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.

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!).

See The Terminator with artificial intelligence experts – free!

Tomorrow, AU takes a day-long study break before final exams begin. Use this time wisely if you need it, and don’t forget about the library’s Final Perk event! But suppose you’re off-campus, have time on your hands, and want something film-y to do. Slate‘s Future Tense has you covered. Tomorrow, the web magazine’s futurist column … Continue reading “See The Terminator with artificial intelligence experts – free!”

Tomorrow, AU takes a day-long study break before final exams begin. Use this time wisely if you need it, and don’t forget about the library’s Final Perk event!

But suppose you’re off-campus, have time on your hands, and want something film-y to do. Slate‘s Future Tense has you covered. Tomorrow, the web magazine’s futurist column will host a free screening of The Terminator at 6:30pm at E Street Cinema downtown. The screening will be accompanied by a discussion from robotics and technology experts Kevin Bankston and Sean Luke about the concept of “killer artificial intelligence.”

We hope the robot uprising won’t happen for many years, but expert testimony and a great movie on the topic are a great way to spend the evening. See the linked article for details about how to attend; you’ll need to RSVP via email.

See local film shorts, featuring the AU Library’s Christina Floriza!

We have a special film screening recommendation today: the AU Library’s own Christina Floriza is starring in Rendezvous, a new independent short film playing at the NOVA Film Festival tomorrow in Fairfax, VA. The film looks like a small-scale dinner date dramedy, filmed on location at a restaurant in Tysons Corner. We haven’t seen it … Continue reading “See local film shorts, featuring the AU Library’s Christina Floriza!”

We have a special film screening recommendation today: the AU Library’s own Christina Floriza is starring in Rendezvous, a new independent short film playing at the NOVA Film Festival tomorrow in Fairfax, VA.

The film looks like a small-scale dinner date dramedy, filmed on location at a restaurant in Tysons Corner. We haven’t seen it and can’t much it or its merits, but we’ll gladly encourage you to go see it to support Christina!

The NOVA Film Festival continues tomorrow, April 25th at 7pm at the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax. Tickets for the two-hour block featuring Rendezvous cost $11 – not a bad price for a bunch of local shorts. Purchase them through the NOVA Film Festival website.

Congratulations to Christina for her theatrical debut!

See horror’s John Carpenter in DC… at a concert?

Master horror filmmaker John Carpenter is beloved for directing Halloween, They Live, and The Thing. Many people don’t know that he scored many of this movies as well. Carpenter composed the famous Halloween theme song, and since largely setting aside his film career, he has continue to dabble in the minimalist, terrifying synthesizer music that … Continue reading “See horror’s John Carpenter in DC… at a concert?”

Master horror filmmaker John Carpenter is beloved for directing Halloween, They Live, and The Thing. Many people don’t know that he scored many of this movies as well. Carpenter composed the famous Halloween theme song, and since largely setting aside his film career, he has continue to dabble in the minimalist, terrifying synthesizer music that he has helped popularize as the soundtrack of horror.

Even so, we’re surprised that John Carpenter has launched a national concert tour where he’ll be performing horror themes and original music. His second album, Lost Themes II, debuts on April 15th. To support it, Carpenter will be visiting DC’s Lincoln Theater on July 12th for a retrospective night of his music, past and present. He’ll probably perform the Halloween theme – of course – but we’re curious about what else will “[inspire] people to create films that could be scored with this music.”

Tickets are pricey, starting at $55, but we can’t really think of another event this unusual. Horror fans especially should jump at the rare chance to see a famed auteur working his craft.

Hear Betty Boop and Max Fleischer favorites performed live

Discussion about the early history of animation tends to focus on Walt Disney and Looney Tunes, ignoring good old Max Fleischer. Fleischer was the man behind Betty Boop, Popeye, and other Depression-era classics. We could talk about those for a week, especially the censorship of Betty Boop, but one of the most critical parts of … Continue reading “Hear Betty Boop and Max Fleischer favorites performed live”

Discussion about the early history of animation tends to focus on Walt Disney and Looney Tunes, ignoring good old Max Fleischer. Fleischer was the man behind Betty Boop, Popeye, and other Depression-era classics. We could talk about those for a week, especially the censorship of Betty Boop, but one of the most critical parts of Fleischer’s cartoons was the music he used. Compared to Steamboat Willie‘s stereotypically peppy score, Betty Boop was jazzier, riskier, and a little more culturally savvy.

In celebration of Max Fleischer’s career, the currently ongoing Washington Jewish Film Festival will host a screening this weekend of some of Fleischer’s cartoons with the music performed live, as improbable as this sounds, by a Max Fleischer cover band. Hear Betty Boop sing! Marvel at how Fleischer’s animation reflects the Jazz Age rather than glossing it over!

The video embedded above should give you an idea of what to expect. This is really novel performance idea and a great way to celebrate Fleischer’s body of work.

The screening-concert will be at 8:30pm on Saturday, March 5th, at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring.

