Film: Tuesday, October 10th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Wonder Woman

This Tuesday, October 10th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Wonder Woman @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Wonder Woman (2017) tells of the famed comic book heroine: “Diana is the principled warrior-daughter of the female ruler of Paradise Island, sheltered from men and the outside world’s evils. Then, an American pilot crashes on the island, telling her of The War to End All Wars. Wonder Woman enters the fray: World War I! This was the summer’s most popular film, garnering great reviews, as well.”

Patty Jenkins directs the two hour, twenty-one minute film, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis. The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Wonder Woman at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, September 26th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: The Shack

This Tuesday, September 26th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of The Shack @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

The Shack (2017) tells of a “grieving father who is drawn to an abandoned shack, where he meets and receives counsel from a woman who calls herself Papa — the name his wife uses to describe God. The faith-based drama stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw.”

Stuart Hazeldone directs the two hour, twelve-minute film, carrying a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about The Shack at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, September 12th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Going in Style

This Tuesday, September 12th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Going in Style @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Going in Style (2017) is a comedic crime caper in which, “desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.”

Zach Braff directs the one hour, thirty-six minute film, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, and Matt Damon. The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Going in Style at the Internet Movie Database.

Enjoy.

Advocacy Seldom Reaches Chocoholics

local scene A necessary element of writing or speaking – if it is to be enjoyable and sustained – is to believe what one writes or says, and to express those beliefs as one naturally would. (Even more important, of course, is to hold sound ideas, but here I’m writing about the underlying feeling of expression.)

Writing what one believes, in the style one would naturally speak, is different from writing to please. Some may be persuaded, others not. It’s notable, however, that some are probably beyond persuasion. That’s not surprising; it would be surprising if all people were persuadable.

Consider Augustus Gloop, the unfortunate chocoholic from Roald Dahl’s 1964 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the later, excellent 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Gloop stuffed himself with chocolate for much of his young life, and probably had been rebuked for over-eating now and again. Yet, in the film, he just couldn’t stop gorging, at the risk of an accident, even as Frau Gloop recommended moderation in Augustus’s habits (“save some room for later”):

Someone writing to Augustus with words of caution would surely get nowhere: the porcine German boy was willing to eat to the point of calamity. Gloop was gluttonous even as a child. Had he been not a boy, but an adult German chocoholic with many decades of gorging, one could guess he would have, by then, been even more resistant to warnings.

One doesn’t write for Gloop, but of what one believes, and for those who are not yet in the grip of a ravenous craving like the one that held Gloop.

Film: Tuesday, August 29th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: The Founder

This Tuesday, August 29th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of The Founder @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

The Founder (2016), is the story of Ray Kroc, “a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into the biggest restaurant business in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence and ruthlessness.”

John Lee Hancock directs the one hour, fifty-five-minute film, starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch.  The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about The Founder at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, August 22nd, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: The Zookeeper’s Wife

This Tuesday, August 22nd at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of The Zookeeper’s Wife @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017), based on a true story, is set in 1939, when during the Nazi conquest of Poland the couple who run the Warsaw Zoo turn the ground’s hiding places into a refuge for Jews and the persecuted seeking to escape the slaughter, while also trying to save the animals living there. The real-life couple saved over 300 people during the war.

Niki Caro directs the two hour, seven-minute film, starring Jessica Chastain.  The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about The Zookeeper’s Wife at the Internet Movie Database.

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Don’t Be a Sucker

In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, the United States Government, fighting on both sides of the world, commissioned a short film about fascism entitled Don’t Be a Sucker. The film describes the fight in which America was embroiled in the style and vernacular of that time; it’s even more compelling to me for its simple presentation.

Americans’ lives were not then without deep contradictions, but the plain, direct defense of American liberty & equality that the film advances is morally superior to anything Trump or his ilk have never said, even these decades later. Indeed, that 1943 defense is a worthy reply to the bigotry Trump’s vanguard (Bannon, Miller, Gorka, Anton) daily foments.

Via Why an Anti-Fascist Short Film Is Going Viral @ The Atlantic.

Film: Wednesday, August 16th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: The Salesman

This Wednesday, August 16th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of The Salesman @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building. The film is the last movie in a summer series of foreign films.

The Salesman (2016) is dramatic thriller recounting how, “[w]hile both participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife’s traumatized objections.”

Asghar Farhadi directs the two hour, four-minute film, starring Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, and Babak Karimi. The Salesman won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about The Salesman at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, August 8th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Live by Night

This Tuesday, August 8th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Live by Night @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Live by Night (2017) is a crime drama about a group of “Boston-bred gangsters who set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.”

Ben Affleck directs the two hour, nine-minute film, starring Affleck, Elle Fanning,  Remo Girone, and Brendan Gleeson. Live by Night received a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Production Design. The film carries an R rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Live by Night at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Icarus

When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold-exposing the biggest scandal in sports history.

