Thursday, May 04, 2017


Grind-Fu Cinema presents


Saturday, May 27th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
Minnesota State University, Mankato


The May Grind-Fu Cinema is packed with critically acclaimed performances and screenplays that get more and more relevant every day.  One film is 40 years old and its themes will make you mad as hell, if for no other reason that things are still so messed up after four decades.  The second film is in some ways an extension of the cruel world that its Grind-Fu companion foretold.  Both films are chilling, and they're also FREE to see!

Network (1976)
Directed by Sidney Lumet

Every day that we read the news, or hear about some fresh new madness that's going on in the world, it's hard keep from following the lead of Network character Howard Beale.  You just want to throw open your doors and windows and scream to the world "I'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!"  This was the world that Network existed in when it was released, and if anything the world has gotten more cynical.  The themes in this movie have become more prophetic since its release, and it will be interesting to see it in a world where truth is in the mind of the beholder, fact is anything we want it to be, and ratings are king.

Network won academy awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay, and it was nominated in six other categories.  The two Writers Guilds of America declared the screenplay one of the ten greatest in cinema history.  The American Film Institute ranked it 64th in its list of the 100 Greatest American Films, and in 2002 it was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for preservation as a culturally significant film.

Guess they must have been on to something.

Nightcrawler (2014)
Directed by Dan Gilroy

"If it bleeds, it leads" is the mantra of TV news in Nightcrawler, which could be seen as a natural extension of Network's anything-for-ratings mindset.  It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance video stringer, someone that shoots footage of crimes and events and sells it to TV stations.  Gyllenhaal delivers a disturbing performance in an already a dark film.  Some critics see it as an indictment of the Media and consumer culture, but director Dan Gilroy was pointing the finger directly at the people who encourage this programming by watching it.  However you view it, there's no denying that Nightcrawler was one of the best films of 2014, and it's the perfect second half of this amazing Grind-Fu double bill.

Join us for a great FREE Grind-Fu double bill on Saturday, May 27th @ seven p.m. in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Bring your friends, bring some snacks, and dress in layers (because the theater temp is a world of extremes) and watch two incredible movies with one of the best audiences to see movies with.

I'm the new boy in town!  Where can I go?

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