After time exchange One Equal Share's Getting-To-Know-You event at Bodhimandala, we're heading over to the Unity Center in the Valley to view and discuss "The Nines" starring Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, and Hope Davis. Not only is it a good watch, the movie is a great multi-nested metaphor. Reynolds plays the main character in three separate but very interrelated storylines, and other actors follow suit. Reynolds characters are all interrelated as well, entwined like an Escher. We'll discuss a few themes before starting the movie, and then get down to the popcorn. Once we're done, we'll discuss the metaphors in detail, with a focus on how we might be able to use them as tools in our unraveling and adventure of self-discovery.
For those that want a more quiet and theater like experience, please make your space as far from the door. For those that want to discuss some of the concepts during the movie or want to use a computer to take notes, please sit close to the door and whisper while the video is playing. Bring cushions, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and even comfy chairs. The screen is good, the projector is new, and the sound is awesome at Unity Center in the Valley, and while it's not the Galaxy Theater Luxury Experience, it can be as comfy as you make it... we've got the room!
Popcorn is allowed, but NO UNCOVERED DRINKS, especially coffee. The carpet has been stained several times recently and as good tenants we would like to follow the new UCIV guidelines. Coffee must have a lid that snaps on or even better, screws on. This is for all drinks including water, which must keep their lids on when unused.
There is no charge for the event but we are renting the room so donations will help take the sting out of the bite. We are also attempting to generate activity at UCIV to help them pay the bills, so any donations directly to UCIV would be greatly appreciated and more welcome than donations made during the evening (which all go to UCIV anhow.)
Here's an informative Review from Amazon:
THE NINES is a film that may seem like a tough story to follow, but the concept and the 'autobiographical' script by the gifted John August are so fine that once seen, this film demands re-visiting. It is tremendously entertaining, blessed with a superb cast, and offers food for thought far beyond the running time of the film. For this viewer it falls into the 'brilliant' category.
More of an existential exercise than a traditional movie tale, THE NINES has the courage to challenge our concept of that is the real world, what is fantasy, what exists beyond our concept of our 'space' here on planet Earth, and just how significant is the current obsession with television reality shows and videogames on the way we are stuck in the present. John August explores these issues by interweaving three stories, using the same actors to change vantages and personalities to raise questions and pose problems for the audience to attempt to resolve. It works.
Part I ('The Prisoner') views the life of a famous television personality Gary (Ryan Reynolds) who naïvely takes on a 'crack' trip that results in a house arrest controlled by a jovial officer Margaret (Melissa McCarthy) and whose only outlet is a neighbor Sarah (Hope Davis) with whom he has a seductive affinity: while both women appear real, events occur that make their existence questionable to the crack-addled Gary. In Part II, 'Reality Television', Gavin (Reynolds) is a television writer attempting to get his pilot film accepted by executive boss Susan (Davis), but falls into troubled times when he is told his best friend Melissa (McCarthy) must be dropped from the project. In Part III, 'Knowing', Gabriel (Reynolds) is a gentle videogame creator, happily married to Mary (McCarthy) with a daughter Noelle (Elle Fanning) who has been weaving in and out of the film as different characters, gets stuck in a forest and in attempting to seek help encounters Sierra (Davis), a strange woman who finally approaches the possibilities of Gabriel's 'mission on earth'. The title of the movie becomes apparent when Sierra informs Gabriel that while God is a 10, human beings are only 7s, koala bears are 8s because they control the environment, and Gabriel is a 9 - an extraterrestrial being in a human incarnation to test the goodness of the earth. How this information affects Gabriel and how the story is resolved is yet more of the intellectual exercise and joy of THE NINES.
Ryan Reynolds is extraordinarily fine in his three roles: he is a far better actor than the usual films he makes would indicate. Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy are as always reliably excellent. But the magic of this film comes form the mind and direction of John August who thankfully gives the audience much to ponder. It is a gem of a film. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, February 08