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Fantasy Classics Night (DVD meetup - no reading required!)

  • Dec 14, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Please join us for a film night celebrating 2 classic fantasy films of the 80s! We're very excited about the 2 films we've selected to view. Even if you've already seen one or both, we'd still love to have you join us to share the experience with others.

Please arrive on time, so that we can start watching the movies without interruptions or delays. Space is limited, so we will be using a waiting list. RSVPs will be locked in 2 days prior (Thursday at 5:30 PM). If you RSVP yes, please make sure you and your guest (if applicable) attend!*

We've been lucky enough to find another venue to host movie nights. We are asking that each attendee pay a small cost to help us defray the rental cost of the room and the cost of dinner (pizza, dessert, and soda). You must pay online in order to RSVP ($12.67) or pay in cash at a prior meetup ($12 exact change, bills only by December 8) and we'll add you manually to the event.

We will provide dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is permitted, but it will be BYO and as always, please drink responsibly and be careful about driving. Also, we are responsible for cleaning the room ourselves, so we ask for your help and cooperation in avoiding any messes, and quickly alerting us to any spills that occur. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions of which we should be aware. We may be able to accommodate them.

The venue has parking restrictions, and you cannot park in the main condo parking lot (not even the handicapped spaces). Not only will this probably get you towed, it will jeopardize our relationship with the venue and the likelihood of being able to hold future events.

There is however, plenty of street parking available (here's a map): I'd suggest you first try on N Sycamore St and N Tuckahoe St (parallel and west of Roosevelt Blvd) or along 11th Rd N and 12th St N (perpendicular) or on N Rockingham St or N Rochester St (parallel and east). All are very close and easy walks to the venue. The building is access-controlled, so from 5:00-6:00 we'll have someone waiting at the door to let you in and send you upstairs.

Also, just to clarify on the accessibility of the venue, in addition to handicapped parking being unavailable for our use, reaching the party room will require climbing a single flight of stairs. These are factors beyond our control, but please factor them into your decision to attend.

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Screenwriter William Goldman's novel The Princess Bride earned its own loyal audience on the strength of its narrative voice and its gently satirical, hyperbolic spin on swashbuckled adventure that seemed almost purely literary. For all its derring-do and vivid over-the-top characters, the book's joy was dictated as much by the deadpan tone of its narrator and a winking acknowledgement of the clichés being sent up. Miraculously, director Rob Reiner and Goldman himself managed to visualize this romantic fable while keeping that external voice largely intact: using a storytelling framework, avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his skeptical grandson (Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story.

The wild and woolly arcs of the story, the sudden twists of fate, and, above all, the cartoon-scaled characters all work because of Goldman's very funny script, Reiner's confident direction, and a terrific cast. Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, both sporting their best English accents, juggle romantic fervor and physical slapstick effortlessly, while supporting roles boast Mandy Patinkin (the swordsman Inigo Montoya), Wallace Shawn (the incredulous schemer Vizzini), and Christopher Guest (evil Count Rugen) with brief but funny cameos from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Peter Cook. --Sam Sutherland (from Amazon)

(view the trailer here)

This epic Lucasfilm fantasy serves up enough magical adventure to satisfy fans of the genre, though it treads familiar territory. With abundant parallels to STAR WARS, the story (by George Lucas) follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow (Warwick Davis), an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an infant princess from the evil queen (Jean Marsh) to whom the child is a crucial threat. Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow's campaign with the evil queen's daughter (Joanne Whalley). Impressive production values, stunning locations (in England, Wales, and New Zealand) and dazzling special effects energize the routine fantasy plot, which alternates between rousing action and cute sentiment. A parental warning is appropriate: director Ron Howard has a light touch aimed at younger viewers, but doesn't shy away from grisly swordplay and at least one monster (a wicked two-headed dragon) that could induce nightmares. --Jeff Shannon (from Amazon)

We ask that you please do not talk while the movies are playing (we can discuss after each movie, or you can call out "Pause" as necessary). Your consideration is appreciated.

