“What Would You Do?” film screening of “Walk on Water” on Mon., Apr. 22, at 7 PM

Walk_on_Water_DVDThe “What Would You Do: Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” film series is a collaborative effort of Temple Beth Sholom and Best Video. Best Video owner Hank Paper and Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns introducing films and leading the post-film discussions.

The admission cost per film is $5 and reservations are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Most of the previous screenings have been sold out. Seats are still available for this upcoming show.

On Monday, Apr. 22, at 7 PM, we present the 2004 Israeli  film “Walk on Water.” The film will be introduced and the discussion led by Rabbi Scolnic. This is the final film in this highly successful first film series at Best Video.

New York Times reviewer Dana Stevens wrote in 2004:

The director Eytan Fox had an unexpected international success in 2002 with “Yossi and Jagger,” a gay love story set against the unlikely backdrop of the Israel Defense Forces. With “Walk on Water,” his third feature-length film, Mr. Fox takes on the even more controversial subject of Israeli nationalism in the aftermath of the Holocaust. In fact, there isn’t much that “Walk on Water” doesn’t take on, from global terrorism and Israeli-Palestinian relations to homophobia in the Mossad, the Israeli security service.

View the trailer for “Walk on Water”:

It’s not 1962—is it safe to come out of the bomb shelter? “Fail-Safe” Mon., Mar. 11, at 7 PM

fail_safe_WebThe “What Would You Do: Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” film series is a collaborative effort of Temple Beth Sholom and Best Video. Best Video owner Hank Paper and Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns introducing films and leading the post-film discussions.

The admission cost per film is $5 and reservations are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Several of the previous screenings have been sold out. Seats are still available for this upcoming show.

On Monday, Mar. 11, at 7 PM, we present the 1963 film “Fail-Safe.” The film will be introduced and the discussion led by Best Video owner Hank Paper.

This film presents the dark, serious side of “Dr. Strangelove.” When a computer error deploys a squadron of Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombers to destroy Moscow, the American President (Fonda) tries to call them back. Nail-bitingly suspenseful, and one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made, “Fail-Safe” stars Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O’Herlihy. Larry Hagman, and Fritz Weaver. According to New York Times critic Bosley Crowther, reviewing “Fail-Safe” in 1964 (log-in required), “‘Fail Safe’ is definitely in the area of those films that are important and are going to be talked about. And it packs a melodramatic wallop that will rattle a lot of chattering teeth.”

“Gone Baby Gone” film screening rescheduled to Mon., Feb. 18, at 7 PM

Gone_Baby_Gone_DVDBecause of Blizzard Nemo, the planned showing of “Gone Baby Gone” as part of the “What Would You Do?” film series has been rescheduled from this past Monday, Feb. 11, to next Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 PM. There are still a few seats available.

The “What Would You Do: Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” film series is a collaborative effort of Temple Beth Sholom and Best Video. Best Video owner Hank Paper and Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns introducing films and leading the post-film discussions.

The admission cost per film is $5 and reservations are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Each of the three previous screenings have been sold out.

The film will be introduced and the discussion led by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic.

When two young private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) are hired to take a closer look into the mysterious disappearance of a little girl in blue collar Boston, they soon unravel a multitude of twists and turns where nothing is as it seems. “Gone Baby Gone” also stars Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Amy Ryan.

Tomorrow’s film screening of “Gone Baby Gone” postponed

Gone_Baby_Gone_DVDBecause of the lingering after-effects of our historic blizzard, tomorrow’s scheduled screening of “Gone Baby Gone”—part of the “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” film series—is being postponed. We will announce a replacement date in the near future.

There are still seats available for this screening in what has been a remarkably popular event. Contact the store if you are interested in attending; we will send out an announcement of the rescheduled date as soon as it is decided.

The schedule of future screenings

Mar. 11: Fail-Safe

Apr. 22: Walk On Water

Next “What Would You Do?” film screening—”Gone Baby Gone”—Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 PM

Gone_Baby_Gone_DVDThe “What Would You Do: Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” film series is a collaborative effort of Temple Beth Sholom and Best Video. Best Video owner Hank Paper and Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns introducing films and leading the post-film discussions.

The admission cost per film is $5 and reservations are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Each of the three previous screenings have been sold out.

On Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 PM, we present “Gone Baby Gone.” The film will be introduced and the discussion led by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic.

When two young private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) are hired to take a closer look into the mysterious disappearance of a little girl in blue collar Boston, they soon unravel a multitude of twists and turns where nothing is as it seems. “Gone Baby Gone” also stars Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Amy Ryan.

Reminder: Film screening of “State of the Union” Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 PM

State_of_the_Union_DVDThe “What Would You Do: Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” film series is a collaborative effort of Temple Beth Sholom and Best Video. Best Video owner Hank Paper and Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns introducing films and leading the post-film discussions.

On Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 PM, we present “State of the Union.” The film will be introduced and the discussion led by Hank Paper.

The admission cost per film is $5 and reservations are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Each of the two previous screenings have been sold out. At the time of this writing on Sunday, there are still a few seats available.

Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn shine in this pertinent classic film about marriage, politics, and the pursuit of the American Dream. When idealistic businessman Grant Matthews (Tracy) is chosen to run for the Presidency, he is caught between the compromising ambition of a ruthless, string-pulling newspaper owner and the integrity of his devoted wife (Hepburn). Masterly directed by Frank Capra, it also features Angela Lansbury, Van Johnson, and Adolphe Menjou.

The February film will be “Gone Baby Gone.” It will show on Monday, Feb. 14.

Film series packs the house

The inaugural screening of the film series “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas in Great Films” was a tremendous success. The film series is a collaborative effort of Temple Beth Sholom and Best Video. Best Video owner Hank Paper and Temple Beth Sholom Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic will take turns introducing films and leading the post-film discussions. The first film in the series—which started Monday, Nov. 5—was BRIGHAM CITY and the house was packed.

Hank Paper introduced the film—a mystery/thriller set in a tight-knit Mormon community—and led the post-film discussion. The post-film discussion was optional but almost nobody left. It was a lively give-and-take affair in which Paper addressed not just the ethical issues raised by the drama but also the literary devices used by the filmmaker.

The next title in the series is NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN, which will be screened on Mon., Dec. 17. The discussion will be led by Rabbi Scolnic.

If the response to Brigham City is any indication, then reservations are an absolute necessity. The series is free for members of Temple Beth Sholom. For everyone else, the cost is $5 per movie or $25 for the series.

The remaining films:

Mon., Dec. 17: NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN

Mon., Jan. 14: STATE OF THE UNION

Mon., Feb. 11: GONE BABY GONE

Mon., Mar. 11: FAIL-SAFE

Mon., Apr. 22: WALK ON WATER