Live up the Oscars glitz right here in DC

We’ve been more mum about the Oscars this year than usual. Maybe the controversies soured us a little bit. Then again, hey, the Oscars are on Sunday! That was fast! Most people would be comfortable watching at home or catching up on the results the next morning, but a certain level of Hollywood nerd might … Continue reading “Live up the Oscars glitz right here in DC”

We’ve been more mum about the Oscars this year than usual. Maybe the controversies soured us a little bit. Then again, hey, the Oscars are on Sunday! That was fast!

Most people would be comfortable watching at home or catching up on the results the next morning, but a certain level of Hollywood nerd might want something a little… flashier. Enter the Washington Post‘s Going Out Guide’s list of the cities biggest, glitziest Oscar parties.

A few restaurants and bars in the area have specials for the event, but the two clear highlights are the Arlington Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse and Malmaison. Arlington’s film-and-theater venue will host a full party complete with an Oscar win pool and an autographed movie poster auction. Malmaison, going above and beyond the call of duty, is rolling out a red carpet with imitation paparazzi and press interviews. Not everyone will want something that showy, but if you want the full Oscar experience locally, Malmaison’s (pricey) event sounds close to the real deal.

This is all a bunch of hoopla around an arguably meaningless, indulgent awards show, but for film people, it’s our meaningless indulgence. This is the one time a year when broader culture talks about the artistic accomplishments of film, and we’re going to celebrate that with a mock red carpet.

See Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie early and for free!

Sacha Baron Cohen rose to fame for his prank documentary characters like Ali G and Bruno, but in recent years, he’s chosen to hone his character-building in self-produced scripted movies like The Dictator. Cohen has been out of the limelight for about four years since The Dictator – the longest he’s gone without portraying one … Continue reading “See Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie early and for free!”

Sacha Baron Cohen rose to fame for his prank documentary characters like Ali G and Bruno, but in recent years, he’s chosen to hone his character-building in self-produced scripted movies like The Dictator. Cohen has been out of the limelight for about four years since The Dictator – the longest he’s gone without portraying one of his many characters. His next film, The Brothers Grimsby, will hopefully be a return to form.

The Brothers Grimsby won’t hit American theaters until the middle of March, but we have advance passes to see it early, one week from now!

The film will screen at 7pm on Wednesday, March 2nd, at the AMC Mazza Gallerie in Friendship Heights. Grab your passes online via this link. As is the case with all advance screenings, this preview of The Brothers Grimsby will be intentionally overbooked, so show up early to ensure that you get a seat.

Cohen is a gifted former, so we hope this one is good. We’ll find out next week!

Games on Film invades National Harbor’s MAGFest this weekend

In DC, film festivals turn up in the oddest places. This city hosts so many non-profits and interest organizations that you can usually find special screenings for any topic or culture, as we’ve covered in the past. For 2016, you can add gaming to that list: as part of the annual Music and Games Festival … Continue reading “Games on Film invades National Harbor’s MAGFest this weekend”

In DC, film festivals turn up in the oddest places. This city hosts so many non-profits and interest organizations that you can usually find special screenings for any topic or culture, as we’ve covered in the past. For 2016, you can add gaming to that list: as part of the annual Music and Games Festival in National Harbor, Maryland, MAGFest is hosting Games on Film, a selection of 15 films and 40 shorts about games and gaming culture.

Over the four-day event, which starts tomorrow, Games on Film will screen a mix of feature films and documentaries about gaming. We’ll admit that the feature film selection seems less interesting (most are fan adaptations of popular games), but the documentaries caught our attention. Of particular interest are Thank You for Playing, about the production of a game based on a true story of childhood cancer, and The Power of Glove, a tongue-in-cheek look at the infamously poor Nintendo glove controller.

There’s also quite a few about the culture around gaming and game conventions, especially costuming Keep an eye out for Shades of Cosplay: A Black Cosplayer Documentary.

MAGFest isn’t an inexpensive event – $75 for the weekend or $45 per day – so we’re not sure we can recommend going entirely for the film lineup. But if you’re interested in gaming anyway (board games too!), you should stop in at this up-and-coming festival.

Need a finals break? See The Danish Girl on Thursday!

Welcome to finals week! We know it might be a rough time of year, so best of luck. We’re kicking off this hellacious week with a little present: advance passes to see The Danish Girl on Thursday, December 10th at 7pm in Friendship Heights. The story of transgender woman Lili Elbe is fascinating and timely, … Continue reading “Need a finals break? See The Danish Girl on Thursday!”

Welcome to finals week! We know it might be a rough time of year, so best of luck.

We’re kicking off this hellacious week with a little present: advance passes to see The Danish Girl on Thursday, December 10th at 7pm in Friendship Heights. The story of transgender woman Lili Elbe is fascinating and timely, and Eddie Redmayne’s performance has garnered major attention (and some controversy). No one has won back-to-back acting awards since Tom Hanks for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump; could Redmayne be next?

You can see for yourself weeks before the film expands to a larger national release – what better study break? You can pick up passes in person at Media Services or online. Remember to show up early: passes don’t guarantee admission, and these screenings typically fill up early.

Hopefully you can make time this week to head to the movies. If not, we hope to at least see you at the library’s Final Perk event on Wednesday!