CINEMA 54

Dale Laird, Convener

SEPTEMBER, 2016

Please join us for some scintillating movies this season followed by delicious dessert and stimulating conversation in comfortable surroundings.
Movie: “Far From The Madding Crowd” Date: Fri., Sept. 23
Doors & Cash Bar Open: 6:30 Film: 7:00
Post Film: Conversation & Dessert
Popcorn, Dessert, Tea, or Coffee $8
Far From The Madding Crowd (2015):
A Thomas Hardy classic, this is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and
William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
(Director) Thomas Vinterberg creates a rich aesthetic that combines both vibrant colors and inti-mate natural light. Whether his film is lush or rolling in the muck, it always has a tactile quality that makes it accessible, which is also true of the performances from his well-chosen cast. (Roger Ebert.com)
Cinema 54 will be held on the third Friday of the month (whenever possible) between September and April, however there will not be a cinema night in December.
Given last year’s cost experience the charge for the evening ( popcorn, dessert, tea or coffee, etc.) has been increased to $8.
Members are requested to sign up in advance for CINEMA 54 and when possible please provide 48 hour prior notice of cancellation. Kindly invite your friends and family of our movie night so they might add to our numbers.
If you have any dietary restrictions please notify the office so we can accommodate your needs.
I hope to see you at the movies this season!

MAY, 2016

Dale will re-open the Cinema 54 doors in September. 

APRIL, 2016

Because of the Good Friday closing of the club the March film will be shown on Friday, April 1.  The April film is below This Changes Everything and will be shown on Friday, April 29.

 

Movie: “WAKING NED DEVINE”   

Date: Fri. APRIL 1, 2016

Doors & Cash Bar Open: 6:30   

Film: 7:00  

Post Film: Conversation & Dessert*   

Popcorn, Dessert, Tea, or Coffee $5   

 The New York Times raves, “We have a winner!” This is a spectacularly funny comedy about friends pulling together to make a dream come true. When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two long-time friends, Michael & Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. News of the win spreads quickly in the scenic little Irish village of Tullymore, but not the secret news of Ned's demise. With lottery officials closing in to confirm the prize claimed in the name of the deceased Devine, Michael and Jackie embark on an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket – but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan!

 Members are requested to sign up in advance by Wed. March 30. Please bring your friends and family. See you at the movie.

                      *Regarding dessert, please contact the office if you have dietary restrictions so your needs can be met.

 

  

Movie : “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING”

Date: Fri. APRIL 29, 2016   6:30, etc. (see other details above)

             Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, this 2015 film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

             Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why theclimate crisis is at the centre of it all.

Members are requested to sign up by Wed.April 27 at 4:00. Please bring your friends and family. See you at the movie.

                      

*Re dessert, please contact the office if you have dietaryrestrictions so your needs can be met.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY , 2016                                        

Movie: “Chocolat”    Friday, February 26, 2016   

Doors & Cash Bar Open: 6:30    Film: 7:00  

Post Film: Conversation & Dessert *                                                                

Popcorn, Dessert, Tea, or Coffee: $5   

             What could be a better gift for Valentine’s than “Chocolat”; especially one as artistic, magical and sensual as this delicious film!

             Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Juliette Binoche) and Best Supporting Actress (Judy Dench) Chocolat is both visually stunning as well as a beautiful and captivating drama/romance/comedy from acclaimed Director Lasse Hallstrom. Nobody could have imagined the impact on the rigid morality of the community that the striking Vianne (Binoche) would make when she and her daughter arrive in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town. In her very unusual chocolate shop, she creates mouth-watering confections and almost magically inspires the straitlaced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness. It is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux (Johnny Depp), arrives in town, that Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires.

Members are requested to sign up in advance for CINEMA 54 screenings. Please bring your friends and family. See you at the movie.                        

*Regarding dessert, please contact the office if you have dietary restrictions so your needs can be accommodated.

