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Virtually Gorton: Weekend Watchlist (Episode 3) From Friday, April 24 - Thursday, April 30

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Virtually Gorton: Weekend Watchlist (Episode 3)

  • Dates: April 24, 2020 - April 30, 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to the Weekend Watchlist!

Here is this week’s picks of films straight from Gorton’s Director of Film, Jamie Hall. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation tune in to Gorton Center’s Facebook Page every Friday at 4pm. Jamie will run through these films and ask you to share what you’ve been watching — hope to see you there!


This week our question to the viewers was: What movies did you love as a kid? Here are their answers & some are direct quotes because they were great this week!

  • Marissa: It’s no citizen kane, but any mary-kate & ashley direct to video release was a cinematic event as a child
  • Jim: Princess Mononoke, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins
  • Laurie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, also myself as a mom to my kids–we all loved the Princess Bride
  • Jane: The Love Bug, National Velvet
  • Leslie: Yes to Star Wars! Saw it five times which was not really a thing you did back then.
  • Kate: The Mighty Ducks…quack! quack! quack!
  • Amy: Bedknobs and Brooksticks, Escape From Witch Mountain
  • Laurie: Oh and The Sound of Music!! I wanted to be a Von Trapp kid.
  • Marissa: Was going to shout out to the Sound of Music too… Christopher Plummer <3 plus Julie Andrews is our queen of genovia

Gorton Offerings This Week:

New this week to our Gorton Virtual Theater we have Eating Up Easter and Bacurau, both of these will be streaming through April 26th.

Saint Frances and Slay the Dragon will end their run with Gorton THIS Sunday April 26th.

Tuesday Night Film Club is switching gears this week away from John Hughes films and onto a pick from one of our members. On April 28th we will be discussing of Whale Rider and Gravity. If you want to be a part of the discussion check them out this weekend and then join us to discuss Tuesday evening.

At Home Film Festival continues with CREATE/LEARN film submissions due this Sunday at 5pm. The next prompt will be released Monday (April 27th). All selected films can be viewed on our YouTube channel–be sure to check it out they are fantastic! For those of you who don’t know, At Home Film Festival is a month-long documentary film festival designed to engage families, students and individuals in reflective and creative video storytelling. For more information and instructions on how to participate click here.

Gorton Film Partners Offerings:


Watch five international, award-winning films for every age, hand selected by Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Festival Director, Ann Vikstrom. Special shout out to Way of Giants, which we showed here at Gorton when we were a venue for CICFF. We also had the honor of having the director of this beautiful film, Alois DiLeo as a part of our International Filmmaker Night. You can see him in the photo below on our John & Nancy Hughes Theater stage in the grey sweater!

More information and links to the five films can be found here.

Other Films to Watch & Resources to Check Out:


The New York Times has published an article of The 50 Best Things to Watch on Disney Plus Right Now. If you are looking for something on Netflix this would be a wonderful place to start! However, if 50 seems a little daunting, let me give you a couple of recommendations.

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON: In this film a family gets shipwrecked on a remote island and proceed to build the MOST EPIC treehouse that anyone has ever encountered. At least that’s how I remembered watching this movie as a kid. Our theme this week was films we loved as children. I have a very vivid memory of watching this a million times with my brother whenever it was raining. There is a great scene where they have a race with all the animals on the island as their steeds including a zebra and an ostrich. What kind of island was this? I actually think some of the animals were on the boat with them to begin with. Anyway, it has been awhile since I have seen this one but I will definitely be revisiting it. Watch Here on Disney+

TOGO: The untold (although there are many books including one written by Leonhard Seppala and signed by Togo himself with a paw-print of course) true story of the 1925 dog sledding treks across the Alaskan tundra to bring medicine to Nome and save the sick children. *Spoiler alert* this film is not called Balto because the true hero is Togo…possible the greatest sled dog that ever lived. This film has action, humor and heart. It is a true love letter to man’s best friend so anyone with a pooch of their own will LOVE it. Also William Dafoe (as always) is fantastic. Watch Here on Disney+


  • SCIENCE FAIR: Nine high school students from around the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to compete at the prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • JANE: Drawing from over 100 hours of previously unseen archival footage, director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an intimate portrait of Jane Goodall–a trailblazer who became one of the world’s most admired conservationists.


Sparkshorts is a series of American independent animated short films produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It consists of a program in which Pixar’s employees are merely given six months and limited budgets to develop animated short films that were released on Pixar’s YouTube channel, before being subsequently released on Disney+. Here is a video with more information on this super awesome program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J20kmqY28KI.

One of the Sparkshorts films, Kitbull, was nominated for an Oscar this year and we showed it in our theater. It is wonderful and very feel good so I would recommend watching it for sure! You can watch Sparkshorts films on Disney+ or you can watch them without a subscription on the Pixar YouTube channel.

Fun Film Extras


Film Scores/Instrumental Spotify Playlist by one of our very own Weekend Watchlist viewers Kate–This is a fantastic compilation of film scores that is perfect for background music as you work from home or just really for any moment. I listen to it all the time, in fact I am listening to it right now as I type this!

Nerdette’s Podcast: An Introvert’s Guide to the Good Life: Movie Edition! —Greta Johnson (a true delight) talks movie picks with NPR film critic Bob Mondello.


AFI’S 100 Years…100 Laughs: The 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time —See how many of these film classics you can check off the list…can you beat Jamie’s 30? If you haven’t seen that many this is a great resource for films that’ll make you laugh!


Previous Weekend Watchlists:

Weekend Watchlist Episode 1: Video and Post With Film Links/Descriptions

Weekend Watchlist Episode 2: Video and Post With Film Links/Descriptions

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