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"Before Midnight" w/Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke at the Egyptian

 

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:

Mediterranean Express

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).

 

George Liu

[masked]

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • George L.

    Thanks to all who showed up at what was the last meetup at the Egyptian Theater. Who knows whether it will reopen in the future as another movie venue. The Seattle Cinema Club had farewell meetups when the Neptune Uptown theaters closed, and we hope that this will be last such meetup for a long time in the future. The post film discussion involved one of the largest groups ever; fortunately the upper level of Cafe Vita could hold everyone. The big question is if there will be another "Before....." film coming out in a decade or so? In the meanwhile see this one and the earlier ones if you have not do so already. They are great. They provide great insights in human behavior.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Great, sorry I had to take off right after. See son.

    June 23, 2013

  • Greg

    Just like the first two films, this one was excellent. I'm sure that I'll get more out of it with repeated viewings, but the argument in the hotel is the most realistic couple argument I've seen in a film.

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Probably will not make the dinner before the show.

    June 22, 2013

  • Rochelle

    conflicting family plans tonight. sorry to miss this!

    June 22, 2013

  • Robc

    Planning to join for dinner if I can make it in time.

    June 22, 2013

  • Lana

    Hello! My husband and I will come to dinner before movie at about 6 pm. Looking forward to seeing you!

    June 21, 2013

  • George L.

    We will be attending the 7:10 showing. If you plan to join me for dinner please post a comment to that effect. The restaurant is small and I need to think about a backup establishment if too many people want to dine at the Mediterranean Express.

    June 19, 2013

    • George L.

      Rhonda: After the film we plan to patronize an establishment where dining is an option. I believe most participants will only want a beverage and/or snack. That is why the dinner option takes place before the film.

      June 20, 2013

    • Rhonda

      Thanks, George, I am a little slow sometimes....

      June 21, 2013

  • Greg

    If I get out of work early, I'll see you guys at dinner.

    June 21, 2013

  • Greg

    I should be able to make it from work. If I come late, I'll meet up with you guys afterwards.

    June 21, 2013

  • Harry S

    Have a conflict in my schedule.

    June 20, 2013

  • Lilia

    Sorry, I can't make it...

    June 20, 2013

  • laura

    What a heartbreaker, George. I wonder -- will it turn into a Neptune-like venue for theatre, or do you think they're going to try to tear it down???

    June 17, 2013

    • George L.

      Don't know. Not very many details have been released.

      June 17, 2013

    • Tracy R.

      The Egyptian is connected to Seattle Community College from what I understand and there's the plan to rent it out if they can. Fingers crossed it'll be used in some form of entertainment.

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    George,

    I will go to dinner before the film.

    June 19, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    I think all the info I need is here so I know where to meet the group before the film. I am looking forward to it but I have not seen Before Sunrise.

    Wait, I just read the comment below. They are closing the Egyptian? Maybe they will make it their new performance hall or an additional one. I hope they keep it as some type of film/performance venue.

    June 18, 2013

  • laura

    This, from Crosscut.com:
    Egyptian Theatre: Lights out

    The Landmark Theatres chain is closing The Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill, quickly: The last showing will be June 27. The Stranger says Seattle Central Community College is open to ideas on what to do with the building, which it owns and "intends to keep." Landmark says it has operated the theater, which was the original home of the Seattle International Film Festival, since 1989.

    June 18, 2013

  • audre s.

    Hi. I just talked with Kim at the Egyptian about the movie on Saturday night. She said there's no need to buy tickets in advance. It's not expected in any way to sell out. So see you all there on Saturday night!

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • George L.

    This will probably be the last meetup ever to be held at the Egyptian Theater. It was announced today that Landmark Theaters was unable to renew its lease so its last day as a Landmark Theater will be June 27.

    June 17, 2013

    • Tracy R.

      what does that mean? No cinema or just landmark?? :(

      June 17, 2013

  • Tajar

    Are there still tickets (and seats) available for this?

    June 17, 2013

  • Nora G

    Forgot about a friend's summer solstice party!

    June 14, 2013

  • George L.

    Friday, June 14th, for an open ended run. If it is scheduled to last just one week the Landmark Theatres will make that known. However, most films have open ended runs. That is to say, on Monday after the opening the folks at Landmark's HQ review the box office data and decide whether to extend the run or pull the plug Much incorrect information has been posted in the comments section. Before Midnight opens on on Thursday and have a new film on Friday. Because there is a chance that that a new film's run will end just after one week the on-line ticket sale system will not sell tickets beyond that Thursday. I do not think that there is any way under the sun that Before Midnight will have an initial run of just one week. However, if you do not believe this go ahead and purchase a ticket for a showing on or before Thursday, June 20th.

    June 13, 2013

    • George L.

      continued: If you share my confidence that this film will have a run that is longer than one week then keep the June 22th date in your calendar. Be sure to check the web site for any venue or time changes. The showing of Brazil at the Egyptian on Saturday, June 22, will be at midnight only, and it does not displace Before Midnight or maybe a new film.

      June 13, 2013

  • Micha Monet V.

    Has everyone already purchased tickets to this? I've been trying for a month and have had no luck for Saturday!

    June 13, 2013

    • Tracy R.

      Maybe scheduling another day like Thursday is an idea??

      June 13, 2013

    • Kim

      Thursday would work better for me...

      June 13, 2013

  • laura

    I talked to someone at Landmark's Harvard X tonight and he said no decision had been made, whether the film will play for another week at the Egyptian. That decision will be made Monday night. It also likely could be moved to another of the Landmarks. Stay tuned.

    June 13, 2013

  • Moniece C.

    My daughters grad party!

    June 13, 2013

  • Tracy R.

    Hey guys, Thursday the 20th is the last day the film is showing. Brazil is playing on Saturday. On Thursday, the showing time is 7.10pm. Here's the link:
    https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/%28S%28n2ccgo1r5hgg5hrmvnkelcgj%29%29/Ticketing.aspx?ShowDate=6/20/2013&TheatreID=241

    June 13, 2013

  • Micha Monet V.

    Couldn't get Saturday tickets, so I am going on Thursday instead. :(

    June 13, 2013

  • Tracy R.

    I'm at 1448. Bugger it! Enjoy :-)

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been waiting 9 years.

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • denise f.

    this upcoming film sounds wonderful! =-0)

    May 30, 2013

  • Micha Monet V.

    YAY! I can't wait to see this!

    May 30, 2013

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