Act One Film Society

The Act One Film Society launched in January 2016 as a spin-off subgroup of Chapter One, in order to allow interested group members to enjoy and discuss great cinema.  The group focuses primarily on classic or influential films, or movies with a cult following. 

Each month, Act One watches two films selected by group members, and discussion takes place online.  The films currently scheduled are noted below.


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June 16 - 30, 2018

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Directed by John Carpenter

Film #60

Blending comedy, fantasy and kung fu B-movies, Big Trouble in Little China follows Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) as he becomes entangled with a street gang, gets caught up in a tong war and faces off against an ancient sorcerer bent on breaking a curse. Featuring performances from Kim Cattrall and James Hong, Big Trouble in Little China has gone from being a box office flop to a beloved cult film.

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July 1 - 15, 2018

Taxi Driver (1976)

Directed by Martin Scorcese

Film #61

In this critically acclaimed and award-winning neo-noir psychological thriller, renowned directed Martin Scorsese tells the story of a lonely veteran working as a taxi driver as he’s driven to the brink by the corruption and depravity he sees around him. Showcasing performances from Robert De Niro, Cybil Shepherd, Harvey Keitel and a 14-year-old Jodi Foster in her breakout role, Taxi Driver has been listed among the greatest films of all time by numerous publications and continues to be one of the most quoted movies by fans to this day.

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July 16 - 31, 2018

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Directed by David Wain

Film #62

Set in 1981 at the idyllic Camp Firewood, Wet Hot American Summer follows staff and campers as they prepare for the last day of camp. Interspersing tales of romantic encounters between counselors, the antics of the shell-shocked veteran camp chef, the trials and tribulations of putting together the greatest talent show Camp Firewood has ever had and the looming threat of Skylab, Wet Hot American Summer has developed a strong cult following, as well as both prequel and sequel TV series, in part due to its star-studded cast including Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler among others.