The Dark Crystal1982. UK/USA. Dir: Jim Henson, Frank Oz. With Stephen Garlick. 93 min.
It’s THE MUPPETS meets LORD OF THE RINGS: an intense, groundbreaking über fantasy enacted by a cast composed entirely of eye-popping puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. One elfin lad undertakes the mythic crusade to restore justice and tranquility to a fantastical kingdom torn apart by a race of vicious and despotic vulture-like overlords.
Post Mortem2010. Chile. Dir: Pablo Larrain. With Alfredo Castro. 98 min.
This period piece examines how easy it is for ordinary people to sleepwalk into a climate of atrocity, either as victims, collaborators, or as both. Mario writes autopsy reports at the military hospital in Santiago, until the 1973 Pinochet coup d’état shakes him out of his state of apathy.
Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with U.S. Universities.
Prometheus2012. USA. Dir: Ridley Scott. With Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender. 124 min.
A group of scientists seek the secrets to Earth's origins on a distant planet, but their epic quest to "meet their makers" quickly descends into a freezing slimy nightmare with tentacles. Scott finally returns to the franchise he began in this heady philosophical prequel to 1979's ALIEN that is as viscerally thrilling as it is visually breathtaking.
Mr. Hulot's Holiday1953. France. Dir: Jacques Tati. With Tati. 87 min.
All sorts of small-scale mishaps arise from a clumsy vacationer’s wanderings through a seaside resort in this inventive and meticulously constructed physical comedy. Director/star Tati (PLAYTIME) crafts a gentle satire of people and their pleasure-seeking, with quiet observational humor, subtle sight gags, and charming cinematic absurdity.