Readers who have Netflix can catch Icarus, a documentary that describes the decades-long sports-doping program that the Soviet Union and successor Russian Federation authorized from the highest levels of government.

Film: Tuesday, July 25th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: 20th Century Women

This Tuesday, July 25th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of 20th Century Women @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

20th Century Women (2016) is a comedy-drama set in 1979 about a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him in Southern California.

Mike Mills directs the one hour, fifty-nine minute  film, starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Lucas Jade Zumann. 20th Century Women received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Mike Mills). The film carries an R rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about 20th Century Women at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Wednesday, July 19th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Silence

This Wednesday, July 19th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Martin Scorsese’s Silence @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Silence (2017) is a historical drama about two 17th-century Portuguese Jesuits who travel to Japan in an attempt to find their mentor, who is reported to have abandoned the faith.

Martin Scorsese directs the two hour, forty-one minute  film, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson. Silence received an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography. The film carries an R rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Silence at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, July 11th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Beauty and the Beast

This Tuesday, July 11th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Beauty and the Beast @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) is a live-action fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Bill Condon directs the two hour, nine-minute film, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Kevin Kline. Beauty and the Beast received two MTV Movie + TV Awards, for Best Movie and Best Actor in a Movie (Emma Watson). Beauty and the Beast carries a PG rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Beauty and the Beast at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, June 27st, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Lion

This Tuesday, June 27th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Lion @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Lion (2016) is the story of Saroo, who “years after he got separated from his family, at a train station in India, and long since adopted by an Australian couple, decides to go searching for his birth family.”

Garth Davis directs the one hour, fifty-eight minute film, starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. Lion received 6 Oscars nominations, including nominations for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Patel), and Supporting Actress (Kidman). Lion carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Lion at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Wednesday, June 21st, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: A Man Called Ove

This Wednesday, June 21st at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of A Man Called Ove @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

A Man Called Ove (2015) is a comedy-drama about “Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, [who] has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.”

Rolf Lassgård stars in the one hour, fifty-six minute film, in Swedish with English subtitles, also starring Bahar Pars and Filip Berg. The movie was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, and received an AARP Movies for Grownups Award. One can find more information about A Man Called Ove at the Internet Movie Database.

Please note: this film is being shown on Wednesday, June 21st.

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Film: Tuesday, June 13th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Collateral Beauty

This Tuesday, June 13th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Collateral Beauty @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Collateral Beauty (2016) is a drama about Howard, who, “retreating from life after a tragedy…questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.”

Will Smith stars in the one hour, thirty-seven minute film, also starring Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Michael Peña, and Helen Mirren. The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Collateral Beauty at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, May 30th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Fences

This Tuesday, May 30th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Fences @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Fences (2016) is the story of an African-American man, Troy Maxson, raising his family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Denzel Washington directs and stars in the two hour, nineteen minute film, also starring Viola Davis and Stephen Henderson. The late August Wilson wrote both the screenplay and the Pulitzer-prize winning play on which the film is based. Viola Davis received a 2017 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Rose Maxson. The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Fences at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, May 23rd, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: Hidden Figures

This Tuesday, May 23rd at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of Hidden Figures @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

Hidden Figures (2016) is the true story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who were vital contributors to the early America space program. Theodore Melfi directs the two hour, seven minute film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. Hidden Figures received three 2017 Academy Award nominations (Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Octavia Spencer, and Best Adapted Screenplay by Allison Schroeder & Theodore Melfi). The film carries a PG rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about Hidden Figures at the Internet Movie Database.

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Film: Tuesday, May 9th, 12:30 PM @ Seniors in the Park: La La Land

This Tuesday, May 9th at 12:30 PM, there will be a showing of La La Land @ Seniors in the Park, in the Starin community building.

La La Land (2016) is a romantic musical comedy-drama about a jazz musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. Damien Chazelle directs the two hour, eight minute film, starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Rosemarie DeWitt. La La Land won six 2017 Academy Awards (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Emma Stone, Best Achievement in Directing for Damien Chazelle, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures Original Score, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures Original Song, and Best Achievement in Production Design). The film carries a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.

One can find more information about La La Land at the Internet Movie Database.

Enjoy.

Cirque du Pizza: The Art of Pizza Acrobatics

Cirque du Pizza: The Art of Pizza Acrobatics from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

When it comes to pizza dough tossing, there’s the classic pitch you’re probably picturing, and then there’s what Tony Gemignani does. The 12-time world pizza champion describes his particular art form as “what a Harlem Globetrotter does with a basketball”—only with pizza dough. But while a basketball never loses its form, soft dough moves and changes shape as it flips through the air, around-the-neck, through-the-shoulders, behind-the-back … you get the idea. At the annual World Pizza Games, witness pizza acrobatics like you never imagined.