"The Place Beyond the Pines" - free showing w/guaranteed seat - Pacific Place

  • April 4, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Pacific Place Cinema

We will be attending an advance showing of the film "The Place  Beyond the Pines" at the Pacific Place Cinema in downtown Seattle. Our group will have guaranteed seating. The film starts at 7:00 pm, but all participants must check in with me before 6:00; otherwise your spot might be given to someone on the standby list

Here is a description of "Place...", which stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, taken from Landmark Theatres's web site:

The daring new movie from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Ryan Gosling), a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer with a carnival passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke's ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies—which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook). Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation

Here is the official trailer for the film:

The Place Beyond the Pines - trailer

The film has received a 73 rating at rottentomatoes.com; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - The Place Beyond the Pines

 

Admission to this showing is free, and our group will be admitted ahead of everyone else. We have guaranteed seats. Please read the following directions so you understand how this will work:

The twenty-five guaranteed seats will be distributed by signing up for this event on a first-come first-served basis. If you end up as one of the twenty-five "finalists" you will get guaranteed admission if you show up no later than 6:00 outside of the Pacific Place Cinemas. When you meet me I will give you a name tag which you will need to show me when we enter the theater. Please note that if you are a no show or cancel at the last minute you will not be eligible for free preview showings in the future though you are still welcome to participate in any other cinema club meetup. Persons who had spots to the free preview showing of "Hitchcock" or "Hyde Park on Hudson" or a reservation to the Academy Awards viewing partyandmark and who did not show up will have their name removed from the "attending" list; I have your names. You can only sign up for yourself; the "guest" option has been turned off.

Our group will be admitted to the theater around 6:15 so if you arrive after that time there will be no way that I can have you admitted or pass a general admission ticket to you.

Meet me near the box office of the Pacific Place Cinema. I am an Asian American who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, rain hat, African skull cap). There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until 6:45 or thereabouts.

There will be an optional food and beverage stop at the conclusion of the film. Note: conclusion = after all of the credits have rolled by. Meet me just outside of the theater near the box office. If you use the restroom notify someone so that we do not leave without you

George Liu

[masked]

Note:

From March 28 to April 2 meetup.com's reservation system will be set to "automatic". This means that if there is a cancellation the first person (i.e., the one who has been on the list the longest) on the waiting list will be moved to the "attending" list. On the night of  April 2 the reservation system will be set to "manual". When an opening occurs everyone on the waiting list will be sent an email notifying him or her of the availability of a spot. The first person who logs onto this page and changes his/her status will get the opening. Anyone who reads this page and who is not on the waiting is eligible to claim the opening. Once the spot is taken everyone else cannot make a reservation until an opening occurs again.

 

 

 


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  • Victor O.

    Yes LaDonna a must see film!!

    Victor

    April 8, 2013

  • laura

    I was interested in seeing this film, after viewing Ciafrance’s previous work, “Blue Valentine.” However in his latest endeavor, the characters lacked motivation for their actions – they seemed to turn on a dime. It was almost as if the director randomly tore out pages of the script. That said, the acting was superb – especially the poignant scenes between Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes – who are a real-life couple. Thanks, George for arranging this fun outing and the hang afterward!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • George L.

    Thanks to Jennifer, Steve, and Laura for a great post film discussion at the Palomino. As Tammye said, it was a long film and many folks did not participate because of the late hour. Lots of film topics were discussed.

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Steve S.

      Good to join you and Laura (and of course Jen) afterwards. I found it amusing that although the film was long, we pretty much covered discussion of it on the walk to Palomino, and ended up talking about all sorts of other film topics over happy hour there.

      1 · April 6, 2013

  • Steve S.

    I found the film's plot unconventional, with no one main character. Early on, Ryan Gosling was the lead, with Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes as supporting characters. Then suddenly, Bradley Cooper became the lead. Finally, Emory Cohen and Dane DeHaan took the lead, with Cooper and Mendelsohn supporting. Many critics seemed to approve, but I found the plot very unfocused, and some of the characters' choices to be driven more by the need to move the plot forward than any obvious motivations.

    The music was worse. In one scene, Gosling said, "Not since Hall and Oates has there been such a team." Later, the song "Maneater" plays in the soundtrack. Not only is that song a poor fit for the scene, using a Hall and Oates song after mentioning them in dialog turns what's supposed to be a very serious scene into an inappropriate comic relief moment.

    On the plus side, most of the acting was admirable. The dialog was very credible. The scenic shots were pretty.

    April 6, 2013

  • Matthew D.

    Honestly this movie was a pretty big disappointment overall. The acting was decent and the cinematography was good, at first. For the first 45 minutes or so I thought the movie was engaging up until Luke died. I felt that the development behind the detectives and the conspiracy was completely irrelevant. I would have prefered the movie to have centered around that story line then the two sons. It also just felt very un climactic to me.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Rochelle

    Agree with Victor. Thought the movie was overly violent and didn't have great character development. Everyone in the movie seemed to be an archetype. Very nice it was a free screening. Thanks for organizing, George. Superb job as usual.

    April 5, 2013

  • Victor O.

