Dallas Buyers Club

  • February 16, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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Only RSVP if you are genuinely interested in attending as no shows and late drop outs will be recorded. Turning up without RSVPing is inappropriate. Please read the details below so you know what to expect (and what is expected of you).

This film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto) so it's a must see for the MFC!

Date: Sunday 16 February 2014

Time: Meet at 9.45 am for the 10.00 am session. 

Tickets: We buy our tickets individually at the desk (or online if you wish). We're in Cinema 2 (the big one) and there are no allocated seating. We may not be able to all sit together and usually end up in clusters, but given the session time, there will be plenty of seats. I encourage you to join the group after the film as our discussions are fun, interesting and insightful.

What to bring: an open and cheery disposition! Please be mindful that this is a group activity, and it's not all about you.

Post Film Discussion: Let's travel to Mexico as well (for food rather than non FDA approved medication!) so I'll book us a table at Guzman y Gomez (Swanston Street) for lunch. I've been speaking with the manager there and was advised that most items are gluten free except for their flour tortillas (burrito) and Mexican vinaigrette (which can be removed if requested). We order individually at the counter. Since I need to make a reservation, could you please answer the lunch question when you rsvp.

General notes: You don’t need to RSVP “no” if you don’t wish to attend my Meetups. As an Organiser I need to keep track of people who are attending, rather than people who are not coming. When you don’t respond, you are automatically considered a “no”. You can simply delete the Meetup invitations, or adjust your email settings in your profile if you wish to manage the emails you receive.

When you RSVP for my Meetups, there will be a question about whether you would like to join the group for lunch. Some people say yes to lunch and then change their mind after the film or don’t show up, or they said no/don't respond and end up coming. Most of you do the right thing, but it's a challenge when venues are small or when I need to make reservations so please be respectful of the group and the venue. If your situation changes, could you please let me know asap. If you don't answer the lunch question when you RSVP, I'll assume you won't be joining us. "Maybe" will also be considered a "no".

Remember to bring cash (a range of $5s, $10s, $20s) as most restaurants doesn't split bills. After a small tip, left over money from our lunches will go towards MFC piggy bank which I keep (which in the past has contributed to the fee to maintain the group as well as for afternoon teas and Christmas lunch).

This may seem obvious, but as we are a film group, it is expected that you watch the film with the group rather than just turn up for lunch. If you say yes to lunch, it is expected that you eat with the group. When a menu is available online, I suggest you check it before the Meetup rather than complain when we get to the restaurant. Sometimes we go to restaurants that don’t take reservations hence we need to wait for a table. If you are unwilling or unable to wait, it is best that you say no to lunch rather than complain.

Could you please update your RSVP if you are no longer able to come. Last minute drop outs on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and not showing up is not very nice, so please be considerate (I keep a list of offenders!). 

You are most welcome to join us for the film only, just let me know.

Review: Rotten Tomatoes (93%); IMDb (8/10)

Duration: 117 minutes

Rating: MA15+ (Strong sex scenes, drug use and coarse language)

Synopsis: "Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto star in director Jean-Marc Vallée’s (The Young Victoria, C.R.A.Z.Y.) take on the true story of accidental AIDS activist Ron Woodroof, whose cross-border smuggling network brought much-needed treatments into the hands of HIV and AIDS patients neglected by the medical establishment.

When Boozing, foul-mouthed, womanizing Woodroof (McConaughey) is told that he has only thirty days to live, he seeks out alternative medicine. Never one to heed rules, Woodroof smuggles unapproved treatments over the border from Mexico. Along the way, he strikes up an unlikely alliance with Rayon, a sleek but troubled drag queen, played with stunning conviction by Jared Leto. The pair teams up to sell treatments to the growing numbers of HIV and AIDS patients unwilling to wait for the medical establishment to save them, in a classic true story of American enterprise."

Golden Globe: nominations in 2 categories (won both)

Academy Awards: nominations in 6 categories

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a story and what an amazing portrayal of it.

    1 · February 16

  • Julie

    Hi Karen, I'm so sorry. I am not going to make it this morning - must be exhausted as I slept through my alarm! I am very disappointed to miss film and lunch. Enjoy! Julie

    February 16

    • Karen

      Hi Julie, from the group's feedback, Dallas is definitely a must see!

