The Fall Commences!!

Hello Everyone!

We just launched our Fall 2012 program with some wonderful films.   Early bonus screenings with The Oranges, Arbitrage, Butter and The Sessions all lead up to our opening nights with Cloud Altas.  And this past week we screened The Loneliest Planet with guest, director Julia Loktev and Chasing Ice with guests Jeff Orlowski and James Balog.  Check out the reviews for Cloud Atlas here and The Loneliest Planet here in the NYTimes today.

A wonderful start to the Fall Season, we’re looking forward the the coming weeks!!



As We Gear Up for the Summer…

We’re just about to conclude our Spring 2012 program, and it’s been a great semester!  Take a look below at some of the films we’ve just screened.  You can also check out our Youtube page for some interview clips.

We’ve had some wonderful evenings that included remarkable films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bully, The Lucky One, The Five Year Engagement, Mirror Mirror, The Giant Mechanical Man, First Position and Bernie

On June 6th we launch our Movies101 Summer 2012 program.   And we’re incredibly excited about what’s to come!  We are hard at work on many of the releases due out this summer, and hope you’ll consider joining us.

Here are some of the films we’re working on.

To take a look at some of our recent evenings, please visit our YouTube site here.

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Last night we screened a remarkable film from The Weinstein CompanyBULLY follows five kids and families over the course of a school year.   Writer/Producer Cynthia Lowen joined Prof. Brown for a conversation on this very important documentary.

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of Americas bullying crisis.


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Winter 2012 Recap

We just completed our Winter 2012 term filled with wonderful films and great guest interviews.  Here’s a recap:

January bonus films started off with two action-packed films for our first two bonus screenings:  Contraband (starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Kate Beckinsale) and Haywire (starring Ewan McGregor, Gina Carano and Michael Douglas).

For our opening night on January 25th, Prof. Brown welcomed director Brett Ratner (Tower Heist, The Family Man) to talk about his body of work.  Take a look at some clips here.   Our film that evening was from IFC:  Declaration of War played at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals to rave reviews.

On our second evening of the Winter, we were delighted to welcome directors TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay and their Academy Award Nominated documentary, Undefeated.  The film is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

The following week, we showed Act of Valor, a dynamic new film from directors Scott Waugh and Mike “Mouse” McCoy  and Relativity Films.  Set to open this Friday, February 24th, Act of Valor is a new type of action film that follows actual Navy Seals in the line of duty.  Take a look at their film here.

Director Oren Moverman and cinematographer Bobby Bukowski joined us for a special weekend screening Rampart, starring Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Ned Beatty, Ice Cube, Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon.  We’ll be posting clips from that interview shortly.  In the meantime, you can see the trailer and website for the film here.

Our final film was Forgiveness of Blood (IFC Films)–also in theaters Friday February 24th–from director Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) and Producer Paul Mezey (Maria Full of Grace).  Paul joined Prof. Brown for a great conversation about his collaboration with Joshua Marston on this film.

Director, Taika Waititi will join us for our final bonus screening on Saturday, February 25th for his remarkable film, BOY, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, and winner of the Audience Award at the AFI Fest.   Take a look at their website here.

Spring 2012 Registration Is OPEN!

This week, we opened registration for the Spring Series of Prof. Brown’s MOVIES101.  Don’t miss out on great films and great interviews this Spring with Prof. Richard Brown.

Two sections (Wednesday and Thursday), both taking place at the Regal/UA 64th Street Theater.  Program starts on March 21st and March 22nd.

Click here to Register.

Questions? Feel free to email us.

See you there!

First Two Bonus Screenings of 2012

We started 2012 with two remarkable films: CONTRABAND (Universal, opened 1/13/12)  and HAYWIRE (Relativity, opening 1/20/12).   Two wonderful films which we screened on Sunday mornings.

Throughout the year, MOVIES101 screens not only on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, but on Sunday mornings as well.

2012 promises to be a wonderful year of films and interviews for Movies101.  If you’re not already signed up, we hope you’ll join us for the start of our Winter 2012 program on January 25th, 2012.  Read more and sign-up here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Youtube too!


Fall 2011 Recap

We just finished a remarkable Fall with great films and great interviews.  Some of the films we showed included:  50/50, Moneyball, Margin Call, Tower Heist, The Artist, The Muppets, Hugo, Coriolanus, Albert Nobbs, Sherlock Holmes and War Horse.

And, our Winter 2012 program is just around the corner…staring Wednesday, January 25th.  If your interested in joining us, you can register here.


Opening Night: Oranges & Sunshine

Wednesday’s Opening Night featured a new film about the life of Margaret Humphreys

Oranges & Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Check out their website:


Opening Night: “Revenge of the Electric Car”

Chris Paine with Prof. Brown

Thursday’s Opening Night featured a great screening of Revenge of the Electric Car, followed by an interview with Prof. Brown and director Chris Paine.

Check out their website:



There’s An Unmistakable Nip In The Air…

With Prof. Richard Brown
FALL 2011

Summer’s gone and Labor Day is over.  We feel a vague longing that says “back to school.”  But instead of lunchboxes and pencil cases, we think New Fall Films.

Over the past several weeks, Michelle and Prof. Brown have been putting into place an exciting fall semester.  We look back on the past year to some wonderful films (The King’s Speech, Sarah’s Key, Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, Inception, Black Swan, The Town, 127 Hours) and some terrific guests (Colin Firth, David Schwimmer, Gay Talese, Javier Bardem, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Hyde Pierce, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Shirley MacLaine).

Our first bonus film is scheduled for the 18th of September (3 1/2 weeks before the first class!) Several films are spelled out below (you can find a more detailed list on our website and we urge you to visit

Pre-Class Bonuses
We’re looking at a minimum of three promising films that are coming out in September.  So register now and join us to launch your movie-going experiences for this fall.

Fall Term is always the busiest semester and we are delighted to see registration proceeding at a good clip.  Make sure you’re not closed out and enjoy early bonuses.

The Movies101 team is hoping to add a bit of Movie Magic to your Fall of 2011.

To Register: (212) 998-7150

October 12th-December 7th
(No class November 23)
8 Sessions

Section 2: THURSDAYS
October 13th-December 8th
(No class November 24)
8 Sessions

The Regal/UA 64th Street Theater
1210 Second Avenue (bet. 63-64)
Discount Parking: $10/7hours
NYU Registration Fee: $20