by Mike Keenan
When entering the Landmark Theatre at the Pen Centre recently to watch the thriller, Wind River, I was met by a helpful lady with handouts on the Brock University Film Series (BUFS), which looks so enticing I thought I must share it as Brock has added yet one more solid opportunity for those living in or visiting St. Catharines to enjoy widespread theatre entertainment.
BUFS screens Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre, Pen Centre and tickets ($10) are available at the BUFS Box Office Table in the theatre lobby after 6 p.m. on screening nights (cash/cheque only). Passes are described below, and an attractive feature is that all passes include one bring-a-friend-for-free! Please note that pass holder seats are guaranteed until 6:40 p.m. After 6:40 p.m. seats are released to pass holders or the ticket line on a first-come, first-served basis. The series is off to a good start having shown Beatriz at Dinner and The Sense of an Ending.
Here are the upcoming listings ‒
Sept. 27: The Trip to Spain – Steve and Rob sample the restaurants and hotels of the Spanish coastline, trading jokes and impressions over their lunches.
Oct. 4: Obit – At The New York Times, a particular team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Here, we are introduced to those responsible for crafting these unequaled obituaries. As we are taken through their painstaking process, we learn about the pressures accompanying a career spent shaping the story of a life.
Oct. 11: Frantz – Anna is a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in the trenches of World War I. Adrien, a French veteran of the war, makes a mysterious appearance in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually becomes closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz.
Oct. 18: 78/52 – An in-depth look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” – composed of 78 setups and 52 cuts – and the screen murder that profoundly changed world cinema. I must tell you that this was the scariest movie that I have ever seen – prior to Aliens during which I cowered under my seat for the bulk of the movie.
Oct. 25: Loving Vincent – Mystery surrounds the death of famed painter Vincent van Gogh in 1890 France.
Nov. 1 The Other Side of Hope – A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees that has recently arrived in Finland.
From Nov. 8, on, Brock is working on the rest of their schedule, but you may easily check it out at their website – https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/cpcf/bufs-the-brock-university-film
The 2017/18 Fall/Winter Season includes twenty-one films and runs every Wednesday. Passes for the Fall Season passes (valid Sept.23 to Dec.2) are on sale at the BUFS ticket table. The varieties are as follows – Fall Season Pass (11 films) $90, Eight-film Pass $70, Five-film Pass $45, Five-film Pass for Students and Seniors $40
Congratulations to Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film division for this attractive entertainment package.
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