Producers’ Film Picks for October 2012

The Club’s theme for this month has to do with “The nature of man, how some lead instinctively, while most others have a fervent need to be led–even if it is by corrupt ludicrous politicians, the media, or a cult.”



Directed by Frank Capra @ 129 minutes.

The film stars James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondhi, H.B. Warner, and Harry Carey.

Synopsis: A naive man, a scout leader, as a lark, is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. His plans and efforts are quickly blindsided by political corruption and machinations, but he refuses to back down–staging a dramatic filibuster on the floor of the Senate that ended in his exhaustion, but finally got the attention of the public and fellow senators; a wonderful morality tale.

Tagline: Capra’s greatest hit–the screen at its most inspired.

This film was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, & Supporting Actor. It won 1 award for Best Writing, Original Story. 


Directed by Frank Capra @ 122 minutes.

The film stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, and Gene Lockhart.

Synopsis: A reporter, who is losing her job, writes a fictitious story about a man who threatens to commit suicide on Christmas Eve in protest of the current political and social ills. The fake story becomes a hit, and the paper must both rehire the reporter, and hire a stranger to impersonate John Doe. The newspaper spins and milks the story for several weeks until the Doe Philosophy spawned a real political movement–with tragic results.

Tagline: All America wants to meet the new MR. DEEDS of 1941. 


Opening at the Grand Cinema on Friday, September 21, 2012. It has the earmarks of a hit, but regardless, get out and see it as soon as it is convenient.


Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson @ 137 minutes.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern.

Synopsis: After his return for WWII, feeling lost and disconnected, a charismatic intellectual creates a faith-based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. He became known as “the Master”–but as the organization gained a fervent following, his right-hand man began to question both the belief system and the leader.

James Berardinelli of TOP CRITIC wrote: “This is the work of an artist; every shot is carefully composed.”

Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 88% for the critics, and 79% for the audience. 


MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, October 5, 2012.

MEET JOHN DOE will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, October 12, 2012.

THE MASTER will open at the Grand Cinema on Friday, September 21, 2012.


924 Broadway is in the historic Pythian Temple, as street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District.

The Grand Cinema is in the historic Merlino Building, at street level, at the intersections of Fawcett and 6th Avenue. Plenty of parking is available at a lot adjacent to the building, and another member’s only lot up the street a bit.


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