The Last Scream You Hear May Be Your Own….

This Week At A Glance:

They’re here…. “The Shining” PLUS “Nosferatu” (the original), plus Winter Schedule Change

1 Question Mini-Survey: My favorite night to go the movies is….

Coming Soon:    “Sunshine Superman” next week, The Experimenter 11/12 – 15

Tickets:  $8 ($6 for members and students with ID)


This Week at Saratoga Film Forum

They’re here…. Scary movies that is.  Since Halloween is on Saturday this year, we decided to go full-bore scary.  We offered 5 choices and ran an audience poll.  The winner is………………THE SHINING, the 1980 film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, with Jack Nicholson playing the lead role, that has left a lasting impression on American culture. Don’t miss it – much better than watching it on a DVD! Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm. Wear your costume, and we’ll treat you to a free candy.  

The runner up film didn’t get as many votes, but it was a very strong second. So….we decided to show that one too!  On Sunday, at 3 pm, we will screen Nosferatu (the original 1922 version).  According to Wikipedia: “The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”). Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema. As of 2015, it is Rotten Tomatoes‘ second best-reviewed horror film of all time.”   By the way, by the time those prints were released, it was the late 20’s, and silent film was dying a quick death. So this brilliant film never really got the audience it deserved.

1 Question Mini-Survey:  What is YOUR favorite night to go to the movies?

please vote – we want at least 200 responses.  TO VOTE, email your choice to:  FILMFORUMSURVEYS@GMAIL.COM


Coming Soon

Next Week:  “Sunshine Superman”

Have you ever heard of base jumping?  It’s an Extreme Sport – perhaps the first, in a category that is growing. Sunshine Superman tells the story of the sports Founder, Carl Boenish (rhymes with Danish).  As the reviewer at the Detroit news puts it: you may find Sunshine Superman exhilarating, or you may find it terrifying, but you almost surely will not find it boring. Bring a friend or two. This movie will be great fodder for a post-film discussion.

11/12 – 15:  “The Experimenter”

Just released 10 days ago, this film is a NY Times “Critics Pick”.  Read on…

In “Experimenter,” an aesthetically and intellectually playful portrait of the social psychologist Stanley Milgram, the director, Michael Almereyda, turns a biopic into a mind game. It’s an appropriate take on a figure who’s best remembered for his experiments in which subjects delivered punishing electric shocks on command. Working in the shadow of the Holocaust, and shortly after the capture of the SS official Adolf Eichmann, Milgram (1933-1984) was interested in questions of authority, conformity and conscience. “Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders,” Milgram asked. “Could we call them all accomplices?” Exerpt from  NY Times Review

Check out the trailer here:


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