Friday Night at the Movies

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

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

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