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