Who doesn’t like movies? Well, some people, I guess, but they’re “rare birds.” Most of us like watching movies, whether on our computers, TVs, or on the big screen. And the big screen is always the most impressive, at least in my opinion. Nothing makes you crawl into the parallel universe of a film better than a large screen. With surround sound and a bucket of popcorn, of course…
C-U doesn’t lack opportunities for watching movies on the big screen. Besides the obvious blockbusters at Beverly Cinema and Savoy 16, there are many opportunities to watch great films you might not otherwise know about:
–The Art Theatre in downtown Champaign often hosts documentaries and independent films of interest (http://www.thecuart.com/).
–Famed Chicago Sun Times film critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert holds his highly acclaimed “Ebertfest” (previously known as “Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival”) here in late April at the historic Virginia Theatre (http://www.ebertfest.com).
–Global Lens is an international film festival held right here at Parkland this fall, the films shared with UIUC (http://artgallery.parkland.edu/global-lens.html).
– And this Friday, September 23, is the kickoff for the Latin American Film Festival (http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/news/specialevents/).
Most of these events are free or very reasonably priced. Take advantage of these fabulous film opportunities, and a way to learn about another culture, art, passion, or way of life through the eye of the lens.