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  • 13 Aug 2020 4:48 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    The next great Queen's Film Society/A&M Film Studies Program Cinema Chat will focus on the new version of that grandmother of female vampire tales, Sheridan Le Fanu's “Carmilla.” This 2020 release (straight to virtual cinemas do to the COVID pandemic) is the first directed by a woman and the closest to the original tale. Watch the trailer here:

    https://www.filmmovementplus.com/packages/queen-s-film-society-queen-theatre-carmilla/videos/carmilla-trailer

    The "Times Literary Supplement" says: "Like Le Fanu, [Director Emily] Harris’s keen sense for Gothic atmosphere is both sumptuous and menacing, often relying on the power of suggestion to build the tension around Carmilla’s true identity and purpose. Her use of gauzy, almost impressionist, light is particularly effective, imbuing the film with a diffuse and watery texture, as is the distinctive colour palette, which trades between daytime pastels and washed-out earth tones and a candelit tenebrism that evokes Derek Jarman’s and Peter Greenaway’s period films "Caravaggio" and "Nightwatching" and Lucile Hadžihalilović’s "Innocence." Additionally, the pointillist sound design accentuates each movement and gesture onscreen, from the scurry of bugs to the buttering of toast, conveying something of Lara’s spine-shivering perspective as she recognizes in Carmilla her own unquenchable desires. The result is an adaptation less about the horrors of the unknown and more about the supernatural pleasures of love and sexuality – and the threat that such passions pose to the domestic and social order. Harris’s "Carmilla" is perhaps one of the most febrile, inventive and truest in spirit to Le Fanu’s original story, while it avoids the baroque clichés that have persistently separated the vampire subgenre from its Romantic roots. (To the director’s further credit, it should also be noted that the film was a largely female-driven project, from its women producers, mostly female cast and heads of department.) Her Carmilla is neither a succubus nor a sex kitten, but a spirited young woman whose embodiment of nature and sapphic desire makes her into a queer feminist, and, thus, a monster to be villainized and othered in the eyes of the patriarchy. "

    Our discussion will be led by film scholar Andy Owens (University of Iowa), expert on queer horror and author of the forthcoming book, "Desire After Dark: Contemporary Queer Cultures and Occultly Marvelous Media" (Indiana University Press, 2021). He will be joining us on Zoom on August 12 at 7PM CDT at the following link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/92828106483?pwd=YlpBTTdIMFB0WmtrS3l6WXFscE5wZz09&fbclid=IwAR3xqXOiTSXncY3BjdbLRfNW2JfZbtWK5HsgCcOIjtoa0vHJp5ybL-tFOAo#success

    Meeting ID: 928 2810 6483

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    To watch the film, visit: https://www.filmmovementplus.com/products/queen-s-film-society-queen-theatre-carmilla?fbclid=IwAR0oS1ebdui3mD2eos1geweFKgtLKWWCOh0EW_2zxyF7WVT9mJ1t-J2X7EI

    Check out our other new option, The Killing Floor, which we plan to discuss in a future meeting. https://www.filmmovementplus.com/products/queen-film-society-queen-theatre-the-killing-floor

    They’re great!

    Rent Carmilla

    Rent The Killing Floor

  • 18 Jul 2020 8:39 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)


    The Queen’s Film Society and the Film Studies Program at Texas A&M University present the latest in our on-line Cinema Chat series: Candyman (Bernard Rose, US 1992) led by Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. Dr. Coleman will lead a discussion of this horror film’s themes of racial inequality as we look forward the big budget remake, which is due out later this year.

    Film Synopsis: Compiling a thesis on urban legends, Chicago graduate student Helen Lyle becomes aware of the prevalent superstition surrounding the legend of Candyman—a hook-wielding phantom who will appear if his name is recited five times into a mirror—among the tenants of Chicago's Cabrini Green project. A senior professor, hearing of Helen's research, explains the historical basis for the legend, detailing how Candyman is believed to be the vengeful spirit of a former slave who was set upon and mutilated by an angry mob when accused of taking a white mistress. When the clinically-detached Helen flaunts her intellectual confidence by reciting Candyman's name five times, she sets in motion an inevitable series of supernatural events...

    —Cavett Binion, All Movie

    Candyman is currently available to watch on Netflix for subscribers and for a nominal fee ($3.99 or less) via other streaming services. Check here for available options: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/candyman

    Our discussion takes place on Zoom on Wednesday, July 22 at 7PM, CDT via these links:

    https://tamu.zoom.us/j/92828106483?pwd=YlpBTTdIMFB0WmtrS3l6WXFscE5wZz09

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    For more info contact Dan Humphrey at: tamufilmstudies@gmail.com

    Candyman… Candyman… Candyman…

    Looking ahead:

    Our August 12th Cinema Chat topic will be the new vampire drama Carmilla (directed by Emily Harris, UK 2020, 94 min.) Our special guest discussion leader will be Dr. Andrew J. Owens (University of Iowa), author of the forthcoming study of vampire films, Desire After Dark.

