Bijou Series:

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After Hours

After Hours is our catch-all fiction-genre film series which is dedicated to cult classics, genre films, and recent releases.

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Open Screen

Open Screen is a forum for University of Iowa students as well as filmmakers within the local community to showcase their cinematic pieces. Short clips of found footage or obscure footage are also accepted.

Bijou Blog

Daniel Kaluuya in the 2022 film "Nope"

Bijou's Best of 2022

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
The Monkees as they appear in Head

Why Head Matters

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Young Sophie (Frankie Corio) sits and reads while Calum (Paul Mescal) removes his cast in the bathroom.

Tender is the Ghost, the Ghost I Love Most

Saturday, November 12, 2022
Once a year, when my mind finally catches up with my sprinting body, I check my mother’s Facebook. Navigating her page has the same numbing reflexiveness as reciting the national anthem. I dash around the “remembering” logo, go to the photo album, and watch my life unfold before me.

Promare: Flames of Empathy

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
In one of the most striking scenes of Promare (2019), the first feature-length film from Japanese studio Trigger, the city of Promepolis is under attack. The city’s dull gray buildings, reduced to lifeless shapes under a moon-and-starless night, have suddenly erupted into eye-burning neon fire.

Thelma and Louise

Saturday, March 5, 2022
As a lesbian who aspires to be a filmmaker, I have always questioned my relationship with film.

Chungking Express

Friday, February 25, 2022
In Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express, the unpredictability and vastness of love are visualized through two interconnected relationships. In the first story, Cop 223 marks the expiration of his past relationship with the purchasing of pineapple cans.

Bijou Banter Podcast

Like talking about movies, or, more specifically, hearing talk about movies? Tune into our podcast where your favorite Bijou Crew talk about every kind of film under the sun.

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Or you can tune into KRUI 89.7 FM Iowa City at 4:00pm on Fridays!

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The Whale / Skinamarink

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Bijou Banter

Returning to the KRUI studio, we take a look at two psychological films set in one location. Both made for relatively small budgets concerning either guilt-filled drama or childhood nightmares. What do we think about these two films? Find out on this episode of Bijou Banter!

Featuring: Daniel McGregor-Huyer and Matthew Huh

Special Guest: Davy Behm

Note: Due to technical difficulties, this episode of Bijou Banter was recorded on an iPhone. We apologize for the lackluster audio quality.

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Banter's Top 10 Movies of 2022

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Bijou Banter

It's that time of year again! Banter reflects on the past year and lists their 10 favorite films of 2022! Hear firsthand from Bijou members about films ranging from mainstream blockbusters, overlooked independent films, and a few surprises. Find out more about our favorite films of 2022 on this special episode of Bijou Banter!

Featuring: Daniel McGregor-Huyer and Matthew Huh

Special Guests: James Altschul and Davy Behm

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The Fabelmans / The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Bijou Banter

We celebrate the holiday season with a holiday special and a feel-good Oscar contender. Two different media works set in the past and the far reaches of the galaxy. What do we think about these two works? Find out for yourself on this episode of Bijou Banter!

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