From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

New on DVD: Contagion (2011)

Contagion movie poster

Contagion, from the master storyteller Steven Soderbergh, is about a killer flu pandemic that puts mankind on the ropes. It paints a grim but fully-detailed picture of how we’d react in such circumstances. It’s not pretty.

Program Notes: Match Point (2005)

Match Point movie poster

Woody Allen’s Match Point isn’t a comedy. Rather it's a Hitchcockian thriller about murder. Aside from its thriller elements, it's also a meditation about class, upward mobility, lust, and guilt.

Program Notes: David Copperfield (1935)

David Copperfield movie poster

David Copperfield has a well-known director, name screenwriters and it certainly has a cast to die for. But the individual most responsible for the success of the film was David O. Selznick.

New on DVD: Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 movie poster

J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 is a riff on all those Spielberg-inspired films from the ‘80s in which suburban kids got sucked into other-worldly adventures.

Movie Quiz: Blaxploitation

Super Fly movie poster

Blaxploitation films were by, for and about African Americans. Made cheaply throughout the 1970s, they made stars of performers like Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree and became pop cultural icons.