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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 6, 2014 1 Comment

I didn’t know Philip Seymour Hoffman.  I knew nothing of his private life and never sought out much information about it.  So why would the news of his death hit me with an emotional kick in the stomach? Actors share parts of themselves to create worlds  for us that we might not otherwise experience.  Some […]

The Philosopher’s POV Presents: The Films of Michael Haneke

The Philosopher’s POV Presents: The Films of Michael Haneke

September 16, 2013 7 Comments

Dr. Bruce Russell is a professor in philosophy at Wayne State University.  He is a past chairman of the department and has written extensively on a variety of philosophical issues which fortunately include philosophy and film. The article he has written below provides an accessible introduction into the works of director Michael Haneke whose film […]

It’s Here: Reel Deal Mind Goes to the Toronto Film Festival: September 5-8

It’s Here: Reel Deal Mind Goes to the Toronto Film Festival: September 5-8

June 24, 2013 No Comments

Lights!  Cameras!  Action!!!!! Join us now at the Toronto Film Festival for an opportunity to think, feel and express the joy of film.  We will board the train in a few hours and arrive in  a city transformed by thousands of cinephiles sharing the gift of film.  Hundreds of films will light up a variety […]

Maple Theatre Presents: Secret Cinema: Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 pm!!

Maple Theatre Presents: Secret Cinema: Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 pm!!

June 20, 2013 1 Comment

  The Maple Theatre continues to provide local cinephiles with the opportunity to experience a range of the great films on the big screen!  Join us on the first Thursday of each month for films prior to 1987 and on the third Thursday for more modern classics! Only five dollars, with thoughtful discussion following each […]

View from the Couch: Margin Call

View from the Couch: Margin Call

November 18, 2012 No Comments

by Matthew Sherman, MA Matthew Sherman received his masters from MSU in German studies.  He was a Fullbright Scholar and is an academic fellow and early admissions candidate at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.  His current psychoanalytic interests include shame and the representation of violence. His  Director’s Chair discussion of film clips from Margin Call: I […]

The Reel Deal Presents: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

The Reel Deal Presents: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

October 3, 2012 4 Comments

Who is Lisbeth Salander and why do we love her?  What does a person’s crib reveal about the darkest motivations and secrets?  How does anyone ever transcend unspeakable trauma?  Swedish version or American? Lisbeth Salander and friends joined our team of film theorists, literature profs and psychotherapists to kick off The Reel Deal’s 2012-13 season on […]

A Special View from the Couch: The Juilliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary(read the full article and post a reply!)

A Special View from the Couch: The Juilliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary(read the full article and post a reply!)

September 3, 2012 4 Comments

Join the Reel Deal and the APT for a world premiere event on Saturday, September 8 at 6:30:  “The Juilliard String Quartet:  Keepting Beethoven Contemporary.”  Dr. Julie Nagel (psychoanalyst, author) and Dr. Louis Nagel (professor of piano at U of M and performer)–both Juilliard graduates-invite you to read their comments of the Michael Blackwood film […]

World Premiere; The Juillliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary

World Premiere; The Juillliard String Quartet: Keeping Beethoven Contemporary

August 19, 2012 No Comments

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought and the Reel Deal Film Series is proud to invite you to share in an extraordinary evening of music and FILM:  the world priemiere of renowned filmaker Michael Blackwood’s documentary:  the Juilliard String Quartet:  Keeping Beethoven Contemporary” will be screened as a pre-concert film at 6:30pm on September 8 at […]

View From the Couch: Shame

View From the Couch: Shame

April 2, 2012 No Comments

I asked several friends and co-workers if they saw Shame over the Holidays. None did. Most said they didn’t want to see a film about sex addiction. The graphic sexual content that is depicted, and the rest that is implied, certainly earned it the NC-17 rating it received. But it is not only about sex […]

View From the Couch: My Top Ten Films of 2011

View From the Couch: My Top Ten Films of 2011

December 28, 2011 4 Comments

What were the “best” movies of 2011?  As the final days of the year dwindle down, it seems reasonable to reflect and even make lists.  You may not agree(if not, feel free to post your own list!), but these are the films that I feel were the best: !. Melancholia   2.  Hugo   3.  Shame   4.  […]

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Coursera and the Reel Deal Mind Join Again on September 2 for: Scandinavian Film and Television!

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