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2022 Year End Report

It’s been a year of bangers at Ragtag Film Society! In addition to bringing 60 new independent films to Ragtag Cinema, and featuring the year’s best nonfiction at True/False, we held the 12th annual Boone Dawdle, the 3rd annual CoMo Famous event, and a wide variety of special event series. From field trips and other […]
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Notes from the attic: Kill List

We just watched Kill List in movie club and boy is it intense---Steve's head is still reeling. I don't want to give much of the mystery away, so I'll keep this short: It's an intimate portrait of two hitmen---both ex-military, one with wife and kid---and their descent into brutality, madness and the occult. You have […]

Notes from the attic: Air + la Lune

A new version of Georges Méliès’s 1902 sci-fi classic Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) is out, as of last week. It’s a full restoration (or as close as you’ll ever get) of the hand-colored print found in 1993, with soundtrack by the French duo Air. We just watched it in […]

Notes from the attic: Possession

Possession is a 1981 West German film from director/writer Andrzej Zulawski featuring Sam Neill (of Jurassic Park fame) and Isabelle Adjani, who won Best Actress at Cannes for her performance---and rightly so. She is stunning. The most important thing I learned from this film: Do not go off to be some Cold War spy and […]

Notes from the attic: My Man Godfrey

We just watched this 1936 comedy classic at movie club. A "Park Avenue brat" finds a "forgotten man" in the city dump during a society scavenger hunt and invites him to be her butler. Hilarity ensues. If you rent the copy from 9th Street Video it comes with His Girl Friday (1940 Cary Grant) on […]

Notes from the attic: John Hillcoat

I'm a big fan of Nick Cave and his dark wit. He's probably best known for his work with The Bad Seeds. But he's also a screenwriter and (recent) novelist. I first experienced his cinema side watching The Proposition back at the old Ragtag in 2005. Directed by fellow Aussie John Hillcoat, it's an Australian western […]

Notes from the attic: Asian extreme

We watch a fair number of films from Japan, Korea and Hong Kong in our movie club. Before I started attending, the others watched the six-film 70s samurai series Lone Wolf and Cub (based on a manga). I've since watched it and it's pretty awesome (thanks, Tony). If you've ever seen Shogun Assassin (we showed […]

Notes from the attic: Riki-oh Street

We've been slumming it real hard lately in movie club. We recently watched two cult classics: Street Trash (1987) and Riki-oh: The Story of Ricky (1991).

Notes from the attic: Pietro Germi

Here are two must-see comedies from Italian director Pietro Germi: Divorce Italian Style (1961) and Seduced and Abandoned (1964). They're about crazy Sicilian characters, awkward situations, ruined honor and teenage love interests. If I had to pick one it would be Seduced and Abandoned. They're both available next door at 9th Street Video.

Notes from the attic: Human Centipede 2

We showed this film for one night a while back and I was the lucky projectionist that eve. I wasn't going to watch it because I'm not a fan of torture horror, but in the end I watched it--mostly because I wanted to hear the crowd's reaction...which was pretty great.

Notes from the attic: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

We recently watched Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) in our movie club and I was going to mention Roman Polanski's Carnage, another film based on a play about two contentious couples, but it looks like we're not getting Carnage after all. So it goes. Though, with all respect for Carnage, it's probably a hushed […]