Mike Wheatley’s Picks 10/28/14: Halloween movies for the younger set

Hocus_PocusLooking for some seasonally-appropriate entertainment but don’t want to traumatize your younger children for the rest of their lives? Best Video staffer Michael Wheatley has put together a list of 30 films that would make for fine family-friendly Halloween entertainment.

Boo! (Sorry—hope we didn’t scare you!)

01. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
02. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
03. Twitches (2005)
04. Ghostbusters (1984)
05. The Witches (1990)
06. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
07. The Addams Family (1991)
08. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
09. Hocus Pocus (1993)

10. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
11. Casper (1995)
12. Tower of Terror (1997)
13. The Monster Squad (1987)
14. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
15. Gremlins (1984)
16. Return to Oz (1985)
17. Monster House (2006)
18. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
19. ParaNorman (2012)
20. Frankenweenie (2012)
21. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
22. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
23. Coraline (2009)
24. Corpse Bride (2005)
25. Beetlejuice (1988)
26. Halloweentown (1998)
27. Young Frankenstein (1974)
28. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
29. Labyrinth (1986)
30. The Black Cauldron (1985)

Fall kids’ matinee series—sponsored by Cafe Amici, Evan’s Toy Shoppe and Richard’s Corner Gourmet—continues with “Annie,” Sun., Oct. 19, at 1 PM

Found @ Central Archive for Movie Posters - http://cafmp.comThe Best Video Fall Family Movie Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 5, with “Annie.” The sun will come out tomorrow. John Huston directed this 1982 musical starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as the conniving Miss Hannigan. Come sing along.

The movies will be shown on Sunday afternoons at 1 PM. Admission is $5. The series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Richard’s Corner Gourmet, Evan’s Toy Shoppe and Cafe Amici.

The Sunday Children’s Matinee Schedule:

Sun., Oct. 19: “Annie”

The sun will come out tomorrow. John Huston directed this 1982 musical starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as the conniving Miss Hannigan. Come sing along.

Sun., Oct. 26: “Short Circuit”

“Johnny 5 is alive!” Animal rescuer Stefanie (Alley Sheedy) takes in a self aware robot that’s more Wall-e than the military weapon he’s supposed to be and saves him from his creators. Steve Guttenberg stars as Newton Crosby, one of those creators who finds that Johnny is more than the sum of his parts.

Sun., Nov. 2: “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein”

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein: one of the comedy duo’s best featuring Dracula,  the Werewolf, and of course Frank. Hilarious Halloween family fun. Costumes encouraged.

Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee series continues this weekend with “Fly Away Home”

The Best Video Fall Family Movie Series continues on Sunday, Oct. 5, with “Fly Away Home.” Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels star as inventor father and surrogate mother to a flock of wild geese that need to learn to fly to survive. Great award winning photography of geese in flight.

The movies will be shown on Sunday afternoons at 1 PM. Admission is $5. The series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Richard’s Corner Gourmet, Evan’s Toy Shoppe and Cafe Amici.

The Sunday Children’s Matinee Schedule:

Sun., Oct. 5: “Fly Away Home”

Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels star as inventor father and surrogate mother to a flock of wild geese that need to learn to fly to survive. Great award winning photography of geese in flight.

Sun., Oct. 12: “Babe”

From the Australian Producer/director/writer of “Happy Feet,” “Happy Feet 2,” and the Mad Max movies,  George Miller, comes “Babe,” an award winning adaption of Dick King-Smith’s book “The Sheep Pig” about Farmer Hoggett and the pig who herds sheep.

Sun., Oct. 19: “Annie”

The sun will come out tomorrow. John Huston directed this 1982 musical starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as the conniving Miss Hannigan. Come sing along.

Sun., Oct. 26: “Short Circuit”

“Johnny 5 is alive!” Animal rescuer Stefanie (Alley Sheedy) takes in a self aware robot that’s more Wall-e than the military weapon he’s supposed to be and saves him from his creators. Steve Guttenberg stars as Newton Crosby, one of those creators who finds that Johnny is more than the sum of his parts.

Sun., Nov. 2: “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein”

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein: one of the comedy duo’s best featuring Dracula,  the Werewolf, and of course Frank. Hilarious Halloween family fun. Costumes encouraged.