    Carmilla can be accessed here starting this Friday: https://fmplus.video/queenfilm-carmilla

    We had a great turnout during our discussion with director, Christophe Honoré, we invite you to watch it here.

    Password: ChristopheTexas

  • 19 Jun 2020 12:47 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Hello Everyone,
    A quick reminder that the French director Christophe Honoré will be joining us from France along with David Gerstner from New York to talk about On a Magical Night.  Our very own Vice President, Dan Humphrey, set this up and I am asking that you support us by being present at our meeting.
    Throughout the pandemic the QFS has been able to facilitate some great conversations and this will certainly be one of them.  The tone of these conversations are of a relaxed chat about film and we would love to see you there. 

    Honoré (award winning writer-director of Ma Mère, Dans Paris and Sorry Angel) will discuss his most recent film, acclaimed as “one hell of a fantasy” (IndieWire), and “the first great romantic comedy of 2020” (Criterion Cast)

    Honoré will join in conversation with David A. Gerstner, film scholar and co-author of Christophé Honore: An Introduction. A Q&A will follow with attendees. 

    On a Magical Night: In this playful new film from writer-director Christophe Honoré, we meet Maria (Chiara Mastroianni)*, a woman with a wandering eye. After a heated argument with her husband of 20 years, she spends the night in room 212 of the hotel across the street from their home. There, she has a bird’s eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships on one magical night, fantasizing about the lives she could’ve lived and wondering if she’s made the right decisions. 

    *Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress 

    Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-guPG0X2w 

    To watch the film in advance from the comfort of your home, please use the Queen’s Film Society’s link for the film at: www.thequeensfilmsociety.org 

    Zoom Discussion:

    Our online Zoom chat takes place Saturday, June 20, at noon (Central Daylight Time)/1PM (Eastern Daylight Time)/10AM Pacific Daylight Time). Join Zoom Meeting at via this link:
    https://tamu.zoom.us/j/97989375330?pwd=cXdaUmVxZW42V1c4VnFJRUlIMXFPQT09

    Or via the Zoom App:

    Meeting ID: 979 8937 5330

    Password: Christophe

    For more information, contact Texas A&M’s Film Studies Program at tamufilmstudies@gmail.com

    Have a wonderful day,
    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society President


  • 9 Jun 2020 8:55 AM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Join the Queen’s Film Society and the Film Studies Program at Texas A&M on Saturday June 20, 2020 as they proudly present Cinéma Chat, live with Christophe Honoré, the internationally acclaimed director of the brand new French hit On a Magical Night 

    Honoré (award winning writer-director of Ma Mère, Dans Paris and Sorry Angel) will discuss his most recent film, acclaimed as “one hell of a fantasy” (IndieWire), and “the first great romantic comedy of 2020” (Criterion Cast)

    Honoré will join in conversation with David A. Gerstner, film scholar and co-author of Christophé Honore: An Introduction. A Q&A will follow with attendees. 

    On a Magical Night: In this playful new film from writer-director Christophe Honoré, we meet Maria (Chiara Mastroianni)*, a woman with a wandering eye. After a heated argument with her husband of 20 years, she spends the night in room 212 of the hotel across the street from their home. There, she has a bird’s eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships on one magical night, fantasizing about the lives she could’ve lived and wondering if she’s made the right decisions. 

    *Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

    Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB-guPG0X2w 

    To watch the film in advance from the comfort of your home, please use the Queen’s Film Society’s link for the film at: www.thequeensfilmsociety.org 

    Zoom Discussion:

    Our online Zoom chat takes place Saturday, June 20, at noon (Central Daylight Time)/1PM (Eastern Daylight Time)/10AM Pacific Daylight Time). Join Zoom Meeting at via this link:
    https://tamu.zoom.us/j/97989375330?pwd=cXdaUmVxZW42V1c4VnFJRUlIMXFPQT09

    Or via the Zoom App:

    Meeting ID: 979 8937 5330

    Password: Christophe

    For more information, contact Texas A&M’s Film Studies Program at tamufilmstudies@gmail.com


  • 3 Jun 2020 10:17 AM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    The Queen’s Film Society, along with some new cosponsors—the Brazos Valley’s Pride Community Center, Texas A&M’s Film Studies Program, and the LGBTQ Professional Network at Texas A&M—present our next Virtual Cinema offering and community chat.

    STRAIGHT UP (James Sweeney, dir., USA, 95 mins, unrated) Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twentysomething whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay after all. When he meets Rory, a whip-smart struggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that’s all talk and no sex. Writer-Director-Star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp rom-com that’s equal parts Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century, exploring just how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get.

