Thursday, Dec. 14
Take one of the “joys” of holidays—travel—and combine it with the comedic genius of Steve Martin and John Candy, and, friends, it’s time to fasten your seatbelts. The Film Club is heading on a most heartfelt and hilarious journey as we watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles on Thurs., Dec. 14 in the Grand Pavilion. Be sure to pre-register below.
This movie is without doubt a terrific comedy but Director John Hughes has delivered the audience much more through his ability to imbue his characters with recognizable and relatable human qualities. Martin plays a buttoned-up businessman, who can best be described as a fastidious snob, while Candy is an unkempt, good-hearted shower ring salesman with one too many boring stories to tell. The casting couldn’t be more perfect and it is a delight to watch the two characters gradually see past their differences and realize that although opposites, they have more in common than they’d like to admit.
The film was released in 1987 and in many households remains a tradition. The film was a critical success. Roger Ebert wrote, “It is perfectly cast and soundly constructed, and all else flows naturally. Steve Martin and John Candy don't play characters; they embody themselves. That's why the comedy, which begins securely planted in the twin genres of the road movie and the buddy picture, is able to reveal so much heart and truth." Leonard Maltin wrote, “Hughes refuses to make either one (Martin or Candy) a caricature—which keeps this amiable film teetering between slapstick shenanigans and compassionate comedy.”
Fr. David Guffey, CSC, and the Film Club invite you to pack your parkas and join us as we screen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, on Dec. 14 in the Grand Pavilion. Check-in and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m.; the screening at 7 p.m. You can pre-register below for this event before end-of-day Wednesday, Dec. 13. Online event donation is $5 or $10 at the door.
It’s interesting how ideas evolve. A few months ago, many of you completed our Film Club survey. We appreciate the good report card you gave us for the 2022-2023 season and are grateful for your suggestions.
One of the survey questions was about the type(s) of films you preferred. We received votes for a wide array of film genres, meaning we had to figure some way to respond to your diverse preferences. Enter the evolution of an idea—that eventually became our theme for the 2023-2024 Film Club season. Here’s how our theme took shape.
At the same time as our survey, the results of a national survey of American’s summer travel plans were published. The takeaway: Travel is booming, even exceeding pre-pandemic levels. A remarkable 85% of Americans are taking to the road literally and figuratively—59 million will be exploring international byways this summer, while 100 million will be taking a trip of at least 250 miles or more in the U.S. People are opening their lives to new possibilities and experiences, and perhaps ticking off places on their bucket lists.
This American wanderlust started us thinking about the long-popular film genre that follows people on impactful life journeys. This coming season, in both our Zoom and in-person events, we’ll be exploring films of this genre. One of the things we love about “journey films” is that they are always blended with another genre (remember the list of Film Club survey favorites), such as a rom-com, intrigue, musical, etc.
You’ll soon be hearing about our first event on Sept. 14 in the Grand Pavilion and how to sign up for it as well as our Zoom season that begins on Oct. 12. We are continuing to schedule our regular events on Thursday evenings, since that is the day when Fr. David is most available to us. We will also keep the current start time since people who work cannot make it earlier than 7 pm.
Here are some other Film Club survey results that may interest you:
That’s it for now. Thank you for being a Film Club supporter. We look forward to sharing some wonderful film journeys with you this season in person and on Zoom.
Film Club is committed to bringing “screenings with meanings” to the greater St. Monica community. Thank you for being a vibrant part of our ministry —and attending our Zoom and in-person events.
There is another way to show your support: donate today!
1.) Online donation:
2.) Send a check to our Parish Office. We ask that you make the check out to “St. Monica Catholic Community” and note in the memo line “Film Club.”
Thank you again for your support and we will see you at Film Club!
Fr. David and the Film Club would be thrilled to receive your recommendations for guest speakers involved in some aspect of filmmaking. If you know someone you think would be an interesting guest, contact with your suggestions.
The Film Club brings together movie lovers for a monthly discussion on a selected film. The 2019-2020 theme is Art of Cinema, and each film is chosen for its meaning and in the context of a specific aspect of filmmaking (e.g., screenwriting, set decoration). It’s incredible how much more you can see once you appreciate the techniques that make one film stand out.
The Film Club also hosts two seasonal events: A Holiday Party, featuring a classic Christmas movie, and Oscar Night, where we review the nominated films and vote for our “best picture of the year.” (Our track record for predicting the Oscar has been uncanny.)
The Film Club meets in the Grand Pavilion on the second Thursday of the month from September through May. Our discussions are led by Father David Guffey, CSC, Director, Family Theater Productions.