Friday Night Flicks is Back!
The Belfast Free Library welcomes back Friday Night Flicks in January. The revamped program will be hosted on alternating months by Eddie Adelman and Paul Sheridan. Adelman, who will host January’s lineup, helmed the program back in 2008 and 2009. Sheridan, who will host in February, has taught both photography and film courses at Senior College at The Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
The theme for January is “Comedies to stave off cabin fever.” Leading off on January 2nd is The Freshman. It stars Matthew Broderick as an innocent college freshman, and Marlon Brando, who masterfully apes his Don Corleone character from The Godfather, issuing Broderick “an offer he can’t refuse.” Lunatic girlfriends, Kmodo dragons and Bert Parks all play into this one-of-a-kind, clever and campy farce.
On January 9th, it is Neil Simon’s touching, romantic comedy, The Goodbye Girl. It stars Richard Dreyfuss as a struggling New York actor and Marsha Mason as a struggling Broadway dancer. What begins as an epic battle between the two evolves into an utterly enchanting love story. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including “Best Picture” , Dreyfuss won the Oscar for “Best Actor.”
History is front and center on January 16th. And it’s never been more hilarious. Mel Brooks’ History of the World: Part One takes us on a tour of the seminal moments of mankind, including cavemen, The Old Testament, The Roman Empire, The Spanish Inquisition and The French Revolution. Sid Caesar, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korrman and Cloris Leachman head an all-star cast, narrated by Orson Welles.
On January 23rd, the feature film is Tim Burton’s, Beetlejuice. This surreal comedy revolves around two recently deceased ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who refuse to leave their beloved home. They engage the services of a seasoned, obnoxious ghost (Michael Keaton) in an attempt scare off the new owners of the house.
Rounding off the month on January 30th is Murder by Death. From the pen of Neil Simon, this is an ultra-witty “whodunit” spoof of the world’s most famous fictional sleuths. Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Nick and Nora Charles, Sam Spade and Charlie Chan are all invited to a spooky mansion for “dinner and a murder.” It stars Peter Sellers, David Niven, Truman Capote, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness and Peter Falk.
All the movies are free, and take place at 7pm every Friday night in January in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. The snow dates are the following evenings (Saturday) at 7PM.