    This film is available through Strand Releasing via the following link:

    https://watch.eventive.org/stra…/…/5ec32d18c14036006abc1841…

    Our free and open to all community discussion about the film will take place on Thursday, June 4th at 7PM Central Time to help kick off LGBTQ Pride Month. Information to access the meeting is as follows:

    Zoom Discussion
    Topic: Queer Film and Chat
    Sponsored by the Queen’s Film Society and the Pride Community Center
    cosponsored by the Texas A&M Film Studies Program and the LGBTQ Professional Network

    Join Zoom Meeting via Internet:
    https://tamu.zoom.us/j/97527443677…

    Join Zoom Meeting Via the Zoom app:
    Meeting ID: 975 2744 3677

    Password: 290032

  • 22 May 2020 2:11 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    The Queen’s Film Society has several great films and some online discussions planned for you for the near future. Read on and join us, virtually, for great cinema and great chat!

    Our new films, all available TODAY, include:

    Straight Up (2020, US, in English, 95 min.) Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twentysomething whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay after all. When he meets Rory, a whip-smart struggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that’s all talk and no sex. Writer-Director-Star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp rom-com that’s equal parts Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century, exploring just how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get. NOTE: We will have a Zoom discussion about this film with our friends at the Pride Community Center to launch Pride Month on June 4th at 7PM via this link https://tamu.zoom.us/j/97527443677?pwd=VUlwY2N3VzE0YWxPRlpacDNCT25YUT09&status=successor…. join our Zoom meeting via the Zoom app with Meeting ID: 975 2744 3677 Password: 290032. Not rated.

    Fourteen (2020, US, in English, 94 min.) Mara and Jo, in their twenties, have been close friends since middle school. Jo, the more outgoing figure, is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships. Mara, a less splashy personality than Jo, bounces among teacher aide jobs while trying to land a position in elementary education, and writes fiction in her spare time. She too has a transient romantic life, though she seems to settle down after meeting Adam, a mild-mannered software developer. It soon becomes apparent that Jo, despite her intellectual gifts, is unreliable in her professional life, losing and acquiring jobs at a troubling rate. Substance abuse may be responsible for Jo’s instability… but some observers suspect a deeper problem. Over the course of a decade, the more stable Mara sometimes tries to help, sometimes backs away to preserve herself, but never leaves behind her powerful childhood connection with Jo. Not rated. 

    Liberté (2020, France/Spain, in French, German, and Italian w. English subtitles, 134 min.) Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger), to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship. Not rated, but note: This film features graphic and disturbing scenes of perverse sexuality and violence. We will have a Zoom discussion about this film with Film Studies scholar Teresa Vilaros of Texas A&M on Wednesday May 27th at 7pm via this link 

    https://tamu.zoom.us/j/94628396031?pwd=NkFnRlBPVlg1TDhNdmsxUDBpU2RDUT09&fbclid=IwAR1p-x5F0OgFuhTSMMB0aEtYHwcjM7rWfp2lhozjjn4skSWuLFrDgvE2aXIor…. join our Zoom Meeting via the Zoom App with Meeting ID: 946 2839 6031 Password: QFS

    L’important c’est d’aimer [That Most Important Thing: Love] (1975, France/Italy/Germany, in French with English subtitles, 113 min.) Romy Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress in L'important c'est d'aimer (That Most Important Thing: Love), Andrzej Żuławski’s “passionate portrait of the dignity – and the indignities – of an actor’s work” (Film Comment). Forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles negotiated by her erratic husband, Nadine Chevalier (Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais secretly uses money borrowed from a shady associate to bankroll her next project, a production of Richard III with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal German thespian Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski). Not rated.

    A Good Woman is Hard to Find (2020, United Kingdom, English, 97 min.) Sarah is a single mother struggling to raise two young children while searching for answers about the unsolved murder of her husband. After being coerced into helping a low-level drug dealer, she finds herself the target of a dangerous crime boss. Desperate to keep her family safe, Sarah turns the tables on her victimizers in one final act of vengeance. Set in the dark underbelly of Northern Ireland, this is a “lean, mean, painfully real crime thriller” featuring “one hell of a performance” by Sarah Bolger that “will make you cheer [for] her ability to overcome the worst of humanity and come out the other end kicking all sorts of ass” (Slash Film). Not rated.

    Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976, Brazil, Portuguese w. English subtitles, 110 min.) Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated comedy follows the strange events that befall Dona Flor (Sonia Braga) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, irresponsible husband. Shortly after remarrying, she finds her new, less-than-satisfying sex life revived when the ghost of her late husband unexpectedly returns. One of the most popular and sexy romantic comedies of the 1975 is back in a new restoration. Rated R. 

