Henderson Community College Presents the Spring 2015 Film Series:
Parting Shots: Our Favorite Films
Films shown at 6:30 p.m. in STC 310; admission is free
"Children of Heaven" - March 19
Set in Tehran, Children of Heaven follows young Ali and his sister as they struggle through life’s difficulties and poverty. After losing his sister’s newly repaired shoes, Ali devises a plan to share his shoes with her. They hide the loss of the shoes from their parents, and the story quickly becomes an adventure, filled with small triumphs and tragedies. The film explores the bonds of family, the sacrifice, and the determination of a young boy. This Iranian film is a heartwarming coming of age story and was nominated in 1999 for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. (1997; 89 minutes; subtitled; directed by Majid Masjid; starring Amir Farrokh Hashemian and Bahare Seddiq.) Discussion led by Katie Griffis.
"Midnight Run" - April 2
Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) is a bounty hunter searching for Mafia accountant, Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). To get his fee, Walsh must find Mardukas in New York and deliver him to Los Angeles. The problem is that Mardukas is also being hunted by the FBI, Mafia hit men, and other bounty hunters. Along the way, Walsh and Mardukas become friends, as well as targets. A buddy movie with great action and constant humor, this film showcases a great cast. (1988; 127 minutes; directed by Martin Brest and starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Dennis Farina and Yaphet Kotto.) Discussion led by Bill Dixon.
"Gladiator" - April 16
Heir to the Emperor of Rome, Commodus (Joachim Phoenix) has a problem, his father’s general, Maximus (Russell Crowe), is favored by both the Emperor and the people of Rome. To get rid of this rival, Commodus orders Maximus killed. Instead Maximus survives and becomes a gladiator bent on vengeance. Director Ridley Scott’s masterpiece re-invigorated the “sword and sandals” epics that had gone out of style with a film that garnered 12 Oscar nominations and won 5! (2000; 155 minutes; directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, Connie Nielsen, Joachim Phoenix, Oliver Reed and Derek Jacobi.) Discussion led by Kevin B. Reid.
Films will be shown in Room STC 310 at 6:30 p.m.; admission and popcorn are free.