Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies

Friday, October 17
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

The Pastor Picks theme continues with a dramedy offering by Jim McDonald. Don Jon, a 2012 release written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and Gordon-Levitt himself in the title role. You have probably seen Gordon-Levitt before in such diverse roles as Robert Todd Lincoln in the film Lincoln and Tommy Solomon in TV's Third Rock from the Sun among many others. In his writing and directorial debut, Gordon-Levitt explores such themes as family and romantic relationships, fantasy versus reality and sexual addiction.

We had a full house and a waiting list in September, so sign-up as soon as possible in the church office, as space is limited to 20 people. Popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and dessert will be on hand as usual; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
Friday, September 19
7:30 p.m.
Safford Home Theatre

This year we are returning to the popular format The Pastor Picks that everyone enjoyed a few years ago. Kicking off the season will be retired pastor and DGFUMC member Tom Babler. Tom has elected to present Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall, with Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley and Ellen Barkin. Released in 1983, the film is a compelling story of love and redemption, focusing on the life of Mac Sledge (Duvall), a recovering alcoholic and washed up country music singer trying to turn his life around. Among many awards, the film earned Oscars for Best Actor (Duvall) and Best Original Screenplay for Horton Foote, who also won an Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Popcorn, soft drinks, dessert and coffee will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.  Sign up now in the church office; attendance limited to 20 people.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Bernie

Bernie

Laura Temple and Andy Wood will present Bernie, a 2011 release starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey.

Based on a true crime that took place in Carthage, TX in 1996, Black plays the title role of Bernie Tiede, a beloved assistant funeral director in the small town who befriends an elderly millionaire widow who is much unloved in the little community. Roger Ebert said that Jack Black gave one of the performances of the year. "He creates his character out of thin air, it's like nothing he's done before, and it proves that an actor can be a miraculous thing in the right role."

Sign-up now below or in the church office. A suggested donation of $2 will cover popcorn, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: This Boy's Life

On March 21, we move from the terrific Robert DeNiro comedy viewed in February to an equally compelling DeNiro drama, This Boy’s Life, which also stars Ellen Barkin and a young Leonardo DiCaprio. A 1993 release, the film is a true story based on the dysfunctional relationship between the teen-aged Tobias Wolff, his mother, Rosemary, and his abusive stepfather, Dwight.  

Stan and Maria Clements will be our discussion leaders. The movie starts at 7:30pm. Please sign-up in the church office or using the form below starting March 1. We had a full house in February, so sign-up early to reserve your place, and let the office know if you need to cancel later on; we had a waiting list in February. As usual, popcorn, soft drinks, coffee and dessert are on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Midnight Run

Midnight RunAction.  Comedy.  Crime.  Mystery.  Thriller.  Those are the genres named by Roger Ebert in his glowing review of Midnight Run, starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. De Niro plays Jack Walsh, who is a “skip-tracer,” a person who finds and brings back bail bondsmen clients who have tried to skip bail. Grodin plays Jonathan Mardukas, bail skipper. As Ebert says, “[they] spend most of the movie trying to survive….while the FBI is trying to capture them and the underworld is trying to kill them.”  Here we see De Niro unleash his considerable comedic talents; Grodin is every bit his equal.

Sue Thornquist will lead the lively discussion we’re sure to have after this extremely funny and delightful film. A $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Philadelphia

PhiladelphiaWe kick off the new year on January 17 with Philadelphia, a 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. This ground-breaking film, cited as the first Hollywood mainstream movie to address HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia, is the story of Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), a rising star senior associate in a highly prestigious Philadelphia law firm. Andrew’s life changes dramatically when his homophobic firm not only discovers he is a gay man but also learns he suffers from AIDS. In 1993, AIDS was a death sentence, its transmission still poorly understood by the general public. This emotionally powerful film garnered Oscars for Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Original Song (“Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen) as well as a host of other nominations and awards. In addition, watch for such veteran actors as Jason Robards and Joanne Woodward as well as [then] newcomers Antonio Banderas and Chandra Wilson, now playing Dr, Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy.

John Smoke will be our discussion leader. Sign up now in the church office. Snacks and desserts will be on hand; a $2 donation is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Theatre
Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in SeattleSleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, will be our December offering.  A 1993 romantic comedy co-written and directed by the late Nora Ephron, this movie tugs at the heartstrings with its message of love lost and found anew.  Although it focuses on another holiday - Valentine's Day - Sleepless in Seattle is a heartwarming story to enjoy before Christmas.

Our discussion leaders will be Andrew and Cindy Johnson. Sign up soon so you won't land on the waiting list! Goodies provided; a $2 contribution is suggested.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Out of Africa

Out of Africa

November 15th, Movie Night at the "Slowdance Film Festival" continues with the 1985, Sydney Pollack classic Out of Africa. A study of the life of Danish noblewoman and storyteller Karen ('Isak') Dinesen Blixen (played by Meryl Streep), from her marriage and departure for Kenya in 1913 until her return to Denmark in 1931. As she struggles to maintain a coffee farm through various challenges and disasters, and strives to improve relations with the local natives, her marriage of convenience to a titled aristocrat (played by Klaus Maria Brandauer) gradually gives way to an enduring romance with the noted hunter and adventurer Denys Finch Hatton (played by Robert Redford).  Come see the film that won SEVEN Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Best Cinematography (on the Safford Big Screen, wow!) and cemented Meryl Streep's place in acting history!

Since space is limited, please sign up in the church office starting 11/1.      A $2.00 donation is suggested.  Discussion led by Sue Thornquist.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Focusing on Mental Health Awareness, the Health and Wellness Work Area is pleased to present on October 18 Silver Linings Playbook, a well-received "romantic dramedy" released late in 2012.  Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro, it's the story of Pat Solitano, a former high school teacher moving in with his parents after a court-ordered eight-month stint in a mental health facility, where he has been treated for a bipolar disorder.  Pat wants to reconcile with his ex-wife, but then Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, comes into his life and, in the words of one reviewer, "here at last is a movie about real situations, real people, and the natural experiences that evolve from them."  Silver Linings Playbook received eight Academy Award nominations, including all four actor categories, with Jennifer Lawrence winning the Oscar for Best Actress.  A not-to-be-missed film!

As usual, soft drinks, snacks, and dessert will be served; a $2 donation is suggested.  Be sure to sign up using the form below or in the church office (starting October 1st) if you plan to attend, as seating is somewhat limited.  See you there!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Big

Discussion Leader: Don and Caryl Safford

If you saw the recent Tower Bell article, you know we have a new twist this year, the 3 + 2 + 2 series, featuring two movies from three actors:  Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep. 

On September 20, we lead off with Big, a 1988 fantasy comedy representing some of Tom Hanks’ earlier work.  It’s the story of Josh, a 12-year-old New Jersey boy who, after being turned away from a carnival ride for being too short, makes a wish “to be big” at a fortune-telling machine…..and gets his wish. 

Also starring Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia, and directed by Penny Marshall, Big was nominated for 2 Oscars and garnered other film awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Actor for Hanks. 

Soft drinks, popcorn, dessert and coffee will be provided; a $2 donation is suggested.

Sign-up begins September 1 in the church office or using the form below.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:30pm

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