October 1, 2009
The evening began with a welcome by Friends Board Chair Ann Donaldson, who also announced the election of four new Board members: Priscilla Golding, Theresa Lynn, Linda Ozier, and Andrea Taaffe. Donaldson then introduced Ty Burr, this year’s speaker.
Burr, film critic for the Boston Globe for nearly ten years, spoke for about 30 minutes, discussing his recently published book, The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together, and movies in general. He regaled the crowd with opinions on why so many movies today are below average, how to find good movies to watch, and ways to introduce children to the classics.
Afterward, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions, which ranged from soliciting Burr’s opinion on whether any acting today can be considered new to how movies that are modeled on books have changed the industry and the way we look at books. The conversation over the course of the evening was both informative and entertaining.