Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Film Festival Teasers

With the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival in full swing at the University of Georgia, we are super excited about all the activities going on, especially the First Annual Film Festival sponsored by the University of Georgia Press and Specials Collections Library. Before heading to the showings today through Friday, check out the following reviews and trailers for the films to be shown.

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang! (1932) will be shown at 7:00 p.m. tonight in the UGA Special Collections Library Auditorium. The review on said, it is “[o]ne of the toughest movies ever made, an uncompromising and frightening film that lays bare the inhuman conditions of the penal system in post-WWI Georgia.” Check out the full review here.

Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) will be shown at 7:00 p.m.on Thursday, November 14 in the UGA Special Collections Library Auditorium. “’The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys’ digs into the flaming recesses of the adolescent mind with such acuity, compassion and good humor that it will plummet you back to that painfully awkward age when hoarded tidbits of bogus sexual lore had the weight of magic passwords to the kingdom of heaven,” said The New York Times reporter Stephen Holden in his review of the film. Check out the full review here.

Glory (1989) will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15 in the UGA Special Collections Library Auditorium. James Berardinelli with Reelviews reviewed the film saying, “Glory is, without question, one of the best movies ever made about the American Civil War...The reason isn't just the way in which Kevin Jarre's script illuminates a frequent oversight of history books, nor is it the fine acting or epic feel that director Edward Zwick achieves on a modest budget - although those elements are part of Glory's effectiveness. Rather, it is the way in which the filmmakers weave an impressively large historical tapestry without ever losing sight of the characters that make up the individual threads. Glory has important things to say, yet it does so without becoming pedantic.” Check out the full review here.

Aren’t you more excited about going to see these films now? We look forward to seeing you there! Also, check out more events for UGA's 2013 Spotlights on the Arts festival here.