Sunday children’s matinee series begins this Sun., Sept. 28, at 1 PM with screening of “Because of Winn-Dixie,” sponsored by Cafe Amici, Richard’s Corner Gourmet and Evan’s Toy Shoppe

because_of_winn_dixie_ver2_xlg_WebKicking off the Best Video Fall Family Movie Series on Sunday, Sept. 28, is “Because of Winn-Dixie.” This 2005 film, based on the Newberry Award winning novel by Kate DiCamillo, was directed by Wayne Wang (“Joy Luck Club,” “Anywhere From Here,” “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”). Opal (AnnaSophia Robb from “Way Way Back”) is a 10-year-old who adopts a stray dog whom she names after the local supermarket where he was found. It also stars Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Eva Marie Saint and Elle Fanning.

The movies will be shown on Sunday afternoons at 1 PM. Admission is $5. The series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Richard’s Corner Gourmet, Evan’s Toy Shoppe and Cafe Amici.

The Sunday Children’s Matinee Schedule:

Sun., Sept. 28: “Because of Winn-Dixie”

This 2005 film, based on the Newberry Award winning novel by Kate DiCamillo, was directed by Wayne Wang (“Joy Luck Club,” “Anywhere From Here,” “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”). Opal (AnnaSophia Robb from “Way Way Back”) is a 10-year-old who adopts a stray dog whom she names after the local supermarket where he was found. It also stars Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Eva Marie Saint and Elle Fanning.

Sun., Oct. 5: “Fly Away Home”

Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels star as inventor father and surrogate mother to a flock of wild geese that need to learn to fly to survive. Great award winning photography of geese in flight.

Sun., Oct. 12: “Babe”

From the Australian Producer/director/writer of “Happy Feet,” “Happy Feet 2,” and the Mad Max movies,  George Miller, comes “Babe,” an award winning adaption of Dick King-Smith’s book “The Sheep Pig” about Farmer Hoggett and the pig who herds sheep.

Sun., Oct. 19: “Annie”

The sun will come out tomorrow. John Huston directed this 1982 musical starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks and Carol Burnett as the conniving Miss Hannigan. Come sing along.

Sun., Oct. 26: “Short Circuit”

“Johnny 5 is alive!” Animal rescuer Stefanie (Alley Sheedy) takes in a self aware robot that’s more Wall-e than the military weapon he’s supposed to be and saves him from his creators. Steve Guttenberg stars as Newton Crosby, one of those creators who finds that Johnny is more than the sum of his parts.

Sun., Nov. 2: “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein”

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein: one of the comedy duo’s best featuring Dracula,  the Werewolf, and of course Frank. Hilarious Halloween family fun. Costumes encouraged.

Shirley Temple the focus of upcoming Sun., May 18, children’s matinee

051814_Shirley_Temple_Promo_WebBest Video Performance Space and Mike Wheatley present “A Celebration of Shirley Temple: Her Films, Life and Impact” on Sunday, May 18, from 1—2 PM. We are asking for a donation per person of $5.

Shirley, easily the most popular and famous child star of all time, could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! She was box-office champion for the consecutive years 1935-38. Join Michael Wheatley and Best Video Performance Space for tap-dancing, Animal Crackers, Good Ship Lollipops, and find out why!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, May 12. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Sunday, May 18. SUNDAY CHILDREN’S FILM MATINEE: A CELEBRATION OF SHIRLEY TEMPLE

• Monday, May 19. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Monday, May 26. FILM SCREENING: “LOCAL HERO”

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Wednesday, June 4. ROCK: THE IVORY BILLS

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

“Complex and Compelling” film series resumes Mon. night, May 12, 7 PM, with “Memento”

The film series “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think,” a joint presentation of Best Video and Temple Beth Sholom, was suspended while the Coffee and Wine Bar and the Performance Space were relocated to the other side of the store. The concluding two films—”Memento” and “Mulholland Drive”—have now been rescheduled to Monday, May 12, and Monday, May 19, respectively. The screenings start at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5 and reservations are recommended.

Memento

The fifth film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video staffers Michael Wheatley and Rob Harmon will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, May 8. IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Monday, May 12. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Wednesday, May 14. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, May 15. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Sunday, May 18. SUNDAY CHILDREN’S FILM MATINEE

• Monday, May 19. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, May 21. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, May 22. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ILANA ZSIGMOND, SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Monday, May 26. FILM SCREENING: “LOCAL HERO”

• Wednesday, May 28. POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

This Monday’s scheduled screening of “Memento” postponed to Mon., Mar. 30

MementoBecause of the rearranging of the store and the relocation of the Performance Space and screening room to the other side of our space, this Monday’s scheduled showing of the 2000 thriller “Memento” is being rescheduled to Monday, Mar. 30. The Mar. 24 screening of “Mulholland Drive” will take place as originally scheduled.

The theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.

The next film to be shown now will be “Mulholland Drive,” director David Lynch’s 2001 take on film noir. Best Video owner Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. In his 2001 review of “Mulholland Drive, ” film critic Roger Ebert wrote:

David Lynch has been working toward “Mulholland Drive” all of his career, and now that he’s arrived there I forgive him “Wild at Heart” and even “Lost Highway.” At last his experiment doesn’t shatter the test tubes. The movie is a surrealist dreamscape in the form of a Hollywood film noir, and the less sense it makes, the more we can’t stop watching it.

The now final film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video staffers Michael Wheatley and Rob Harmon will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE
• Monday, Mar. 30: MEMENTO

“Revenge,” new film series, starts Mon., Oct. 7

Secret_in_their_Eyes_DVDIn the tradition of “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” and “Can We All Get Along? Culture Clash in Great Films,” “Revenge: Will the Cycle Be Unbroken?” will present six films over six successive Monday nights at 7 PM in the Best Video Performance Space, beginning on Oct. 7. Members of Best Video’s staff will share with owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic of co-sponsors Temple Beth Sholom the duties of introducing the films and leading the post-screening discussions.

Reservations are highly recommended for these screenings; in previous series, most of the showings have been sold out or near capacity. Admission is $25 for the entire series or $5 per film.

The schedule:

October 7: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(2009, Argentina, Oscar for Best Foreign Film) A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior—both of which still haunt him decades later.

October 14: PARADISE NOW (Presenter: Michael Wheatley)

(2005, Palestine/Israel) Said and Khaled, two young Palestinian men who live in Nablus on the West Bank, have volunteered to be suicide bombers. A temporary postponement of their deadly mission opens up the possibility for a reassessment of what they are about to do.

October 21: FURY (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(1936, USA) “Fury,” directed by Fritz Lang, is a searing drama about an attempted lynching. At the time of the movie’s release in 1936, lynching was an an outrageously common occurrence in the United States—an estimated 6,000 lynchings had taken place in the previous five decades. Spencer Tracy stars in this indictment of mob action as the lynching survivor who burns with a desire for revenge.

October 28: CAPE FEAR (Presenter: Rob Harmon)

(1962, USA) Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is out of jail and out to get revenge on the attorney who helped secure his conviction on rape and assault charge eight years before. Gregory Peck plays Sam Bowden, the former prosecutor who desperately tries to protect his family from Cady’s escalating campaign of vengeful terror.

November 4: IN THE BEDROOM (Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic)

(2001, USA) Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth Fowler’s (Sissy Spacek) son Frank, shortly to leave for college, gets involved with an older woman who is separated from her husband and seeking a divorce. After the estranged husband kills Frank in a jealous rage, the Fowlers painfully wait for the legal system to bring justice. But if the legal system fails, what then?

November 11: THE SEARCHERS (Presenter: Hank Paper)

(1956, USA) Named by the American Film Institute as the greatest American Western film of all time, “The Searchers”—starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford—plumbs themes of obsession, revenge and racism. In a foreshadowing of the revisionist Westerns of the 1970’s, Wayne plays a character marked by deep moral ambiguity. Filmed amid the glorious landscape of Monument Valley, “The Searchers” is itself a monument to American myth-making.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 2. ACOUSTIC BLUES: CORNBREAD

• Thursday, Oct. 3. PARKER’S TANGENT: ROCK

• Monday, Oct. 7. FILM SCREENING: “THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES”

• Wednesday, Oct. 9. ACOUSTIC ROCK: HENRY SIDLE

• Thursday, Oct. 10. GARAGE SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Monday, Oct. 14. FILM SCREENING: “PARADISE NOW”

• Wednesday, Oct. 16. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Thursday, Oct. 17. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Monday, Oct. 21. FILM SCREENING: “FURY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 23. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & ALEXANDER SMITH

• Thursday, Oct. 24. INDIE ROCK: THE STREAMS

• Monday, Oct. 28. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original version)

• Wednesday, Oct. 30. LOCAL LEGENDS/NEW WAVE: THE FURORS

• Monday, Nov. 4. FILM SCREENING: “IN THE BEDROOM”

