Our next film will be Mudbound (2017), directed by Dee Rees.
In recognition of Black history month our next movie will be Mudbound, a grounded and unflinching examination of racism in Jim Crow Mississippi during World War II.
Mudbound is the second feature from Dee Rees, who became the first black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Adapted Screenplay category (the movie is based on a novel by Hillary Jordan). The story follows two families, one white and one black, as they navigate the racist norms of society alongside the shared struggles of the rural working class.
The movie is beautifully shot and performed, with a cast that includes Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, and Mary J. Blige. Although fictional, it accurately documents a time and place that remains deeply relevant to America’s ongoing challenges. Mudbound was nominated for four Oscars and received awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, Palm Springs International, the Women Film Critics Circle, and more.
We will discuss the movie on February 22nd at 7:00pm EDT on Slack. Mudbound is available for streaming on Netflix. And don’t forget to check out our resources page for interesting reviews, essays and videos!
Welcome to the Spring semester! As we head towards Valentine’s Day we’ve decided to kick off Film Club with something “romantic” (heavy quotes), a movie all about love – its promises and perceptions and sometimes tough realities.
500 Days of Summer is typically classified as a romantic comedy, although in many ways it is a subversion of the genre, focusing on the nuances of a new relationship. The narrative is non-linear, gradually unpacking layers of the story and its shifting emotional tones. While not a traditional rom-com the movie has plenty of romance, comedy, honesty, and even a bit of wisdom.
500 Days was made on a low indie budget of $7.5 mil and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. It garnered a fair amount of critical praise as well as several screenwriting awards, including an Independent Spirit Award.
We will discuss the movie on February 8th at 7:00pm EDT on Slack. 500 Days of Summer is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Hulu, or it can be rented on Apple TV and Google Play for $3.99. And don’t forget to check out our resources page for interesting reviews, essays and videos!