Blue Jasmine

 After too long a wait, I am kicking off our Fall movie season with Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine. This falls into his character study films along with Annie Hall, Alice and Hannah and Her Sisters. Cate Blanchett's Jasmine has an idyllic life of wealth and fun until her husband (Alec Baldwin) pulls the rug out from her. 

With no job skills and few friends, she turns to her sister, played by Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham, Happy Go Lucky) for support. Her careening into a train wreck, Blanchett's performance is already generating Oscar buzz. 

We'll be going to the Esquire theater - not our favorite venue, but the only place it's showing in town.

Click Here to view the trailer:  http://youtu.be/FER3C394aI8

Afterward we'll head to Pho on 6th for dinner and discussion. 

NOTE - Please keep your RSVP current - if your plans change, update it and let someone on the waiting list come. 

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  • Jeff

    Liza, I too was puzzled by the audience's ongoing laughter as the story unfolded into the tragedy that Jasmine's life was. Despite the many introspective films Allen has made (Crimes and Misdemeanors, Cassandra's Dream, Interiors among them), they still want the funny schtick from Woody.
    Blanchett's performance was riveting, and strongly balanced by the rest of the cast. While Sally Hawkins, her ex and current boyfriend came across as strong as Jasmine, it was nice to see Alec Baldwin underplay his role and let the other characters dominate.
    The plot twist that brought meaning to the whole drama was masterful, and I was once again glad to have a chance to see a genius film maker at work.

    August 21, 2013

  • Mirav

    It's very well-made -- and superbly acted by Cate Blanchett, with a strong supporting cast. :-)

    August 20, 2013

  • Theresa

    That's really interesting, Liza. In our group at dinner, we actually found many realistic parallels to our own lives. I certainly never got the message that the film portrayed ANY of the mental illness; crime or cheating as "just ok". The consequences for the "Bernie Madoff"-like husband were horrendous. He hung himself in prison! And as for Blanchett's portrayal of Jasmine, her denial of her own mental illness and her pill and drinking habits made it plain that her story was heading for tragedy. I thought the film had a real moral center with real consequences for all concerned...unlike the sometimes "amoral" TV programs, such as "The Sopranos", which seem to skirt the issues a bit more. I don't know if it is HAVING money and power, but maybe too much LOVE or lack of control of those two things, which was portrayed. I found the message almost biblical in its moral tone: 1 Timothy 6 - 10. Compelling and heartwrenching. IMHO :)

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Barbara S.

    Liza it was great meeting you too. Hope our paths cross again soon.

    August 19, 2013

  • Liza N.

    A am a Woody Allen fan, for sure, but this movie just didn't do it for me. I'm trying to figure out why. Perhaps it was a fantastic character study, but I found the subject matter very disturbing, perhaps in the way that it was treated and played out as though it were all okay that the main character was mentally ill and that her husband was a cheater or that this is what people do when they have too much money or power. When I go to the movies I want to be entertained and I also like to "study" a movie as well, but this time it was way over the top. I noticed how much laugher there was in certain scenes. I didn't laugh~ Yikes! Maybe I'll see it again in a different mood and eat my words. Wasn't able to go to dinner to hear everyone else's views. Sorry about that. I'm not an asian food fan! Alas... Was happy, though to meet a newcomer and to sit with her. Hope we will do this more often, Jeff....

    August 19, 2013

  • Jeff

    Excllent film, one of Allen's best character studies in years. While Cate Blanchett's performance dominated the story, so many of the other actors brought great depth to their parts, either attracted or repulsed by Jasmine's self absorbed life.

    August 18, 2013

  • Tami

    The film was outstanding. One of WAs best ever! Academy award performance by Kate. Must see.

    August 17, 2013

  • Misha

    Great movie although on the sad side

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Mirav

    Hi Jeff, I'm just curious: Why is the Esquire theatre "not our favorite venue" (referring to your comment, above)? I go there every so often -- and like it, overall. :-)

    August 17, 2013

    • Jeff

      Hi Mirav, of all of the Landmark Theaters, this is the one most deteriorated. The seats are too close together, and the upstairs theater is even more cramped than the main one. Popcorn is the best in town, but that only goes so far.

      August 17, 2013

    • Mirav

      Hi Jeff, you make some good points (re: seating, for ex.). :-) However, I like going there (at least once in a while) because it's fairly close to where I live, and easy to get to via public transportation (actually, so is the Mayan Theatre, come to think of it). :-)

      August 17, 2013

  • Susan

    Won't be able to make it today after all.

    August 17, 2013

  • Tami

    Hi Jeff. Do we have room for one more for dinner?

    August 16, 2013

    • Jeff

      I'm overbooked as it is Tami, check back with me tomorrow around 1:00 and I'll see if I have any cancellations.

      August 16, 2013

  • Barbara s.

    So sorry. Broke my foot w/surgery. Have fun all!

    August 16, 2013

  • Misha

    Is 4:30 the movie start time or the time we're to meet in the lobby?

    August 16, 2013

    • Jeff

      4:30 is the start time for the movie, I'll be in the lobby at 4:15

      August 16, 2013

  • Deborah

    out of town guests

    August 16, 2013

  • Sarah W

    Jeff: I am now unable to attend. Hope this opens it up for someone else. Hope to catch the group next time. Thanks,

    August 16, 2013

  • Phyllis K.

    I definitely want to go and need to know if a place is still available. I can't tell how to RSVP so please let me know how to do so.

    August 14, 2013

    • Jeff

      Hi Phyllis, I've got a full group. I recommend the movie, but have 26 people already coming. Thanks, we'll see you next time. Jeff

      August 15, 2013

  • Kris

    I don't see how I can make it from hike and be at Esquire by 4:30. Since there is a huge waiting list, I'll give up my spot. Will have to go see movie on my own. Enjoy.

    August 15, 2013

  • Nicki

    I'll go

    August 15, 2013

  • Donna

    forgot the Dog Expo is the same day. Promised my granddaughter to go. enjoy

    August 15, 2013

  • Rhea

    Hi Jeff,

    This is the 2nd notification that I've received stating that a spot is available. Is this accurate? I'd be delighted to attend.

    August 14, 2013

  • Liza N.

    Hey, Jeff. I won't be able to go to dinner after the movie so you might be able to open another spot.

    August 14, 2013

  • Barbara C.

    If there is room, I will be there

    August 12, 2013

  • Barbara C.

    If there is room, I will be there

    August 12, 2013

  • Rhea

    I just got notified that a spot opened up. If so, I'll
    take it! Rhea

    August 12, 2013

  • valerie s.

    Yay, I'm in! Looking forward to it. :-)

    August 12, 2013

  • Deb

    Saw it last night and Cate will surely be nominated for an academy award. One of Woody's best.
    Enjoy!

    August 11, 2013

  • valerie s.

    Argh, I'm on the wait list! I really want to see this with a discussion group b/c the reviews are raves! Hope either you'll make the group larger, Jeff, or that some folks have a change of plans!

    August 10, 2013

  • Penny M.

    I love Woody Allens movies! No matter what he does it's always interesting and ingenious.

    August 10, 2013

  • Mirav

    I noticed some great reviews of this film on movies.com: It sounds really interesting. :-)

    August 10, 2013

  • Kris

    If I can get back from hike on time.

    August 10, 2013

  • Sheryl N.

    I've been waiting for this group to get together again and, as luck would have it, I'll be out of town. Hope to catch you on the next one!

    August 10, 2013

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