Friday Film Club

Our Friday Film Club in October explores: When is a house a home? 

We start house hunting on October 6th with The Big Short, where bigger is not always better and more often leaves many with less…much less money that is.  If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, there might be reason to worry in Buster’s Mal Heart on October 13th. Then there are those that love their house so much, they just can’t leave, as in Wakefield on October 20th, and A Ghost Story on October 27th.

Fall Films in October start at 1:00 PM in the library’s upstairs theater and is for adults 18 & up. Hot Tea, Pastries & Popcorn served and discussion after all movies.

October 6: The Big Short

 

In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

 

 

October 13: Buster’s Mal Heart

 

In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows – where he has acquired the nickname “Buster”.  As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean – or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down.

 

October 20: Wakefield

 

In Robin Swicord’s adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.

 

October 27: A Ghost Story

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.

An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.