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