Welcome to Film Central! Your KCPL account gives you access to thousands of movies: Films to check out from our Central Vault collection as well as to stream from Kanopy and Hoopla. Our talented staff, Cullen and James, will announce a movie to discuss at the beginning of each month. You’ll have a few weeks to watch the movie. Then?, on the third Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m., we will meet on ZOOM and discuss. You can pop your own popcorn, wear your fuzzy slippers and talk cinema!
Join Film Central this month as we discuss Hard Eight, the feature debut of Oscar-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master, Phantom Thread). The film follows Sydney, a savvy aging gambler, as he takes young loser John under his wing, teaching him to play smart and win big in Las Vegas and Reno. But when the seemingly cool and straight-laced Sydney’s murky past starts catching up to him, their makeshift father-son relationship is put to the test by secrets, desperation and violence. Both an intimate character study and a light, understated slice of film noir, the film boasts terrific performances from Philip Baker Hall as the terse, sensitive Sydney and John C. Reilly as his earnest, oafish protegé, with supporting turns from Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson.
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