Super Cinema Suggests

Next event (Weekly): December 9, 2022 - 12:00am View all dates

All scheduled dates:

  • September 4, 2020 - 12:00am (ended)
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"Super Cinema Suggests" is a weekly recommendation of movies available thru Kanopy, a fantastic and free library database available to all with a valid Berkeley Public LIbrary card.  It consists of thousands of independent, international, classic and documentary films.  This series will continue while we are in lockdown, and you are unable to come to the library to enjoy "Super Cinema" proper - a weekly film series normally held at Central on Fridays at 3:00pm.

Here’s how to get started:
1. Go to cityofberkeley.kanopystreaming.com and create an account by clicking on the Sign Up button.
2. Go to your email account to verify your email address.
3. Add your library card number.
4. Start watching videos! You have 10 film play credits available per calendar month.

 

 

 

 

 

November 2022
A Mixed Bag for a War-Torn, Conflict-Torn Month

The Wrecking Crew   (stream on Hoopla)

2008 / 101 min. / PG
Fans of certain 60s and 70s bands like the Beach Boys and the Mamas and Papas often didn’t know their bands didn’t play the instruments heard on their recordings. A group of LA studio musicians calling themselves The Wrecking Crew often  did that—hence distinctive instrumental tracks like “Good Vibrations,”and “California Dreamin.” Director Denny Tedesco completed shooting this documentary in 2008, but raising money for licensing songs delayed final release until 2015. Features Brian Wilson, Cher, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell and many more.

 

Breathless              (in French with subtitles)

1960 / 90 min. / NR
After stealing a car, young criminal Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) kills a pursuing policeman. Later, in Paris, girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg) hides him in her apartment, where the two make love and Michel ridiculously mimics Humphrey Bogart gestures. Restless, Michel goes out and tempts fate by walking past policemen while holding out a newspaper with his own photo plastered across the front page: Cop Killer. We’re showing Breathless in honor of the work of director Jean-Luc Godard, who died in September. Breathless was Godard’s breakout film and one of the films that inaugurated the French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague), a movement rife with nihilist viewpoints. For its innovative freshness, Breathless is considered one of the best films ever made.

 

Pieces of April       (stream on Hoopla)  

2003 / 80 min. / PG-13
April (Katie Holmes), a resident of New York’s Lower East Side, decides to invite her estranged suburban family to Thanksgiving dinner because her mother (Patricia Clarkson) has breast cancer. On Thanksgiving morning, April finds her oven is broken. Her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke) has to go in search of a decent suit, leaving April to beg neighbors for the use of their ovens. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and April’s family decamps to a restaurant. But somehow it all…. Anyhow, it’s heartwarming and fun and you’re invited. Patricia Clarkson received many nominations for Best Supporting Actress.

 

Spencer

2021 / 117 min. / R
It is 1991. With her marriage to Prince Charles teetering because of his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) is considering divorce but attends the Queen’s Christmas Celebration at Sandringham Castle. The atmosphere is tense. For the most part, Diana avoids interacting with the Royal Family but experiences disconcerting hallucinations. Stewart was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, with insiders saying her portrayal captured Diana’s personality and mannerisms more successfully than other portrayals.

 

December 2022
Celebrations, Disappointments and Memories

Up in the Air

2009 /109 min. / NR
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) travels all over the world working for a company that specializes in liquidating companies. Essentially, he’s a grim reaper trying to ignore the consequences of what he does.

 

Yentl  

1983 / 133 min. / PG
Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy,” about a girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to study Talmudic law, which was traditionally forbidden to females. After ten years of delay, research, planning and more delay, Barbra Streisand and associates brought the story to the screen as a musical with Yentl’s age changed from 16 to 26. Streisand directed, co-wrote, and starred as Yentl in the film. She then won a Golden Globe for Best Director—the first woman ever to do so.  The film also won a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy). Controversial for several reasons relating to changes to Singer’s story and Streisand’s multiple functions on the film, “Yentl” still received generally favorable reviews and was financially successful. It’s definitely worth watching.



Mrs. Brown

1997 / 103 min. / PG
After Prince Albert’s death, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) stepped back from public duties and went into seclusion. Members of the British Court and Royal Family summoned Scotsman John Brown, a beloved but rough-hewn servant to Prince Albert, hoping that he could coax Victoria to resume her official duties. The scheme worked too well, many thought, and some began to refer to the Queen as ‘Mrs. Brown.’ Dench won many top acting awards for her portrayal. Enjoyable.

 

Superman:  A Max Fleischer Cartoon

1941 / 141 min. / NR
Brooklyn-born immigrant brothers Max and Dave Fleischer spent much of their lives in Hollywood making some of our earliest cartoons. The Fleischers (not Walt Disney, as many believe) invented the rotoscoping process, which gave realistically imagined cartoons their start. Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman were among the cartoon series the Fleischers directed and produced in the 30’s. As seen in the Superman compilation offered here, the Fleischers’ work was thrillingly vivid—even in the early days.

 

The Bishop’s Wife

1947 / 109 min. / NR
Striking a blow for good old-fashioned whimsy, The Bishops’ Wife brings us a fable involving Christmastime tension between a churchman (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young)—thanks to, or in spite of—interference from an angel named Dudley (Cary Grant),  There’s a Saint Bernard too.

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