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Bernie: Cedar Lee Theater / Marotta's

  • Jun 21, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Bernie is giving Jack Black (yes, Jack Black) some credibility.  CIMG member Elise really liked it a lot, as many critics have.  Plus, when is the last time you saw a film starring Shirley MacLaine? Let's go for it!

6:00 EATS

Marotta's is an outstanding Italian restaurant but they can be a little slow.  Please plan to arrive close to 6:00.  Weather permitting, we will be on the patio.

Tips for improving your restaurant experience:

  • Print a map or enter the address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • Bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • When you arrive, ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.

7:25 MOVIE

Meet near the entrance door to the theater 10 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward near the Marquis.

AFTER MOVIE DISCUSSION

We will head over to the New Heights Grill, about a block south across the street (2206 Lee Road).

DESCRIPTION
Assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated him, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. He frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. She became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity, and he struggled to meet her increasing demands. He continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing her. They were shocked when it was reported that she had been dead for some time, and Bernie was being charged with the murder.

REVIEW

"This is a movie that is as strong as it is modest - as funny as it is sad. As wretchedly, thoroughly human as a work of art can be."

FULL REVIEW...

FEE
The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.
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CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights
http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/showtimes.asp?ptID=AAGYU

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295. http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/showtimes.asp?ptID=AACAP

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd. http://www.cia.edu/extended_film_schedule/

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd. http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films.aspx

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City. http://www.clevelandfilm.org/

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

LOPEZ 2196 Lee Road or New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road.  A half-block south of the Cedar Lee on the other side of Lee Road.  We often go to one of these places afterward for discussions.

MOVIE REVIEWS

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/

NOTE TO FIRST TIME GOERS
If this is your first movie with the group, there is no fee to attend.

This group has been successful partly because members have a genuine interest in meeting fellow independent movie goers. We don't always know where to look for you, especially first timers.  Consider posting your picture and printing out the pictures of the attendees to help find everyone easier.

We have multiple meeting places:

  • Entrance door to the movie in the theater hallway 5-10 minutes before the movie starts
  • By the entrance door or ticket office after the movie
  • Reserved table at the restaurant under the name "Movie Group"

We don't always sit together in the movie theater but if you see a bunch of people talking about good movies they have seen, it is probably us. Please join in. We are always happy to get new people involved.

NOTE TO ALL
In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the movie was good until I dug into the court case. I think the writers, etc. tried to make him a sympathetic person. The personal testimonies could have been based on his "helpfulness and gift giving." Mrs. Nugent had accused him of stealing from her and threatened to tell the town about his trysts with some men in town. He continued taking from her estate after she was dead. At the end of the movie authorities were taking back "gifts" he had given people. His life before Cathage is unclear. I think the movie cleaned up his reputation more than he deserved.

    June 26, 2012

  • Vivian

    Movie was interesting, funny but a little long. And then after the movie we googled and found the true story which resolved some of our questions but also made us wonder why the director chose to not reveal some of the facts.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Movie was okay; the conversation afterward was much more interesting.

    June 22, 2012

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