane degree, this noir’s mad creativity remains revered, unmarred by the presence of Welles' perversely unconvincing faux-brogue.