The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • April 13 · 11:30 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).

Date: Sunday 13 April 2014

Time: Meet by 11.30 am for the 11.50 am session. 

Tickets: We buy our tickets individually at the desk (or online if you wish). We're in Cinema 1 (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 head to Laurent Bakery for afternoon tea for our post film discussion.

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: Margaret (5/5) & David (4.5/5), IMDb (8.4/10), Rotten Tomatoes (92%)

Duration: 100 mins

Rating: M (violence, sexual references, nudity and coarse language)

Synopsis: "Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent."

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and introducing T

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  • deccles26

    I thought this film was Brilliant. I really enjoyed the set design and the performances. I was thrown a little by the swapping of English & American accents but adjusted after a while. I loved all the performaces especially F.Murray Abraham, Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes who delivered a comedic turn both physically and in his timing of lines. Nobody has made me laugh so much running than Ralph Fiennes in this movie. I also loved the meter of the language of the script and the sharp puncture of that rhythm with a 'Oh Just do it'.

    Great film. More please soon.

    1 · April 14

  • Terence S.

    As an aside, how fortunate to see 2 films of such quality in 2 weeks . Wadjda and GrandBudapest.

    1 · April 14

  • Terence S.

    An feast of colour, direction, camera angles, cutting and settings on the technical hand: superb performances, fun and surprises on the other hand.
    A stand-out was the great wardrobe.
    Not only was it well worth the trip to Melbourne, but we'll come to share it with our daughters in Dendy Brighton on Tuesday night.

    Excellent event Karen, thank you, we are sorry that we were not able to 'take tea' post film. Bye Everyone.

    1 · April 14

  • Josephine

    Fantastic and very funny

    1 · April 13

  • Alan M.

    Even though I wasn't with you all today, I wanted to post my thoughts on the film. I thought it was excellent. The visuals and timing were different but fit in with the general air of the movie perfectly. Ralph Fiennes performance was exceptional and his comic timing was brilliant. The cameo appearances and all-star cast rounded off a light hearted and thoroughly entertaining adventure. Definitely a film I'll be getting on Blu-ray.

    2 · April 13

  • Alan M.

    I was running late due to traffic and arrived at 11.55 thinking that i wouldn't miss the movie because of the previews. The description said that the session was starting at 11.50. When I arrived at Nova, I was told the the movie began at 11.30. I managed to get a ticket for the 12.30 session but obviously won't be able to come to lunch. My apologies. Please don't mark me as a "no show"

    April 13

    • Karen

      Hi Alan, we were at our usual Kino cinema, not the Nova. We definitely watched it at 11.50 (it was the first session of the day). Since you were polite to send a note, you'll be marked as "didn't attend" rather than "no show". Hope to see you next time.

      April 13

    • Alan M.

      My mistake. I'm listed with two film groups and I took note of the venue of one and the time of the other. Very silly of me. Thanks for understanding, Karen. I appreciate it

      April 13

  • Karen

    A vibrant visual feast yet with dark undertones story line. I loved the bright colours and symmetry (did Gustav and Zero have identical nose bleeds?). Casting was wonderful, every time a new character appeared I was delighted because the actors are huge stars yet they probably did this film for the fun of it. Many thanks to our regular and new members who attended, hope to see you soon :)

    2 · April 13

  • Jane

    I loved the humour in the film. Also pleasantly surprised that although I'd seen the trailer many times, the film revealed many more funny scenes. :-)

    2 · April 13

  • Sophie

    I would like to attend but have only just seen this group and joined (I've only been in Melbourne 2 weeks)! Sorry! I'll come for the film anyway and perhaps come along to the cafe and hope they have room for me; I hope that's ok Karen?

    April 12

    • Karen

      Hi Sophie, welcome to the MFC and Melbourne. I've added you to the RSVP list so looking forward to meeting you tomorrow :)

      April 12

    • Sophie

      Thank you! Look forward to it!

      April 12

  • Denis M.

    Sorry something has come up so can't go Sunday. Will try to see it tomorrow. Enjoy!

    April 11

    • Karen

      See you next time Denis, enjoy the film :)

      April 11

  • Terence S.

    I just recalled a 'Movie Moment'..involving me and Queen Elizabeth.

    Once Upon A Time, I was what was called a Page-Boy in a cinema.. I wore a military styled uniform and a round 'pill-box' hat (just like you sometimes see in a film).

    I sold programmes and 'Movie News" in the foyer and assisted the usherettes, of whom I was generally afraid. I was underaged .. probably I was in grade 5 at school..but the manager was a friend of Dad.... One night the film was stopped midway, and as the lights came up the manager appeared on stage and asked for calm.. he said " His Majesty the King has died.... Long live the Queen'.

    There was a great gasp... and then as of one everyone we all cried out " Long Live the Queen".. and everyone filed out and departed in huddled little groups.

    High drama for a little boy and as fast as my legs could carry me I rushed home, uniform and all. to tell Mum and Dad.

    The audience wish clearly had a great effect , .... witness Her majesty's latest birthday.

    1 · April 11

  • Joanne A.

    Yes for tea, sorry for not noting it. See you sunday

    April 11

  • 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 (there is a spread sheet!)

    Everyone has said yes to afternoon tea at Laurent (except for James and Joanne).

    There is a Run for the Kids event around the city which will disrupt traffic and some tram routes so check out the website for more details: http://www.runforthekids.com.au...­ See you on Sunday!

    April 11

  • Simon

    I've already seen this so won't be attending, but would recommend it to anyone who hasn't yet. It's a good laugh and has some interesting visual elements - look for things that are perfectly horizontally centred, or run from one extreme of the screen to the other, use of fish-eye lenses, etc. Have fun :)

    April 8

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