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.

IFDM Student Capstone Premiere

IFDM Student Capstone Premiere

The Film and Digital Arts Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Student Capstone Premieres will take place Thursday 5/9/2019 6-9pm at the Kimo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque. We hope to see you there! All students must be admitted...

Experiments in Cinema

Experiments in Cinema

Experiments in Cinema v14.2 An annual Basement Films production WHEN: April 16-20, 2019 WHAT: EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA v13.6 WHERE: Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. NE, ABQ 505.255.1848 Kimo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW, ABQ 505.768.3522 COST: $10/day ($8/day...

New Degrees and Department Name Announced

New Degrees and Department Name Announced

Dear Cinematic Arts Students (IFDM and Media Arts), As you know, Cinematic Arts degrees will be undergoing a transition in the fall. Current IFDM and Media Arts majors have a choice: You may continue with your current degree plan (graduating with an IFDM...

Video Journalist Rakesh Nagar

Video Journalist Rakesh Nagar

Rakesh Nagar is a New Delhi based, self-trained independent high definition video journalist with twenty-five years’ experience across News, Documentary, and Current Affairs. He has covered leading stories such as Pokhran Test, Kargil War, the Tsunami in...

Displaced Stories with Maaman Rezaee

Displaced Stories with Maaman Rezaee

Cinematic Arts is currently conducting a search for a new Assistant Professor in Film and Digital Arts. Three finalists have been invited to campus, and we invite students, faculty, and staff to meet each candidate and enjoy a free pizza lunch.

Cinematic Arts Movie Night

Cinematic Arts Movie Night

Described by critic Nick Pinkerton as Woo’s “single greatest work” and by John Woo himself as “maybe too pessimistic” (it is a uniquely brutal movie, often compared to Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, 1978), Bullet in the Head demonstrates in part Woo’s...

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