Nebraska

  • February 23, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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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).

Our 9th (and last) film nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture!  Nominations also for Best Lead Actor (Bruce Dern) and Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb) so it's a must see for the MFC.

Date: Sunday 23 February 2014

Time: Meet at 2.00pm for the 2.20pm session. 

Tickets: We buy our tickets individually at the desk (or online if you wish). We're in Cinema 6 (one of the smaller screens) and there are no allocated seating. We may not be able to all sit together and usually end up in clusters. Since it is a later session that usual and we're in a smaller room, please be at the cinema by 2.00pm so we can start lining up to get in.  Given the timing, there will be no official catch up after the film, but you are more than welcome to stay and chat.

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

Pre Film Discussion: How about lunch at Ramen Ya (108 Bourke Street in the Paramount Building) before the film at 1.00pm? It's reasonably priced and offers vegetarian options. Gluten free items are teriyaki tofu don, sashimi don and teriyaki salmon bento (unfortunately no gluten free ramen at this stage). We order individually at the counter, and since I need to make a reservation, please answer the lunch question.

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".

Many restaurants don't open on Sundays and those who do struggle with high wages which is particularly challenging for small businesses. Please be mindful of this when you decide whether to come or drop out at the last minute. Meetup is not just about the MFC but the wider community as well.

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: At the Movies Margaret (4/5) & David (4.5/5); Rotten Tomatoes (91%), IMDb (8/10)

Duration: 115 minutes

Rating: M (course language and sexual references)

Synopsis: "On the outskirts of Billings, Montana, an old man named Woody (Bruce Dern) is picked up by the roadside. He is going for a long walk, to Lincoln, Nebraska where he believes a million dollar prize awaits. His mild-mannered son Dave (Will Forte), tired of explaining reality to his taciturn dad and pacifying his exasperated mom (June Squibb), agrees to drive Woody all the way to Lincoln. Alexander Payne’s new film, from a script by fellow Nebraskan Bob Nelson, is a melancholy comedy that shades into multiple hues and overtones. Filled with wonderful characters and composed in the most expressive black and white in years, Nebraska is a portrait of a way of life and of the single life of one quiet man".

Golden Globe: nominations in 4 categories

Academy Awards: nomination in 6 categories

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  • Ruth K.

    Good movie and great company. Thanks all.

    February 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Karen shame I missed you. I enjoyed the movie hope to catch up next time.

    February 23

  • Karen

    I've been struggling to pick my favourite Oscar nominated film, and I think this is it! Brilliant acting (Dern and Squibb were an absolute delight), loved the simplicity of the cinematography (b&w suited the "feel" of the film) and most importantly, a wonderful, touching story (with numerous funny scenes). Many thanks to members who attended - we've now watched all 9 of the Oscar nominated best picture. I hope you've enjoyed the journey as much as I have, and I look forward to more great films this year. Don't forget to vote for your Oscar favourites at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F...­
    Have a great week ahead! :)

    February 23

  • Tess

    Wonderful contemplation of getting older without the mawkishness. I enjoyed it very much. Cheers Tess

    1 · February 23

  • Simon

    I must admit to having been skeptical about this film from the description, but I thought it was really well done. The locations in the film, the semi-awareness of the Woody character and the plot line worked well with the use of black and white. Despite Woody's apparent affliction with Alzheimers that could have made the film a depressing one, there were numerous funny moments that kept the tone rather more lighthearted. Recommended. Thanks to Karen for organising and hope to see you all again soon.

    1 · February 23

  • Ross

    Nice work Karen

    1 · February 23

  • Josephine

    Lovely as per usual.

    1 · February 23

  • Rachael

    Enjoyed the Film and lunch. Thanks for organising.

    1 · February 23

  • Deb

    Loved the story, the characters, the narrative, the laconic style, the black and white cinematography , Dern was brilliant and Squibb incessant

    1 · February 23

  • Josephine

    Hi. Running very late for lunch!

    February 23

  • Clive

    Thanks !

    February 23

  • Clive

    Hi Karen. Any chance of a last minute addition, just for the film please. Feel free to say no. Sorry to leave it so late.

    February 23

    • Karen

      Of course Clive, see you at the cinema

      February 23

  • Joanne A.

    Hello, I'm really sorry to cancel so late but I'm sick and feel really rotten. Hope you all have a nice time.

    February 23

  • 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. Lunch reservations have been made so please be considerate (I’ll be at the restaurant around 12.50pm) Yes to lunch: me, Ben, Joanne, Josephine, Maria, Mark, Rachael, Ross, Ruth, Simon and Tom (11)
    No to lunch: Deb, Deborah, Helen and Tess
    No and “maybe” responses and therefore considered no: Andrea, Kerry, Michael and Pam.

    We are in a smaller cinema so please be on time so we’ll line up by 2.10pm to grab good seats. As it is a later session than usual, you are more than welcome to grab a coffee after the film to catch up but regretfully I’m not able to join you.

    As we have a few newbies, I encourage you to read the Meetup description so you know what to expect and what is expected of you. It is designed to enhance the experience for all members. See you on Sunday!

    February 21

    • Deb

      Oh this was fantastic, laugh out loud, 12 years a slave, gravity, American hustle, all funny rally. Stars of the future, these kids! Thanks for sharing Karen.

      1 · February 21

    • Tess

      Thanks for that Karen. Really cute. Wait, so why are you leaving? Out of the mouths of babes.. Cheers Tess

      1 · February 21

  • Ruth K.

    Hi. Where is the lunch? Ruth

    February 18

    • Karen

      Hi Ruth, Welcome to the MFC. All the Meetup details are in the description. Since you are new, I encourage you to read it so you know what to expect and what is expected of you.

      1 · February 18

    • Ruth K.

      Okay. I presume it's the Ramen Ya restaurant.

      February 21

  • Deb

    Hi Karen, I cant make lunch, but would be happy to stick around after if people want to grab a coffee at the kino to chat about the film.

    2 · February 18

    • Karen

      Hi Deb, of course! I'm afraid I have an evening commitment and can't hang out after the film, but more than happy for members to do so. Laurent and Great Space Cafe will be closed, but the cinema's refreshment stand will be operating.

      February 19

  • Tom P.

    Hi Karen, I would like to join the group for lunch and the film. It's a pity that we can't do a post film discussion, as I found that great after Inside Llewyn Davis. See you on Sunday

    February 18

    • Karen

      Hi Tom, as previously advised, you need to RSVP "yes" if you wish to attend rather than leave a comment as you've done. It's easier for me to keep track of the attendees.

      February 18

  • Rachael

    Yes interested in lunch also (now that time has changed would it be lunch prior or a bite to eat after or just coffee etc.?)great restauran suggestion

    February 18

    • Karen

      Hi Rachael, lunch is at 1pm and we'll head to the cinema to meet members who are not joining the lunch at 2pm. The film starts at 2.20pm. All the details are in the Meetup description.

      1 · February 18

  • Katherine

    I'd love to join you for both lunch and movie (which looks great!) but I already have an afternoon commitment. Hopefully I'll see you next time. Enjoy!

    February 18

    • Karen

      Thanks for your note Katherine, I hope to see you soon :)

      February 18

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