Alternative Cinema: Brick
(Rian Johnson, 2005, 119 mins.)
Reconstituting a hard-boiled detective film-noir in a high school setting, Rian Johnson’s directorial debut offers a remarkable hybridity of genres. A film observing the similarities between the heartthrob and the femme fatale, the hallway bully and gangster heavy, the anti-hero and school outcast, Brick is a remarkable case study in transmuted archetypes. A Sundance hit and an indie-blockbuster that propelled Joseph Gordon Levitt into stardom, Brick contravenes generic categorization with delectably entertaining comic insight.
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00pm