Advance Screening: THE ROAD MOVIE
See it for free before it opens, courtesy Oscilloscope! A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s THE ROAD MOVIE is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have- to-see- it-to- believe-it documentary, THE ROAD MOVIE captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers. Oh, and did we mention that Oscilloscope will be buying a drink for every attendee?
Books on Film: “Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes” with author Annette Insdorf
On January 7, join Videology and Columbia University professor Annette Insdorf for a discussion on her latest book, Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. A book signing will take place after the event.
Like a good novel, a good film tells you much of what you need to know in its opening. The opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Taxi Driver do as much to establish thematic and stylistic concerns as the famous first sentences of The Great Gatsby or The Stranger. But is the opening scene always trustworthy, or is it sometimes intentionally misleading? In Cinematic Overtures, Insdorf divides openings into numerous categories based on factors such as their mode of narration (long take vs. montage) or their point of view (singular vs. collective protagonist) before examining how they present their world to the viewer, allowing her to analyze everything from the reliability of the camera’s gaze to film’s relationship to literature.
Cinematic Overtures includes insightful, even surprising analyses of everything from Hollywood (Sunset Boulevard, Touch of Evil) and arthouse classics (Hiroshima, mon amour, Talk To Her) to more obscure but no-less brilliant works (The Hourglass Sanatorium). Join us as Annette Insdorf walks us through how to “read” these and other openings.
The Gold Standard: Jeff Goldblum Tribute & Trivia
Some events are born great. Others achieve greatness. And then some are thrust upon you by the Goldblum gods. And so goes the story of the Videology programming staff and this shower curtain in the color “Jeff.”
Everyone could use a little more Jeff Goldblum in their lives, and who are we to deprive you? Join us for a tribute to the most ravishing creature we’ve ever seen, whose perfectly plump & hydrated lips have uttered things like, “I love both puppies and kittens. I could just scrunch up their little faces!”
January 11, host Wendy Mays will be your Goldblum guide, as you watch favorite clips and montages (Jeff Goldblum jazz night, anyone?), team up with your friends and other fans through 3 rounds of Goldblum trivia, and participate in a series of Goldblum games!
The night will be capped off with an impression contest (costumes encouraged,) where the winner will walk away with a Jeff Goldblum shower curtain. (Other prizes and giveaways will be rewarded throughout the night.)
FANTASTIC PLANET with a Live Score
Featuring a live score from Tenth Intervention! The film will be presented without sound or subtitles.
Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.
Blue Planet II Premiere: One Ocean
Blue Planet is back on January 20, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Gather together with us and other Blue Planet fans to celebrate the live U.S. premiere of this iconic series the way it was meant to be seen––with a room full of people wildly gesticulating at the screen. David Attenborough returns to the world’s oceans, documenting the rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.
Episode 1: One Ocean starts in the tropical coral reefs – the most diverse ocean habitat – as a baby dolphin is taught the secrets of a coral reef. On another reef, a tusk fish demonstrates a surprising level of ingenuity – tool use – as it uses corals as an anvil to break open clams. Predatory false killer whales off the coast of New Zealand are in search of dolphins, teaming up with them to form super-pods – a formidable army to take advantage of the bounty of these seasonal seas. Toward our planet’s poles, the ocean’s surface is locked in ice. But in the Arctic, a warm current from the south keeps some Norwegian fjords ice-free all year round. Here, in winter, pods of orcas use dramatic tail slaps to stun herring, and humpback whales follow the noises to find the feast. As we begin to understand the true complexity of the lives of our ocean creatures, so do we recognize the fragility of their home. Join us 30 mins before the 9pm premiere for Blue Planet trivia + giveaways provided by BBC America!