Every once in a while, I am asked how I select the movies.
First and foremost, it must have good but not necessarily great reviews. It should also be creative in the story line, visuals, soundtrack or in character development. I also try to find movies that you may never have heard of or a good movie that you want to attend, but can't find people to go with you. I try to mix it up with variety in terms of comedy, foreign film, drama, and documentaries. Finally, I try to rotate a variety of locations and times if at all possible.
As an example, Humpday, a story about two straight collge guys making a porn movie (don't ask) is one of those movies with buzz. This is in stark contrast to our next movie about two senior citizens collecting art. More on that next week.
Finally, we try to attend special movie festivals and events. My friend, Terry Mehan, a local film critic, is putting on a free week seminar on movies from each decade. I might try to schedule the group for one of these. In any event, feel free to let your movie buff friends know about this interesting series.
All of these take place at the Lakewood Public Library early Saturday evenings
The Twenties: The General (1927)
Directed by Buster Keaton
All Ages <imdb>
Arguably the best train film ever made is also widely regarded as one of the greatest of all silent films. Keaton plays a Confederate train engineer who doggedly pursues his beloved locomotive and the woman he adores. The film received poor reviews and disappointing box-office when initially released, but by 1962 (four years before Keaton died) it was named one of the 20 greatest films of all time by the British Film Institute?s prestigious Sight and Sound Magazine critic?s poll. In the latest survey, it sits at number 15.
Saturday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m.in the Main Library Auditorium
The Thirties: It Happened One Night (1934)
Directed by Frank Capra
Not Rated <imdb>
Runaway heiress Claudette Colbert meets struggling newspaper reporter Clark Gable on the lam. As they journey through the night, their antipathy turns to affection while encountering an oddball assortment of characters. If this sounds like a familiar formula, that?s because this is the original romantic or ?screwball? comedy. Director Capra often said that the making of this movie would have made a pretty good screwball comedy itself, since neither Gable nor Colbert wanted to be involved in the production. By Oscar time, however, they were both happy to pick up acting statuettes. In fact this was the first film to win all five major Oscar categories, collecting hardware for Picture, Director and Screenwriting as well.
Saturday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m.in the Main Library Auditorium
The Forties: Notorious (1946)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Not Rated <imdb>
The Master of Suspense takes us down to Rio where Nazi Claude Rains is after Uranium-235, G-Man Cary Grant is after the Nazis, and both men are after dazzling double agent Ingrid Bergman. She is married to Rains, but is in love with Grant. Grant is not sure of her loyalty, but thinks nothing of putting her into one dangerous situation after another. This film features the longest kiss in cinema history which Hitchcock staged during a time when movie kisses were limited to just a few seconds. We?ll find out how he did it.
Saturday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.in the Main Library Auditorium
The Fifties: High Noon (1952)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Not Rated <imdb>
This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, who is about to retire and leave town with his Quaker bride Grace Kelly when he learns that a group of men he sent to jail is due to arrive on the high noon train. With the Miller gang set on vengeance, the aging marshal has a little more than an hour to gather some deputies and make a stand. As director Zinnemann cuts to ever larger images of clocks, each person in the town has a reason why he can?t be part of the posse. Even his pacifist wife seems ready to desert him. Tex Ritter?s Oscar-winning "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" resonates as Kane and the clock advance inevitably toward high noon.
Saturday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m.in the Main Library Auditorium
The Sixties: The Graduate (1967)
Directed by Mike Nichols
Rated PG <imdb>
Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just returned to California after graduating from an East Coast college and wonders what he is going to do with the rest of his life. Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) has her predatory eye on him, but he falls in love with her innocent daughter, Elaine (Katherine Ross). One of the ground-breaking films of the late 1960s, the film is a biting satire on society and its values, and a dark comedy which is truly hilarious. Though made over 40 years ago, Professor Meehan still shows this film to college students who identify with its theme of the anxiety confronting graduates about to enter an uncertain ?real world.?
Saturday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m.in the Main Library Auditorium
When: September 3,[masked]:00 PM
2270 Lee Road
Cleveland, OH 44118
Fee: $1.50 or $5 for 2009.
If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Maybe" as well as "Yes".)
You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup: http://movies.meetup.com/320/suggestion/