Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In Movie Club, No One Can Hear You Scream

We had Jaws. Now we have Jaws in Space. That’s right, Episode 8 of Guelph Movie Club is Alien. We’re stepping off the ship with Ripley to take our chances with facehuggers, chestbursters, and big, bad aliens.

You’ve been warned, but it won’t do you any good. You might as well join us on Thursday, August 29 at 9:00 p.m.

And right before Alien, at 8:00 p.m., you can also join us in the eBar for a special talk on why movies matter. Dr. Scott Duchesne of the University of Guelph will drop some knowledge on us and then answer your movie-related questions. Scott teaches in the School of English and Theatre Studies, where he specializes in the study of graphic novels and extra-theatrical performance. He has taught contemporary cinema for the past three years, focusing on the history, politics, and aesthetics of "blockbusters."

Scott will talk about how Alien is a transitional movie that both recalls the "new" Hollywood of the early-to-mid-1970s and anticipates the "blockbuster" decade of the 1980s. In the course of his talk he'll touch on both The Exorcist and Star Wars, and he'll also consider how Ridley Scott evolved as an artist right after the success of Alien by looking at Scott's masterpiece, Blade Runner, and his groundbreaking 1984 commercial for the Apple Macintosh.

It’s just another way we’re trying to make movie club bigger and better.

Before the movie starts, I’ll be announcing the winning movie for Episode 9, the September GMC (the short list for that should be ready for voting soon). And after the movie, you'll have a chance to nominate movies for Episode 10, so start thinking about what movie you’d like to see back on the big screen.

Don’t forget to visit the Bookshelf Facebook and Twitter pages for voting and more details!

Till then, see you at the movies.

 - Danny W.

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