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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August 16 - 31, 2018

Mean Girls (2004)

Directed by Mark Waters

Film #64

A modern cult classic which became a cultural phenomenon, Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, a teen who starts public high school after spending her whole life being homeschooled by her parents in Africa. The naïve Cady soon becomes overwhelmed by high school politics and finds herself caught up in the plots of her new friend Janis (Lizzy Caplan) to overthrow the Plastics, the school’s reining queen bees. Showcasing performances by Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried, few movies have produced more quotes or memes from modern audiences as Mean Girls.

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September 1 - 15, 2018

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)

Directed by Josh Kim

Film #65

In his directorial debut, Josh Kim weaves the story of orphaned brothers Ek (Thira Chutikul) and Oat (Ingkarat Damrongsakkul) as they scrape by in Bangkok. Ek struggles to balance raising Oat in the poverty and corruption they find themselves surrounded by and making time for his relationship with his boyfriend, Jai (Arthur Navarat). Meanwhile, Oat tries to find a way to save Ek from being drafted into mandatory service with the Thai military. Praised for its writing and performances, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) has been noted for its unadorned and impartial look into the lives of Bangkok’s poor as well its ability to capture the warmth that manages to exist among corruption and compromise.

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September 16 - 30, 2018

Turner & Hooch (1989)

Directed by Roger Spottiswood

Film #66

In a unique spin on the buddy cop genre, policeman Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) finds himself taking in his friend's dog, Hooch (Beasley the Dog), after his friend is murdered. Turner is quickly frustrated with Hooch's noisy, destructive nature, but the two soon find themselves working together to solve the murder of their mutual friend. Featuring supporting performances by Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson and Reginald VelJohnson, Turner & Hooch left a permanent impression in the cultural consciousness upon its release almost 30 years ago.