Friday Night at the Movies

Friday Night at the Movies: Ordinary People

Ordinary PeopleA 1980 release and Robert Redford’s directorial debut, Ordinary People is quoted as “the painfully emotional story of the disintegration of a perfect family.” The film features outstanding performances from Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, and Elizabeth McGovern in a heart-wrenching portrayal of a family trying to come to terms with the death of one son and attempted suicide of the surviving son. The movie garnered an Academy Award for Best Picture and earned three other Oscars as well. Pastor Jim McDonald will lead the post-movie discussion.

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

Sign-up begins November 1 in the church office.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Catfish

CatfishRoger Ebert says “Here’s one way to look at “Catfish.”  Some filmmakers in New York City, who think they’re way cool, get taken apart by an ordinary family in Ishpeming, Michigan.”  So begins Ebert’s positive review of this quirky and engaging documentary (or is it just a hoax?), which was shown at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 

John Smoke enthusiastically recommends this film and will be our discussion leader.

Sign up in the church office beginning October 1, 2012.

Popcorn, soft drinks, dessert and coffee provided; $2 donation suggested. Film start time: 7:30p. See you at the movies!

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Tootsie

TootsieWhat do you get when you cross a hopelessly straight starving actor with a dynamite red sequined dress? You get America's hottest new actress!

Come kick off the first Friday Night at the Movies for the year by revisiting a classic Academy winning dramadey from when they really knew how to make ‘em! On Friday, September 21st, we will be showing “Tootsie” (1982) starring Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey AND Dorothy Michaels and Jessica Lange as his/her love interest. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning only Best Supporting Actress for Lange, though it garnered other prestigious awards besides Oscar. The film is filled with wonderful roles by actors/actresses you know and love, often at the start of their careers, such as Bill Murray in a hilarious non-credited role, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Geena Davis, and, of course, director Sydney Pollack in a great role as Michael’s agent.

If you haven’t seen “Tootsie,” you’re missing out on a great film; if you have seen it, it has probably been awhile so come view it afresh and participate in an after-film discussion led by Sue Thornquist, a film teacher at Downers Grove South.

Popcorn, soft drinks, dessert and coffee provided; $2 donation suggested. Film start time: 7:30p. See you at the movies!

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

Friday Night at the Movies: Departures

Departures"Departures," the winner of 10 Japan Academy Awards and the Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Academy Awards, tells the story of a young man Daigo Kobayashi and his wife who, down on their luck, move back to his small hometown to start over. When Daigo answers an advertisement seeking a person to work in the area of "departures," he assumes that he will be applying for a job associated with travel. To his surprise, however, he discovers the job entails training to become a "Nokanshi," a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. He reluctantly takes the position. But, while learning his craft and working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey as he begins to experience the joy and wonder of living. A funny, moving, powerful story, "Departures" is a true delight.

Sue Thornquist will lead our post-film discussion.

Popcorn, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert are available during the movie for a $2 suggested donation.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Rio Bravo

Rio BravoWe continue with our look at genres with a classic Western, Rio Bravo, which debuted in 1959. The film is a beloved John Wayne western and features many well-known Hollywood stars of the era, including Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Ward Bond, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan….you get the “picture.”! Well-known director Howard Hawks, whose work spanned genres from silent films to screwball comedies, teamed up with John Wayne in several Westerns, but none were better known than Rio Bravo. Does the sheriff prevail over the bad guys or do they win out?

Peg Schultz will lead our post-film discussion.

Enjoy popcorn and soft drinks during the movie but save room for coffee and dessert afterward, all for a suggested donation of $2.

Sign up starting April 1 in the church office.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Senna

SennaThis 2010 award-winning documentary follows the life of Ayrton Senna, a world champion Formula One race car driver, during his extraordinary career and life Described as “humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic” in one review, Senna is a Brazilian hero on and off the race track, donating millions to his beloved country. On the race track he is described as “sublime, spiritual, yet on occasion ruthless,” especially in his rivalry with the French race car driver Alain Prost. Senna is considered in some circles to be the greatest Formula One racer of all time; in Brazil he is regarded as a saint. Be assured, you do not have to be an auto racing fan to enjoy this film.

