Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

Fall is almost upon us and Friday Night at the Movies is back! Due to some travel plans by hosts Don and Caryl Safford, our kick-off September movie will take place on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Movie night founder Carol Lysne will kick things off, presenting Hell or High Water, a 2016 dramatic film starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Foster. The movie tells the tale of two West Texas brothers in a desperate scheme to save the family ranch.  Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, the movie garnered many other awards as well.

We have several presenters lined up for the upcoming months, but we’re always looking for new movie enthusiasts to share their favorite films. Let the Saffords know if you’d like to come on board as a presenter, carylsafford@aol.com. We’re a lively group of film lovers who enjoy a great discussion afterward along with snacks and beverages throughout the evening. Please consider joining us!

Attendance is limited to 20 people, so sign up soon by contacting the church office, 630-968-7120. We hope to see you there!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

This May Sue Thornquist will present Captain Fantastic, 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen. The story centers on a family who are forced by circumstances to reintegrate into society after living in isolation for a decade.

Refreshments will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Our April offering at Friday Night at the Movies is Me Before You, a 2016 film with elements of drama, comedy, and romance intertwined in a compelling story of friendship, devotion, love, and heartbreak. Set in the United Kingdom, the story revolves around aristocratic quadriplegic Will Traynor and Louisa Clark, the young woman hired by his parents to be his caregiver. Angry and bitter after the accident that destroys his career as a successful and wealthy banker, Will initially reacts coldly to Louisa’s cheerful manner and treats her with contempt. However, they eventually begin to bond, and we witness a relationship that evolves into a genuine friendship – and maybe more.  Based on the novel of the same name by JoJo Moyes, who also wrote the screenplay, Me Before You will be presented by Andrew and Cindy Johnson.

Refreshments will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Due to technical difficulties in February, Sully will be presented on two nights in March.

You may reserve your spot now for this Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. or Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. by calling the church office at 630.968.7120..

There will be no movie shown on March 17 as Miracles from Heaven, our original March movie, was shown in February.

Our apologies for the error in previous communications.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

This month, John Smoke will present, Sully, a 2016 biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood. The film tells the story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, and the subsequent publicity and investigation, which threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. The film stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Sully, as well as three-time Academy Award nominee Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart .

Refreshments will be served; $2 donation is suggested. Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120 or email Sheila at sheila@dgfumc.org.  

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

As the New Year starts, we leave behind our fall political theme and turn to a potpourri of films selected by our winter and spring presenters. January starts with The Danish Girl, a 2015 British-American production starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as Danish artists Elnar (Lili)Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Billed as biographical romantic drama, The Danish Girl portrays a touching but very atypical love story. Redmayne garnered an Academy Award Best Actor nomination, while Vikander won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, garnering extremely high praise for her outstanding performance.   

Ken and Tammy Potts will be on hand to present the movie and lead our post-film discussion. 

Sign-up now in the church office at 630.698.7120.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Concluding our Fall “Politics in the Movies” theme, We will view Lincoln, a 2012 historical drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, supported by an all-star cast including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt among others. Covering the last months of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, this movie delves into the difficult issues and politics of the time, including the struggle to enact the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and to end the Civil War. Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for his riveting performance, while the film garnered a total of 12 Oscar nominations.  Kay Mundy and Owen Bates will lead our post-film discussion. 

Sign-up now in the church office at 630.968.7120 or sheila@dgfumc.org.  A $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Bob and Kathleen Schultz will present My Fellow Americans, a 1996 political comedy starring two of our most beloved actors no longer with us, Jack Lemmon and James Garner. Playing two ex-presidents on opposite sides of the political fence, these two foes become aligned in a struggle for their very survival as they deal with the corrupt current chief executive. Supported by the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Lauren Bacall, Wilfred Brimley, Bradley Wilford, and several other well-known performers, our November offering should provide us with some well-deserved laughs after this current presidential election has concluded.

Contact the church office now to sign-up at 630.968.7120; hope to see you there!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

PLEASE NOTE:   With our apologies, we have to change the “usual” date once again, from the 3rd Friday to the 2nd Friday.

Continuing our fall Politics in the Movies theme, Don and Caryl Safford will present The Candidate, a compelling 1972 satirical dramedy starring Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, and Melvyn Douglas. Rotten Tomatoes, giving the film a 95% favorable rating, describes it as “a gritty, documentary-like tale of an idealistic, good-natured attorney [Redford] whose high standards are soiled by his run for political office." Tapped by a political hack (Boyle) to run against a seemingly unbeatable senatorial incumbent in California, this political neophyte at first seems overwhelmed by the political machine that directs his every move. But then, cautiously, he begins to assert himself…with surprising results. Is the theme of this movie timely in today’s political world?  We should enjoy a lively discussion answering this and other questions as well.

Contact the church office by phone, email or in person to sign-up now. Refreshments will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

Fall is almost here and Friday Night at the Movies is ready to start up once again. Through the end of 2016, our theme will focus on Politics in the Movies, in “honor” of the 2016 presidential election. And by “politics,” we don’t mean to focus entirely on governmental issues. Our first film of the new season, Spotlight, takes us on an entirely different journey involving the politics of the Roman Catholic Church. Spotlight refers to a group of investigative journalists with The Boston Globe who follow up on an allegation of child sexual abuse by area catholic priests. Their shocking findings of abuse, as well as its cover-up by Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law and others, touches off similar revelations all around the world. Nominated for six academy awards, this true story won Best Picture for 2015. Its excellent cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci.  

Former DGFUMC pastor Fred Conger will present this film and lead a lively discussion afterward. BE SURE TO NOTE THAT THIS MONTH OUR MOVIE IS ON THE FOURTH FRIDAY, rather than the usual third Friday of the month.

Space is limited to 20 people, so sign-up now in the church office, by phone, email or in person.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

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