02 November, 2016

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Fountain, Invincible, I Robot

November, 3Tonight members of  “Wednesday Movie Club” at Window on America center Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine watched the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
It’s a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film). Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the "Sundance Kid" (Robert Redford), who are on the run from a crack US posse after a string of train robberies. 

The pair and Sundance's lover, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), flee to Bolivia in search of a more successful criminal career, where they meet their end.

In 2003, the film was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The American Film Institute ranked Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as the 49th-greatest American film on its AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) list.
Number of participants – 11 persons.

November, 9 – The Fountain at #DniproWOA
Tonight we, the Wednesday Movie Club members (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) proudly enjoyed watching an amazing movie which is considered to be a science fiction. But for us “The Fountain” turned out to be not just science fiction, but a strong mixture of reality with fantasy. The movie appeared to be a field of past, present and the future, the situation, which started in the past, continued in the present, but apparently, it did not end yet.
We were so amazed that the director showed us different lives of one and the same souls incarnated to solve the situation. We saw that and it made us discuss it for more than an half an hour, because we were frustrated that the main hero delayed with a cure against death, he was supposed to solve the situation in time, but he hesitated, and in the end he actually got a cure but sacrificed his life for it, and that’s why he incarnated again.

 It was really amazing to see how the director described it showing the situation in reality and doing the same as a metaphor. So we can consider our movie session to be successful and the discussion successful as well, and we want to say how much we enjoyed this movie, in which there was so much content, which made us think and express ourselves, which means the director successfully did his job and our discussion was the result of it.
Number of participants – 13 persons.

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 November, 16 – In the context of the Tolerance Day Wednesday Movie Club at Dnipro Window on America center: The Verdict.
Was main character tolerant?  
Tonight in the context of the Tolerance Day we, members of the Wednesday Movie Club, were proud to have watched “The Verdict”, a 1982 American courtroom drama film starring Paul Newman, about the lawyer, who almost gave up his practice because everything went wrong for him.
The film, which was directed by Sidney Lumet, was adapted by David Mamet from the novel by Barry Reed. It is about a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who takes a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation, but discovers along the way that he is doing the right thing.
And we were amazed how life began unpredictable and hard for him – unpredictable due to getting a case of a woman who suffered from the wrong treatment which cost her full life and she ended up in coma with a brain damage, and hard because that lawyer decided to let her case to go to trial which could cost medical license to physicians who mistreated her. This case was hard because according to circumstances there was no chance for that lawyer to win the case, and all this led us to a very intense discussion, and made us very happy that this lawyer actually managed to win the case.

The Verdict garnered critical acclaim and box office success. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Mason), Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (David Mamet).
Participants number – 13  persons.

November, 23 –  Science fiction: I, Robot.
Tonight we, the Wednesday Movie Club members, had an honor to enjoy the movie with movie stars like Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, Chi McBride, Alan Tudyk and Shia LaBeouf.
I, Robot (stylized as i, ROBOT) is a 2004 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman is from a screen story by Vintar, suggested by Isaac Asimov's short-story collection of the same name.
The film received mixed to favorable reviews, with critics praising the writing, visual effects, and acting; but other critics were mixed with the focus on the plot. It was nominated for the 2004 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
Plot: In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed.
Participants number – 13 persons.

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November, 30 – Wednesday Movie Club – Dreams are not lived on the sidelines.
Tonight we, the Wednesday Movie Club members, had an honor to enjoy the movie with movie stars like Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear – Invincible.

This movie is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Ericson Core. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978 with the help of his coach, Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear).
Participants number – 14 persons.

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