• Wednesday, Nov. 6. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Thursday, Nov. 7. GARAGE FOLK: ELISON JACKSON

• Wednesday, Nov. 13. WINE TASTING with BOB FEINN FROM MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Monday, Nov. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE SEARCHERS”

• Thursday, Nov. 21. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION

 

Film series begins Monday—seats still available! (Note schedule change below)

Intruder_in_the_Dust_WebFollowing on the success of “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films,” Best Video and Temple Beth Sholom have teamed up again to present “Can We All Get Along?* Culture Clash in Great Films.” Unlike the first series, which unfolded in monthly screenings, “Can We All Get Along?” will present films every Monday evening from July 22 through August 26. Rabbi Scolnic will present and lead the discussions for three of the six films. Best Video staffers Rob Harmon and Michael Wheatley will split the presenting honors for the other three movies.

 
PLEASE NOTE THIS SCHEDULE CHANGE: Because of a death in Rabbi Scolnic’s family, we are switching the scheduling of the first two films. “Arranged,” originally scheduled to be shown this coming Monday, July 22, with Rabbi Scolnic presenting, will instead be shown the following Monday evening. This Monday we will present the 1949 film “Intruder in the Dust.” Best Video staffer Rob Harmon will present this powerful drama dealing with segregation-era race relations in the American South.

Reservations are strongly suggested. Many of the screenings in the original series were sold out. The cost is $25 for the entire series or $5 per film. All the events begin at 7 PM.

This is the schedule:

• July 22: INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949, USA) Presenter: Rob Harmon (rescheduled from July 29)

In a small Mississippi town a proud black landowner is accused of shooting a white man in the back and brought to the town jail, where the lynch mob begins to gather.  Unrepentant about his actions Lucas Beauchamp’s (Juano Hernandez) only chance of survival may lie in the hands of two teenage boys and an elderly woman – seemingly the only people in town capable of seeing the situation clearly!  Ably adapted from the William Faulkner novel by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle, Men in War) and directed in a socially-conscious manner by Hollywood stalwart Clarence Brown (Flesh and the Devil, The Human Comedy, National Velvet, The Yearling).  The film also stars David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Elizabeth Patterson, Porter Hall, and Will Geer.

• July 29: ARRANGED (2007, USA) Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic (rescheduled from July 22)

This independent film made in 2007, centers on the relationship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman. Both are first time teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They form an unlikely friendship that changes their lives. The film is in English.

• August 5: ONLY HUMAN (2004, Spain) Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic

In this madcap farce set in Madrid, a Jewish girl, Leni, bring home her boyfriend to meet her family. There is just one problem: She hasn’t told them Rafi is a Palestinian. In Spanish with English subtitles, the movie mines comedic gold from the culture clashes provoked by Leni’s interfaith relationship, a disappearing body and an amorous, belly-dancing sister.

• August 12: CRASH (2004, USA) Presenter: Michael Wheatley

Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 LA, this compelling urban drama—and Oscar winner—tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining fear and bigotry from multiple perspectives as characters careen in and out of one another’s lives. No one is safe in the battle zones of racial strife. And no one is immune to the simmering rage that sparks violence – and changes lives.

• August 19: THE WAR WITHIN (2005, USA) Presenter: Rob Harmon

While traveling anyone can feel like a fish-out-of-water and that goes especially so for Hassan (Ayad Akhtar), a recently-radicalized Muslim from Pakistan, who arrives in America—the Land of Consumption—and unexpectedly appears on the doorstep of his childhood friend, Sayeed (Firdous Bamji), now living in New Jersey.  Unbeknownst to Sayeed and his family, Hassan harbors a terrifying secret: he is there, not for a job interview but as a suicide bomber.  His target: Grand Central Terminal!  But, as his terrorist compatriots go down, one-by-one, will this stranger-in-a-strange-land still be able to carry out his unthinkable mission?  This provocative indie hit was directed by Joseph Castelo and also starred Nandana Sen and Sarita Choudhury.

• August 26: THE OTHER SON (2012, France) Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic

A fascinating movie about the meaning of identity, The Other Son is a French drama about two young men—one a Palestinian and the other Israeli—who were accidentally switched at birth. When this truth is revealed, how do the families cope with the news?

