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St. Luke Movie Club Report Annual Meeting January 2006

By Ken Stevens

In 2005, our 3rd full year for the St. Luke Movie Club included a relatively balanced mix of on-site (new releases in movie theatres) and off-site (Movie DVD's of previous movies viewed in home settings) selections.

Below find a synopsis of movie selections viewed throughout 2005. As in previous years, we tried to relate viewing experiences to Orthodox Christian tenants and values in post-viewing discussions. Father Andrew lead the conversation. Our 4th year will continue to feature provocative movies that stimulate and challenge the mind relative to spirited discussions about life experiences. As in previous years, Movie Club meeting will be the last Sunday of every month (commencing January 29, 2006).

The first meeting will be offsite....The Movie Club will view "The Chronicles of Narnia (new release) in the movie theatre (time to be announced) on Sunday, January 29. A full-year schedule will be issued in early February 2006.

Below find a synopsis of 2005 movie viewings.

January 2005

The January 23rd "Phantom of the Opera" movie was off-site current release...but we had a good time discussing afterwards. The consensus was pretty much that it was a "visual feast," but the singing wasn't the greatest....still well worth the price of admission. We went to Wendy's afterwards and discussed the characters and personalities of the movie over fast-food.

February - April 2005

No meetings were scheduled due to busy Lenten schedules and calendar conflicts.

May 2005

St. Luke Movie Club met Sunday, May 22nd at the Stevens' house in Darien. Selection was "Million Dollar Baby." -- an excellent selection that highlighted controversial moral/religious/ethical issues.

July 2005

Sunday, July 31....We did a combination Restaurant Rovers (Shir Pun Jab restaurant) and then an Indian Bollywood Movie Musical afterward...It was hilarious entertainment.

Sept 2005

The Club started up again following summer hiatus on Sunday, September 25th, It was another off-site at Loews' Theatre in Woodridge. Thirteen St. Lukians attended. We previewed "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." It was based on a true story of an exorcism that occurred in the '70s in Germany. Afterwards, we all met a Wendy's and discussed the movie. It was an excellent, spirited discussion relative to the legal and spiritual struggles and complications around the church authority, etc. The beauty of the movie was that the screenwriter really tried for objectivity, such that the viewer could debate the merits on their own.

October 2005

The movie was off-site. It was "North Country" based on a true story. Father Andrew thought it was "riveting." It was poignant study of abuse in the workplace and how a brave woman fought the system that lead to the nation's first-ever class action lawsuit for sexual harassment.

Due to the Holiday season, we did not have Movie Club in November or December. It will resume in January, 2006.