Movie Madness University

Movie Madness University is a film appreciation program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness. Our class offerings range from in-depth four-week seminars to casual curated film series to virtual presentations. The goal of all of our programming is to help people learn more about movies; explore Movie Madness' world-class collection; and meet like-minded film lovers. Classes are held at Movie Madness (4320 SE Belmont), in our state-of-the-art Miniplex. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to email education@moviemadness.org.

Upcoming classes:

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MMU 101: Cult Horror of the 1990s

Though often overshadowed by the horror heavyweights that emerged from the '80s, the ’90s were not without some standout films. Whether they played with the genre, came from a veteran filmmaker, or broadened the definition of "scary," this 4-week course includes lectures and discussions of the horror films of the '90s that left their mark.

There will be both an in-person and virtual version of this class. In-person classes will be every Monday in December; virtual classes every Tuesday. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

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MMU One Credit: Holiday Cult Classic

Designed for those who are curious about Movie Madness University but reluctant to commit, our One Credit Classes give you a taste of MMU without having to take the full plunge. These one-night-only classes include a short introduction from our expert instructors, plus a screening and discussion in our state-of-the-art Miniplex with your fellow film fans.

While we can't promote our education titles online, we can tell you that this ’80s cult classic is BLADE RUNNER meets TERMINATOR meets...zombies? “Security! We've got trouble on the North Pole!”

There will be an in-person class on Sunday, December 19. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

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MMU Crash Course: Takeshi Kitano

MMU Crash Course classes offer a low-intensity way to explore a filmmaker or genre, in a friendly environment shared with fellow film lovers. Unlike our MMU 101 seminars, which include a lecture and class discussion, these Crash Courses offer a more casual approach: Films are curated and presented by staff experts, but there’s no formal lecture or discussion.

This course focuses on Japanese actor and director “Beat” Takeshi Kitano. After 20 years as a comedian and TV host, Beat Takeshi directed his first film, VIOLENT COP, which saw the birth of his violent yet deadpan onscreen presence.

There will be an in-person class, held Tuesdays in December. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

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MMU One Credit: Holiday Neo-Noir

Designed for those who are curious about Movie Madness University but reluctant to commit, our One Credit Classes give you a taste of MMU without having to take the full plunge. These one-night-only classes include a short introduction from our expert instructors, plus a screening and discussion in our state-of-the-art Miniplex with your fellow film fans.

While we can't promote our education titles online, we can tell you that there are so many traditions that come with the holidays—and one of our personal favorites at Movie Madness is holiday-adjacent action movies! Especially when Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer are involved.

There will be an in-person class on Wednesday, December 22. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

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Study Guides

MMU Study Guides are designed to offer viewing and reading suggestions on a range of cinematic topics, as well as to complement programming at the Hollywood Theatre.

LICORICE PIZZA - Paul Thomas Anderson's 9th film features two novice actors, a "classic screwball comedy premise," and a drawn-from-life '70s LA setting. Read more.


Past MMU Events

MMU has covered a wide range of films and topics, with instructors and special guests that run the gamut of film professions. Past instructors and guests include Hollywood programmers Dan Halsted and Anthony Hudson (Queer Horror), writer Robin Schiff (ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION), author and film critic Shawn Levy, and filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, and Joe Dante.

Find all past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)


FAQ

What is MMU?
Movie Madness University is the Hollywood Theatre's education program, featuring lectures and interactive discussions about some of your favorite films. You can find past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)

Where are your classes held?
In-person classes are held at Movie Madness (4320 SE Belmont), in our state-of-the-art Miniplex.