The Jesse and Celine saga continues. We will be attending the 7:10 pm showing of "Before Midnight" at the Egyptian Theater. It has been eighteen years since Jesse and Celine met on a train while traveling through Europe. After one day together they went their separate ways only to reunite a decade later. Another decade has passed and the two are married and have two daughters. "Before Midnight" picks up from this point. Here is a description of the film taken from Landmark Theatre's web site:
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise, reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset, and now, in director/co-writer Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future. Jesse's a successful novelist, and they're in Greece at a writer's retreat, staying in the bucolic country villa of an older expat writer, Patrick (Walter Lassally). As a treat, their Greek friends have gifted Jesse and Celine with a night at a luxurious seaside hotel while they babysit their young twin daughters Ella and Nina (Jennifer and Charlotte Prior). Feeling the undercurrent of friction between them, Celine wants to beg off, but their friends insist. They set off on foot through the spectacular countryside, enjoying each other's company, talking, teasing, debating, flirting. But for Jesse and Celine, realities intrude: the weight of children, work, ambitions, disappointments and the strains of an evolving, deepening relationship. Their idyllic night tests them in unexpected ways, and before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds.
Here is a preview of the film:
Before Midnight trailer
"Before Midnight" has a 97 rating at rottentomatoes.com; here is the link to that website where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer - Before Midnight
Here are some snippets of reviews:
Finding romance is easy. Staying together is hard. Making a movie this warm, funny, and rigorously truthful about lovers trying to remain partners is even harder.(New York Post)
One of the great movie romances of the modern era achieves its richest and fullest expression in Before Midnight. (Variety)
If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I'd want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I'd see it twice. (Time Magazine)
Meet me in inside lobby of the Egyptian Theater (carpeted floor) at 6:50 at which time I will provide direction to where most of our group is sitting (you can sit anywhere). I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (e.g., black rain hat, brimless African cap aka kufi). 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 the start of the program.
There will be an optional food and beverage stop at the conclusion of the film ("conclusion" = after all the credits have been shown). Meet me on the street in front of the theater (unless it is raining hard in which case will will meet in the outer lobby (stone floor) where we will regroup and head off to a local establishment.
There will be an optional dinner before the film in case anyone wants to have a meal at that time. "Before Midnight" is set in Greece so we will dine at the Mediterranean Express which is located at 1417 Broadway between Pike and Union. A dinner will cost about $10 (less if you just have a sandwich); here is a link to the menu:
This is a small restaurant so patrons might be seated at tables distributed throughout the establishment. Meet me inside the restaurant anytime after 5:45. You order your food at the counter - there is no wait service - so you can show up any time. Just allow yourself enough time to be given the food and to consume it (e.g., 45 minutes).
NB: I use a dumbphone (it does meet Military Standard 810G, eg, will work in a sand storm) so please do not text me or post a last minute message (eg "I am in the theater - where are you") on this web site; I will not be able to read these. Please phone if you need to contact me.