Fruitvale Station

  • July 27, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Hi all! If not too last minute, let's see a movie this weekend:  the Sat. 7:15 showing of the critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station at the Kendall Square Cinema.

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station portrays the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Getting your ticket: The movie will be on two screens during its opening Boston weekend but ticket demand for the 7:15 showing should still be quite high. (I've been asked about organizing weekend movies too, so this is a test of sorts.)

To be certain of a ticket, I highly recommend doing one of the following sooner than later:

  • Swing by the box office if in the area sometime prior to 7/27.
  • Purchase a ticket online through the Landmark Theaters online purchasing system here.  (Note that a $1 service charge is tacked onto such purchases.)
  • If you wait until Sat., arrive early and, if the main box office line is very long, use a credit card to buy a ticket from one of the kiosks under the massive stairway on the right side of the lobby. (Thanks to Jen for letting me know this; I thought the kiosks were for pre-sale retrieval only.)

Finding the group: [NEW INSTRUCTIONS]

Due to the more crowded weekend lobby (and feedback I've received), let's meet in a new location: On the left side of the lobby, past all of the concessions, there's a rear waiting area near the water fountains and ticket-taking positions.

I'll be in this area by 6:30 actively looking for Yes RSVPs (both while waiting and then presumably while queued up to enter the theater for seats), so please post a picture of your actual self in your profile/with your RSVP to help out.

I wear glasses and will wear an unmistakable plaid (mostly white with blue and gray) Red Sox cap, so say hi if you see me, or anyone else from the group, first.

If you have any trouble finding the group beforehand, or run late and want to join the group afterwards, text me at[masked]-9428. I'll turn the phone off at 7:10, then turn it back on when the credits roll to check for texts. I'll also move to the top row of the theater (w/out blocking the exits) to become more visible/accessible.

Getting our seats: If memory serves, on weekends the Kendall ticket takers will ask prime time (e.g., early evening show) ticket holders to queue up for a bit before entering the theater. Given where we'll be waiting we should be able to get generally good seats for a group.

More about the movie:

  • "Fruitvale Station works because Coogler and his leading man present a many-sided protagonist, neither saint nor unalloyed sinner." -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
  • "Fruitvale Station's wrenching power lies in the specificity of its storytelling and the ordinary human warmth of the world it conjures." -Dana Stevens, Slate

After the movie: For those who'd like to congregate we can go to a One Kendall Square standby (just one courtyard away from the theater and parking garage) such as The Friendly Toast, Tommy Doyle's, or the Cambridge Brewing Co. for an adult beverage, snack, and spirited discussion of the movie.

Cheers,
Dave M.

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  • Jen

    Hey Susan - were you going to post that photo you took of the group? I was curious to see how it came out!

    July 28, 2013

  • Jana

    I remember the beginning of 2009 very well when it happened. It had very personal touch for me. I am just thinking about Police in The Czech Republic and The USA. The first impression - very aggressive handling of civil situations on the side of USA Police officers. BUT in The Czech maybe less changes to get killed while police officer is dealing with something in public areas. In CZ they would just take them and drove them in to a Police Station where all boys have right to talk to their lawyer. But what I saw couple times in The Czech Police Officers do not yell, they just quickly act and put people out of public. But again these people then have their lawyers, it is not there anymore like during communist time and time of Secret Police when as soon as you get to Police Department Police could do with you what they would like and no one would notice. Definitely glad to see that somebody cared to get people through the movie know and remember it.

    1 · July 29, 2013

    • Paul K.

      Interesting observations, Jana. Thanks.

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love the main theme of second chance and was happy to see Oscar made the moves towards changing himself after reviewing his life in and out of the jail. Although the reality /society didn't promote / embrace it towards a better and unbiased world, Oscar did try his best on his personal level and had gained trust / love from his Mom, girlfriend, daughter, and close friends at least, which is very important. In the end, the real Tatiana's sobbing on 1/1/2013 in memorizing her Dad is powerful and making people to keep repenting and improving in the hope of a fair, peaceful, and joyful place to live on earth in harmony.

    I didn't get chance to hear all of your thoughts. Would love to learn about it. :)

    3 · July 28, 2013

    • Paul K.

      Some really lovely observations/thoughts, Winnie. :-)

      July 28, 2013

  • The Gerry L.

    This was an INTENSE film. As close as possible to "being there" without actually being there. I'm glad I saw it (despite the tragic subject matter).

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Dave, This is Winnie. I'm new and maybe I can join you guys. - Thx.

    July 27, 2013

    • John

      And friendly too :)

      July 27, 2013

    • Susan B

      Winnie- I must have made a typo while typing quickly on my phone , and the autocorrect switched friendly to friendless! Not what I meant to say! Glad to meet you!!!

      July 28, 2013

  • Tonya

    Another good time!

    July 27, 2013

  • Holly

    I got to the movie theater late. I am sorry I did not get to meet the group. I enjoyed the movie though. It was a great choice!

    July 27, 2013

  • Lynn D.

    darn it!!!! i have to cancel last minute - a stupid trip and my right ankle needs elevation and cease walking. this is one film prompting talk and i'm really disappointed.

    July 27, 2013

  • Jen

    I'm a maybe.

    July 26, 2013

  • Paul K.

    Had despaired of ever seeing this film in Boston, and am pleased. Heard about the actual events, and really hope it sticks to known facts. Also, don't know to what degree he resembles the real Oscar Grant, but Michael B. Jordan is a terrific actor.

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't go into much detail but we had a friend on that train and watched the shooting. I was living in the SF area at the time and heard about it the next 2 days. I believe as they are not shooting on 35MM HD cameras this will bring a little more realism to the film (such as cloverfield with less "shaky" movement). Though just to note, in post production they have added "effects" to make the film appear that of a cell phone / camcorder.

    July 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And just to add, the day after this happened. There were many riots in SF, rather protests.

      July 25, 2013

  • Kate

    Would love to join and see this interesting flick if I weren't already committed to the Summer Arts Weekend events. Enjoy

    July 24, 2013

  • Paul J.

    Something interesting.....great!

    July 24, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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