Friday, July 6, 2018

July Pick: A League of Their Own

Trust me, folks, I scoured every upcoming-movies source out there to find a new film we'd likely enjoy that hasn't been in town for so long that many of you will already have seen it. I found nothing suitable. Then I time-traveled back 26 years and found that A League of Their Own was coming to our town for a brief run. Fun fact: Given that our June pick was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof from 1958, this marks the first time we will have seen vintage movies back to back.

As you likely recall, the 1992 comedy/drama is a fictional depiction of the adventures of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - which consisted of teams of all-female players that sprang up while men were overseas fighting World War II. Directed by the inimitable Penny Marshall, League stars Geena Davis, Madonna and Lori Petty as players and Tom Hanks as a hard-drinkin', tobacco-spittin' lout of a coach. Yup, he's the one who hollered, "There's no crying in baseball!"

The film historians among us will appreciate that this movie was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2012 for being "culturally, historically [and] aesthetically significant." 

When:    Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Where:   Yonge/Dundas Cineplex 
Time:      3:15 p.m. - gathering near the box office if you wish about 20 minutes earlier, or just going in and watching the film on your own.

Afterward, as usual these days, those who wish to nosh & natter afterwards will do so at Milestones, which is across the lobby from the Cineplex entrance. So if you plan to join us, don't take the escalator downward, just walk back by the box office and you'll spot the restaurant. Please notify me no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, July 9, if you plan to join the munchers, so I can make a reservation for the correct number of people.

Vintage Review in Rolling Stone

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Detesting Auto-Correct

For the record, folks, I actually do know the difference between "taught" and "taut." In my previous post, about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, I chose the term "taut" to describe Tennessee Williams' crackling script. But then, while proofreading the post, I failed to notice that Auto-Correct had changed the spelling to "taught." 

No idea how many of you will even read this post, but the inveterate wordsmith in me just can't let a blooper like that stand under my byline.

Final word: Harumph!

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Pick: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

After brisk voting on whether to choose Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or Oceans 8 as our June flick, the winner was Cat by a whisker. 

We'll be seeing it next Tuesday, June 5, at the Yonge-Dundas Cineplex for the 1:30 screening. As always, we'll try to gather near the box office about 20 minutes earlier. Stragglers should just go in and watch the movie on their own. Afterwards, those who wish to nosh & natter will do so at Milestones (across from the box office).

Cat is an unforgettable film that's remained popular since it debuted back in 1958. Like many other MC members, I love it and have seen it on TV through the years, but am looking forward to watching it on the big screen. The tension between the main and even the secondary characters never ends in Tennessee Williams' taught script. After seeing it we can discuss a crucial point in the original version that was too much for the censors of the day. Hint: It involves the character named Skipper.

Now, because wonderful Paul Newman doesn't appear on the poster above, I'm treating us to a photo of him here:

SYNOPSIS: Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta"[2] of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the film examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the "Cat", Brick's wife.It is the story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband Brick and wife Margaret (usually called Maggie or "Maggie the Cat"), and their interaction with Brick's family over the course of one evening's gathering at the family estate in Mississippi. The party is to celebrate the birthday of patriarch Big Daddy, "the Delta's biggest cotton-planter",[2]and his return from the Ochsner Clinic with what he has been told is a clean bill of health. 
Maggie, determined and beautiful, has escaped a childhood of poverty to marry into the wealthy Pollitts, but finds herself unfulfilled. The family is aware that Brick has not slept with Maggie for a long time, which has strained their marriage. Brick, an aging football hero, infuriates her by ignoring his brother Gooper's attempts to gain control of the family fortune. Brick's indifference and his drinking have escalated with the suicide of his friend Skipper. Maggie fears that Brick's malaise will ensure that Gooper and his wife Mae inherit Big Daddy's estate.

Through the evening, Brick, Big Daddy and Maggie—and the entire family—separately must face the issues which they have bottled up inside.Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite,[1] the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. 



Saturday, April 28, 2018

May pick: Finding Your Feet

This month's pick is especially for any club members who are in the mood for a funny rom-com starring some of our favourite English actors. It is Finding Your Feet whose cast includes some of those who made Calendar Girls a hit a few years ago.

We'll see the film at the Yonge/Dundas Cineplex on Tuesday, May 1, for the 12:25 screening gathering, as always, near the box office about 20 minutes beforehand. 

SYNOPSIS: When "Lady" Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet.

CAST: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and many other talented Brits.



Sunday, April 8, 2018

April Pick: Madame

After two other choices for April - The Leisure Seeker and Final Portrait - became unavailable to us because they're only showing at the Varsity Cinema, which has temporarily dropped weekday matinees because of loud construction noise nearby, we're going to see what I hope will seem like a "third time is the charm" film. 

It is Madame, a goofy comedy set in France. We'll see it at the Carlton Cinema (Carlton St. half a block east of Yonge on north side) on Tuesday, April 10, for the 1:40 screening - as always, meeting near the box office about 20 minutes earlier.

SYNOPSIS:  Anne and Bob (Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel), a well-to-do American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are 13 guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair. 



Friday, March 9, 2018

March Pick: Game Night

As an antidote to the tediousness of this gruesome winter, I'm thinking that something a bit lighter than our usual fare will be therapeutic, so I've chosen Game Night. Described as a modern-day screwball comedy that pranks the audience along the way, the movie stars Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. Judging by the trailer (link below), it promises to be a lot of fun.

We'll see the film at the Yonge/Dundas Cineplex on Tuesday, March 13, for the 1:50 screening - meeting, as usual, about 20 minutes earlier near the box office.

SYNOPSIS: Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max's charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it's all part of the game...right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this "game" -- nor Brooks -- are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they've ever had...or game over.



Sunday, January 28, 2018

February pick: The Post

Sorry if any Movie Club members have already seen The Post, but no new movies we'd be likely to enjoy will arrive in time for our February 6th outing. So our best choice is a film that's been out for two or three weeks. I'm sure it'll be a treat - especially for anyone who remembers the real-life 1971 incidents on which the movie is based.

We'll see The Post at the Yonge/Dundas Cineplex on Tuesday, February 6, for the 1:50 screening - which means we'll try to arrive about 20 minutes earlier. I will hover near the box office until it's time to go in. As always, if you don't spot me or any other Movie Club members, just go in and see the movie on your own.

SYNOPSIS: An American political thriller set in 1971 and directed by Steven Spielberg, The Post (the now-legendary Washington Poststars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. She plays Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major newspaper in the U.S. and he plays famed executive editor Ben Bradlee. Their unlikely partnership is at the heart of this true story about journalists attempting to publish classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers. It was a stunning expose of the 30-year cover-up of the U.S. government's involvement in the Vietnam War. The two lead characters struggle to overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and their freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light.