Program Notes

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From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: The Commitments (1991)

The Commintments movie poster

“Hey, kids! Let’s put on a show!” Heaven knows how many movies have taken that cry as their starting point but few have been as infectiously enjoyable as Alan Parker’s The Commitments.

Program Notes: L.A. Confidential (1997)

L.A. Confidential movie poster

L.A. Confidential, the densely plotted '50s cop yarn based on James Ellroy's novel, is chilly and brutish and unforgiving. But for all that, it never quite sinks into utter cynicism and the principle characters retain a shred of idealism.

Program Notes: The Skin I Live In (2011)

The Skin I Live In movie poster

Simultaneously creepy and beautiful, The Skin I Live In is a heady mashup of mad scientist horror story, sexual fantasy, revenge yarn, and existential escape caper. A disturbing film for the art house crowd.

Program Notes: Bloody Sunday (2002)

Bloody Sunday movie poster

There's no subtext in Bloody Sunday. No allegorical references. No symbolism. This docudrama is obsessed with one thing: re-creating reality. And the story unfolds with the grim inevitability of Greek tragedy.

Program Notes: Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner movie poster

No other movie has so formed our ideas about a dystopian future than Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. And its art direction, cinematography & special effects are every bit as good as today's digital dabbling.