By NANCILYNN GATTA
Who wouldn't want to join a club where there are no dues, you hang out with your friends and watch movies? For several Trumbull County men, that is exactly what they do.
Men’s Movie Club members wait for a film to start. In front, from left are Jim O’Leary, Pat DeToro and Charlie Werblan. In back are Richie D’Addona and Ron Saffell, club president.
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Founded by Ron Saffell, The Men's Movie Club began about 10 years ago because the types of films he and his friends wanted to view were often not the same movies that their wives wanted to watch.
"I noticed a sharp division in men's and women's interest in movie genres," Saffell, the club's president, said. "Women seem to like romantic comedies with such actresses as Julia Roberts or Jennifer Aniston. Men prefer action / adventure films, especially the Bourne and Bond series."
Since the creation of the group, membership has fluctuated. Some members moved out of the area or became involved in other things which limits their attendance. Currently, there are about 10 members of the club. Most of the men are now retired, but some continue to work.
Club reviews 'Captain Phillips'
"I liked it a lot. It was very intense. As always, Tom Hanks did an extraordinary job."
- Ron Saffell, Liberty, president of Men's Movie Club
"I thought it was very, very good. It was very interesting. It kept you in suspense. It was very tense. I was always on the edge of my seat. I really liked it. I like Tom Hanks. I thought it was very, very good. I would recommend it."
- Richie D'Addona,
"Absolutely I would recommend it. I like movies that are based on true stories. I also like Tom Hanks. I think he's a great actor. He did a very good job with the Captain Phillips role. I thought a lot of it was pretty true to what I remember reading in the paper about the actual incident. I thought it was well acted."
- Jim O'Leary, Liberty
"I thought it was very good. It was a little bit longer than I thought. They stretched it out a bit more than I thought, but it was still a very good movie. The Somali actors, they were basically amateurs from Minnesota. They were immigrants from Somalia. They did a good job."
- Pat DeToro, Liberty
"I enjoyed it a lot. At the very end, the acting from Tom Hanks was a very, very good final scene that added a lot to it. It was very dramatic and very realistic. It looked like what would happen to a real person. I would recommend it."
- Charlie Werblan, Liberty
"I usually make 'em now that I'm retired," club member Jim O'Leary said. "Before, when I was working, there were weeks when I couldn't make the show."
Typically five to nine men attend at a time. As president, it is Saffell's job to contact the members with the time, date and location of their next film viewing.
Charlie Werblan and Pat DeToro have been members of the club since the beginning. They have different reasons for continuing to be a part of the club.
"I'm retired now. It's nice to go out with the guys," DeToro said. "See a movie and have a beer. It's a lot of fun. I owe it to Ron, our president. He's the organizer."
Werblan also enjoys the time after the movies.
"Lately, we've been going out for a beverage and wings or some other food that we're not allowed to have when our wives are present," Werblan said. "We usually have a conversation about the movie, and we talk about the movies that we had seen in the previews and we try to pick one for the next movie to see."
Saffell said that he brings up movies for their next club outing, but he takes suggestions.
"There are some things we like as a group, some things we don't," DeToro said. "We're pretty good. The guys are pretty much on the same page as far as the movies go."
A lot of the films are chosen not only for the storyline, but by the actors in the film.
"We see a lot of movies with Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon and Russell Crowe. We also liked 'Salt' with Angelina Jolie," said Saffell.
"We try to pick movies that are war movies or spy movies or something that women wouldn't like," Werblan said. "That's kind of the criteria because they don't want to see 'em and we enjoy 'em. It makes it fun."
Recently, the movie club saw "Captain Phillips" at Regal Boulevard Cinema.
Generally, the men attend films once a month during the work week since it is less crowded. They also wait a week or two after the opening of a film to have an easier time getting a ticket.
The men in the movie club have continued friendships and created new ones. It is not only about viewing films, but having an outing with the guys.
According to O'Leary, even getting to the film is a chance for Men's Movie Club members to hang out.
"We take turns driving, so you don't have to drive every time," he said.
The Men's Movie Club shows that hanging out with your friends and viewing new films has no age limit.