All Over the Guy (2001)
Directed by Julie Davis
Who doesn't love a slick, modern romantic comedy? Wait! Please keep reading. This movie is different, we swear. First of all, it's very funny. (That's important to us.) Second, in this tale of two intertwined couples finding love, the lead pairing is comprised of two gay men who aren't flaming sitcom stereotypes from laugh track land, just two lonely guys with real anxieties, afraid to drop their guards in the face of warmth and caring. Who can't relate to that? What's amazing to us is that, all these years later, you still can’t find gay leads in Hollywood movies falling in love. They have to be dying or somebody’s best friend. In this independent triumph, it’s the straight people who play second fiddle. Frankly, we’re worried that in ten years, this film featuring a dial up Internet connection to AOL will still seem like an artifact from the future. Richard Ruccolo and Dan Bucatinsky are joined by Sasha Alexander, Adam Goldberg, Joanna Kerns, Lisa Kudrow, Christina Ricci and Doris Roberts.
Saturday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Last of the High Kings (1996)
Directed by David Keating
Howth, County Dublin, Ireland 1977. In the last days that Elvis Presley walked this earth... Jared Leto plays Frankie, an Irish teenager lost in the summer between high school and University. His father, Gabriel Byrne, bears a heavy burden on his theatrical soul. He's a working actor with five mouths to feed who must leave for New York with his son on the cusp of manhood. (That's okay. Byrne continues to makes his presence felt by writing the film’s screenplay, based on the novel by Ferdia Mac Anna.) This leaves Frankie at the mercy of his mother, Catherine O'Hara, a fire-breathing woman who channels the fury of some forgotten Celtic goddess in her efforts to make Protestants uncomfortable and keep her unruly house in order. While his friends ponder the mystic significance of Elvis's middle name, Frankie stumbles over girls like Emily Mortimer and Christina Ricci and flits away his time. He once had half an idea to throw a massive beach party, but Ireland isn't exactly California.
Saturday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
A Separation (2011)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Two years ago, Nader and Sirin wanted to leave Iran for the sake of their daughter. Now that their permit has finally been approved, Nader cannot go because he must take care of his dying father. Unable to leave the country with her daughter, Sirin decides to leave her marriage instead. Nader is forced to hire someone to help him take care of his dependents. Pregnant Razieh seems perfect for the job, but as a deeply religious woman she cannot work in a single man's household. On the other hand, creditors are threatening her out-of-work husband with jail. She takes the job, but does not handle her dilemma well. When Nader comes home one day to find his father left alone and tied to his bed, a struggle with Razieh ensues, and the whole mess ends up in court. But the judge refuses to settle the matter with a clear, black and white decision. In fact, he rather complicates things. Farsi with English subtitles. Dr. Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Oberlin College's Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and a former ambassador to the United Nations returns to lead a special film discussion following the presentation of this Iranian masterpiece.
Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium