The Little Theater Movie and Talk Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

  • June 7, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Welcome to our group. We see movies at the Little Theatre on East Ave. in Rochester on the first Saturday of the month. We meet at 6:00 - 6:15 near the cafe behind the ticket booth for cinemas 2-5. I usually send out suggested movies from among the 6:30 to 7ish showings. This allows us to get out of the theater at about the same time for talk. Pair up with people for a movie or join the general group. We agree to meet afterwards at a near by restaurant, for conversation about the movie, life, or toward wherever the conversation leads.

Join us to meet new people, see an interesting movie, and have a nice night out with good conversation, connection and companionship. All are welcome.

The Little Theatre Website

See you at the movies.

Brian

Movie recommendations below 


Hello all,

There are some varied selections at the Little this weekend.  First there is "Ida" (PG-13, 80 min. in black & white, in Little 5 at 7pm), a story of a girl preparing for the convent in 1960s Poland, and then learning about her family history which may change her course.  It has a beautiful look, looks like great acting.  See review below.

Ida reviewed by Ann Hornaday from The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/ida-movie-review/2014/05/21/fcb14cd2-d789-11e3-8a78-8fe50322a72c_story.html

A lighter film is "Chef" (R, 115 min., in Little 1 at 6:30pm), a film about food, food trucks, sizzling steaks and starring Scarlett Johannsen.  Check out the review.

Chef review by Susan Wloszczyna from RogerEbert.com

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/chef-2014

"Belle" (PG, 105 min., in Little 3 at 6:50pm) is a story of an adopted child growing up in 18th century aristocracy.  Pretty much a costume drama but with a biracial adopted child as an aristocrat and all the broken taboos that ensue.

Belle review by Manhola Dargis in The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/02/movies/belle-centers-on-a-biracial-aristocrat-in-the-18th-century.html?_r=0

For a heavier piece, there is "Cold in July" (Not Rated, 109 min., in Little 4 at 7:10pm).  Film noir with Sam Shepherd and Don Johnson, heavy on the violence, but with lots of twists.  Check out the review.

Cold in July review by Mark Hughes published in Forbes Magazine

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2014/06/04/review-cold-in-july-delivers-great-chills-and-noir-thrills/

We meet around 6pm near the cafe and the ticket booth for cinemas 2-5.  Mingle with members, and see what everyone is seeing.  After the movie, we walk over to Golden Port on East Ave. (about 2 blocks away) for some good food and conversation.  You may not be able to get the selections shown in "Chef," but you will be happy with the Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese selections.  They can even make ice tea for Larry.  ; ).

See you at the movies.

Brian

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  • Sally

    Both Larry and I had had "Belle" as our second choice Sat night, so we hooked up tonight to see it. It was a good story based on a true story, and visually beautiful. Also nice to run into Teresa C there, who had come back to see "The Immigrant". Maybe Mondays after meetup will be "catch up" night :)

    4 · June 9

    • Teresa C.

      -Spoiler alert-- I must say that running into Sally & Larry was the best part of going to the Little theater yesterday. I was really unimpressed with the movie The Immigrant. At best it was infuriating, at worst it was misogynistic. I understand that fate takes a turn and bad things happen in life, but one the events are manipulated by the owner of a settlement brothel and burlesque show there's really no forgiveness from me. Another real disappointment was the acting, especially from Joaquin Phoenix. Who could very definitely be nominated for the razzie award for this role. I think if it has been written better and more attention to the acting details it would've been more palatable. If by chance I ever run into the director James Gray I want my $5 back. Or maybe a latta and he can explain to me what he was thinking :-)

      2 · June 10

    • cassandra

      Wow, thanks Teresa for the candid review. I've been itching to see this film, but maybe now I'll wait till it's on Netflix so that I won't care if I turn it off part way through. :D

      June 10

  • jonathan

    Three of us saw Cold in July and we agreed that it starts out great, but half way thru takes a 180 plot-wise and ends up straining credulity as well as having a specific plot point that is supremely disgusting--not for weak stomachs! Oh well, stomachs were supremely satisfied at Golden Port! Too bad the movie started later, so when we got to the restaurant we had to sit at the "kids table" and missed out on comparing notes with the rest of the group. Better luck next time... :-)

    1 · June 9

  • Brian

    I liked "Ida." Interesting mix of history and religion. Wish her Aunt stuck around for her. Good time at Golden Port. Thanks everyone for making it.

    3 · June 9

  • Teresa C.

    I really enjoyed the movie "Ida". And the ending lead to quite a discussion! enjoyed meeting the new members of the group and the great service at the Goldenport.

    3 · June 8

  • Yvonne M

    Great company

    June 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Immigrant was a revelation..it told of the underbelly of Ellis Island..I did some research and found the inspiration for the movie came from James Grays's Grandparents and Puccini's Sour Angelica..Yes a must see, just be prepared to leave with tears...

    1 · June 8

  • Yvonne M

    I was glad that I chose to see ' Ida'. Interesting and beautiful to watch. Lots of diverse views.

    June 8

  • Larry O.

    Sidenote: I really appreciated the refreshing uncynical look at the character of Anna as a future member of a religious order. In my school years I had many Sisters who helped form my educational experience.

    Check out the second link. You will be surprised at the back story of the actress who plays Anna.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2718492/

    http://portobellofilmsales.com/movies/interview-agata-trzebuchowska/

    1 · June 8

  • Larry O.

    'Ida' was, for me, a very interesting movie that explored worlds with which I have little experience. I found the blankness of the character 'Anna' - a nun initiate - at the start of the movie to be symbolic of what the emotional state of the Polish people must have been after surviving the crushing suppression of the Nazi invasion and then to be followed by decades of stifing oppression by the Communist state.

    As Anna learns more about her past, ironically via a former high-level functionary of the Communist party, she slowly regains part of her humanity. Her experience with the jazz musician gives her the boundaries with which she establishes her new found spirit.

    2 · June 8

  • Sally

    I enjoyed "Ida", and the conversations afterward on how we all had interpreted the story/scenes. Nice to see everyone after not being able to make it the past few months.

    June 8

  • Carol

    Enjoyed comments and insights about Ida

    June 8

  • CHRIS C

    Saw the movie "Chef" which was hilarious. Makes me want to do a road trip and hankering for a Cubano! Great conversation after at the Golden Port. Sounded like everyone enjoyed all the movie choices.

    1 · June 8

  • cassandra

    Enjoyed the movie -- we saw Chef, and the conversation at the restaurant after was wonderful.

    1 · June 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was the only one there at The Immigrants. Did not attend the Meetup..

    June 7

  • Linda S.

    I am so sorry, I was looking so forward to attending tonight, it would have been my first time. At the last minute, a family situation came up that needed immediate attention. I hope to see you @ the next meetup.

    June 7

  • Ayad

    Sorry i couldn't make it today. Hopefully next time.

    June 7

  • Melissa R

    My pick is "Cold in July".

    June 7

  • Caroline

    Change of plans..not coming tonight. BTW: I'm taking suggestions for the June mid-month movie meet-up..since it's same weekend as Jazz Fest.

    June 7

  • Adam J.

    I don't want to get lost ,because I never been to the Little Theater. What specific address do I need to go to? The Little Theater itself is 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604 but the meet up mentions Winthrop Rd but no number! Where I am supposed to go?

    June 6

    • Brian

      I appoint Jean our "New Member Ambassador." : ).

      June 7

    • Jean

      Great but can I start next month? I need time to study-up to perform my duties properly. (I can't go tonight I had to change my RSVP) Maybe somebody can fill in for me tonight :)

      June 7

  • Chris

    Anyone for "Cold in July"?

    June 7

  • jonathan

    Cold in July got a great review by George Grella in City; Grella's the "Mikey" of film critics--"he won't like it, he hates everything!" So, if Grella likes it, you know it's gotta be worth seeing!

    June 6

    • Brian

      Meh. I always have an issue with Grella's reviews. We are on different wavelengths. But that is what makes talking about movies interesting. : ).

      June 7

  • Larry O.

    Tending towards 'Ida' or 'Belle'.

    1 · June 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Adam you will find everyone really easy to be with. Yes join us…{:

    June 3

    • Adam J.

      Anne have you seen any of the summer movies? I am planning on seeing Edge of Tomorrow, great reviews on rottentomatoes!

      June 5

    • Jean

      Adam - The Little never screens movies like Edge of Tomorrow, and you wouldn't want to see them there if they did. They specialize in indie, art house, foreign films, etc. A lot of movies we wouldn't get to see in theaters if not for The Little. Tickets are cheaper too and concessions are practically free compared to your standard theater prices. But I agree, Edge of Tomorrow looks awesome.

      June 6

  • Jean

    Ida or Cold in July. Stellar reviews for both of them - especially Ida. And Don Johnson's performance in the latter is getting Oscar-worthy buzz. Who knew? I always thought he was just good at looking good in white suits and a tan.

    June 6

  • Brian

    Leaning towards Ida or Chef. Depending on mood at the time. I love the varied selection we have this Saturday. Looking forward to it.

    1 · June 6

  • Yvonne M

    Ida or Cold in July? Decisions, decisions...

    June 5

  • jonathan

    Cold in July sounds great--love thrillers!

    June 5

  • Adam J.

    I just joined this group today (and meet up in general last week). I love movies, and I am ashamed to say I have never been to the little theater. Are there any ground rules for meeting this Saturday?

    June 3

    • June V.

      Hi Adam, we meet in the back part near the café, just come and introduce yourself, everyone is very friendly.

      June 5

  • Christine

    I start working 3rd this Friday not sure about coming sorry

    June 4

  • Brian

    On Wednesday, the Little will list what is playing on the weekend. I will forward a list and some reviews to everyone in the group, and post it on this event page on Wednesday or Thursday. See you Saturday.

    June 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    So whats playing? thanks

    June 2

  • Kathy K

    I will make if possible. I'm coming back from Syracuse and not sure that I'll be back in time is the only issue.

    June 1

  • Larry O.

    Brian, thanks for this great group.

    1 · June 1

  • Karen R.

    Looking forward to meeting new people with various interests and ideas. In addition, The Little Theatre offers a tremendous amount of quality movies .

    June 1

  • Amit S.

    This is my fav movie theater

    May 26

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