Ted and Ricky are in the very merry Browning Cinema to run down the December slate of films. While a shorter month with the semester ending, there are still a wide variety of films playing. The month kicks off with Crazy Rich Asians, the summer blockbuster that ranks in the top five romantic comedies of all time. It also happens to be the first Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian cast since the Joy Luck Club. Alongside that will be Dario Argento’s 1975 thriller Deep Red, which is receiving some notoriety lately given the remake of his Suspiria.
A mini-retrospective of Paul Schrader’s films begins December 4–8 in advance of his anticipated visit to campus next semester. After collecting wheelbarrows of awards for First Reformed, Schrader is no stranger to hugely important American films, including these featured titles screening at the Browning Cinema: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, and Raging Bull.
The Browning will have slightly cheerier fare as the Truth and Fiction series closes with Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about America’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers. Professor Pfinklepfunder’s final films of the semester will be yule-themed, including It’s a Wonderful Life and Dolly Parton’s Christmas Coat of Many Colors. And lastly, the reason for the PG-13 rating’s establishment, Gremlins, adds some kick to the holiday film line-up.
The programming for the calendar year closes with what promises to be a lavish performance of La Traviata in the Met Live series. Despite the short month, there’s plenty to keep everyone warm and entertained during the holiday season.