Blog Directory CineVerse: November 2011

Go "Home for the Holidays," but come to CineVerse on Nov. 30

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but it's not too late to laugh at the foibles and frustrations one family encounters on turkey day, as amply evidenced in “Home for the Holidays” (1995; 103 minutes), directed by Jodie Foster, chosen by Patrick McMahon, scheduled for Nov. 30 at CineVerse.

Make plans to arrive on time, as we'll play a movie trivia game for DVD prizes from 7 - 7:40 p.m..


Salute "The General"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Four years ago this month, CineVerse shone the spotlight on the comedic genius and directing prowess of Buster Keaton a la his timeless classic "The General."

To hear a podcast recording of that evening's absorbing group discussion, click here.


CineVerse cancelled Nov. 23

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, for which the Oak View Center building will be closed early on Wednesday, there will be no CineVerse group meeting on Nov. 23. We will resume next Wednesday as usual. Happy turkey day, everyone!


A skeleton army worthy of Harryhausen

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

by Erik J. Martin

Looking for a fun flick to rent or queue up in your Netflix library? Check out Army of Darkness.

Though it was certainly the campiest outing in his three-part “Evil Dead” series, Sam Raimi’s “Army of Darkness” was also the most fun.

Bruce Campbell reprises his cult-hero role as Ash, the lone survivor of the first two flicks who can take a lickin’ from the undead and keep on tickin’ (case in point: he replaced his severed forearm with a chainsaw). For no apparent reason, Ash is transported to the 14th century, where he must lead a band of medieval warriors against—you guessed it—the army of darkness.

Raimi the horror historian throws a bone to classic Ray Harryhausen animation via his sword-wielding skeleton minions, who manage to steal the show. Gore and guffaws collide in this wicked widescreen romp.


Run, don't walk, to "Ran"

Monday, November 14, 2011

On November 16, our tribute to Akira Kurosawa, one of the world's finest directors, will conclude. We've seen many greats from this giant of Japanese cinema over the past six months, but we've saved one of his best for last: "Ran" (1985; 162 minutes).

Note: Due to the long runtime of this film, CineVerse will start promptly at 7 p.m. and extend until 10:30 p.m. to allow enough time for group discussion.


Get Stung

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Oak Lawn public library will present the following movie free of charge: The Sting (1973, PG, 129 min) -- Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. The result is a story with several twists and last-minute alterations. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw.


Can that guy act or what?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

For November-December, CineVerse is running a new poll, and we want your vote. This time around, we ask: Who is the greatest movie actor of all time? Vote now by visiting the left sidebar on our home page and selecting from 20 favorite names.

By the way, here are the results of our most recent CineVerse poll, which asked, “What is the greatest movie western of all time?” The overwhelming winner was The Searchers, with 31% of the vote. Runners up included Unforgiven (21%), and, with 10% of the vote each, Rio Bravo, The Good The Bad and the Ugly, and The Magnificent Seven.


Cast a vote for "Election"

Election day may have come and gone, but you can still get your fill of petty politics and crazy campaigning by joining Cineverse on November 9 fo "Election" (1999; 103 minutes), directed by Alexander Payne, chosen by Joe Valente.


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