Archive for October, 2012

Shame — Saturday, November 10

Friday, October 26th, 2012


Saturday, November 10


Donald L. Oat Theater

Suggested Donation: $7.00

Shame is the story of a man trying to lose himself in soulless sex. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York with a busy job and active social life. But when his uninhibited younger sister, Sissy (wonderfully acted by Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon’s carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control.

Although the movie’s hero is disconnected from the world, director, British painter and fine artist, Steve McQueen, (Hunger) keeps Brandon connected to the audience largely due to Fassbender’s startlingly fine performance.

The movie is rated NC-17 for explicit sex, and has won and was nominated for more awards that can be listed here. Click for award list. The film’s publicity explains the hero’s behavior as sexual addiction but it might better be said that he had a death wish as suggested in a comment from Sissy “we are not bad people, we just came from a bad place.”

Shame is at its best when Brandon silently flirts with a woman on the subway in a predatory manner; when he runs through the city’s empty streets; during his frenzied attempt to find transcendence in a sexual experience. In such moments the audience grasps Brandon’s spiritual emptiness. Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers — Friday, October 26

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Friday,October 26

6:00 pm

Otis Library
261 Main Street, Norwich

Invasion-of-the-Body-Snatchers-1956-Movie-Poster-180x300Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American science fiction  film directed by Don Siegel and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter.

The story depicts an extraterrestrial invasion in a small California town. The invaders replace human beings with duplicates that appear identical on the surface but are devoid of any emotion or individuality. A local doctor uncovers what is happening and tries to stop them.

In 1994, Invasion of the Body Snatchers was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.