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MOVIES

Every Saturdays and

Tuesdays twice a month

7:00 pm in the Auditorium

Movie News

The Movie Committee has announced that  movies are now showing every Saturday evening at 7 p.m In the Auditorium and on Tuesdays twice a month. 

Saturday, June 15: Great Expectations—Amazon rental, MAX

Young orphan Pip is given the opportunity to go to London and become a gentleman, with the help of an unknown benefactor. Directed by David Lean, with John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guinness, Martita Hunt

1946  Drama  1 hr 58 min

 

Saturday, June 22: Gaslight—Amazon rental

A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening in the family mansion. Directed by George Cukor, with Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton, Angela Lansbury.

1944  Thriller  1 hr 54 min.

 

Tuesday, June 25: Wings of Desire—Amazon rental, MAX

Angels hover above Berlin, observing people, but never interacting with them. After falling in love with a trapeze artist, one angel longs to experience life as a human. Directed by Wim Wenders, with Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk. In German with subtitles.

1987  Drama/Fantasy  PG-13  2 hr 8 min 

  

Saturday, June 29: The Best Years of Our Lives—Amazon Prime, rental, Kanopy

The difficulties experienced by three returning veterans adjusting to civilian life in a changed world. Directed  by William Wyler, with Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo.

1948  Drama  2 hr 51 minutes plus intermission  Start time: 6:30 p.m. 

July - Alec Guinness Festival

 Saturday, July 6: Kind Hearts and Coronets—Kanopy, Amazon rental

A distant poor relative of the Duke D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs ahead of him in the line of succession. With Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood.

1949  Comedy/thriller  1 hr 46 min

 

Tuesday, July 9: Wild Strawberries—Amazon rental, Kanopy, MAX

An elderly professor recalls his past as he is being driven by his daughter-in-law to receive an award. Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, with Victor Sjöström, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand. In Swedish with subtitles.

1957  Drama  1 hr 31 min

 

Saturday, July 13: The Ladykillers—Amazon rental 

An elderly widow rents rooms to a gang leader and his crew. While preparing a heist, the gang members pose as musicians. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, with Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Katie Johnson.

1955  Comedy/crime  1 hr 37 min

 

Saturday, July 20: The Horse’s Mouth—Amazon rental

Gulley Jimson is a boorish, aging artist recently released from prison. In search of a canvas for his next art project, he hunkers down in the penthouse of would-be patrons, who go on an extended vacation. Based on a novel by Joyce Cary. Directed by Ronald Neame, with Alec Guinness, who also wrote the screenplay.

1958  Comedy  1 hr 37 min

 

Tuesday, July 23: A Late Quartet—Apple TV rental

In their 25th year, a famous string quartet receives the devastating news that their cellist is in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. This exposes long-standing personal issues. With Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

2012  Drama  R   1 hr 45 min

 

Saturday, July 27: Tunes of Glory—Amazon rental

A psychological drama focusing on events in a Scottish Highland regimental barracks in the period immediately following the Second World War. Directed by Ronald Neame, with Alec Guinness, John Mills.

1960  Drama  1 hr 46 min

 

The Movie Committee always appreciates feedback. Thank you to all the residents who have suggested movies for future showings. These suggestions are always welcome.

 

 

 

Streaming Movies

Many residents prefer to watch movies at home for a variety of reasons, or they miss a particular movie because they have other plans for that night.

Almost all the movies now shown at Broadmead are available from streaming services. (See the end of this post for the services used for this month’s movies.)

For most services you sign up on your computer or phone. Newer TVs have the apps for Amazon and Netflix already on them and may have others as well. Of course you can also use Roku and similar devices.

Amazon rentals are the major source of our movies. You need an Amazon account but you don’t need Prime to rent movies. The Prime service includes a number of new movies; they are available free for a limited period of time and then they move to rentals. Oppenheimer, for example, is now free on Amazon Prime, and costs $6 as a rental. At the end of January, Amazon is raising the cost of a Prime subscription if you want to see movies without ads.

Most Amazon rentals are $4 to $6, except when the movies are brand new and popular. (They can be as much as $20 at first, but after a while the price drops.) You have 48 hours to watch a rented movie once you start to stream it.

Kanopy is a free service sponsored by libraries and has increased the number and depth of its offerings. You sign up online using your Baltimore County library card. Kanopy has always regulated the number of movies you can watch each month. It used to be 15 movies; they have now moved to a different method. You get 45 “tickets” a month, and each movie “costs” 2 to 4 tickets. Again, once you start streaming, you have a limited time to complete the movie.

Netflix is a subscription service with various levels: ads, no ads, etc. There are no restrictions on the number of movies you watch or a limited time in which to complete them. But Netflix doesn’t carry many older movies and its focus is shifting to series.

An excellent source for locating movies is the website www.JustWatch.com.

JustWatch - The Streaming Guide  All your streaming services in one app.

 

It tells you which streaming services are carrying the movie and the cost (not always accurate, but close). I use JustWatch to track movies that are still playing in theaters. I’m then notified when they become available for streaming.

The Voice movie listings will now indicate the streaming source (if available) for each movie.

Movie Reviews

For those looking for movie reviews, most major movies are reviewed on the Roger Ebert site, which has a rotating group of reviewers. The reviews give a detailed plot summary. Four stars is the highest rating.

Wikipedia has entries for most movies. In addition to a very detailed plot summary (including spoilers), the entries give the production history, cast, summary of critical reviews, and awards for which the movie was nominated or won.

The Guardian, one of the few major newspapers without a pay wall, also has reviews.

If you have access to the New York Times, their reviewers are excellent, and their recommendations are noted as “Critics’ Choice.”

Movie History

For those interested in movie history, MIT, in its Open Courseware program, has a series of recorded lectures by David Thorburn, with an associated list of suggested films. The lectures include some movie clips. Thorburn has a very animated style of lecturing. His approach is particularly interesting because he places cinema in the context of society and points to connections with the other arts. His lectures are carried on YouTube, so you can view them on your TV, but you have to search for them. You can find information about the lectures at https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/21l-011-the-film-experience-fall-2013/video_galleries/lecture-videos-notes/

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