In his American directorial debut, John Woo cast Belgian action great Jean-Claude Van Damme as an out-of-work former Marine Corps special operator (and Cajun) by the name of Chance Boudreaux in Hard Target (1993, 100 minutes). Chance is homeless on the mean streets of New Orleans when he discovers the nefarious machinations of local bigwig Emil Fouchon (played to the seamy hilt by the inimitable Lance Henriksen), who hunts down-on-their-luck veterans for sport. Continuing a long tradition of directors from outside the United States showing us familiar landscapes in ways that make them seem marvelous and new, Woo sees what’s beautiful about the river roads and bayous of rural Louisiana (everything!) and adds his signature je ne sais quoi: explosions, improbable stunts, and Wilford Brimley as Chance’s eccentric uncle in the woods. Movies were still projected in 35mm when I saw this in the theater at age 13 and as mesmerizing as magic lanterns must have been in the centuries before incandescent electric lamps; you’ll have to settle for a digital print but the wonder remains.

Join us this Friday (April 12) in CERIA 365 at 7:00 pm and laissez les bons temps rouler.

Free and open to all UNM students. Enter CERIA through the front door by the fountain.

UNM Film Students to Showcase Projects

UNM Film Students to Showcase Projects

Ideas were floated – some of them coming to fruition.At the KiMo Theatre on Thursday, graduating seniors in the Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media program at the University of New Mexico will present their capstone projects.The course is the final...

Changes come to UNM’s film department

Changes come to UNM’s film department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico's film industry is booming, and one of our largest universities is making some changes to keep up with the industry's growth. From new courses and degree offerings to Hollywood high-tech equipment, additions to the...

Cinematic Arts Movie Night – “Windtalkers”

Cinematic Arts Movie Night – “Windtalkers”

The second-to-last film John Woo directed in the United States before returning to mainland China to make historical epics, Windtalkers (2002, 134 minutes) was roundly criticized on its release for focusing a film ostensibly about Navajo code talkers in...

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