Mid-Month Movie Meet-up

  • November 15, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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 Hi Everyone:

For our new members:  Welcome!  So glad you found us.

As a reminder:  We don't all see the same movie.  Instead, we find one or two people who want to see the movie, save seats, sit together, hold drinks/popcorn so your seat-mate can get settled, etc., and then afterwards, meet at a local restaurant to discuss what we saw. (restaurant location is listed at the end of this email).

We're also sort of easy to find:  we're the ones with the happy faces and asking things like 'is this the movie group', 'what are you going to see?'...all the time trying to stay out of the way of the other movie attendees.

Here is a real quick / short list of movies for this weekend; for a more detailed summary of each one, please check out The Little's website.

The types of movies @ The Little are:  intense, intense, intense, kind of bizzare and I don't know.

I'm returning to the Rochester area from enjoying a nice, relaxing week on Cape Cod (beautiful weather by the way), so no intense movies for me.

First up:  Whiplash @ 6:30 p.m.,Theatre #1 - this film is generating a lot of Oscar buzz.  Young man wants to be The Best Drummer and is pushed to and beyond his limits by his mentor, played by J.K. Simmons.  You'll never watch another ad for Farmer's Insurance the same way after watching his performance.  

Next:  Birdman @ 6:40 p.m., Theatre #2:  saw this while on vacation.  Let's see, what can I say....bizzare, extreme, dark, head-scratching, and yes, there is a message in the movie,  somewhere.   At the end of the movie, my theatre seat-mates said things like, " what the heck was that?", "huh?", and 'Michael Keaton looks pretty buff for a 62 year old...'.  

Third:  CitizenFour @ 6:50 p.m., Theatre #3:  real life thriller staring Edward Snowden, NSA, Hong Kong and you-know-who.

Fourth:  Rosewater @ (forgot to write down the time), Theatre #5:  film based on the NY Times best seller: Then They Came For Me, re a BBC journalist.

Fifth:  St. Vincent @ 7:10 p.m., Theatre#4 (i'm counting on this one to be 'lighter' than the others) - Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy.  I've heard a few good reviews - some have said the plot is contrived but the performances are good.  

At any rate - these all should generate a lot of great conversation when we gather after the movie @ East/West Restaurant on East Avenue.  (They are expecting us!)

What movie caught your attention?

Looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday night.   :-)





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  • Caroline

    Sorry I missed all of you last night. Several of you have contacted me via the meet up site but am having some difficulty replying to you. ..so am using this format: ankle not broken (thankfully) but either a really bad sprain or another chip fracture. My daughter took me to the emergency room bcuz it had become so swollen. They took x rays, put the ankle in a gel cast, sent me home with Vicodan and crutches with instructions to follow up on Monday with orthopedic surgeon. //it looks like you all attended great movies and am looking forward to your reviews; it will help me decide what to see in the future. And am very glad to know you all a great time at East West. // thank you Brian and Larry. //

    November 16

    • Kathy K

      Caroline-Heal up soon and see you at the movies!

      1 · November 17

    • Brian

      At least you didn't "break a leg." Sorry, I couldn't resist. ; ).

      1 · November 19

  • Marian

    So sorry about your ankle, and thanks for keeping us in the loop. Please reply via the site if you need anything. Happy to make a trip to you for whatever you might need. Soup? Groceries? Take good care,

    November 16

  • jean

    Sorry to hear you hurt your ankle but glad it isn;t broken..take care and hope to see you after you are healed up.

    November 16

  • Larry O.

    'Citizen Four' shows a view of the whistle blower/traitor debate re Ed Snowden that has not been fully explored in the national media.

    The stereotypical view of Snowden has been that of someone without the integrity to work thru the system, who for some odd reason did something terrible. Yet one can watch this documentary (1st-person interview with Snowden as he released the documents to The Guardian) and feel sympathetic to the person while confronting the always intractable issue of security vs liberty.

    This all takes place in the context of 9/11 and a citizenry who is not asking the tough questions about what we are willing to give up and not willing to give up; what should be the limits of government to protect us from radical terrorism.

    The takeaway point for me from the film is not the merits of Ed Snowden, but the responsibility of being an engaged citizenry. Something we have failed at as a nation.

    2 · November 16

  • Marian

    Terrific, intense, hold-your-breath kind of movie - Whiplash - generated lots of great conversation, which always leads to more conversation with interesting people in this great group. Excellent!

    November 16

  • Yvonne M

    Great movie (Whiplash), and even better conversation afterwards at East/West kitchen.

    November 15

  • jonathan

    This meet-up was really great--excellent movie [Whiplash--Full Metal Jacket meets Mr. Holland's Opus!], and excellent cheeseburger egg roll [yes--there is such a thing in the known universe] @ East/West kitchen!

    November 15

  • Eric

    Citizen four.......... restaurant -yes....... photo - no

    November 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rosewater @7:00

    November 15

  • Marian

    Hi. Yes to the restaurant, and no thanks to the photo for FB. See you at the movies.

    November 15

  • Caroline

    Hello - two quick questions: 1.who is going to the restaurant after their movie; 2. Who would be willing to have their photo taken at the restaurant so they can post it to their FB page? (My idea, not theirs)

    November 15

  • Jean

    An embarrassment of riches! The only film I'm not dying to see is St. Vincent. I'll probably see whichever of the other four films that will be gone soon. Probably Birdman cause it's been showing for a few weeks now.

    November 15

  • jean

    I'm going to the restaurant after...

    November 15

  • Larry O.

    Very interested in 'Citizen Four'.

    November 14

  • Roza E.

    I would be open for Rosewater....Just watched producer and actors talk about it...but also interested in seeing the Sholem Asch Yiddish theater Bread and Water production....soooo will see

    1 · November 13

  • Christina A.

    Hi all,
    I won't be able to attend the movies again until after 11/23, as I'm in rehearsal and performance for a play produced by Bread and Water Theatre.
    It's a controversial 1907 Yiddish theater play written by a very young Sholem Asch.
    It explores belief, the nature of love, propriety and domestic violence. We perform it in English, and I will be playing a Rabbi!
    LOCATION: 172 W. Main St., Roch. (past Washington Street - same block as the art store.) DATES & TIMES: 2 weekends - 11/ 14 - 23, Fri., Sat. nights @ 7:30, Sun. @ 2pm. For prices and more details, got to Bread and Water Theatre FB page, or dot org. Hope to see some of you!

    1 · November 10

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