Friday Night Flix in May at the Belfast Free Library
“Redemption” is the theme for May at the Belfast Free Library’s “Friday Night Flix” film series. All the movies are free, and take place at 7pm.
Leading off on May 1st is Cool Hand Luke. Luke Jackson, (Paul Newman) a decorated Korean War veteran, is sentenced to two years hard labor for cutting the tops off of parking meters. But instead of prison changing Luke, Luke changes prison by refusing to submit to its rules. In doing so, he wins the respect of his inmates, but runs afoul of the prison’s sadistic warden. Prompting the famous movie quote, “What we have here is failure to communicate.”
May 8th offers up Tender Mercies. Robert Duvall won the “Best Actor” Oscar for his portrayal of Mac Sledge, a washed up, alcoholic, country music singer who finds hope and renewed vigor for life with a widow and her son. Mac’s transition to sobriety isn’t easy though, as he is forced to confront the failures of his career, his first marriage and his estranged 18 year old daughter. But Mac’s greatest challenge is yet to come – an unforeseen catastrophe that could lead him right back to the bottle.
On May 22nd it’s the romantic comedy, As Good as it Gets. Jack Nicholson plays a racist, homophobic, OCD misanthrope who doesn’t hesitate to throw a small, yapping dog down the trash chute of his apartment building. Enter Helen Hunt, the only waitress at the local diner who will wait on him. Unlikely as it seems, a turbulent relationship ensues, with Nicholson forced to face the consequences of his actions. And prompts Nicholson to admit, “You make me want to be a better man.”
Rounding out the month on May 29th is Million Dollar Baby. This film tells the heart-rending story of the unshakable bond between an old, washed up trainer and a soulful, “trailer trash, girl boxer.” Boxing is merely the catalyst for each to fill an aching void in the other’s life. But this movie’s real heart lies in its unforeseen, gut-wrenching ending that earned it the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2004. Hillary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood also won “Best Acting” Oscars.