Movies@Milligan House: Suggestions

I think that this most recent Movie@Milligan House (Monsoon Wedding) was what we were envisioning for this ministry. We had around 25-30 people, including several non-OOCers, and I heard that the post-film discussion lingered on well after the official “ending time.” Obviously, publicizing the event a few weeks ahead of time helped our turnout.

Going forward: I think we’re going to take December off, but resume in January. So far, I don’t have any movies planned, so I’d like suggestions. Also, I’d like to hear general feedback about M@MH so far, and if there’s anything you’d like to see or do additionally or differently.


  1. Pip said,

    November 19, 2004 @ 10:53 am

    A colleague of mine suggested Midaq Alley, the most awarded film in Mexican history.

  2. Pip said,

    November 21, 2004 @ 9:53 pm

    Along with the international movie theme, Megan suggested Run, Lola, Run.

  3. Pip said,

    November 21, 2004 @ 9:55 pm

    IMDB page for Run, Lola, Run

  4. Anonymous said,

    November 29, 2004 @ 3:13 pm

    Congrats on the success of the most recent Movie Night. I wish I could have been there.

    As for suggestions, there are many excellent movies. And I have been a long-time fan of Run Lola Run (own the Soundtrack). Some movies that I thought were excellent, but of a more serious tone; “In the Bedroom” about how a husband and wife deal with the grief of losing their adult son. Also “The Piano” could be followed by a discussion about a someone’s personal survival under such circumstances or even discussion about how Christianity responded to the Holocaust at the time.

    Also a fun movie about companionship was “The Station Agent”

    Another thought about a kind twist on the standard movie night. Maybe sometime in the future we might want to all go see the movie in the theater together and then go somewhere afterward to discuss it.

    Jon Easterling

  5. Pip said,

    November 29, 2004 @ 5:01 pm

    I’ll add them to my list, Jon! And I like to idea of a movie “outing.” Pick a show and we’ll schedule it — do you know of any upcoming releases that should be good?

  6. Anonymous said,

    November 29, 2004 @ 5:03 pm

    We are going into Oscar season, so there should be some good ones coming out soon. A few of I can think of already, but I would want to hear the reviews first before settling on one yet.


  7. Paul S. said,

    November 30, 2004 @ 10:52 am

    Okeedoke…joining the fray of the OOC blog 🙂

    Here are my suggestions for Movies@Milligan House:

    Mishima – foreign film.
    On November 25, 1970, Japan’s greatest author Yukio Mishima commited an act that shocked the literary world…

    Visually stunning biographical movie about the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima . I saw this movie back almost 15 years ago. At the time I read a few articles that considered Mishima the “Mark Twain” of Japan. The movie explores his writings, his death, and his homosexuality. There is plenty to discuss. However one caveat, there are a few nude scenes (not necessarily sex scenes if I remember right). Anyway, even if not appropriate for Movies@Milligan House a great see nonetheless. Awesome score by Philip Glass.

    Blue by director Krzysztof Kieslowski. First in a trilogy of movies. I found Blue to be the most compelling of the three movies. Though all have substance to be discussed. Stars Juliet Binoche as the wife of a composer in contemporary French society dealing with the death of her husband and child. Subtitles.

    No Man’s LandSaw this a few years ago. Best Foreign Language Film that year. Lots of discussion material expecially in light of the current war in Iraq/the role of the US in world conflicts/the role of the UN in world conflicts.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. The two Bosnian soldiers, Niki and Ciki, wander into the no man’s land and become the victims of bombing. Subtitles.

  8. J East said,

    November 30, 2004 @ 1:44 pm

    Kieslowski’s trilogy is excellent and I already know someone who owns it. Also “No Man’s Land” is an excellent movie. It did such a good job showing both the absurd and horrifying realities of that civil war.

    Oh and a correction from before I had said I recommend
    “The Piano”, but meant “The Pianist”. I think I can edit that post, if so I will change it.

  9. mailtucker said,

    December 4, 2004 @ 12:01 pm

    I think you should consider showing a Comedy and discussing it.

    SAVED would be a great movie to show and discuss, we did it with our college group and we had a great discussion. I would be glad to lead a discussion on that movie.

    ooo oooo what what about an old fashioned comedy, like Charlie Chaplin. Some great fodder for discussion there.

    Ok then

  10. J East said,

    December 8, 2004 @ 2:41 pm

    Good thoughts, Mark. I was in Chicago this weekend and watched the movie “About a Boy” again. My friends and I were saying that comedies sometimes get you involved in the story and can be disarming. So that when they come around and make a point (like “About a Boy”) they can be very poignant.

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