Watch Purple Rain for free at the MLK Library tonight

Prince graffiti in Tenleytown Prince’s sudden death last month still comes as a shock, and the public outpouring of grief and remembrance has reminded us of his singular musical talent. In the realm of film, Prince also left four movies of varying quality. While Under the Cherry Moon may not be remembered as more than … Continue reading “Watch Purple Rain for free at the MLK Library tonight”

Prince graffiti in Tenleytown

Prince’s sudden death last month still comes as a shock, and the public outpouring of grief and remembrance has reminded us of his singular musical talent. In the realm of film, Prince also left four movies of varying quality. While Under the Cherry Moon may not be remembered as more than an oddity, his soundtrack and starring role as The Kid in Purple Rain are beloved contributions to the film canon.

As part of the extended mourning period, the MLK Library downtown will host a free screening of Purple Rain at 6pm. This is part of DC Public Library’s ongoing Tuesday Night Movies series. The event room can hold 250 people, so whoever shows up first gets a seat.

If you haven’t seen Purple Rain before, now is the right time. This is the movie that established Prince is a superstar.

Graduated and moving onto filmmaking? Kodak may have a deal for you

Congratulations to everyone who graduated this weekend! We have no doubt you’ll go on to do great things. In particular, we want to talk to AU’s graduating film students, many of whom may be looking to start film projects. If you’re considering going down that path, you might need a little crowdfunding money. And if … Continue reading “Graduated and moving onto filmmaking? Kodak may have a deal for you”

Congratulations to everyone who graduated this weekend! We have no doubt you’ll go on to do great things. In particular, we want to talk to AU’s graduating film students, many of whom may be looking to start film projects.

If you’re considering going down that path, you might need a little crowdfunding money. And if you need a little crowdfunding money, Kodak has a little bonus for you. For qualifying projects on Kickstarter, Kodak will match 20% of your fundraising in 35mm film stock. It’s unclear how Kodak vets the project – we imagine access to a 35mm camera is a requirement – but this is a great offer for anyone considering taking a stab at the format who may have been worried about acquiring physical film.

Unless you’re Quentin Tarantino, it can be difficult or expensive to get a whole bunch of film stock. Kodak’s new initiative should help get film into the hands of more up-and-coming filmmakers. Could you be one of them? Of course you could! Get that Kickstarter together and patch Kodak an email.

Get ready for DC’s outdoor movie season

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership You did it! The semester’s over! Despite the overcast, soggy weather, we’re officially in the academic summer. For those sticking around DC for the summer (as we are), we’ll keep you updated on interesting film events and happenings around town. As part of our favorite DC summer tradition, communities all … Continue reading “Get ready for DC’s outdoor movie season”

Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

You did it! The semester’s over! Despite the overcast, soggy weather, we’re officially in the academic summer. For those sticking around DC for the summer (as we are), we’ll keep you updated on interesting film events and happenings around town.

As part of our favorite DC summer tradition, communities all around the DMV will be hosting outdoor movie screenings from May through August. No matter where in the area you live, you’ll find something interesting to watch one evening. We’re most excited about the Congressional Cemetery Cinematery, a movie screening series in a graveyard.

We’ll update you about these as they come up, but if you want a master list of what to expect, visit the handy website DC Outdoor Films. The site also mentions which screenings will have captions (hurray accessibility!).

On cinema and hunkiness

As we get closer to the end of the finals, we bring you hunky dudes. More specifically, we bring you an examination of the future outlook of hunky dudes in cinema. (Is there anything academic analysis can’t un-sexify?) Flavorwire‘s Lara Zarum wrote an insightful post about the changing representation of masculinity in movies. As the … Continue reading “On cinema and hunkiness”

As we get closer to the end of the finals, we bring you hunky dudes. More specifically, we bring you an examination of the future outlook of hunky dudes in cinema. (Is there anything academic analysis can’t un-sexify?)

Flavorwire‘s Lara Zarum wrote an insightful post about the changing representation of masculinity in movies. As the film industry pushes for better, more substantive roles for women on-screen, many have noticed an odd corollary of more movies with, to use the article’s term, beefcake. Magic Mike is an obvious example of the more sexualized appearances of men, but even Daniel Craig’s James Bond is, to quote CBC’s Rachel Giese, “both Bond and a Bond girl at the same time.”

But as Zarum notices, rather than just being walking abs, these sexualized male characters often remain the subjects and have to deal with their changing relationship with women. She cites Jamie Fraser on Outlander as an example: he’s a dreamboat, but he deals with the expectations of his relationship and abuse.

The article is unsure whether these new, more conscientious male character archetypes have a net positive effect, considering they still go hand-in-hand with objectification. But they at least reveal areas that can be explored with closer consideration of gender portrayal.

In the meantime, hunks.

Take film with you over summer break with Kanopy

Three days of finals remain! Summer is close, and we imagine everyone wants to head home as soon as possible. It also means that you won’t have access to our gigantic DVD collection. Fear not: you can still stream a whole bunch of movies through Kanopy. We mentioned Kanopy last year; they have a huge … Continue reading “Take film with you over summer break with Kanopy”

Three days of finals remain! Summer is close, and we imagine everyone wants to head home as soon as possible. It also means that you won’t have access to our gigantic DVD collection.

Fear not: you can still stream a whole bunch of movies through Kanopy. We mentioned Kanopy last year; they have a huge library of streamable movies that you can access with your AU login. Just looking at their homepage, you can watch the George Takei documentary To Be Takei, the classic dinner conversation movie My Dinner with Andre, Hong Kong favorite In the Mood for Love, and the child-traumatizing Watership Down. That’s a seriously impressive lineup without even diving deeper into the collection, especially their documentaries.

If you’re aching to learn more about film on a day off, you can also watch the entire The Story of Film series through Kanopy. The Story of Film might be the greatest documentary series about the history of motion pictures, and you can binge the entire thing for free on a week off.

It’s ironic that as soon as classwork is done and you have the free time to watch things, you’re probably moving away from campus. But now you can take at least a big chunk of those films with you through Kanopy. Just remember your username!