    George,

    Here is part 2:

    When I see a film, I expect a lot. I grew up in the Arthouse culture of Manhattan, NYC going to the Thalia as a teenager where in 3 weeks you could see every film that was made of a particular director. The program changed daily. I expect a film to have character development as in Shakespeare or an August Wilson play (the black shakespeare) who spent his last 10 years in Seattle. For me once you destroy the integrity of a character by having it do something it is not meant to do, you loose my trust in the ability to tell a story. Also what made the DA's son suddenly turn into such a monster? Ok, there was a divorce with his wife, but you have give us some history. We need depth. So much of cinema especially holywood based, does not give us the depth, so we as a culture wind up perpetrating the same superciality we see in film. I look forward to see the film "I am Cuba" at the Frye Gallery in a few weeks.

    April 5, 2013

  • Victor O.

    George,

    Thanks for oganizing this. I will be more careful about checking the ratings first and watching the trailer. This would have alerted me to all the violence in this film.

    I spent a lot of time with my head turned away from the screen. The film lacked character development and explanation of why the characters did what they did. Things just happened. Right from the beginning, I found it totally out of character for Raina to go back to Luke's new trailer and sleep with him, while she is married to the African man. Would also like to know more about the history of the African man. He had an African Kenyan sounding name (Obi, if I remember correctly). Part 2 will be a seperate post , because the media is limiting me to express my thoughts in depth.
    Victor

    April 5, 2013

  • Dorothy M. L.

    I enjoyed the film. I wanted to know more about the 15 year journey. Sorry to have missed the post film discussion, John won tickets to listen to a blues band at Hwy 99.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Jessica B.

    Thanks for setting this all up! I've been to premiers before and had to wait in that terrible line, so this was nice and organized! But as for the movie? Not quite as impressed. It felt like there were so many directions the movie was trying to go, that it felt like it left dead ends all over the place. And the path chosen was not the most entertaining or interesting one. It wasn't poorly directed or acted, simply a stinker of a story.

    2 · April 5, 2013

  • Pat F.

    Thank you George! Good movie :)

    April 5, 2013

  • Tammye Read w.

    LONG!

    April 4, 2013

  • Tiffanie

    Thanks for the free screening! I met some cool people, and I enjoyed the movie.

    April 4, 2013

  • Pam M

    the story was intense, a bit dis-jointed but definitely a conversation starter!

    April 4, 2013

  • Judy

    Very stressed terrible traffic from 99. Hope to make it by 6 o'clock

    April 4, 2013

  • Tamar H.

    Sorry I came down with a bad cough.

    April 4, 2013

  • Chris G.

    Although I'm in the waitlist we'll see how it goes. For everyone else I hope you enjoy the movie :-)

    April 4, 2013

  • Judy

    Good To know that there is paid parking right there I will go with that option also thank you!

    April 4, 2013

  • Judy

    How is the parking in that area? Is there designated parking for the theatre? I'm new to Seattle....

    April 3, 2013

    • George L.

      I think that all of the downtown street parking is metered until 8:00 pm. Given that fact my choice of options is to pay the $6 for evening parking in the basement of the building where the theater is located.

      April 3, 2013

  • Kathy P

    have to give up my spot, congrats to the lucky person on the waiting list who gets it.

    April 3, 2013

  • ann

    I received email that a spot opened up. I am going

    April 3, 2013

    • George L.

      Ann: Everyone on the waiting list got the same email about a spot being available. The only the first person to have gone to the RSVP page and changed his or her reservation to "attending" got the spot. This appears to be Kayleen. Your name is not on the RSVP attending list so you do not have a spot.

      April 3, 2013

  • Chris G.

    Although I'm in the waitlist we'll see how it goes. For everyone else I hope you enjoy the movie :-)

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Freeing up my spot. :)

    April 3, 2013

  • Dorothy M. L.

    I will park at 6pm. I will be at the theater at 6:06pm

    April 2, 2013

  • Cherry O.

    How will I know if I get moved from the Waiting List to having a confirmed seat for this film event?

    March 29, 2013

    • George L.

      If you are moved from the waiting list to the "attending" list the meetup.com will automatically send you an email notifying you of this fact. Also, you need to check the reservation page from time to time to see if you have been moved.

      March 30, 2013

    • Cherry O.

      Thanks, George!

      March 30, 2013

  • Cherry O.

    Looking forward to seeing this film! And you can't beat a free showing!

    March 29, 2013

  • Susan B.

    I want to bring a guest too.

    March 29, 2013

  • Mo

    I have Italian class, dang it!

    March 29, 2013

  • George L.

    For this showing there there are no guests (ie, no "+1"). Each participant must be a member of the Seattle Cinema Club and must sign up on his or her own.

    March 28, 2013

    • Kristi

      Thank you for the information. I will not be able to attend since I will have my daughter with me that evening. Enjoy the movie.

      March 29, 2013

  • Victor O.

    Looking forward to it.

    Victor

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was trying to decide if this would be good from the previews. Being free has helped me decide to see it! Thanks!

    March 29, 2013

  • Susan V.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 28, 2013

  • Dorothy M. L.

    +1

    March 28, 2013

  • Kristi

    I wanted to bring my daughter with me, but I could not add a plus one. Can she also attend? She is fifteen.

    March 28, 2013

  • Tony

    Thanks George. See you next time.

    March 28, 2013

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