Film Festival

Renewal of Joy Film Festival

 

Presented by

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Popcorn Reals

 

Inspired by our shared love for movies and the podcast series “This Movie Changed Me” from On Being Studios, we renew ourselves in joy during this Easter Season.  Right now, we could all use a little joy.

 

“Be kind to yourself and go see a movie.”

– Lily Percy, host of “This Movie Changed Me”

 


Week Seven: The Joy Luck Club

Monday, May 25 - Sunday, May 31

 

  • Watch Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club

 

  • Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies and TV

 

  • Trivia: Margaret Cho said, "[the book] changed the way I feel about Asian American history. It made me feel validated

 

 

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, May 31 at 4pm

Zoom

Meeting ID: 644 890 225

Password: 0lyYHn

 

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

Can joy be found in understanding? 

 


How It Works

  • We will be featuring 8 films - one film per week in the eight weeks between Easter and Holy Trinity Sunday (June 7, 2020).

 

  • Every Monday, the film for the week will be announced.

 

  • Watch the film.

 

  • Listen to the corresponding podcast episode from “This Movie Changed Me” after viewing the film.

 

  • Join us Sunday afternoon at 4pm for a discussion about the film.  Discussions will be led by Popcorn Reals.

 

About Popcorn Reals

 

Two friends from college, a mutual love for film and candid reviews. Curious about a movie? We’ll tell you whether to go see it, stream it or leave it.

Meet Lauren Morton. She's a movie lover and Campus Minister.

Meet Dion Metzger, MD. She's a movie lover and psychiatrist.

Our Saturday mornings were spent tuning into "At the Movies" staring Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

Lauren and Dion are your hostesses and curators for the Renewal of Joy Film Festival.

 

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What’s Next?

  • For each film announcement, we will include where to watch, a link to corresponding “This Movie Changed Me” podcast episode, Zoom link, and discussion questions to reflect on before Sunday.

 

  • Feel free to join us for all the films or a few.  We will be glad to see you. 

 

  • Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” while watching the movies. 

 

 

 


Archive: Renewal of Joy Film Festival

 

Week One: Malcolm X

Monday, April 13 - Sunday, April 19

 

  • Watch Spike Lee’s Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington

  • Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes, or Google Play Movies & TV

  • Trivia: Denzel Washington put up his salary to get this film made.  
  • Listen to “This Movie Changed Me” episode on Malcolm X wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, April 19th at 4pm

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

Did this film make you like him more or less based on what you learned about him in history?

For you, what scene in the movie was a sign of his renewal of joy?

Let’s take a few seconds and be still – What part of the film filled you with the most joy?

 

Week Two: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Monday, April 20 - Sunday, April 26

 

  • Watch Michael Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey

 

  • Where to watch: Hulu (Starz Add-On), YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes, or Google Play Movies & TV

 

  • Trivia: Roger Ebert listed it as one of his “Great Films”

 

 

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, April 26th at 4pm

 

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

If you could, would you erase memories of past lovers?

Pick one word to describe this film. 

 

 

Week Three: Ratatouille

Monday, April 27 - Sunday, May 3

 

  • Watch co-directors Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava's Ratatouille

  • Where to watch: Disney+, YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies and TV

  • Trivia: In France, where this movie is set, the movie broke the record for the biggest debut for an animated movie.
  • Listen to “This Movie Changed Me” episode on Ratatouille wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, May 3 at 4pm

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

What has been the most fearless decision you’ve made that lead to success?

What is the one thing you have eaten that brings you pure joy?

 

Week Four: A League of Their Own

Monday, May 4 - Sunday, May 10

 

  • Watch Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own

  • Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies and TV

  • Trivia: In 2012, the film was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry archives.
  • Listen to “This Movie Changed Me” episode on A League of Their Own wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, May 10 at 4pm

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

What is the place that brings you peace? 

 

 

Week Five: Bend It Like Beckham

Monday, May 11 - Sunday, May 17

 

  • Watch Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham

  • Where to watch: Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies and TV

  • Trivia: The scar on Jess’s leg is real, and the story behind it is true.
  • Listen to “This Movie Changed Me” episode on Bend It Like Beckham wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, May 17 at 4pm

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

Think of what brings you such joy that it is worth challenging cultural “norms.”

 

Week Six: The Namesake

Monday, May 18 - Sunday, May 24

 

  • Watch Mira Nair’s The Namesake

  • Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies and TV

  • Trivia: Lupita Nyong’o worked on this film and is in the final credits.
  • Listen to “This Movie Changed Me” episode on The Namesake wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  • Join the discussion on Zoom – Sunday, May 24 at 4pm

  • Questions to consider in reflection and to discuss when we meet:

Do you know the story behind your name? 

How does the meaning of your name fit into who you are as a person?