Friday Night at the Movies

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

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

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