JANUARY, 2016

Movie: The Good Lie  

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016      Door & Cash Bar Open: 6:30    Film: 7:00                    

Post Film: Conversation & Dessert    Popcorn, Dessert, Tea, or Coffee $5

             Reese Witherspoon joins an incredible cast of Sudanese Actors in a film the critics are  calling “A deeply touching story about survival, perseverance and hope”. In 1983, orphans of the 2nd Sudanese civil war, known as “The Lost Boys”, travelled nearly 1000 miles on foot,  enduring unspeakable circumstances, in search of refuge. This true-to-life film follows the lives of four Sudanese children who manage to reach safety in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.                                                                                                          Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers and their new friends, like employment counselor Carrie Davis, played by Witherspoon, strive to understand each other in this new home, as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change all their lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The movie is free to you and your guests; however, popcorn, dessert, tea or coffee are $5. Members are requested to sign up in advance for CINEMA 54 screenings. Please bring friends and family.

DECEMBER, 2015

Cinema 54 is closed for the holidays.

NOVEMBER, 2015

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                     

theatrical release poster

 

Movie: “HUGO”

Date:    Friday, November 27th

Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema. Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in this unforgettable film. The legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world based on Brian Selznick's award-winning best-seller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo is an astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.

The movie and popcorn will be free to you and your guests; however, all attendees are encouragedto make a purchase at the bar and/or dessert table in order to cover the costs of the evening. Members are requested to sign up in advance for CINEMA 54 screenings. Please bring friends and family.

DOORS AND BAR OPEN: 6:30 pm
FILM: 7:00 pm
DESSERT, TEA OR COFFEE: $5

POST FILM CONVERSATION

OCTOBER, 2015                                                           CINEMA 54

Twenty-four members and guests attended Cinema 54’s grand opening on September 18. The feedback on the film, dessert, company and Ralph Connor House was glowing. The next Cinema 54 will be Friday, October 23. The film to be screened will be Inequality for All.

Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth. The film examines widening income inequality in the United States. The film is presented by economist, best selling author, professor and former US Secretary of Labour Robert Reich. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section, and won a Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.

Reich distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality—currently at historic highs—and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S. economy but also democracy itself. At the heart of the film is a simple question: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of a nation's economic health? In this “Inconvenient Truth” for the economy, Reich uses humour and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each & everyone of us.

This documentary will be preceded by a short video titled The Rise of the New Global Super Rich by Canadian journalist and author Chrystia Freeland. In this video Freeland draws similar conclusions as those by Reich from a Canadian and global perspective.

The movie and popcorn will be free to Club Members and their guests; however, all attendees are encouraged to make a purchase at the bar and/or dessert table in order to cover the costs of the evening. Members are requested to sign up in advance for CINEMA 54 screenings. Friends and family are welcome.

                        DOOR AND BAR OPEN: 6:30 pm
                                                                            
                        FILM: 7:00 pm
                                                                            
                        DESSERT, TEA OR COFFEE: $5

                                                                            
                        POST FILM DISCUSSION

CINEMA 54

Movie: “WAKING NED DEVINE”   

Date: Fri. APRIL 1, 2016

Doors & Cash Bar Open: 6:30   

Film: 7:00  

Post Film: Conversation & Dessert*   

Popcorn, Dessert, Tea, or Coffee $5   

 The New York Times raves, “We have a winner!” This is a spectacularly funny comedy about friends pulling together to make a dream come true. When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two long-time friends, Michael & Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. News of the win spreads quickly in the scenic little Irish village of Tullymore, but not the secret news of Ned's demise. With lottery officials closing in to confirm the prize claimed in the name of the deceased Devine, Michael and Jackie embark on an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket – but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan!

 Members are requested to sign up in advance  by  Wed. March 30. Please bring your friends and family. See you at the movie.

                      *Regarding dessert, please contact the office if you have dietary  restrictions so your needs can be met