With the Academy Awards set for this Sunday, we're taking a look at a few of the favorite movies of those who call Concordia home. Some were award winners, some were box office hits and a few fall somewhere in between.
With over 450 retirement apartments in the Concordia Lutheran Ministries system, it's safe to say there are a few movie buffs in the ranks. Below are seven movie recommendations from a few people who live in the retirement communities in either the South Hills or Cabot.
"The Quiet Man" (1952) This John Wayne classic follows main character Sean Thornton as he returns from America to his native Ireland to reclaim his home. He falls for the beautiful but poor Mary Kate Danaher (played by Maureen O'Hara), whose sister tries keeping them apart. The movie won two Oscars and two Golden Globes.
- Ellen Bollinger, Concordia Haven Apartments
"You've Got Mail" (1998) This romantic comedy, set in modern-day New York City, is an updated version of the classic "The Shop Around the Corner" and the musical "In the Good Old Summertime." Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, this sweet and tender love story grossed nearly $117 million in the U.S. alone.
- Marilyn Charap, Concordia of the South Hills
"Secondhand Lions" (2003) In this family comedy, a young boy is left at the doorstep of his two great-uncles (Robert Duvalle and Michael Caine), who have lived an adventurous life to say the least. It's got some action, some comedy and a great message.
- Pat Gray, Concordia Haven Apartments
"An Affair To Remember" (1957) Despite both being engaged to other people, main characters Nicky Ferrante (Cary Grant) and Terry McKay fall in love while aboard a cruise and vow to reunite atop the Empire State Building in six months. But an accident prevents Terry from making it, leaving Nicky to wonder what happened.
- Ron Reckhart, Concordia Haven Apartments
"My Fair Lady" (1964) Eight Academy Awards can't be wrong. In Edwardian London, Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), an arrogant professor of phonetics, boasts that he could teach any woman to speak so "properly" that he could pass her off as high class. He takes a young girl from the slums, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), and puts her through many forms of speech training until she begins to speak with an impeccable upper class accent.
- Barbara Saylor, Concordia Haven Apartments
"Secretariat" (2010) Based on the true 1973 story of the Triple Crown winning horse-racing legend Secretariat, housewife Penny Chenery takes over her ailing father's stables in Virginia. With the help of a veteran trainer and a determined attitude, Penny tries to earn respect in the traditionally male-dominated business. Starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich, this "long shot" story was partly filmed at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, where the historic race actually happened.
- Alice Martin, Concordia Haven Apartments
"The Sting" (1973) Set in Chicago during the organized crime boom of the 1930s, two con men (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) team up to swindle a mob boss who took the life of a mutual friend. With lots of twists and turns along the way, this movie went on to win seven Oscars.
- Rosemary and Richard Romig, Concordia of the South Hills
So there you go: seven movie recommendations from a few people who call Concordia home. What are yours? Leave a comment if you'd like we'd love to hear from you.
Both Concordia of the South Hills (CSH) and Concordia Haven Apartments (CHA) in Cabot offer regular movie nights as part of an engaged activities program that is designed for each person to be as active or relaxed as they wish. For more information, call CSH at 412.278.1300 or CHA at 724.352.5378 or e-mail here.