12 Years a Slave

  • March 8, 2014 · 6:15 PM
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The best picture Oscar went to 12 Years a Slave. Now we'll get the chance to make our own determination about this film. 

Plot> Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford's underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave's life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation.Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) - his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn't sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.

After the movie we'll head on down the road for a snack and a chat.

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  • helena m.

    Before seeing this movie I had a different opinion of best picture-it was well deserved. Solomon was beautifully acted and maybe he should have won best actor although I don't feel the same about supporting actress. I will never understand the cruelty and indifference shown. On a lighter note, great time at Paneras.

    2 · March 9

  • Carol S.

    Thanks Lee. You're the best. Looking forward to seeing all my Flix friends.

    1 · March 7

    • Loren

      Your Flix friends were happy to see you too.

      March 9

  • andrea

    This kind of inhumane treatment has been around since the beginning of time, and there will always be wars to fight against it. Hollywood did a good job in giving us a glimpse of life in the South 25 years or so before the Civil War. It was fortunate this novel was written to remind us that some roots of American history are far from spotless. Acting was great and deserving of the Oscars.

    2 · March 9

  • Abby

    I knew you would like it, I hope to join this group for a movie sometime, since I love going to the movies!

    1 · March 9

  • Carol S.

    I very harrowing story - a unforgivable mark on American history.

    March 9

  • Loren

    Very good movie and very sad. It was great acting and the movie kept my interest as well. I can see it winning best picture. It was great seeing everyone and Panera Bread was great as always.

    March 8

  • Steven E.

    It was excellent. The acting was great and the story kept my interest, It deserved to win Best Picture.

    March 8

  • Ann M

    It was a very powerful story . Great acting ! However, I found it somewhat disturbing ! The truth hurts !

    March 8

  • Jo G.

    Excellent movie so hope you all enjoy!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Bonnie

    Enjoy. I saw the movie. It definitely deserved best picture.

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Jo-Marie

    I will skip this one. I am working! $$$$$$$$$$

    March 5, 2014

  • Patricia B.

    Sorry can't make it. Time slot very tight and from the summary and clips I saw this seems to have some violence. I am sure it is a very good movie. Enjoy.

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Loren

      Hope to see you for a snack and chat.

      1 · March 5, 2014

  • Abby

    I saw this movie it is amazing

    2 · March 5, 2014

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