As we close in on the 70thanniversary of the release of Vittorio De Seca’s Academy-Award winning film Bicycle Thieves (Ladri de Biciclette),a newly digitally restored version of the Italian Neorealist film will make its Miami premier at the Miami Beach Cinematheque this Thursday, October 18th, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the World Cinema theme of their Interactive Archives Project. This simply constructed classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, follows Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), a poverty-stricken man who’s desperate for a job that will enable him to support his inquisitive son Bruno (Enzo Staiola), wife Maria (Lianella Carell), and their newborn child.
After two years of unemployment, Antonio is finally offered a job plastering movie posters around Rome, but the gig requires him to have a bike, which he can’t afford. Out of desperation, him and his wife begrudgingly pawn off their linen bed sheets in exchange for a bicycle. But, in a heart-wrenching sequence, the bike is stolen on his very first day of work.
In the spirit of Halloween, our film club, Film Initiative Underground, and the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, are teaming up to bring a free screening of David Fincher’s heart pumping crime-thriller, Zodiac (2007), to FIU’s MMC Campus. Based on the real-life murders of the Zodiac Killer, Zodiac is a brilliant and meticulously assembled story about obsession, and features great performances by a talented cast.
Thanks to the crew at the Bill Cosford Cinema, I was able to watch the first Miami screening of Brian Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) a month before release, with a huge, enthusiastic crowd. We were additionally treated to a brief word introducing the film from stars Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, and Joseph Mazello, who championed Queen as the band who makes outcasts feel at home. As for the film itself, Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Queen and their front man, Freddie Mercury, with great accuracy, delivering moving performances and the energy fitting of a performer like Freddie.
Halloween comes a little early this year as the beginning of October is filled with Halloween spirit. In partnership with O Cinema, Flaming Classics is screening the perennial Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus on October 13th and 14th, because we all know there’s nothing like a classic Disney film with a drag show chaser. Several of us will be joining the FIU contingent for the showing on the 14th at 1pm. Later this month on the 20th O Cinema presents their 7th annual showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Costumes are welcome and O Cinema encourages you to make this viewing as interactive as possible, so don’t be afraid to sing along.
The Miami Film Festival’s fall showcase event, GEMS, lands October 11 – 14. This year’s showcase, as usual, features a strong lineup of Oscar contenders and winners of major festival awards, as well as a virtual reality and gaming exhibition, panel discussions, masterclasses, and parties! Here’s what our interns and director are looking forward to. Continue reading GEMS Arrives Oct 11 – 14→
October’s arrival heralds the annual release of those corny, embarrassingly bad horror flicks we all love to hate. What’s worse is when these frightening flops are nothing more than hack-slash re-hashings of horror classics. Which of these hauntingly awful horror reboots is the worst? You decide! Continue reading Poll: Horror reboots so bad, your skin will crawl!→