4. Black Dynamite (2009)

Michael Jai White as action star Black Dynamite

Film Club presents Black Dynamite (2009) by Scott Sanders

Ah! What better way to kick off the new year and new semester with the action packed parody of the 1970’s blaxploitation film by Scott Sanders, co-written by Sanders, Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson and Byron Minns who co-star in the film. All you need to know about this film is that it’s badass and action-packed, so I hope to see you there to enjoy the gratuitous sex and violence of the 1970s (oh not to mention the ridiculous plot to add!).

Screening on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
6:30 to 8:15 pm (running time is 1.5 hours)
@ MDCL 1110

Here’s the trailer:



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3. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Wes Anderson's "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001)

Film Club presents The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) by Wes Anderson

So this is the other film that we’ll be watching the week after Oldboy. A contrast to the dark seriousness of Oldboy, this will be a fun laid back screening.

Screening on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
6:30 to 8:45 pm (running time 110 minutes)
@ Burkes Science Building (BSB) 108

The surprising all-star ensemble of Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover and my favorite Bill Murray play quirky colourful characters in Wes Anderson’s dysfunctional family movie. Black comedy at one of its best! Hope to see you there!

Here’s the trailer:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265666/

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2. Oldboy (2003)

Chan-wook Park's "Oldboy" (2003)

Film Club presents Oldboy (2003) by Chan-wook Park

Sorry for the delay everyone. There were some issues with room booking so we’ve had to push back  the date back, so we’ll be doing a back-to-back film screening to make up for it, as well as for those who might prefer one over the other. Below is the date for Oldboy!

Screening on Thursday, November 18th, 2010
6:30 to 8:45 pm (running time is 2 hours)
@ Chester New Hall (CNH) 106

Oldboy is an acclaimed 2003 South Korean film directed by Chan-Wook Park that won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. I believe it’s based on a Japanese manga… regardless, it stars Min-sik Choi as the main protagonist. I’m going to hold back on saying too much as I don’t want to ruin anything, but it is a unique cinematic experience forefronts the theme of revenge and pain as the second independent installment of Park’s Vengeance Trilogy. I should also mention that the film is pretty explicit in its portrayal of sex and violence (there is nudity & violence!). There are some shocking scenes which I can prepare you for to some extent, but I’ll leave it up to you guys. As well, the film has some disturbing themes. My vague cautions end there. Regardless, an excellent film and I’m hoping to see you guys there.

If you feel like sitting this one out or can’t make it, check the #3 film screening for the week after this one!

Here’s the trailer:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/

P.S. We’ll be watching it with english subtitles

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1. Sleuth (1972)

Laurence Olivier & Michael Caine in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's mystery thriller classic Sleuth (1972)

Film Club presents Sleuth (1972) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

We shall kick off the year with something light and entertaining!

Screening on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010                                                                           6:30 pm to roughly 9:00 pm (the film is about 2 hours 20 minutes)                                      @ Hamilton Hall 302

“The film is a mystery thriller of sorts where a man (Laurence Olivier) who loves games and theater invites his wife’s lover (Michael Caine) to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results” – IMDB

There has been a remake starring Michael Caine and Jude Law, which by all accounts isn’t that bad of a remake, but the original is definitely worth the watch.

Here’s the trailer:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069281/

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Welcome to Film Club

Film Club is a brand new (as of 2010) MSU approved club at McMaster University. The purpose of the club is really to get a bunch of students who like film, meet up every 2 to 3 weeks and enjoy an awesome film together.

A note of caution that Film Club intends to avoid mainstream films (“mainstream” being a debatable term) in order to expand the film horizons of its members to promote a greater appreciation of the wide selection of films that the film scene has to offer.

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