UPB Airing Various Classic Films: What's Old Becomes New Again

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:11 PM
UPB Airing Various Classic Films: What's Old Becomes New Again by Britton Rozzelle

As the semester begins to pick up pace, students of Edinboro University and the surrounding community may need to take some time to relax in between hours of hard work and studying, and just like always, there’s an opportunity to do that with a fresh lineup of movies at the Scot’s Cinema in the Pogue Student Center.

These new movies, picked by the University Programming Board, are set to play weekly until finals come around in May. This semester, classic films like “The Parent Trap,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” and “The Breakfast Club,” will be shown on a bi-weekly basis. Filling in the weeks between this host of classic movies are modern movies from the past holiday season, such as “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” and “Concussion,” all leading up to the final movie of the semester — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The first in this series of throwback films is Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump,” starring Tom Hanks. The film, which was released to rave reviews back in 1994 has remained a critical darling and a favorite amongst moviegoers worldwide. “Forrest Gump” has inspired pop culture in a way that only movies such as “The Breakfast Club” can claim, with references and allusions to its famous characters and scenes being made throughout our modern media and in almost every facet of our culture.

The famous and memorable phrases, “life is like a box of chocolates,” or “run, Forrest, run,” used in the film have permeated modern culture and have been included in television programs, novels, movies, and more if not only referenced. This, its extensive list of awards and inclusion into the Library of Congress’ film collection, and the creation of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in 1996 ensures this film many of us grew up with will remain ingrained in our public consciousness for many years to come.

The film, kicking off the series of throwback movies, is set to begin showing Jan. 27 in the Scots Cinema, located in the Pogue Student Center on the campus of Edinboro University, and will run throughout the weekend.

Britton Rozzelle is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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