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to attend, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For DVD/TV nights, a no-show will prohibit you from attending any other space-limited DVD/TV night for 3 months after your no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 48 hours before an event. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Karla K.

    I just tried to search for this and it didn't exist... Can someone please make a baby Elora facial expression compilation video?!

    4 · December 15, 2013

  • Vijay

    Thanks to everyone for an incredibly fun night! Both movies were fantastic and the company, as always, was hilarious.

    @Kovit: Way to make the ending of The Princess Bride super-awkward. :-P

    7 · December 15, 2013

  • Kovit K.

    Eta 5:40 damn you weather

    December 14, 2013

    • Kovit K.

      Yeah I'm stuck in traffic. I'll be there though.

      December 14, 2013

    • Karla K.

      I will eat ALL the pizza!

      2 · December 14, 2013

  • Matt

    Roads are miserable and at this rate I won't get there till 6:45. I'm going to call this. My apologies on the no-show.

    December 14, 2013

  • Karla K.

    Curse you Wesley!

    2 · December 14, 2013

  • Jeremy D. H.

    Even though it is raining there are some spots where the ice is gathering up near some if the parkibf spaces.

    1 · December 14, 2013

    • Jeremy D. H.

      Stupid phone isn't auto correcting for some reason.

      1 · December 14, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, just a reminder that we're expecting some light rain tonight, so please prepare accordingly. Also, please remember that you CANNOT park in the condo lot. You must use street parking instead.

    See you at 5:30!

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Vijay

    Now that we're just a few days away, please update your RSVPs asap if you're no longer able to attend, to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    1 · December 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey there! I've just changed my RSVP and, seeing as it's only Thursday morning, I hope some other incredibly devoted fan of Wesley, Inigo & Co. will be able to take my place. I will wear my Miracle Max T-shirt on Saturday in honor of the event as I stay home to work on my incredibly boring but necessary contract translation. I will eat chocolate-coated something-or-others and think how I could be locked in the Pit of Despair, embroiled in a land war in Asia or engaged to Prince Humperdinck instead. Yes, things could always be worse. Have fun guys! I'll be thinking of you.

      2 · December 12, 2013

    • Octavia

      I have a project for school that I'll be slaving away at.

      December 13, 2013

  • lindel

    Family holiday commitment impact my love of fantasy

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I've just had to change my RSVP to this event. I've been looking forward to it for a very long time and am sorry to have to do this, but I've just been given an urgent translation job to turn in on Monday and, seeing as I'm a freelancer, I can't afford to say no. I hope to make up for it by heartily enjoying the Buffy & Angel Night in January. Meanwhile, all I can say about missing this one is, "Boooooooo!!!! Booooooo!!!!" ;)

    December 12, 2013

  • Kevin

    Wonderful idea and fantastic choices. Alas, i have previous commitments. 'Tis the season...

    December 10, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, we're just under 2 weeks from this movie night, and we're very excited for it. Can you please update your RSVP if you're no longer able to make it? We have a fair # of people who'd love to attend on the waitlist, so we want to make use of every spot. Thanks!

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agreed, Derek! Both the book and the movie are fantastic, and so different from one another. There's nothing out there quite like them, and there aren't many stories either in print or on film that you can say that about. Really looking forward to this!

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Derek

    I was absolutely obsessed with Princess Bride as a kid. I love that the book and screenplay are so different, but that Goldman wrote them both. <3 One of those few books where I won't say that I liked one more than the other.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for this one! I haven't seen Willow in years, but I think I know the Princess Bride pretty much by heart... :) Yay!!

    6 · September 22, 2013

  • Cyndi

    Yay!!!!! FUN!!! :)

    2 · September 22, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Fantasy Classics Night (DVD meetup - no reading required!)

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: In order to receive a refund on your payment, you MUST cancel no later than 5:30pm on December 12. We will not be able to provide a refund for any cancellations after that point.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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