Foreign Film Series Continues with “12:08 East of Bucharest” on Sunday


Sunday, October 19 at 7 PM at the Albany County Public Library. Free pop and popcorn!

12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?, 2006): Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, as three men prepare for the Christmas holidays they wonder: “Was it or wasn’t it a revolution in their town?” 12:08 East of Bucharest was a surprise hit across Europe, where it was nominated and won several awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Film at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. In Romanian, with English subtitles. Running time: 89 minutes. IMDb rating: 7.4/ 10.

Sponsored by the Albany County Public Library and the Laramie Film Society. For more information about the foreign film series visit the LFS web page for ratings, reviews, longer synopses of each film and a schedule of upcoming films in this series.

Foreign Language Film Series Starts Tonight at the County Library

2014-SpanishAptThe Albany County Public Library and the Laramie Film Society present, “Sundries of the World: Foreign Film Series,” screenings Sunday night at 7 PM through December 7.

Tonight’s film is L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) (2002). The rest of the schedule is as follows:

October 12: La Dolce Vita (1960)

October 19: 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)

October 26: Ringu (1998)

November 2: The Girl on the Bridge (1999)

November 9: Face to Face (1976)

November 16: Oldboy (2003)

November 23: The Dreamers (2003)

December 7: Kagemusha (1980)

For full details on the series including film ratings and descriptions, click here.

Dr. Strangelove at the Gryphon

Picture 1Last night’s screening of Dr. Strangelove was a great success and enjoyed by all. On the big screen at the Laramie Plains Civic Center’s Gryphon Theatre, the 50th anniversary presentation brought back the film in all it’s glory.

Thanks to the Gryphon Theatre and to all who attended!

Above, a shot of the movie as it played [exit sign on far right will give you an idea of the size of the screen]; below, attendees exit the theater following the screening.


Film Shot in Laramie to Screen at Gryphon Theatre, Sept 12

Project Cora PosterThe Laramie Film Society is proud to co-sponsor a screening of Project Cora at the Laramie Plains Civic Center’s Gryphon Theatre on Friday, September 12.  A London Homer-Wambeam feature-length film, starring Sean Coyle, Bianca Coca, and Landee Lockhart.

The film is about: “An introverted AI software designer who falls in love with a girl claiming to be a robot running his software.” Get more information about the film (including a look at the trailer): here.

For a link to the listing at the Gryphon Theatre, click here.


The Laramie Film Society Nominates Films to the National Film Registry

Willy-Wonka-and-the-Chocolate-Factory-1971-movie-posterTwenty participants voted for the Laramie Film Society’s poll to create a nominations list for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  The list of 50 films has been emailed to the LOC for consideration in this year’s picks.

Since 1989, the Library of Congress has  added 25 films per year to the registry. They accept recommendations from the public each year. The LOC will be making their announcement of this year’s choices in mid-to-late December.

Below is the list of 50 films recommended by the Laramie Film Society for this year’s picks. Among the films garnering the most votes were: [first ballot] Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Princess Bride, and Willow; [second ballot] The King and I, Rain Man, and Fight Club. The list includes classic Americana with Harvey, True Grit, and Apollo 13; blockbusters with Ghostbusters, Batman, and Jurassic Park; and acclaimed works with Of Mice and Men, Strangers on a Train, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Laramie Film Society’s Nominations

for the 2014 Library of Congress “National Film Registry”

Of Mice and Men (1939)

Song of the South (1946)

Father of the Bride (1950)

Harvey (1950)

Strangers on a Train (1950)

To Catch a Thief (1955)

The King and I (1956)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

The Birds (1963)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

True Grit (1969)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Harry and Tonto (1974)

Grease (1978)

The Evil Dead (1981)

Return of the Jedi (1983)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Aliens (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

The Evil Dead 2 (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Rain Man (1988)

Willow (1988)

Batman (1989)

Dead Poet’s Society (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Aladdin (1992)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Lion King (1994)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Apollo 13 (1995)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

American History X (1998)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Pleasantville (1998)

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Fight Club (1999)

The Green Mile (1999)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Final Movies of the Summer Film Series at the Albany County Public Library Announced

936full-the-grapes-of-wrath-posterThe “Not Shown Before at a Theater Near You” film series continues at the Albany County Public Library, and runs every Sunday night at 7 PM, concluding September 21.

The Laramie Film Society, the Albany County Public Library, and the Wyoming Peace, Justice and Earth Center present a summer series of movies that never made it to local theaters, as well as some classics, and films about peace, justice, and the environment.


For more information about the series, including a synopsis of each film, ratings, and other information, join the LFS email list or see the LFS web page at This web page also has instructions on how to join the email list.

Here’s the schedule for September:

September 7— Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006; concert film)

September 14— The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

September 21— The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Laramie Film Society Nominating Films to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry


UPDATE: Voting is now CLOSED. Thanks for everyone who participated. The list is being compiled and will be posted (and emailed to the LOC) shortly.

The Laramie Film Society is accepting nominations for their list to be submitted for consideration to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Since 1989, the LOC has  added 25 films per year to the registry. They accept recommendations from the public each year and this year the Laramie Film Society will compile a list from its members to submit.

If you wish to participate, simply pick 10 films to nominate by August 31 and email your list to the address at left. We will accept lists from the first 20 people to reply. You will then receive an email on September 1 in which to select the finalists, with a deadline of Sept 5.

Films must be American-made or American co-productions and must be at least ten years old (2004 or older) per the Library of Congress guidelines. For a handy list of some well known films not yet named to the National Film registry click here.

We look forward to your participation!

The Best of Paul Newman by Gary Rutkowski

images-2Gary Rutkowki answers our August classic film questionnaire.

1.) What’s your favorite Paul Newman film?

Nobody’s Fool

2.) What do you consider to be his three best performances?

The Verdict, The Hustler, Hud.

3.) Which of the two collaborations between co-stars Robert Redford & Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill do you think is best: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Sting?

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

4.) Which is your favorite pairing with his wife Joanne Woodward of their ten films together as co-stars (The Long, Hot Summer; Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!; From the Terrace, Paris Blues, A New Kind of Love, Winning, WUSA, The Drowning Pool, Harry & Son, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge)?

I haven’t seen very many of these. I liked Mr. and Mrs. Bridge very much.

5.) Have you had any Newman’s Own products, and if so, which do you like best?

The Sockarooni Pasta Sauce!

6.) Newman’s Oscar win for The Color of Money was considered a belated one— if you could award him the Oscar for only one of his previous nominations, which would you choose— Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Hustler; Hud; Cool Hand Luke; Absence of Malice; or The Verdict?

My knee jerk answer is to say The Hustler, so he wouldn’t have to wait. But he ought to have got it for The Verdict. Ben Kingsley won that year for Gandhi and was terrific, for sure, but just as Peter O’Toole lost for Lawrence of Arabia to Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird, Newman should have bested Kingsley despite the Gandhi “sweep.”

7.) What is your least favorite Paul Newman movie?

I’ll go with his inauspicious screen debut, The Silver Chalice. The Towering Inferno is a terrible movie– but it is guilty-pleasure-watchable.

8.) Why do you think Newman was such a popular star in his day?

He fought to get out of the long shadow of Marlon Brando by putting his all into his performances; he was pretty damn good-looking; he kept his private life private; and, in later years, gave much to charity.

9.) What do you consider to be his most underrated movie?

In a way, The Color of Money.

10.) What Paul Newman movie you’ve already seen would you like to see again right now?

Slap Shot



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