Ted and Ricky sit down to discuss what is a veritable cornucopia of November films at the Browning Cinema—such a cornucopia that it will undoubtedly signal the theme of the Top 3 that will drop in the middle of the month. While Thanksgiving pauses programming for that weekend, November still has a hefty mix of new and classic films screening.
To start, Professor Pfinklepfunder’s movie-making machine will hopefully be properly calibrated and creating films like Song of the Sea from Irish myths, The Parent Trap from the early Lohan days, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from Roald Dahl.
The Learning Beyond the Classics Series, this semester on how to analyze documentary films, remains open to all and will be screening a series of short documentary essay films with guest lecturer Jill Godmilow as well as the documentary The Honour of All wherein First Nations play themselves.
Operation Frankenstein screenings close out with the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner and the 90s cult gem Gattaca. Otherclassics include Big Night, which is being shown in conjunction with the ongoing Higgins Labor CLASSics series; Deep Red, Dario Argento’s Giallo that should be worth a rewatch given the hype surrounding the remake of his Suspiria; and The Blues Brothers, which is playing the role of the concert/musical film shown annually the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Closing out the month are a slew of new films, including Frederick Wiseman’s close-to-home documentary Monrovia, Indiana; the horror/comedy with heavy 80s toppings Slice; the new documentary from Notre Dame Professors Nets of Memory about the Irish immigrant experience in the United States; a documentary on Kusama Yayoi called Kusama: Infinity that will be shown alongside Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece; a neo-realist account of the Romani population living in Italy with A Ciambra; a courtroom/marital thriller The Children Act about the strain the justice system places on the home and vice versa in the UK; The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a fictional film set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1990s about conversion therapy; and lastly Crazy Rich Asians, which will have both its success and its messaging broken down with a panel.
All of those films should be ample antidotes to any tryptophan comas. As will also be, hopefully, our rousing episode of Top 3 later this month with a v/s v/s/g.