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Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup Pages

What does this Meetup do and what kinds of movies do we see?

We have a coffee hour before the film and there's always good conversation along with the coffee. Then we see the film in one of Bangkok's top cinemas, followed by a 10-minute "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" discussion. After this, we sometimes go to a nearby restaurant for more conversation.


The Latest (and Greatest) Movies Seen
Click below for a list of the latest movies we have seen:

Movies Seen in 2015


Movies Seen in 2014

"The Grand Budapest Hotel", Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

"The Rover", Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy

"The Fault in Our Stars" with Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

"Begin Again" starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine

"Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie

"Enemy" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

"Bad Neighbors" starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

"The Railway Man" starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman

"The Lunchbox", Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaura, a highly acclaimed film from India

"American Dreams in China"

"Barbara", a German Film

"The Cheer Ambassadors", a Thai film

"Ilo Ilo", Singapore Film Festival in Bangkok

"Saving Mr. Banks" starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks

"Her", Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

"The Rocket", a Thai, Laos, Australian highly acclaimed production

"The Wolf of Wall Street", Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill

"Dallas Buyers Club" Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner

"12 Years a Slave", Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

"Inside Llewyn Davis" starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake

"Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks


Movies Seen in 2012

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi"

"The Eyes of Thailand" narrated by Ashley Judd

"The Master" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

"Skyfall" with Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes

"Argo" starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

"Looper" with Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt

"The Intouchables" (2011), the second most popular French film of all time!

Jack Kerouac's "On the Road", starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst

"Hope Springs" starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell

"The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

"P-047" (Tae Peang Phu Deaw, แต่เพียงผู้เดียว)

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley

"Margin Call", Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons

"The Cheer Ambassadors" at the FCCT with dinner (see story below)

"Moonrise Kingdom" Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray

"Soul Kitchen" (2009) Germany - from the EU Film Festival at the BACC

"For 80 Days" ["80 egunean"] (2010) Spain - from the EU Film Festival at the BACC

"The Cabin in the Woods"

"Dark Shadows" starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer

"Being Flynn" Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore

"Salmon Fishing ..." starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt

"Shame" starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan

Oscar Nominee for Best Picture: "The Artist"

Oscar Nominee for Best Picture: "Hugo"

Oscar Nominee for Best Picture: "The Descendants," starring George Clooney

"The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep

Oscar Nominee for Best Picture: "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright

Best Foreign Language Film, "A Separation" (Iran)


Special Events

Sometimes we have a special event combined with a movie. Here's an example:

On June 26, 2012, our Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup Group gathered at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand for dinner and to see a documentary, The Cheer Ambassadors.





This film follows the amazing true story of the Bangkok University Cheerleading Team as they travel from the city streets and rice fields in Thailand to compete in the International Cheer Union’s (ICU) World Championships in Orlando, Florida, USA.





The feature-length film is an examination of what it means to be an athlete and the deep bonds of friendship that form when a group of athletes from radically different socioeconomic backgrounds spend years living and training together.





Our Meetup event started with dinner, then the film was shown, followed by a "live" show from some of the members of the who appeared in the movie. Last but certainly not least, there was a very interesting Q&A session with the director, Luke Cassady-Dorion, and some of the team members.




Sarawut (Toey) Samniangdee สราวุฒิ (เต้ย)สำเนียงดี, Coach, Bangkok University Cheerleading Team
(second from left front) and Filmmaker Luke Cassady-Dorion, Director (first from left front).


All photos courtesy of Dan White, http://www.danwhite.org




Comments from our Meetup group

Ken
The movie and discussion were fantastic

Maylee
Totally inspiring!

Peter
Far better than expected! ... I like the film a lot. So much encouraging, inspiring, and impressive! What a surprise! I'm a local Thai guy here but I hardly heard about Thailand's famous Cheer Ambassadors' stories before.

Art
A truly inspiring film that obviously pertains to teamwork in life. There were quite a few Thais at this event and I hope that many more Thais will see this documentary and realize how great their cheerleading team and leader are.


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A story that moves you more than you might expect ...

The Cheer Ambassadors turns into a much more compelling tale than at first glance you might expect. Thai cheerleading team goes to world championships - where's the story in that? But as the film fills you in on the limited history of cheerleading in Thailand, you start to realize how unlikely it is that the Bangkok University cheer team would get anywhere near world championships.

Additionally, this documentary connects you with the people involved, making the story a much more personal one. You see characters who defy expectations, defy stereotypes, and who push themselves much further than seems possible. Midway through the film, you find yourself asking whether excellence requires a manic personality. The answers arrives, leaving you emotionally shattered, picking up the pieces even as the BU team struggles to do the same.

Whether you are interested in cheerleading or not, if you are interested in how people exceeding expectations - especially their own expectations - and achieving excellence, you will find this well-made documentary engaging and even inspiring.


The above "user review" on the IMDb website (by christao408 from Thailand) nicely sums up this movie.

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Movies Seen in Previous Years

2011

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Phantom of the Opera
Melancholia
The Cove
Don't be Afraid of the Dark
Trust
Tomboy
Lincoln Lawyer
Winter's Bone
Source Code
In a Better World
Living with the Tiger
Rabbit Hole
True Grit
Blue Valentine
The King's Speech

2010

Easy A
Th Social Network
Fair Game
Due Date
The Housemaid (Korea)
Red
Wall Street 2
The American
Inception
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
The Ghost Writer
Brooklyn's Finest
It's Complicated
Green Zone
A Serious Man
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air
Air Doll
Brothers
Sherlock Holmes


Join our great group of people in seeing the best of Bangkok's cinema, along with some of the best conversation in Bangkok.


Art (Organizer)
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P.S.: If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact me. Just click on the link at the left that says: "Contact us" (a little bit under my photo).


P.P.S.: A word about movie ticket prices....

We see most of our movies at the Apex Cinema group in Siam Square (Lido Cinema and Scala Cinema), where all tickets everyday cost only 100 baht.

Occasionally, we see movies at Siam Paragon Cineplex or at one of the SF Theaters, where the prices are considerably higher. I have been asked why we don't see movies on Wednesdays at those theaters to take advantage of the 80 baht "Movie Day" ticket prices.

I had considered scheduling on Wednesdays but, upon investigating, I found that is not practical for a movie meetup group. The 80 baht ticket price applies only to movies that are more than one week old. Trying to schedule a Meetup movie in the second week of showing increases substantially the possibility of having to cancel the Meetup on the day of the scheduled showing. That's because during the second week, the number of showings is significantly reduced. If I can't find a showing at an appropriate time or at a non-love-seat expensive screen, then I have to cancel the meetup the morning of the scheduled showing date. That is because the movie schedules are released as late as 10:00am on the day of showing. Some people will not "get the word" before the scheduled showing so this is to be avoided.

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