Bob le Flambeur, originally released in 1955, has been exhumed from the American Film Institute (AFI) archives and is now playing at the new AFI Silver Theatre. While slightly dated, its antiquity seems fresh alongside the over produced-explosion fests and crude humor flicks that have become today's standard. It, like all classic noir films (though this is generally considered post-noir), drips with style: a sort of elegant decadence filled with romanticized mobsters, dames high off ennui, and a jazz combo in every club. But unlike the bleak, hardboiled plots of Daschle Hammet and Raymond Chandler, Bob le Flambeur is uplifting.
Safety committee members will patrol the Montgomery, Silver Spring, and Maryland hallways during lunch, stopping students to check their plan books and IDs starting Monday, February 10.
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits is a surprisingly realistic glimpse into the lives of three women. First-time director Rebecca Miller adapted her own successful novel into this refreshing film and won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Mix a little Great Gatsby with a lot of Catcher in the Rye plus an extra helping of cynicism and you get Burr Steers' blunt, bleak, comical, anti-escapist yet thoroughly enjoyable film, Igby Goes Down. Steers' competent, and at times brilliant, dialogue coupled with a star-studded cast make this an enticing outlet for your entertainment dollars.
With such recent films as Abandon and The Tuxedo, Roger Dodger, with its sharp, witty dialogue, cool ambient soundtrack, and delightfully unorthodox camera work provides a welcome departure from the derivative and annoying films plastered on T.V. adds and billboards. Director Dylan Kidd makes a strong first run with this artsy, entertaining trip through promiscuous, yuppie New York City, named the Best Narrative Feature in competition at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Students for Global Responsibility (SGR) sponsored a teach-in last Thursday, Oct. 24 regarding the possible war in Iraq. Six speakers representing various opinions and organizations gathered in the SAC along with interested Blair students.
Blair's Homecoming football game has been postponed to November 1 and the dance will be held November 2. The pep rally scheduled for October 11 will be held on November 1 as well.
At lunch Tuesday Blair Blvd. was once again thronged with Blazers participating in the annual Activity Fair. Every able-bodied group at Blair turned out for the event, some 28 clubs and 6 organizations, all vying for the attention, interest, and most importantly membership of the amassed students.
Most summer movies are designed for one thing, money making. Mile high hype equals even higher profits, especially when coupled with expensive eye-candy (Triple X being the most recent and stereotypical offender). Minority Report, however, like many Spielberg films, encompasses not only the cash-cow ethics of summer salivation but also the legitimate respectability associated with the director of Schindler's List and The Color Purple. Minority Report joins the accessibility of Jurassic Park, the dystopian sci-fi future of A. I., and an as of yet untouched (by Spielberg) element: film noir.
The AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center will open in downtown Silver Spring next to City Place in April of next year. In addition to its commitment to showing quality films, the theater is intended to provide a cultural and educational resource for the whole Silver Spring community.
Breaking with longtime tradition, Kelly Newman, Blair's theater director, has decided to perform two small plays, "Charlie's Aunt" and "The Rivals," in the fall and winter respectively, instead of the customary single fall play.