Mean Streets

  • June 18, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This month will be the first at my new house. It is on the edge of Peoria Heights, not far from my last location. I am setting up a new projector with a slightly larger screen and think there will be a little more room for seating, too. Hopefully you guys like it.

I picked Mean Streets for this month. It is number 1 on Empire's Indie film list. "Father Martin Scorsese. Stated simply like that, those three words just don't scan correctly, but if Martin Scorsese had gone with his first love, the priesthood, instead of his second, making movies, we'd never had Goodfellas, or Raging Bull, or Taxi Driver, or Kundun. OK, maybe forget the last one, and replace it with Mean Streets which, to this day, remains probably Scorsese's most personal and powerful work. A strange mixture of seedy violence, frank nudity and the sort of language you'd expect to hear from gangsters in New York's Little Italy, the film is nonetheless drenched in a veil of Catholic guilt (lead Harvey Keitel, as Charlie, a small-time hood who knows that he should get the hell out of the game, constantly chastises and tests himself) and seems to act as a permanent celluloid confessional for Scorsese's baser instincts. For this alone, this gritty Lower East Side drama would be worth noting, but it's also shot through with hints of Scorsese's virtuosity (the wonderful pop-infused soundtrack and the scene where a drunk Keitel teeters through a bar in one disorienting shot), and tantalising glimpses of his future preoccupations: gangsters, the mores of masculinity and a rich and varied partnership with one Mr. R. De Niro, so magnetic here as wildcard wiseguy Johnny Boy. It’s strange to think that with a quirk of casting it could have been Jon Voight joining the ranks of the mooks."

The movie will be shown on a brilliant 125" HD screen!

I am not going to be able to provide as much this time, since I am still getting set up. I will have the usual supply of wine and liquor but not much else. If people could bring some stuff, it would be appreciated.

Directions:
Mapquest or GPS will get you to this one. Vincent Ave heads north off of US150/War Memorial one block west of Prospect Rd.. As you head north on Vincent, the house will be on the left in the second block.

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  • Jessica M.

    Sorry Greg! We meant to come, but by the time we finished dinner, it was too late to change the RSVP. We weren't going to make it in time, and I don't like to arrive late to movies.

    June 20, 2013

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    A former member

    A Very Good movie! I like it.

    June 18, 2013

  • Emma

    I'm sorry for the last minute cancellation - unexpected injury.

    June 18, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Sorry I have home repairs/workers here and it will go later than I expected. Will try again for next time.

    June 18, 2013

  • Roxana L.

    I apologize but i have quick meeting 7:30-8:00 pm. If i can make it, i will let you know. Sorry for short notice

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will be in costa rica!!! yeah!

    April 6, 2013

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