What we're about

MISSION STATEMENT: Let's get together and watch GREAT movies of ALL eras & genres on The Big Screen AND at small events at members’ homes!

Our goal is not JUST seeing the best movies of both the past AND today, but making time afterward to talk about them and perhaps even becoming Film Friends.

There will also occasionally be events related to other areas of the Arts and local culture.

And each year we have an Oscars Party!

Although based in Fenton, MO, we will host events throughout the Metropolitan area, on BOTH sides of the Mississippi AND Missouri Rivers, including both St. Charles County and Edwardsville, IL!

We are looking for an ACTIVE membership, which for us means you'll attend at least ONE event each year.

Please submit a recent "selfie" profile photo when you join so we can easily recognize you at our doorsteps and in public places. Profile photos are most effective when they include only one human being and when that human being is not wearing sunglasses =OR= a hat.

I hope you'll also consider supporting my wife, Shirley's, Movie Group/Book Club: https://www.meetup.com/From-Page-To-Screen/

Established Monday, 11/19/2018!

Upcoming events (4+)

The Wachowskis' THE MATRIX (1999) w/KEANU! @ The Wildey Theatre - $3 [CA$H!]

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Join us for $3 Tuesday Movies at the beautifully restored Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, IL!

If you're like me, you don't feel you've REALLY seen a movie unless you've experienced it on THE BIG SCREEN...Please join us in accomplishing this goal!

What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real-world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is "The One" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound.

-- Mark Deming, AllMovie.com

https://www.allmovie.com/movie/v177524 [Includes a trailer]

Watch on your own, discuss on ZOOM later | THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942)

Even though the worst of COVID-19 is behind us, I still want to continue our ZOOM meetings through *at least* the colder weather months each year on ______________ evenings, November - March. I *love* watching movies simultaneously with you all at Home Events and on THE BIG SCREEN, but the best part of this group for me is always the time where we "talk movies".

These FILM CLUB events are wonderful for all the same reasons Book Clubs are, so let's take advantage of the convenience technology offers us!
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It's available to rent for $3.99 on Prime Video & Vudu.

Of course, you may be able to check out a copy of the DVD at your local library =OR= search the Internet Archive @ https://archive.org/...
JERRY TALKS ABOUT THIS EVENT: Embarassingly, I have heretofore only seen ONE of the films Preston Sturges wrote/directed in its entirety and that was thanks to KEN CLUCK and this Film Club series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_of_Morgan%27s_Creek

Ben Mankiewicz (?) and many others say this is his best work.

Please join me in this adventure!
In 1998, Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader included the film in his unranked list of the best American films not included on the


FUN FACT: Preston Sturges' birth name is Edmund Preston BIDEN!
As for the opening reels, the principal motivating factor is money. After a deliberately confusing pre-credit sequence (not explained until the film's punch line), Tom Jeffers (Joel McCrea) and Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) are married. "And so they lived happily ever after," exults a title card, "...or did they?" Well, they didn't. After five years of marriage, Tom hasn't raised a dime with his pie-in-the-sky inventions. Using the sort of logic common to Sturges heroines, Gerry decides that the only way to help her husband is to divorce him, marry a wealthy man, and use the second husband's money to finance Tom's schemes. Borrowing money from a generous self-made business mogul known only as the Wienie King (Robert Dudley), Gerry boards a train to Palm Beach, FL, where all the rich folk go. En route, she is "adopted" by the Ale & Quail Club, a group of perpetually drunken millionaires whose idea of a good time is to shoot their rifles at everything that moves (among the club members are such Sturges regulars as William Demarest, Robert Warwick, Jimmy Conlin, Robert Greig, Jack Norton, and Dewey Robinson). Taking refuge from this rowdy crew, Gerry makes the acquaintance of likeable stuffed shirt John D. Hackensacker III (Rudy Vallee), who happens to be one of the wealthiest men in the Western Hemisphere. While Gerry spoons with Hackensacker in Palm Beach, the confused Tom (remember him?) dallies with Hackensacker's man-crazy sister, Princess Centimillia (Mary Astor). How all this straightens itself out is better seen than described, which is pretty much the case whenever one discusses Sturges' singular work, and The Palm Beach Story is vintage Sturges with one side-splitting sequence after another.

--Hal Erickson, AllMovie

https://www.allmovie.com/movie/v37136 [Includes Trailer]

Theology in film, February—Into The Wild

Higher Groundz Coffee & Tea

Continuing the monthly tradition of watching and discussing theological ideas in films, February’s selection is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless who willingly gave up his savings fund and his identity in order to live the life of a vagabond away from modern society. We follow him as he journeys from Georgia across this great nation in order to reach his goal of living off the land in total isolation in Alaska. Emile Hirsch stars as Chris with a strong supporting cast. Discussion topics afterward will include whether modern society traps and alienates us from God’s creation, how living off the land today is different from Adam and Eve in Eden, the significance of human connection and relationships, and how God always sees us for who we really are even when we try to convince others and ourselves we are someone else.

Come and join us!

2022 Oscars Party @ Shannon's Screening Room!

Address will be mailed later


~Event will take place at Shannon's Screening Room in Chesterfield, MO~

5:30PM: Show-up/Mingle/Broadcast begins
7PM: Awards Presentation begins
MIDNIGHT: Time to go home!

Jerry & Shirley will provide some air-popped popcorn, beer, wine, a variety of sodas, and maybe more!

Shirley had always wanted to host an Oscars Party and you all have made her dream come true by joining us at our home each year since 2019.

Caroline hosted an Oscars Bingo Game AND provided prizes for our guests in 2019 and we'll do our best to put together something similar THIS year! EXAMPLE: https://www.favecrafts.com/Entertaining/Oscar-Bingo-Free-Printables

PLEASE keep your RSVP up-to-date and FINALISE it at least 24 hours ahead of the event, because there will be a Wait List.

Please print your ballot and have it completely filled out by 7PM Sunday.

A $25 Gift Certificate for the Movie Chain/Theater of your choice will be awarded to the participant not named Jerry or Shirley with the most correct predictions.

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