Saturday, September 26, 2009

I have a favor to ask...


I started Everyday Matinees For Seniors a few years ago. It is a non profit organization that brings movies on a weekly basis to seniors that live in assisted living homes and board & care homes. We let the seniors take as many movies as they'd like, it is free of charge to them - the only stipulation being that they return it. As we speak we have close to 600 movies. Most of the movies have been suggestions from the seniors themselves, so we have a wonderful collection of films - dramas, comedies, musicals, westerns, independent, foreign films and documentary's....I know you're probably saying to yourself, "alright already, Cathi - get to the point." My favor that I am asking of you is this - I would like some more suggestions of independent, foreign and old classic movies.. I welcome your input and suggestions with great anticipation! I am also getting together my holiday films, so please include those in your list - if you have any favorites! Thanks in advance, I would truly appreciate any and all suggestions! And my senior friends will love you too!
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18 comments:

jociegal said...

I am guessing you already have some of these, but some of my FAVORITE classics: Bell, Book and Candle - Cool Hand Luke - Auntie Mame - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Rear Window - Gone With the Wind - The Wizard of OZ - The Sting.

AWESOME program, by the way. Best of luck to you!!!

Gigi said...

What a fantastic organization! You are such an inspiration, Cathi. Is there a way to make a donation? Please let me know.

As for movies, I love tons, but I'll list a few: the Thin Man films with Myrna Loy and WIlliam Powell, The Last Picture Show, Singin' in the Rain, Big Night, Enchanted April, Dan in Real Life, The Station Agent, and Eat Drink, Man Woman. A neat Thanksgiving film is Home for the Holidays.

I'll write in with more when my brain's more alert!

xoxo Gigi

Her name was Lola said...

Have you ever featured Splendor in the Grass? It's one of my favorites, starring the gorgeous Natalie Wood {+ it's Warren Beatty's big-screen debut!}.

Cheers.

Simply Colette said...

As a young girl I liked Auntie Mame. It's been years since I've seen it though. Christmas movies, well I'm a sucker for the tv ones played every year on Abc Family channel. :)

Torie Jayne said...

What a great organization, some of my favourite movies are, Shawshank Redemption, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle stop cafe and Amelie. Have a sweet day! x

vicki archer said...

What a great idea Cathi...I have a list of French films on my blog if that is of help. If you like Gregory Peck than look no further than 'The Big Country'..I hope you are enjoying the weekend, xv.

Beach Vintage said...

Well I am a little bit of a Marilyn Monroe & James Dean fan. "The Misfits" and "Streetcar Named Desire." Keep up the great work Cathi.

Cathi said...

JOCIEGAL - thanks for your list...there were a few on your list we didn't have. thanks!

GIGI - thank you very much!

HER NAME WAS LOLA - That one is one my wish list...thank you very much!

SIMPLY COLETTE - We have Auntie Mame and like yourself, I am a major Christmas movie fanatic! Thanks!

TORIE JAYNE - Thank you very much...we have all those fabulous movies in our library..

VICKI ARCHER - Thank you for your suggestion - will add to our wish list! I will look on your blog for the french films - that is awesome! happy weekend to you too!

Cathi said...

Beach Vintage - thank you so much, those are great ones....A Streetcar named Desire is on our wish list, the Misfits we have and love!

Fé... said...

Okay, here's a list of my fave classic movies: Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's, War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, Ben Hur...

m i c h e l l e said...

I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know many classic movies besides those w/ Audrey, Marilyn or Elvis. My fave "modern" movie around the holidays is Love Actually.

Cathi said...

FE - Thank you so much for your picks....a few of those we have and a few will go on my wish list.

MICHELLE - I adore Love Actually...I got it out to watch the other night, but didn't get a chance, but will in the next few nights! Thanks for reminding me. BTW - the seniors LOVE this movie also..!

Red Boots said...

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL is a really nice movie - a feelgood movie about community spirit. (Ok, the main guy Lars falls in love with a sex doll, but it's not seedy in the slightest.)

THE STRAIGHT STORY is a nice, gentle feel good movie about a guy who crosses America on a lawnmower. Honestly, it's really good.

THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN is another good (true story) movie, with Anthony Hopkins, about a guy that refurbishes an old old motorbike and tries to break the world land speed record at the Utah salt flats. It's really good, really well done.

THE PAINTED VEIL is another one that I quite enjoyed, with Edward Norton.

Hope this helps!

Cathi said...

RED BOOTS - the first 3 we don't have, so thank you so much. Will put on my wish list! The Painted Veil we have...a lovely movie, with gorgeous scenery...thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

LP in AZ said...

What a great act of kindness :)Here is one I just recently saw: The Green Promise with Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood. I loved The Magnificent Ambersons with Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead and Anne Baxter. The Enchanted Cottage, The Song of Bernadette, I am David, Rabbit-proof Fence to name a few others. And let's not forget, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte! I can't believe someone mentioned The Station Agent! Loved that little known movie.

FYI: great blog. Clicked over from Does this Blog Make me look Fat!

Cathi said...

LP - Thank you so much for all of those suggestions, they are going on my wish list! And thanks for stopping by....Tracy is one of my bestest girlfriends in the whole wide world..i love her to pieces!! :)

Gigi said...

I'm up late working on writing a chapter and another film I adore just popped into my head: The Secret of Roan Inish.

I saw, too, that someone put Lars and the Real Girl. That's a great one, and it reminds me of another neat film: Danny Deckchair. Wacky, but very sweet. xo

SeawardRun said...

Christmas in Connecticut is a must for us at Christmas, and Two for the Road, we consider a classic, if little known Audrey Hepburn film.

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