Carol Lysne, our Friday Night Movie founder, recommended this movie and will lead our discussion.

Please sign up now using the registration form or at the church office.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, March 16, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Win Win

Paul Giamatti stars in Win Win, a drama-comedy about Mike Flaherty, a struggling lawyer and part-time wrestling coach who must resort to scheming to keep his floundering law practice afloat. Complications arise in his home life as well, forcing Mike to become creative to get out of all his predicaments. With comedic overtones, Win Win promises to be a delightful movie.

The usual goodies will be on hand; $2 donation suggested. Sign up now in the church office, and we’ll see you there.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: Easy Street and City Lights

City LightsEasy StreetThis month Friday Night at the Movies will look at Silent Film. We will be viewing Charlie Chaplin's Easy Street and City Lights. Easy Street is an early Chaplin film and City Lights, from 1931, is the most famous and hailed of Chaplin's films. Both films highlight Charlie Chaplin's power as a writer, director, and actor, as well as showcasing his development from early film to later. City Lights is a wonderful comedy and love story that will set the mood for Valentine's Day! Easy Street will surprise the audience with its social commentary as well as classic Chaplin humor. Come revisit (or see for the first time) the power of movies "back in the day!"

The discussion this month will be lead by Sue Thornquist.

Sign up in the church office starting January 1st.

Popcorn, soft drinks, dessert, and coffee provided; suggested donation $2.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: South Pacific

Continuing with our “A Look at Genres” theme, the 1958 musical film South Pacific is our December offering. Accompanied by an outstanding Rogers and Hammerstein score, this timeless movie takes us back to World War II in the Pacific Islands, where Navy Ensign Nellie Forbush, RN, is romanced by the ex-patriot French planter Emile deBecque amid the tensions of the war with Japan, which approaches ever nearer to their island paradise. Billed as a musical, the theme also encompasses many elements of comedy and drama, from the hijinks of the Navy Seabees and their leader Luther Billis to the dangerous spy mission carried out by deBecque and the ill-fated Marine Lieutenant Joe Cable. Those of us of a “certain age” know well the members of the cast: Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, Ray Walston, John Kerr.

So call the church office to sign up for “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Happy Talk” with discussion leaders Stan and Maria Clements!

Popcorn, soft drinks, dessert, and coffee provided; suggested donation $2.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2011 - 7:30pm

Friday Night at the Movies: The Shawshank Redemption

A Look at Genres

In collaboration with Sue Thornquist, we have come up with a theme for this year's Friday Night at the Movies: "A Look at Genres." We'll elaborate on that in the next Tower Bell, but for now, sign up in the church office starting November 1st for our next offering:

The Shawshank RedemptionThe Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 release based on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The movie tells the story of Andy Dufresne, portrayed by Tim Robbins, a young banker wrongly convicted of killing his wife and her lover and sentenced to life in prison at Shawshank prison. Andy is befriended by Ellis "Red" Redding, another lifer, played by Morgan Freeman. What follows is a powerful story of friendship, hope, survival, and triumph in the face of a most hopeless situation. The film garnered 7 Oscar nominations, including Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) and best picture, and resides on Roger Ebert's all time best film list.

You may want to read the novella before seeing the movie, so Sue Thornquist has graciously loaned several copies of the book to FUMC. Stop by the office if you wish to borrow a copy.

The November Movie Night will be Friday, November 18, 7:30pm, at the Safford Home Theatre. This month's discussion will be lead by Howard Bensen. A $2 donation will help cover soft drinks, popcorn, coffee, and dessert.

If you would enjoy leading the post-movie discussion, let Caryl or Don Safford know at 630-985-8555.

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:30pm

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