• Next round of Friday Flicks at The Varsity

    April 23, 2019
    CARBONDALE – The next round of Friday Flicks at The Varsity begins April 26 with the romantic comedy “Notting Hill.” Of the five movies featured, four of them are marking significant release anniversaries.
    All showings begin at 7. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com and at the venue when doors open; they are not available in advance at the venue. Doors and Varsity Bar open at 6:30.
    Here’s the lineup through May 24; synopses are from rottentomatoes.com.
    “Notting Hill,” April 26: William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. A romance slowly blooms. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language
    “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” May 3: In this 1989 culture classic, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are high school buddies starting a band. However, they are about to fail their history class, which means Ted would be sent to military school. They receive help from Rufus (George Carlin), a traveler from a future where their band is the foundation for a perfect society. With the use of Rufus' time machine, Bill and Ted travel to various points in history, returning with important figures to help them complete their final history presentation. Rated PG
    “The Muppet Movie,” May 10:  The 1979 musical road comedy film and the first theatrical film featuring the Muppets was directed by James Frawley and produced by Jim Henson; the film's screenplay was conceived by “The Muppet Show” writers Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns. The film depicts Kermit the Frog as he embarks on a cross-country trip to HollywoodCalifornia. Along the way, he encounters several of the Muppets – who all share the same ambition of finding success in professional show business – while being pursued by Doc Hopper, an evil restaurateur with intentions of employing Kermit as a spokesperson for his frog legs business. Rated G
    “Easy Rider,” May 17: The 1969 American independent road drama film was written by Peter FondaDennis Hopper and Terry Southern; produced by Fonda; and directed by Hopper. Fonda and Hopper played two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal. The success of “Easy Rider” helped spark the New Hollywood era of filmmaking during the early 1970s. A landmark counterculture film and a touchstone for a generation that captured the national imagination, “Easy Rider” explores the societal landscape, issues and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle. Rated R
    “Bridge on the River Kwai,” May 24: The 1957 film opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various "persuasive" devices at Saito's disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson's bridge. Filmed in Ceylon, “Bridge on the River Kwai” won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness. Rated PG