The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers won the poll so that will be our movie for Thursday, March 14.  We will meet in the lobby of the Chez Artiste theater at 6:45 for the 7:00 film.  I will have a sign for any new members that would like to join us.  After the film, we will go someplace nearby for drinks, food, and conversation. 

Jenn

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  • Jim H.

    I'm so sorry. I had to work that night. Sounds like all had a great time. I will have to catch it at a later time.

    March 15, 2013

  • Barb

    really good movie..I was really hankering for some pie and conversation but I passed a bus and by the time I was around it, it was too late to safely turn....and I was really tired...bet it was a great conversation as usual!

    March 15, 2013

  • Jenn K

    This was an engaging discussion after the film. I enjoy it when everyone gets an opportunity to interact and we all did that afterwards.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Though the subject was far more dour than Searching for Sugar Man, I think this was the better documentary of the two. I'm surprised Sugar Man won the Oscar over this.

    The film begins as a history lesson about Shin Bet's war against the Palestinian "terrorists." Eventually, it turns into a philosophical discussion by the leaders of Shin Bet, with each justifying his actions while criticizing the policies laid down for them by Israel's politicians as no way to create peace. Of course, the hypocrisy of the two views are incompatible, and their resulting ethical posturing was unacceptable to me. If you're a killer, you're a killer. Own up to it. I'm curious about the impact this film has had in Israel. I would not be surprised if, under Netanyahu's administration, it were thoroughly ignored.

    Good group as always, and the discussion afterward was lively.

    March 15, 2013

    • Jenn K

      I liked this better than Sugar Man (which took me 3 tries to watch) but my favorite Oscar nominated documentary was How to Survive a Plague. It could be that I am more passionate on that topic but it was so much more poignant and riveting for me.

      1 · March 15, 2013

  • Orson

    I'm too late to vote. But from my understanding (seeing an interview with certain of the stars), this film appeals to those who are stuck on remaining Charlie Brown (Israel), while Lucy (Pales and Muslims) hold the football - only to yank it away every time. in other words, if a few years tells you about the character of a people, then you'll enjoy being persuaded; if instead decades do - ie, Middle East history - then no, it is a plea for gullibility. HAVE FUN! I'm going to out tonight to enjoy commercial entertainment instead of weak agit-prop.

    March 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm happy to report that Orson was completely wrong. It proved to be a bifurcated film. The first part gave the history of the issue since the 1940s, taking no sides. Then, the film turns introspective, with the leaders of Shin Bet both justifying what they did and expressing disdain for the government policies that continue to fail to bring peace.

      The whole film turns on the hope that arose with the Oslo accords, and the sense of futility that resulted from the murder of Rabin.

      This is not a simple black-and-white, Charley Brown v Lucy look at things. It is much deeper, and the gravity and depression expressed the interviews was palpable.

      1 · March 15, 2013

    • Jenn K

      I agree that this film was way to complex to simplify into one side vs. another. This is a hugely complicated issue and the documentary presented a large number of questions (moral, political, and ethical) that remain unanswered. Very worth seeing, no matter what your view on the issue is and it was also a good review of the history as there were events portrayed that I didn't remember.

      1 · March 15, 2013

  • AC

    Too much to do at work.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late cancel, work is getting in the way of my non work life.

    March 14, 2013

  • Val

    Though this looks interesting, it seems a bit heavy. See you next time!

    March 13, 2013

  • Jim H.

    I just out I have to work. Sorry! Maybe in April.

    March 13, 2013

  • AC

    My fave critic gives it 4/4, so giddyup...

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will miss this due to the flu. Enjoy!

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ...Enjoy the film...

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a new member, looking forward to it.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Lore" over at the Esquire sounds pretty good. It's gotten great critics' reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, though so-so reviews from the audience.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lore/

    "The Gatekeepers," at Chez Artiste, also got great reviews, though the subject seems a bit heavy. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_gatekeepers_2012/

    Then, there's Dave Grohl's film, "Sound City" at SIE. Only problem is, it starts at 9:45 pm. That might work for a weekend showing, but for those who must work the next day, not so much. Even so, it looks really good. Would we consider bumping the date to Friday for this one? Or should I schedule at extra show for Friday (if it's still showing there)?

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sound_city/

    March 9, 2013

  • Jim H.

    How about this Saturday, the 9th, at the U.A. Denver Pavillions? Since Fridays is not here yet, I don't know if "Bless Me, Ultima" will still be showing or not. The showing I am currently interested in is the 4:55 pm showing but we will have to wait for Friday before we can see if that is still good.

    March 3, 2013

    • Brenda

      Okay. Is Denver Pavillions by 16th Street mall? Thanks.

      March 3, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Yes, it's on the mall. I can't remember the actual address or the cross street but you'll see it if you walk along the mall.

      March 4, 2013

  • Jim H.

    How many of you are on the north or west side of the metro area. I am in Westminster near Sheridan and 112th.

    February 8, 2013

  • Jim H.

    I can most likely attend this one!

    February 8, 2013

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