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.

Game Event at Sandia Labs

Game Event at Sandia Labs

The Project on Nuclear Gaming (PoNG) invites you to play SIGNAL! SIGNAL is an online experimental wargame designed as a new data-generating process for studying nuclear deterrence and conflict escalation. Our team recently published on next generation...

Film & Digital Arts Movie Night

Film & Digital Arts Movie Night

Please join us for Chinatown (1974, 131 minutes) this Friday, July 26, at 7:00 pm in CERIA 365. Free and open to all UNM students. Enter CERIA through the front doors by the fountain. “It’s the Los Angeles that is at the edges of my memory: the Los Angeles...

Film & Digital Arts Movie Night

Film & Digital Arts Movie Night

Twenty years after its debut in theaters, The Matrix remains an exhilarating experience, not simply an homage to cyberpunk novels and Hong Kong martial arts films but a technical marvel of truly inventive filmmaking. Directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski drew...

Film & Digital Arts Movie Night

Film & Digital Arts Movie Night

Louis Kahn designed the Kimbell Art Museum’s original building—a landmark of modern architecture—that opened in Fort Worth in 1972, six years after Dallas mayor J. Erik Jonsson articulated his “Goals for Dallas” in an effort to improve the city’s...

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