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Nebraska (2013) Cannes Award for Best Actor- Bruce Dern (Bruce Dern, Will Forte)

"An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize."

'Nebraska' (2013) (Trailer and Clip below)

"Alexander Payne ('The Descendants', 'Sideways') directs 'Nebraska', a bittersweet dramatic comedy about a father-and-son road trip through an emotionally and economically parched homeland. After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, 'Nebraska' tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.

What critics are saying:

"Is Nebraska a comedy or a drama? Like life, it's both. Payne takes his time. Deal with it. This is a movie to bring home and live with, to kick around in your head after it hits you in the heart. It's damn near perfect, starting with the acting."

"Nebraska is black and white ninja of sentiment. You won't know what hit you until the damage has already been done."

"Just trust this: see it. You'll be treated to some laugh-out-loud humor, a lot of heart and some outstanding performances."

"The performances are what truly accentuate this narrative. Forte carries off every complex quirk, while seasoned actor Dern is uncharacteristically subdued."

Currently getting a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes...the great trailer and clip below speak for themselves!

Directed by: Alexander Payne ('The Descendants', 'Sideways')

Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk

Event Host: Robb

When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Hillcrest Landmark Theaters at 7:15pm and head into the theater at 7:20pm.  The movie starts at 7:35pm.  If you don't get there until after can either find us in the theater or look for us in the lobby after the film.

After the Film: We may swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.

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Official Film Clip - "Having Kids"

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  • Robb

    I already sent this by email to everyone that attended last night but for anyone else that might be interested:

    Below is a link to a great article in today's "The Guardian" (UK daily newspaper). It's an interview with Bruce Dern regarding the film and his role as Woody. It not only gives great insight into Woody and Bruce Dern himself...there's a couple of fantastic Hitchcock anecdotes as well.

    It's a very quick read and definitely worth your time if you loved the film or are a fan of Bruce Dern or Hitchcock.


    November 28, 2013

  • Maureen C.

    Drat... Cannot make it. It looks so dang Good! Enjoy.

    November 27, 2013

    • Robb

      Sorry, Maureen.

      November 28, 2013

  • Robb

    Absolutely fantastic film and Bruce Dern's Best Actor Award at Cannes was completely deserved. Incredible job.

    Having grown up in WI before moving to the West Coast in my 20s...the Montana to Nebraska locales, characters, dialogue and situations rang so true to it was scary. Terrific dialogue and incredible acting by most everyone in the film...but especially Bruce Dern. I could watch him acting as his character for an entire day and not tire of it. Witty, exhausted, determined and, ultimately, almost spent...a perfect character and the perfect actor to play him.

    Along with with that...some really beautiful filmmaking...including gorgeous black and white cinematography, terrific shots throughout and a story that made you laugh all the way through while also being pulled into the depths of the characters, their lives, their regrets and their sometimes small, but still meaningful, accomplishments.

    Should definitely be seen on the big screen for the cinematography alone.

    November 28, 2013

  • Phil C

    I like the (Nebraska) quite a lot. It was important that the film was in black and white, which gave it just enough abstraction to allow it to make fun of the people without being too harsh. As a consequence, despite the brutal way the people were made fun of, it allowed the film to have a rather endearing treatment of the people as well. The black and white nature of the film gave it just enough aesthetic distance to get away with that duality. The black and white film also gave it the surreal quality that made the people seem to come out the frames of a Diane Arbus' photograph, how she was able to ride on the edge of real people in home spun, but unbelievable settings. The film had s slide way of opening up the invisible from the visible that allow the ironic to be endearing that allowed the son to embrace the soul of the father.

    It was comic only because we were outsiders looking in and understood the irony they were wrapped within.

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Robb

      Love the write-up and love your Diane Arbus reference. Couldn't agree more. ;)

      November 28, 2013

  • Robb

    Hope everyone's had a great holiday week so far! Just info for the Time and Parking:

    The group will be meeting in the lobby at 7:15pm and heading into the theater at 7:20pm. The movie starts at 7:35pm. If you don't make it to the lobby by 7:20pm, no problem. Either look for the group in the actual theater...or look for us after the film.

    There's 3 hours of free parking underneath the theater, which can be accessed on 5th Ave. need to make sure you get your ticket validated at the box office to get those 3 free hours. You can also get additional hours of validation at some restaurants afterward...but not all.

    See everyone at the theater!


    November 26, 2013

  • Tabatha

    I was so happy to see this yesterday since I'm unable to join you guys on Wednesday. I found the movie to be super sweet and endearing but also hilarious in so many moments. The music is outstanding, I appreciated the acting, the script, just an all around good film. My only critic was that I'm not sure it needed to be in black/white.
    Also go to Blue Ribbon after the show and get the calamari, best I've had in forever!!

    Enjoy the show!

    1 · November 26, 2013

    • Robb

      Thanks for those thoughts, Tabatha! Glad you got to see it! Since I'm a bw-lover in film and photography...I'm actually excited that it's in black and white. ;)

      November 26, 2013

  • Maureen C.

    Looks great. Will try to make it on Wednesday!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The previews looked good!

    1 · November 21, 2013

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