      1 · February 16

  • Karen

    Although we haven't seen Nebraska yet, I think this is my favourite Oscar picture. An incredible story (with such "heart" yet unsentimental), and superb acting - flawless performances from McConaughey and Leto, who certainly won my admiration (so much so I'm going to try to watch his other films). Our forefathers efforts in research, healthcare, government policies and education should certainly not be taken for granted, and as witnessed in the film, ignorance breeds fear, contempt and hatred. Many thanks to members who attended, and I hope to see you next week for our 9th (and last) of the Oscar nominated best pictures. You will then have the opportunity to vote for your favourites in the MFC Oscars 2014 survey! Have a great week ahead :)

    2 · February 16

  • Tess

    Very touching. Reminds me of the Quilt Project that was put together to remember and honour all the ones we lost at that time. Heartbreaking. xxx Tess

    2 · February 16

  • Deb

    Amazing performances documenting a difficult time in our recent history. The medical and moral dilemmas for the doctors, the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, the inadequacies of the laws of the time, the paranoia of society and in the middle - the tragedy of dealing with such a debilitating disease when most turned their backs. Let's hope there were more Rons who stood up. Powerful performances, a few Oscars in there I'm sure!

    3 · February 16

  • Laura

    Dammit... I wrenched my knee doing god knows what yesterday & it's a lot worse this morning. Don't think sitting still for ober two hours will help so reluctantly skipping this one. V cross as film looks excellent. Have a great time!!

    February 16

  • Simon

    My train has been partially replaced by a bus, so it is possible I will be late this morning.

    February 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Karen. Apologies for tha late reply. Please count me in for lunch. Thanks!

    February 15

  • Vanessa

    Hi Karen, Yes to lunch...sorry for late reply & thanks for including me Vanessa

    1 · February 14

  • Karen

    Hello All

    It’s Friday nag time! A reminder to update your rsvp if you don’t intend to come. The group shouldn't have to wait for you, and no shows AND late drop outs will be recorded (yep, there is a spread sheet!) Please note that lunch reservations have been made so please be considerate.

    Yes to lunch: me, Amanda, Andrea, Brendan, Deb, Denis, Helen, Joanne, Julie, Kirk, Laura, Mark, Ray, Ross, Simon and Tess (16)
    No to lunch: Katherine and Marnie
    No response and therefore considered no unless you let me know by COB Friday: J, Jane, Julie and Robyn Our enthusiastic conversations seems to distract us when we head to lunch, so if you lose your way, the venue is located at 289 Swanston Street (between Lonsdale and LaTrobe) opposite QV.

    See you bright and early on Sunday for what I’m sure will be a fantastic film!

    2 · February 14

    • Karen

      Hi All - I've added members who wanted a spot on the list - could you please advise if you are coming to lunch either by replying to this message or updating your rsvp to answer the question. Thanks!

      February 14

  • Mark

    I'll come for lunch.

    February 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to both the film and lunch. This will be my first Meetup event so i'm looking forward to making some new friends!

    1 · February 11

    • Karen

      Hi Ray - Welcome to the MFC, we look forward to meeting you on Sunday :)

      February 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, was hoping to see this with fellow 'film lovers' but it's just not going to happen. Have a great day!

    1 · February 10

    • Karen

      Thanks for your note Ruth - hope to see you at the next Meetup :)

      February 11

  • Tess

    Hiya Karen, I responded 'yes' to lunch but the screen appeared again afterwards briefly and so I'm unsure whether it registered my response at all. Count me for GYG, please. Cheers Tess

    1 · February 11

  • Amanda T.

    Hi Karen, I'm a yes as well for lunch (apologies, I closed the lunch RSVP popup before reading it properly!)

    1 · February 10

  • Joanne A.

    Hi, my internet failed when i RSVP'd so i'm adding my yes to lunch here. I love mexican!

    1 · February 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Karen and thanks for the invite but am unable to attend this Sunday due to prior commitments sadly :(. Next time! Ciao.

    February 10

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