March is the midpoint of the Spring semester, often cleaved by Spring Break. Further, it stands at an interesting juncture of the cinema world. Sundance, Berlinale, the BAFTAs and the Oscars have just wrapped up. In their wake, the summer blockbusters have started appearing, heralding the warmer months and, also, different conversations about movies.
In the Browning Cinema, March is a busy month with screenings running during Spring Break. (Come check out The Post over break if you’re getting your slice of Daytona Beach locally on the shores of the St. Joseph River!) Outside of that, fellow Oscar nominees I, Tonya and Faces Places have a run during the month in our New at the Browning series, alongside two new music-related films: Song of Granite (co-sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies) and Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. Classic cinema is represented by Stop Making Sense, in the Gender and Rock series, and Medium Cool and In the Year of the Pig from the Learning Beyond the Classics series on the year 1968. Keeping the music in film banner high, a documentary about Itzhak Perlman entitled, directly, Itzhak will be used to herald his return performance on campus as well as launch the lineup of the 2018 Michiana Jewish Film Festival (film titles TBD).
In the Top 3 (trademark (rejected by the USPTO)) portion of the podcast, Ted and Ricky lament the hour that slips silently and immediately through the hourglass when Daylight Saving Time ends come March 11. As a requiem for that lost time, Ted and Ricky run through films you can enjoy when you don’t have that much time (i.e., really good short feature films (i.e., films under 90 minutes)). In Ted’s mix are a French New Wave classic by Agnès Varda (who will be seen in the upcoming Faces Places in the Browning Cinema), a mockumentary urtext, and one of Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s shorter offerings. Ricky puts forward an upcoming Learning Beyond the Classics film from the Czech New Wave, an anti-nuke narrative from before Dr. Strangelove, and a Christmas classic just in time for the summertime.