The next film series in collaboration with Temple Beth Sholom begins Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 PM with a screening of the 2012 drama “A Late Quartet,” just substituted for the originally planned “Lost Horizon” (for reasons noted below). “Found Horizons: Changes and Choices in Mid-Life” will feature powerful films in which the protagonists face stark mid-life choices. As has been our practice, each screening will begin with a short, context-setting introduction and by followed by an optional discussion.
Each screening begins at 7 PM. The cost for each movie is $5 and reservations are encouraged. The series is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom Adult Education.
Due to a annoyingly restored version of “Lost Horizon” being the only version extant, we are going to screen another movie in its place, which deals forthrightly and grippingly with the issues of the series—powerful films in which the protagonists face stark mid-life choices—and happens to be one of Best Video owner Hank Paper’s favorite films of the last couple of years: “A Late Quartet.”
Featuring rapturous music and bravura acting (including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken in a completely involving “straight” role), this dramatic film portrays a classical string quartet, approaching its 25th anniversary recital, that suddenly finds itself struggling to stay together in the face of long suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable lust. It’s what movies are all about!
The rest of the schedule:
Monday, Feb. 16: “About Schmidt” (2002)
In this alternately outrageous, hilarious and tender film directed by Alexander Payne (“Nebraska,” “The Descendants,” “Sideways”) Jack Nicholson offers one of his iconic roles as an insurance worker who, upon retirement from a safe, predictable life, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.
Monday, Feb. 23: “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989)
(Martin Landau, Woody Allen) Without forsaking his self-reflexive humor, this Woody Allen film offers one of the most profound examinations of temptation and guilt. Oscar-nominated for Best actor, director and writing.
Monday, Mar. 2: “The Swimmer” (1968)
In this unique movie filmed in New Canaan, CT, a charismatic and mysterious man (played by Burt Lancaster), after a summer away, decides to swim in a succession of his neighbor’s pools that lead to his home, a stunt that winds up telling his life story. Engaging poolside encounters with an interesting cast of characters (including Joan Rivers, Marge Champion and Cornelius Otis Skinner) lead to a shattering revelation in this film that, once seen, is never forgotten.
Monday, Mar. 9: “Gran Torino” (2008)
In this multiple award winning film and old school parable, Clint Eastwood (who also directed the film) plays a disgruntled Korean veteran living alone in a Vietnamese neighborhood, determined to fight his own demons and prejudices with grit and resolve. DIRTY HARRY grows up.
Monday, Mar. 16: “Now, Voyager” (1942)
Can a Boston spinster without self-esteem and completely dominated by her wealthy mother blossom under therapy and find impossible romance? One of the most romantic movies – and perhaps most affecting Bette Davis film – ever made.
Monday, Mar. 23: “Up in the Air” (2009)
In this very contemporary film starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, Clooney enjoys a lucrative virtual life flying around the country firing people on behalf of their corporations, until he finds this perfect life threatened by a new hire and a frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
• Wednesday, Feb. 4. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST
• Friday, Feb. 6. AVANT-GARDE: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT
• Monday, Feb. 9. FILM SCREENING:
“LOST HORIZON” “A LATE QUARTET”
• Wednesday, Feb. 11. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY
• Thursday, Feb. 12. INDIE ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, LYS GUILLORN
• Friday, Feb. 13. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND
• Monday, Feb. 16. FILM SCREENING: “ABOUT SCHMIDT”
• Wednesday, Feb. 18. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND
• Friday, Feb. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS
• Monday, Feb. 23. FILM SCREENING: “CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS”
• Thursday, Fen. 26. BLUEGRASS: CHURCH SECTS
• Friday, Feb. 27. FUNK/ROCK: HOLIDAY PING
• Monday, Mar. 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE SWIMMER”
• Thursday, Mar. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND
• Friday, Mar. 6. JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA WiRED
• Monday, Mar. 9. FILM SCREENING: “GRAN TORINO”
• Monday, Mar. 16. FILM SCREENING: “NOW, VOYAGER”
• Monday, Mar. 23. FILM SCREENING: “UP IN THE AIR”
• Friday, April 3. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR
• Thursday, Apr. 9. 150th ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTOX/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL
• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT
• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”
• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS