Hollywood: Behind the Screen Season 2: New Hollywood and the Independent Cinema

Season Two of our podcast Hollywood: Behind the Screen continues with a variety of films from the 1970s to the end of the century. The films we discuss feature B-movie auteurs, bigshot producers, paranoid writers, aspiring starlets, and even porn stars in a series of apocalyptic adaptations, indie dramas, and action hits with big names such as Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

From The 2020 Oscars

From The 2020 Oscars

One of the biggest nights for Hollywood was held this past February 9th. The Academy Awards – better known as the Oscars – is a ceremony whose purpose is to decorate, honor, and reward the film-making community for its dedication and prowess to its craft. In the...

Preview: Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley)

Preview: Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley)

Sorry to Bother You speaks to one’s career readiness, as well as the conflicts and callings one might face in their career. Its satire drives home the importance of moral integrity, self-knowledge, and–surprisingly–union representation.

Preview: 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart)

Preview: 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart)

Director Davy Rothbart’s award-winning documentary 17 Blocks shows us four generations of an African-American family struggling through tragedy and looking for hope. Rothbart will visit Winona State with his film Oct. 22, 2019, at 7 pm in Stark 103 Miller Auditorium.

Preview: North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro)

Preview: North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro)

In North Country (2005, dir. Niki Caro), Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron stars in the  inspiring true story of women pursuing careers and facing harassment in northern Minnesota’s mining industry in the 1980s.

Preview: Office Space (1999, dir. Mike Judge)

Preview: Office Space (1999, dir. Mike Judge)

The second film in this year’s “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” series Oct. 5, Office Space is a hilarious look at the job of IT workers in the office environment, portraying how one might overcome the obstacles their bosses present.

Finding His Voice: Spike Lee’s Development as a Filmmaker

Finding His Voice: Spike Lee’s Development as a Filmmaker

What makes a film so singularly Spike Lee’s?  This visual essay examines the development of  Lee’s distinctive artistic voice, featuring looks at some of his earliest work like Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop leading up to Malcolm X, the apex of his creative career.

Dance as Storytelling in School Daze & Do the Right Thing

Dance as Storytelling in School Daze & Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee uses dance as an illustrative mode of storytelling throughout his filmography, and in School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), as a vehicle for the disenfranchised, persecuted, and misunderstood. This visual essay analyzes scenes School Daze’s “Good and Bad Hair” dance number and Do the Right Thing’s opening credits sequence.

Any One of Us (2019, dir. Fernando Villena): Mountainfilm Review

Any One of Us (2019, dir. Fernando Villena): Mountainfilm Review

Going into the Mountainfilm 2019 screening of Any One of Us, nearly every audience member knew that professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia was going to suffer a devastating accident leading to a spinal cord injury.  Fortunately, director Fernando Villena was very aware of this fact and used it to the film’s advantage.

Mountainfilm 2019 Symposium Review: Equity

Mountainfilm 2019 Symposium Review: Equity

At Mountainfilm, this year’s Moving Mountains Symposium was focused on the topic of Equity and featured speakers and entertainment along the way. This was the perfect time and place for the Symposium so we could hear all about the differences in the world–and how to address them.

The Railroader (2019, dir. Russell Bush): Mountainfilm Review

The Railroader (2019, dir. Russell Bush): Mountainfilm Review

Through a personal and detailed story from John Bush, poetic and expository modes, and polished cinematography, Russell O. Bush created a beautiful film that not only manages to capture the audience in its grasp, but also provides an important story on how locomotives have made an impact on America throughout history.

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