Summer 2017 Movie Poll Results!

A few weeks ago, we asked you all which films you were looking forward to watching this summer. The votes are in and in a surprising turn of events, we have a three-way tie between Alien: Covenant, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Wonder Woman. This tie proves that we simply can’t choose between the wide selection of films coming out in the coming weeks!

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Five Questions With Dr. Frank Luca

Since 2004, Dr. Frank Luca has split his time as a professor of History at FIU and Chief Librarian at The Wolfsonian. He received a Ph. D. from FIU in 2005 with a focus on Ethnohistory and Colonial Latin America. He has successfully fused his passion for both American history and film with his courses on America and Movies (AMH 3317).

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Speaking in Cinema

Hoping to satisfy your thirst for cinematic knowledge and meet a successful filmmaker?

This Friday the Speaking in Cinema series at Miami Beach Cinematheque will host filmmaker Albert Serra at its screening of his latest film,  The Death of Louis XIV.  The historical film explores the family life of King Louis XIV in his final moments. After the screening Albert Serra will discuss this and his other works with critic & filmmaker Yonca Tala.

The Miami Beach Cinematheque’s Speaking in Cinema Series was developed and supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation in 2013 to provide a richer appreciation of cinema through a string of conversations focusing on filmmaking styles led by local filmmakers and professional critics. The brainchild of the Cinematheque’s director, Dana Keith, Speaking in Cinema happens a few months throughout the year during which the selected hosts and guest have an interactive conversation with the audiences, which allows all parties to understand and analyze cinema not only as an art but also its own meta-language which goes beyond sampling entertainment.

The series started as a two year program but due to its success was expanded to an continual series. To date Speaking in Cinema‘s eleven installments have featured works from professionals such as Daniel Patrick Carbone, Brontis Jodorowsky, Benoit Debie, and Harmony Korine.

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“Your Name” is Finally Here!

     Finally, Your Name is getting its official Western release this April, with cinemas screening both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and a new English dub.  Your Name is an anime body-swap love story from Japanese writer and director Makoto Shinkai that took the world by storm in 2016. A critical and commercial success, the film went on to earn more than $328 million worldwide, unseating long-time classic Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime film of all time.

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A Night Under Moonlight: A Community Event

        This past week FIU hosted a screening and discussion of Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight. Despite having seen it twice already, this viewing was a very different experience from the ones I’ve had in the movie theater. Filling the room to capacity, the crowd here was completely in sync, heavily invested in the film’s exploration of race and sexuality, as well as in its setting that reflected where many of them live and face their own struggles.

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