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Friday, April 1, 2016

April Film Club

Bad news everyone...Film Club has been CANCELLED indefinitely.  Pending a police investigation, we will no longer be meeting. As the song goes, "I fought the law, and the law won."  It's been a lot of fun, sorry to be the bearer of bad news....
(Read below for even MORE bad news...)

Kidding! APRIL FOOL'S!
Film Club is not cancelled, in fact, I have a special treat for all of you this month.

It seems no Film Club post would be complete without first thanking everyone that came out to see Waking Ned Devine, and also those of you who brought snacks.  I swear it's like you guys try to outdo your own awesomeness each month!  We had a fantastic turnout, probably one of our biggest in recent months, so again, another big thank you to all of you that support the Film Club and make each meeting a wonderful time!

For the month of April I have decided to show a little indie movie called, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, not sure if any of you have heard of that one...  So, you have another month reprieve from a dark and serious film (don't worry, another will be coming...).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed, co-produced, and co-written by J.J. Abrams.  The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series.   Produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and distributed worldwide by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, The Force Awakens is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi; it follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron's search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a group that is the successor to the Galactic Empire.  The film is the highest-ever grossing film in North America, and the third-highest grossing film of all time.  It was the 24th film in cinematic history to surpass $1 billion worldwide, standing as the fastest film to surpass the mark, doing so in 12 days.  It was the third film in history to surpass $2 billion worldwide, doing so on its 53rd day of release.

The film currently holds a 92% certified fresh rating out of 343 counted reviews, on Rotten Tomatoes, and received  3 1/2 stars from Matt Zoller Seitz, writing for  He said this of the film in his review, "This new one, set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, is funny, touching, and surprisingly light-footed.  It boasts a lot of familiar elements, including Skywalker family mythology and another Death Star-type weapon, as well as self-aware lines about how things work in the's an exhilarating ride, filled with archetypal characters with plausible psychologies, melodramatic confrontations fueled by soaring emotions, and performances that can be described as good, period, rather than "good, for Star Wars"'s a treat to see beloved older characters placed beside new ones in situations that respect Lucas' myth-making but correct his flaws as a storyteller...they've made the new characters so compelling and quirky that the film never seems to be putting an up-to-date wrapping on moldy cliches.  The result is not merely a crowd-pleasing display of heroics; it's an affirmation that a good movie with a good heart can serve as everyone's mirror."

I hope you can forgive me for a little April Fool's Day joking and come out and join me for one of my favorite movies of the past year.  We will be meeting Thursday, Apr. 21st at 6:15pm.  If you can, try to be as prompt as possible as the film is about 2 hr. 15 mins long and will push us right to 8:30.  May the Force be with you, and hope to see you there!

Here's the trailer:

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