Cerebral Cinema - Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D!

Saturday, March 16th 2013 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 16th 2013 at 10:00 pm
Chelsea Clearview Cinema - West 23rd Street near 8th Avenue, Manhattan

Die hard cinephiles, academic film enthusiasts, and casual movie goers looking to expand there movie going experience welcome. Cerebral Cinema is a group geared towards getting together to watch a variety of a eclectic cinema ranging from highbrow indie fare to genre blockbusters. Following each theatrical outing, our group will congregate to discuss the film over food or drinks in a casual laid-back environment. Discussion topics will center around the film's plot and themes, the past filmography of the cast and crew, and the film at hand's cultural relevance. Let's get acquainted and talk cinema.

Oz the Great and Powerful
The Wizard of Oz is an undeniable classic (especially when viewed with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon cued to the third roar of the MGM lion - look it up) and as such I'd typically have no interest in seeing a reboot, prequel or sequel of any kind. Or rather would have no interest were it not for the fact that this incarnation of the 1939 classic is directed by genre heavy Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Spider-Man). This contemporary take on the tale centers around the the titular wizard himself Oscar Diggs, perhaps better known under his latter pseudonym. Working as a down and out circus magician, Oscar (played by James Franco) is swept away from monochromatic Kansas in a tornado and finds himself opposite three witches in the enchanted land of Oz. We shall meet after the film at the Moonstruck Diner to discuss the feature. Topics for discussion will include the filmography if writer/director Sam Raimi, the various adaptions of the L. Frank Baum originated Oz stories (The Wiz, Wicked, Return to Oz, etc.) and the emerging wave of 3D feature films. Be there or be quadrilateral.

Oz the Great and Powerful is rated PG and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.

Meet Mike outside the theater 15 minutes before showtime.
Note: As the theater/venue's films and showtimes are subject to change up until a week prior to a given event, location and showtimes for Cerebral Cinema meetings are subject to change as well. Check in with the event page or email nyc@centerforinquiry.net for updates.