A feast for film fans planned at Ware Center
BY JANE HOLAHAN, Staff Writer
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" not your thing?
Have no interest in superheroes, car crashes or sequels?
More interested in movies that are a little off the beaten path? Documentaries? Foreign films?
Those small movies that never show up at the Penn or Regal because the audience that wants to see them is just not that big?
Well, the Ware Center has a film series for you.
Beginning Monday and running through May, the series will feature an array of films that you might have read about but never thought you could see on the big screen.
"The major movie houses are not going to pick these movies up because they are just too small," says Harvey Owen, director of the Ware Center. "But we love them."
Owen asked about 30 area "film nuts" (his term) to choose what they wanted to see from a list. He also took a look at the film catalogue at Emerging Pictures and then took a look at audience and critic responses on two film sites, IMDB.com and Rottentomatoes.com, to make sure the films had appeal.
"Last year, we'd average about 35 to 50 people per showing," says Owen. "Sometimes we only had a few people. But that's OK. We really want to do this as a service to film lovers."
All films are at 5 and 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Admission is $7 and $5 for students and seniors.
n Up first, on Monday is "Searching for Sugar Man" (PG-13). The Oscar-nominated documentary is about a search for a musician who faded into obscurity after making one album in the late 1960s. In the next two decades, the album became a phenomenon in apartheid South Africa and two fans decided to find the musician. Their search led to an extraordinary story.
n Monday, Feb. 4, "Holy Motors" (NR, French, English subtitles). Paris is the backdrop for a story about Oscar, who drives around the city in a white limo in search of surreal adventures, becoming everything from an assassin to a sewer-dwelling leprechaun.
n Wednesday, Feb. 6, "Queen of Versailles" (PG) Riding the wave of the economic boom, a billionaire couple builds a huge 90,000 sq. foot palace. But over the course of the next two years, the housing bubble and the stock market crash forces the couple to face severe lifestyle changes in this documentary.
n Monday, Feb. 11, "Sleepwalk with Me" (PG-13) Comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about anxiety, relationships and sleepwalking.
·Wednesday, Feb. 13. The 2013 Oscar nominated animated shorts will be shown all together.
·Wednesday, Feb. 20. A week later, the 2013 Oscar nominated live action shorts will be shown.
·Monday, Feb. 25, "A Royal Affair" (R) This Danish film, which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is the true story of an 18th century insane king, a young but strong queen and the royal physician who falls in love with her and causes a revolution.
·Monday, March 11, "A Late Quartet" (R) Four musicians, who have been performing in a quartet together for 25 years, face surprising changes when one member is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener star.
·Monday, March 25, "The Flat" (NR, English, partial German and Hebrew with English subtitles) When director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died, he took on the task of cleaning out her apartment in Tel Aviv, which she had lived in since escaping Nazi Germany in the 1930s. This documentary tells the story of what he discovered and the complicated family mystery that unraveled.
n Wed. April 3, "Chasing Ice" (PG-13) National Geographic photographer James Balog travels across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. He discovers mountains of ice are disappearing at an alarming rate.
·Monday, April 8, "Chicken with Plums" (PG-13) This French film, by the same directors who made "Persepolis," is based on a graphic novel. Set in the 1950s in Tehran, a renowned violinist is depressed that his violin is broken. With no instrument worthy to replace it, he decided to wait for death. As he waits, he falls into deep reveries about his youth.
·Monday, April 22, "Compliance" (R) After getting a call from a man claiming to be a police officer, a group of fast food workers turn on an employee they are told has stolen money. But the demands from the caller get stranger and more invasive. Why does everyone lose any sense of reason and continue tormenting her? Based on a true story.
·Wednesday, April 24, "Side by Side" (NR) Keanu Reeves takes viewers on a tour through the history of film, from its invention to today's digital revolution. The documentary included in-depth interviews with such Hollywood masters as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, George Lucas, James Cameron and Christopher Nolan.
·Monday, April 29, "The Well-Digger's Daughter" (NR, French with English subtitles) A remake of the celebrated French 1940s classic, Daniel Auteuil stars as Pascale, a widower living with his six daughters in Provence on the eve of World War I.
·Monday, May 6, "Liberal Arts" (PG-13) Writer/director Josh Radnor (of "How I Met Your Mother") plays an uninspired 35-year-old who's invited to speak at a favorite professor's retirement party. Coming back to school and getting the attention of a student opens feelings and possibilities he thought were buried forever.
·Monday, May 20, "Little White Lies" (NR, French with English subtitles) This ensemble brings together France's current generation of top actors who play longtime friends now in their 30s and 40s and facing the trials and tribulations of fading youth and modern relationships. This film is at 5 and 8 p.m.
Ware Center Film Series
"Searching for Sugar Man"
Mon. 5 and 7:30 p.m.
$7 adults, $5 seniors and students
Steinman Hall, The Ware Center
42 N. Prince St. 872-3811; 871-2308