“Fantasy” is the theme for January at the Belfast Free Library’s “Friday Night Flix” film series. The month features four “far-out” films from the 1940s to the 2010s.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Being John Malkovich (1999) Ever wish you could climb into the mind (literally) of somebody else? Impossible, you say? Not in the movies… A struggling puppeteer takes a job as a clerk in a Manhattan office building where he works on floor 7.5 – which also has a five foot ceiling. While there, he discovers a portal that allows the visitor to enter the mind (literally) of John Malkovich for 15 minutes before being dumped out on the Jersey Turnpike. Whaaaat? John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and John Malkovich star in this comic and intoxicating fantasy.
Fantasia (1940) Think you’re too old for cartoons? Au contraire!... In 1937, during a chance meeting with conductor Leopold Stokowski, Walt Disney proposed the idea of marrying classical music with animation. And film history was made... We often think of soundtracks as accompanying the visuals. In this case, it’s just the opposite. The visuals accompany the soundtrack. And what a soundtrack! Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, The Rite of Spring, Nutcracker Suite, Night on Bald Mountain, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Toccata and Fugue. If you’ve never experienced Fantasia before - this is a bucket list must! If you have, see it again on the big screen.
Midnight in Paris (2011) “It’s not like the old days.” How often have you heard that statement - or even said it yourself? It’s natural to romanticize the past. But what if you could actually go back there? For real. Would it be as beguiling as you imagined?... Gil Pender, a nostalgic screenwriter, is on vacation in Paris with his fiancé when he discovers that, at midnight, he can travel back to 1920s Paris and meet his heroes – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso. But will he choose to stay there? Nominated for Best Picture, Woody Allen won the Oscar for Best Director.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Unlike Gil in Midnight in Paris, Joel Barish wants to erase the past… After learning that his girlfriend, Clementine, has had a procedure to erase him from her mind, Joel decides to undergo the same procedure. But as his memories of Clementine start to fade, Joel realizes how much he still loves her. And instead of erasing her, he fights to keep her memory alive. But is it too late? Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in this mind-bending, (okay, trippy) drama that could only come from master screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.