Political campaigns and righteous causes, stirring speeches, heated debates, back-room dealings and other shenanigans…elections are ripe dramatic material for the movies. Whether skeptical or hopeful, historical or hypothetical, election movies let us think through our ideas about leaders and the democratic process. Join film historian Lance Rhoades on a multi-media whistle-stop tour of memorable events in election movies.
We all love a good party, especially for the Oscars! In anticipation of the Academy Awards Ceremony to be held on February 28, film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and even offer his own Oscars predictions! Come dressed in your own “red carpet” outfit if you choose–and if your prefer to dress down, that’s great too! Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
Who controls life and death? Does a man-made being have (human) rights issues? Although regarded as Gothic sensationalism when first published-both for its lurid tale of a scientist driven mad by his obsession to animate the dead, and for the surprising news that the author was nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley–Frankenstein has resonated widely in the popular imagination, most notably in theater and cinema. Over the two centuries since its first publication, the work has also served as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage.
Led by film scholar Lance Rhoades, this multi-media presentation considers how Shelley addressed some of mankind’s greatest concerns with a creation that took on a life of its own. Explore and discuss these complex issues. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate-highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial
Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments take on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. Starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
The Mercer Island Teen Advisory Board is hosting a screening of the documentary Fixing Juvie Justiceon Saturday, March 28, at 1 pm. Juveniles in the United States are entering the justice system in shocking numbers, and more than half are likely to commit crimes when they come out. Is there a better way to deal with conflict? The teens will facilitate a discussion following the film, inviting community members to speak on issues addressed in the film. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.