Wednesday, December 1
In the Mood for Love
2000. Hong Kong. Dir: Wong Kar-Wai. With Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai. 98 min.
Two sets of
neighbors. Two unfaithful spouses. Two spurned mates who discover each other
through subtle interactions. One hauntingly romantic modern masterpiece. Wong
elegantly knits together a delicate yet affecting depiction of emotional need
and lost opportunity in a moody cascade of colors, textures, and music.
Thursday, December 2
Million Dollar Baby2004. USA. Dir: Clint Eastwood. With Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank. 132 min.
aging fight trainer reluctantly mentors a determined female boxer, and the two
gradually bond as they endure the triumphs and blows that life has to offer. Joel Cox, the Oscar-nominated editor of this film (and prior Academy Award
winner for UNFORGIVEN) will be on hand to discuss his craft, his career, and
his longtime collaboration with Eastwood.
Friday, December 3
Inception2010. USA. Dir: Christopher Nolan. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 148 min.
A plucky young
stowaway and an aristocratic bride-to-be fall in love aboard the maiden voyage
of the world’s largest and most infamous luxury liner. Oh wait, no, this is a
different DiCaprio movie. The one about dreams.
Saturday, December 4
Playtime1967. France/Italy. Dir: Jacques Tati. With Jacques Tati. 155 min.
If visual complexity
and laugh-out-loud comedy seem like odd yet intriguing bedfellows, consider
this symphony of simultaneous gags, a veritable live-action WHERE’S WALDO book.
Amidst sets so convoluted and expensive that the film bankrupted the obsessive
Tati, his beloved character Monsieur Hulot navigates Paris in all its