    Corpus Christi (2019, Poland, Polish w. English subtitles, 116 min.) After years in juvenile prison, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a small village to work as a manual laborer. Upon his arrival, a quick lie has him mistaken for a priest. Though untrained, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions. Anchored by a “dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, the Oscar-nominated Corpus Christi (Best International Film) is an incisive, darkly humorous, and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement” (Screen). Not rated.

    You can still watch our previous Virtual Cinema offerings, which include: A White, White Day; The Wild Goose Lake; L’Innocente; Vitalina Varela; and Zombi Child. Go to our website to watch any of these film at your convenience. Remember half the screening fee goes to support The Queen’s Film Society and The Queen Theatre (or, in the case of Straight Up, the Queen’s Film Society and the Brazos Valley’s Pride Community Center.) 

    Link to them here: http://thequeensfilmsociety.org

    Coming Next Week: The brand new French comedy hit, On a Magical Night followed by a late-June discussion with film scholar David Gerstner of the City College of New York. 


  • 11 May 2020 5:58 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Join the Queen’s Film Society and our new co-sponsor, the Texas A&M Film Studies Program Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm central time for a fun, casual, non-academic conversation where we get to share observations and ask each other questions about the films we’ve been seeing as we’ve been sheltering in place. We will be bringing you a Zoom discussion of this month’s QFS Virtual Cinema selections: Luchino Visconti’s L’Innocente, Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela, and Hlynur Palmason’s A White, White Day. Our special guest will be Joe McElhaney, Professor of Film and Media at Hunter College and author of the forthcoming book, Luchino Visconti and the Fabric of Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2021). To watch any of the QFS’s films, follow the link. 50% of the streaming goes to support the Film Society and the Queen Theatre:  https://www.thequeensfilmsociety.org/
     
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    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society 

  • 27 Apr 2020 5:56 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    I would really like to thank Dr. Jun Lin, Assistant Professor of Chinese at A&M University, for offering so much context to our viewing of The Wild Goose Lake during our last zoom meeting. We hope to see more of you in future meetings.  Remember that you don't have to discuss if you do not want to.  It would simply be nice to see so many of you again.  Joe McElhaney, Professor of Film Studies in Hunter College, Will be joining us from New York when we discuss L'innocente at our next meeting!  We will send you a reminder for that meeting in a later email.
    Here is the Zoom link if you would like to see our discussion of The Wild Goose Lake..
    Topic: The Wild Goose Lake
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/zMtoCp_SqyBIfa_J1WiHC6cjT6nET6a8gyVPrqZYyRwd9_GSkTr1VojZnx4XSLmb

    We have added some movies to the ones available.  Once again, proceeds will go to the Queen Theatre and to The Queen's Film Society.  

    Finally, If you were interested in contributing to our video for First Friday, remember that the deadline to send me your video is tomorrow.  We have not received as many as we would have hoped for, so if you have 1 minute to spare, send me a video to thequeensfilmsociety@gmail.com  Here is a link to those instructions! 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hIvCHFYKTE&t=4s
    I look forward to seeing you again at our next meeting.  Have a great week.

    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society 


  • 22 Apr 2020 5:32 PM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)
    Hello Everyone!
    We sure are missing seeing you, watching movies and discussing them.  In an effort to recall some of the fun times we have had, I would like to invite you help us with a fun project!  We would like to compile a video of you telling us what was one of your favorite on-screen moments you experienced at The Queen.  We will compile these into a larger video and publish it during First Friday. Take a look at the video below!
    Here are some guidelines:
    • Video must not be longer than 10 seconds.
    • Send the file to thequeensfilmsociety@gmail.com (there is a button bellow you can click to send it).
    • Make sure it is an on-screen moment.  In a later video we can do our favorite experience at The Queen, but for now, lets make it about movies.
    • Shoot it on your phone or computer in a landscape/horizontal/sideways format.
    • If you don't want your name to come out, let me know in the email.
    We think it will be a lot of fun reliving some of those moments through your videos.  The deadline will be Tuesday, 28!

    We cant wait to see them!
    Alex Garza
    Queen's Film Society President


  • 13 Apr 2020 11:24 AM | Keith Marrocco (Administrator)

    Greetings cinephiles!

    We had a great zoom gathering last week and it was refreshing to see and speak to you all again. Our next meeting will be on the 4th week of the month, April 27, at 7:00pm.  There is a link for that meeting at the bottom of this email. I hope to see you there!
    April 16 is the last day to watch Zombie Child and The Wild Goose Lake will close on April 23!
    These are movies you would usually have to travel to another city to watch. Remember that these are rentals last for three days and the entire household. Proceeds go to The Queen Theater and our Queen's Film Society. Have fun watching and I will see you at our next Zoom discussion!
    Alex Garza
    The Queen's Film Society 


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