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From: Lynda
Sent on: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 8:54 PM
Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, July 10 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely the last days before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring an hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie) for twelve and a bottle of wine to share. If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No so someone on the waiting list can automatically be assigned your seat. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

I love the opening scene in Dream With the Fishes. Terry, a socially crippled young man is perched on a bridge with a clear intent of committing suicide. Lowlife Nick, approaches him and asks him something to the effect of ?As long as you are killing yourself anyway, can I have your watch?? This is a dark, edgy film about learning to live, and these are not the most admirable characters. Both are significantly flawed. Voyeuristic Terry, too fearful and neurotic to engage in life, instead spies on his neighbor?s lives through binoculars. Wildchild Nick recklessly squeezes all he can from life, often leaving the law and others in his wake.

Terry, too fearful to commit suicide, makes an unusual pact with terminally-ill Nick: He agrees to help Nick make his ?bucket-list? (last wishes) come true during his last few weeks, and in exchange Nick agrees to then kill Terry. Nick takes Terry on a rollercoaster ride ranging from acid-tripping police to nude bowling, and although both men begin by using the other, a true friendship and altruism evolves. The beauty of this film is how it remains true to its real, flawed characters; for instance, how Nick balances precariously on the line between a selfish endulger and a selfless mentor, while ultimately teaching Terry how to live.

Hollywood tried to do a ?bucket-list? themed movie recently (by that title), and failed miserably with its characters pursuing shallow, materialistic goals. Come see this theme done right!

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