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Sunday Movie: 1:00pm August 26 at the BCP Theater: Lucky (Drama-Comedy, USA - 2017)


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We don't charge admission, but we do ask for donations to support BCP and the Film Club program.  $2-3 per person is suggested, but any level of donation is much appreciated.  

Food and drinks - including popcorn - are available for purchase in "The Clubhouse" cafe in the BCP Hex Room.  Come early for lunch - or you can take food and drinks into the theater - but please clean up after yourselves so we don't have to hire a janitor.  

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  August Films:
  • August 26Lucky (USA - 2017)
  September Films:  (Dates to be announced)
  • Isle of Dogs (USA/German Animation - 2018)
  • The Rider (USA - 2018)
  • Mama Mia (USA - 2008)


Sunday, August 26 @ 1:00pm - Lucky (USA - 2018)  - 1hour, 28 minutes
English language film with English subtitles

Ratings:  IMDB - 7.4/10,  Rotten Tomatoes - 98%,  Roger Ebert:  4/4     (Not MPAA Rated)   

From The Hollywood Reporter: 
Two weeks after Harry Dean Stanton's death, one of his finest performances hit theaters in actor John Carroll Lynch's directing debut.

Very few actors have been given sendoffs as lovely as Lucky, a slice-of-nonagenarian-bachelor-life starring Harry Dean Stanton. Even if it weren't arriving immediately after his death at the age of 91, this effortlessly moving portrait would be a milestone in Stanton's career, his most substantial role since 1984's Paris, Texas and one of the most affecting performances he ever gave. The directing debut of John Carroll Lynch (and the first film written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja), it feels like a gift from one outstanding character actor to another, but never one that indulges the thesp at the expense of the film.

Stanton is the title character, whose nickname dates back to his Navy days. (A charming photograph of the young Stanton, a real-life sailor during World War II, features prominently in several scenes — sometimes framed in contrast with his now-sagging body, clad in clingy white underwear.) Lucky lives in an unnamed Western town small enough that he can walk around it, and his routines are simple: low-energy calisthenics while smoking the day's first cigarette; breakfast and crossword at the diner; buying groceries, one day's worth at a time; and Bloody Marias with other old barflies at a place called Elaine's.

Lucky moves slowly, but his mind is uncalcified. In the guise of working through crossword clues, he muses on the nature of concepts like "realism" — which, he announces, is a "thing." Seeing what really exists and "being prepared to deal with it accordingly" is a theme here, as Lucky and those around him assess his impressive age and the likelihood (or not) of his death. "Those things are gonna kill you," the diner owner says of the cigarettes Lucky habitually tries to light up at the counter; "If they could've, they would've" is his retort.

A fall in the kitchen prompts some concern from neighbors and serves as something of a narrative fulcrum, but really the film needs no excuse to observe Lucky's interactions with those who, in lieu of wife or offspring, serve as his family. A well-picked handful of older actors, some of whom we haven't seen in a while, serve as different kinds of foil for the not-as-ornery-as-he-looks protagonist, but the biggest surprise is David Lynch. Fresh off directing Stanton in the Twin Peaks revival, Lynch makes a rare acting turn (and a heartfelt one) as Howard, who has just lost his pet tortoise Roosevelt.

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David van Harn

Curator, Boquete Film Club

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