Fantasy fuels Friday Night Flix

Dec 30, 2017
Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) finds a mysterious portal behind a filing cabinet in “Being John Malkovich.”

Belfast — Fantasy is the theme for January in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series. The month features four far-out films from the 1940s to the 2010s. All the screenings are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

Kicking off the month, and another year, on Jan. 5 is “Being John Malkovich” (1999, USA). Did you ever wish you could climb into someone else’s mind, literally? This film does just that. A struggling puppeteer (John Cusack) takes a job as a clerk in a Manhattan office building where he works on floor 7.5 — which happens to have a five-foot ceiling. While there, he discovers a portal that allows the visitor to enter the mind of actor John Malkovich, for 15 minutes, before being dumped out onto the New Jersey Turnpike …? Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and, yes, John Malkovich co-star in this comic and intoxicating fantasy.

The Fantasy selection continue Jan. 12 with “Fantasia” (1940, USA); Jan. 19, “Midnight in Paris” (2011, Spain/USA/France); and Jan. 26, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004, USA). If heavy snow is falling at show time, the film will be shown the next evening, Saturday, also at 7 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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