Science Fiction Watch Party

“It’s like we’re in a science fiction movie!”

New York’s Governor Cuomo said this week, “It’s like living in a science fiction movie.” With science now such a part of every-day life, checking out the science fiction genre makes a lot of sense for film lovers during quarantine. Perhaps “born” with George Melies A TRIP TO THE MOON in 1902, the “sci-fi” film genre has played a key role in cinema history … even before STAR WARS!
 
  • Metropolis. This highly influential 1927 classic was the first noted full-length sci-fi film and is a landmark of German Expressionism.
  • Forbidden Planet. Shakespeare’s TEMPEST is the source for this colorful sci-fi favorite, perhaps most famous for making “Robbie The Robot” a cultural icon of the 1950s.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey. Widely considered the greatest science fiction epic of all time, Stanley Kurick’s 1968 exploration of man’s evolution broke ground in special effects that set the stage for later works like BLADE RUNNER and the STAR WARS series. 

 

Alfred Hitchock Watch Party

Feeling claustrophobic during the quarantine? Three classics from “The Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock will not only help you pass the time, but develop your filmmaking skills by seeing how Hitchcock uses the art of cinema to tell complex stories set in very limited spaces. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!!

  • Life Boat. Think you could make a full-length feature film with more than a half dozen major characters stranded in the middle of the ocean on a small boat? Hitch did, even figuring out a creative way to include his frequent cameo appearance (see if you catch it). Imagine getting through quarantine with your family like this!
  • Rope. Not only does Hitchcock limit the set to a three-room apartment, but he attempts to sustain the narrative about a couple of college pals plotting the “perfect murder” into “real time” of 80 consecutive minutes, using some of his famous filmmaking tricks to make the entire movie appear as a single continuous shot.
  • Rear Window. One of Hitchcock’s top masterpieces, REAR WINDOW not only restricts the hero to his small apartment for the entire film, but confines him in a wheelchair the whole time as he looks out the window at his neighbors and “thinks” he catches some foul play happening across the courtyard. We guess that’s one way to pass the time during quarantine.

 

Star Wars: Great or Hate Debate

Film Discussion: Wednesday, April 29 at 8pm EST

Star Wars is one of the most beloved (and profitable) movie series of all time, but not everyone is in love with the movies. Come debate which Star Wars movies you think are great or the ones you hate. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Onward

Film Discussion: Wednesday, April 22 at 8pm EST

Pixar has become legendary for its storytelling abilities and “Onward” is no exception. Streaming now on Disney+, watch the film and then come to a virtual conversation at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22, with UGACA Film teacher, Joe Horine and your fellow students. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

Raising Arizona

Film Discussion: Wednesday, April 15 at 8pm EST

Watch one of the funniest movies (in our opinion) in modern cinema history. Then come to a virtual conversation at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, with UGACA Film Studies Instructor, Joe Horine and your fellow students. CLICK HERE TO RSVP