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
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
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.
Continue reading Hollywood’s Obsession With Biopics
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and say you want to join the group chat. You can also contact the club by using this link https://fiu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/filmclub 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!
Aside from the new releases of Bullet Train, The Invitation, and Beast, we here at FIU Film Studies invite you to explore your options outside of the mainstream circuit. Here’s what we have on our radar from now until September 20: Continue reading Event Rundown: September 7-20