Three Thousand Years of Longing and the Endless Allure of Storytelling

Three Thousand Years of Longing Promotional Poster

The beating heart of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing lies in the power of narratives and what they mean to us as viewers. The film follows Tilda Swinton’s Alithea, a narratologist who travels to Istanbul, where she attends conferences and gives speeches about the history and power of storytelling. After finding and cleaning an old glass lamp, she accidentally releases Djinn, played by Idris Elba, who grants her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. From there, the film takes an interesting turn. Instead of becoming an action-packed and fantastical epic where Alithea makes wishes with disastrous consequences – she is reluctant to make any wishes. And to convince her, Djinn decides to sit down and tell her all the details of his long life and imprisonment: his great loves, his great regrets, and his great suffering. Continue reading Three Thousand Years of Longing and the Endless Allure of Storytelling

Flashback Flick: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Poster of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. He is wearing a hat and is shown from his head down to his shoulders.

To kick off the Fall 2022 semester, the crew at FIU Film Studies would like to introduce you to our new series: Flashback Flicks. Every week, one of our editors will select a favorite film or cult classic that we recommend to you, our readers. This week’s pick is Steven Spielberg’s 1981 film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Continue reading Flashback Flick: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Hollywood’s Obsession With Biopics

Austin Butler as “The King” in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis

It seems like every other movie in recent years is a biopic. A story about a famous musician we adore? Check out Bohemian Rhapsody, Tick Tick Boom, or Rocketman. A story about the struggling artist? Check out I, Tonya or the Eyes of Tammy Faye. A story about a significant moment in history? Check out Hacksaw Ridge or the Imitation Game.

My point is, there’s quite a few. The question is, why?
It’s because it’s the easiest form of source material for a film. Let’s face it, Hollywood is getting lazy.
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FIU Film Club Meeting September 20th!

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The FIU Film Club is proud to announce our first meeting of the year on September 20th, 2022. For details about the location and time just text (786)-294-5420 or email and say you want to join the group chat. You can also contact the club by using this link where you will then be added to the club group chat where all club announcements and meeting dates will be posted. Continue reading FIU Film Club Meeting September 20th!