* Quote from Rodney King during the 1992 Los Angeles riotsUPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE  EVENTS:

• Wednesday, July 24. SOLO INDIE ARTISTS: SAMUEL BASS, KEVIN MF KING

• Thursday, July 25. AVANT-GARDE: FUCHSPRELLEN, COLORGUARD

• Monday, July 29. FILM SCREENING: “ARRANGED”

• Wednesday, July 31. INDIE POP/PSYCH: M.T. BEARINGTON

• Thursday, Aug. 1. FREE IMPROVISATION/WORLD MUSIC: SUPER TRANCE

• Monday, Aug. 5. FILM SCREENING: “ONLY HUMAN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Monday, Aug. 12. FILM SCREENING: “CRASH”

• Wednesday, Aug. 15. GARAGE ROCK: THE ESTROGEN HIGHS

• Thursday, Aug. 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Monday, Aug. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THE WAR WITHIN”

• Monday, Aug. 26. FILM SCREENING: “THE OTHER SON”

New film series to begin on July 22: “Can We All Get Along? Culture Clash in Great Films”

Following on the success of “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films,” Best Video and Temple Beth Sholom have teamed up again to present “Can We All Get Along?* Culture Clash in Great Films.” Unlike the first series, which unfolded in monthly screenings, “Can We All Get Along?” will present films every Monday evening from July 22 through August 26. Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will be the presenter of the first film, ARRANGED, on Monday, July 22. Rabbi Scolnic will present and lead the discussions for three of the six films. Best Video staffers Rob Harmon and Michael Wheatley will split the presenting honors for the other three movies.

Reservations are strongly suggested. Many of the screenings in the original series were sold out. The cost is $25 for the entire series or $5 per film. All the events begin at 7 PM.

This is the schedule:

• July 22: ARRANGED (2007, USA) Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic

This independent film made in 2007, centers on the relationship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman. Both are first time teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They form an unlikely friendship that changes their lives. The film is in English.

• July 29: INTRUDER IN THE DUST (1949, USA) Presenter: Rob Harmon

In a small Mississippi town a proud black landowner is accused of shooting a white man in the back and brought to the town jail, where the lynch mob begins to gather.  Unrepentant about his actions Lucas Beauchamp’s (Juano Hernandez) only chance of survival may lie in the hands of two teenage boys and an elderly woman – seemingly the only people in town capable of seeing the situation clearly!  Ably adapted from the William Faulkner novel by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle, Men in War) and directed in a socially-conscious manner by Hollywood stalwart Clarence Brown (Flesh and the Devil, The Human Comedy, National Velvet, The Yearling).  The film also stars David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Elizabeth Patterson, Porter Hall, and Will Geer.

• August 5: ONLY HUMAN (2004, Spain) Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic

In this madcap farce set in Madrid, a Jewish girl, Leni, bring home her boyfriend to meet her family. There is just one problem: She hasn’t told them Rafi is a Palestinian. In Spanish with English subtitles, the movie mines comedic gold from the culture clashes provoked by Leni’s interfaith relationship, a disappearing body and an amorous, belly-dancing sister.

• August 12: CRASH (2004, USA) Presenter: Michael Wheatley

Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 LA, this compelling urban drama—and Oscar winner—tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining fear and bigotry from multiple perspectives as characters careen in and out of one another’s lives. No one is safe in the battle zones of racial strife. And no one is immune to the simmering rage that sparks violence – and changes lives.

• August 19: THE WAR WITHIN (2005, USA) Presenter: Rob Harmon

While traveling anyone can feel like a fish-out-of-water and that goes especially so for Hassan (Ayad Akhtar), a recently-radicalized Muslim from Pakistan, who arrives in America—the Land of Consumption—and unexpectedly appears on the doorstep of his childhood friend, Sayeed (Firdous Bamji), now living in New Jersey.  Unbeknownst to Sayeed and his family, Hassan harbors a terrifying secret: he is there, not for a job interview but as a suicide bomber.  His target: Grand Central Terminal!  But, as his terrorist compatriots go down, one-by-one, will this stranger-in-a-strange-land still be able to carry out his unthinkable mission?  This provocative indie hit was directed by Joseph Castelo and also starred Nandana Sen and Sarita Choudhury.

• August 26: THE OTHER SON (2012, France) Presenter: Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic

A fascinating movie about the meaning of identity, The Other Son is a French drama about two young men—one a Palestinian and the other Israeli—who were accidentally switched at birth. When this truth is revealed, how do the families cope with the news?

* Quote from Rodney King during the 1992 Los Angeles riots