Friday Night at the Movies

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

Friday Night at the Movies: Save the Tiger

NEW DATE : Friday, May 24 at the Safford Home Theater

Discussion Leader: Carol Lysne

I saw this movie in 1973, 40 years ago. One scene in particular had a profound effect upon me and I never forgot it. When I learned we were showing academy award movies this season, I immediately remembered Jack Lemmon’s performance in Save the Tiger and wondered if it would still have the same impact on me. I watched it for the second time. It did.

Save the Tiger follows a day and a half in Harry’s life. Jack Lemmon plays Harry Stoner, the owner of a dress manufacturing business, who sees himself as a good citizen. Jack Gilford plays his friend and partner Phil Green. The two spar repeatedly over moral issues as Harry seeks to make his payroll and keep his business going. The movie repeatedly asks how important success is when we measure ourselves against our ideals. Save the Tiger explores what happens when we come to believe that the end can justify the means?

Jack Lemmon wanted to make this movie so much that he waived his usual fee and worked for scale, $165.00 a week. His performance as Harry Stoner won him an Oscar for best actor.

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

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

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. - Safford Home Theater

Our Oscar winners theme continues as Peg Schultz presents Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the title roles. Nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (George Roy Hill), the film took home 4 of the golden statuettes. It did even better in Britain, garnering several BAFTA awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Redford; Newman was also nominated), and Best Actress for Katharine Ross. Butch and “the Kid” really existed and this movie is based on fact. Did it really come out in 1969? It’s as fresh, funny, and engaging now as it was 44 years ago; the pairing of Newman and Redford is magic. A classic Western and then some!

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

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

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Argo

ArgoArgo won the Oscar for Best Picture this year, and will be our next offering on March 15. In the midst of the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979, six Americans manage to escape the takeover and seek refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador to Iran. Argo tells the story of their rescue, fraught with danger, tension, and potential for failure at every turn. Ben Affleck directed and starred in this multi-award-winning historical thriller. Don and Caryl Safford will lead the post-film discussion.

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

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

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

Friday Night at the Movies: The Artist

The ArtistContinuing our “Oscar Winners” theme, Cindy and Andrew Johnson will present The Artist, 2011’s Best Picture winner among multiple Oscar and international film awards. Shown in black and white, the film takes us back to the world of silent films in 1927. A young dancer, Peppy Miller, has a chance encounter with major film star George Valentin, a meeting that will dramatically change her life – and his. In addition to all the awards, The Artist was highly praised by most critics. One critic at the Cannes Film Festival termed it “a surefire crowd pleaser and a magnificent piece of film-making.”

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

Sign-up begins February 1 in the church office.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: A Separation

The Separation“A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.” So begins a review of this highly acclaimed, award winning Iranian film released in 2011. In addition to numerous awards across the globe, A Separation won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, only the second Iranian film to do so. While submerging us into a culture alien to us, its themes and messages are universal. Laura Temple and Andy Wood will lead our post-film discussion.

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

Sign-up begins January 1 in the church office.

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

Friday Night at the Movies: A Star in the Night & Amahl and the Night Visitors

Yes, it will be just four days before Christmas, and there will be so much yet to do! But give yourself a break and come enjoy a couple (yes, two) wonderful presentations to enhance your true appreciation of this most special time of year. Greta McDonald has selected two excellent Christmas offerings. The first will be A Star in the Night, a 1946 Oscar-winning short film that depicts an updated story of the Nativity with, as one review states, “a little Christmas Carol twist thrown in.” Though the film is now 66 years old, its message is timeless.

Amahl and the Night VisitorsFollowing our discussion, anyone who cares to remain (but feel free to make it a short night if you wish!) will watch the made-for-TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti. This production debuted on Christmas Eve, 1951, was performed live on NBC-TV, and was actually the very first presentation on “Hallmark Hall of Fame.” And for any opera-phobes out there, it is sung in English! We will be watching the 1955 version. No formal discussion is planned after the showing, but you’re welcome to stick around and chat if you wish.

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

Sign-up begins December 1 in the church office.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2012 - 7:30pm

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