PVN Movie Channel 11: October 2013 Descriptions

Movie descriptions are reprinted from promotional materials provided by the film distribution companies and the Internet Movie Database.

The complete October 2013 Movie Channel schedule is available.

BARBIE NATION
Starring Ruth Handler; directed by Susan Stern.
Documentary, 1998, Not Rated, 53 min.
A documentary of the doll Barbie, what she was designed to be…and what she became, to spite the intentions. Supporting Felicity Paxton's COMM 123: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture. [imdb]

DREAMWORLDS 3
Starring Sut Jhally; directed by Sut Jhally.
Documentary, 1997, Not Rated, 57 min.
About desire, sex, and power in music video. Supporting Felicity Paxton's COMM 123: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture. [imdb]

HIP HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES
Starring Carmen Ashurst-Watson, William Jelani Cobb and Chuck Creekmur; directed by Byron Hurt.
Documentary, 2006, Not Rated, 61 min.
A riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Supporting Felicity Paxton's COMM 123: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture. [imdb]

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
Starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter; directed by Don Siegel.
Horror, 1956, Approved, 80 min.
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. Supporting Peter Decherney's ENGL 24/CINE 24/COMM 204: Hollywood Film Industry. [imdb]

KILLING US SOFTLY
Starring various; directed by Sut Jhally.
Documentary, 2000, Not Rated, 45 min.
Updated critique of the pernicious influence advertising has on women and men. Supporting Felicity Paxton's COMM 123: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture. [imdb]

MODERN TIMES
Starring Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Henry Bergman; directed by Charles Chaplin.
Comedy, 1936, G, 87 min.
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Supporting Kathy Peiss's HIST 163.001: Modern American Culture. [imdb]

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana; directed by J.J. Abrams.
Action, sci-fi, adventure, 2013, PG-13, 132 min.
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. New release! [imdb]

SUM OF ALL FEARS
Starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain; directed by Phil Alden Robinson.
Action, drama, thriller, 2002, PG-13, 124 min.
CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore. Supporting Peter Decherney's ENGL 24/CINE 24/COMM 204: Hollywood Film Industry. [imdb]

THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn; directed by John Huston.
Drama, 1951, Approved, 105 min.
In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Supporting Suhnne Ahn's Katharine Hepburn Seminar. [imdb]

THE DESK SET
Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn; directed by Walter Lang.
Comedy, 1957, Approved, 103 min.
Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a TV network's research department. Supporting Suhnne Ahn's Katharine Hepburn Seminar. [imdb]

THE EAST
Starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page; directed by Zal Batmanglij.
Crime, drama, thriller, 2013, PG-13, 116 min.
An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. New release! [imdb]

THE ELEPHANT MAN
Starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft; directed by David Lynch.
Biography, drama, 1980, PG, 124 min.
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. Supporting Chi-ming Yang's ENGL 102.401/CINE 112/COML 245: Monsters in Film and Literature. [imdb]

TOUGH GUISE
Starring Steve Austin, Marlon Brando and James Caan; directed by Sut Jhally.
Documentary, 1999, Not Rated, 82 min.
Tough Guise systematically examines the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. Supporting Felicity Paxton's COMM 123: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture. [imdb]

WINTER SOLDIER
Starring Rusty Sachs, Joe Bangert, Scott Shimabukuro; directed by Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo.
Documentary, history, war, 1972, Not Rated, 96 min.
For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences. Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, telling of inaccurate body counts, and recounting the process of destr Supporting Amy Offner's History 451. [imdb]

WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn; directed by George Stevens.
Comedy, 1942, Approved, 114 min.
Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. Supporting Prof. Ahn's Katharine Hepburn Seminar series. [imdb]

WORLD WAR Z
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz; directed by Marc Forster.
Action, adventure, horror, 2013, PG-13, 116 min.
United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. New release! [imdb]
























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