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American Hustle at the Uptown

  • Jan 2, 2014 · 6:15 PM
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The holidays can be a difficult time of year to schedule movies, and yet some of the best movies of the year come out then.  That is why we will be starting the New Year by being hustled.

American Hustle is a film by David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), loosely based on a real event that occurred in the 1970s (and I mean "loosely").

From SIFF's website:

Director David O. Russell presents a story based loosely around a scandalous 1970s sting operation that features an award-winning cast that includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Wait, that's basically what I wrote already.

From IMDB (I've included the actors names in parentheses):

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser (Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

The film has been nominated for seven Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Director, all four acting categories, and Best Screenplay.

We will be meeting between 6 and 6:15 in the lobby.  Once you have purchased your ticket at the window (general admission: $11, Senior/Youth: $10, SIFF Member: $6), please join us in the lobby, where I will be checking people in.  At around 6:20, we will grab our seats.  NOTE: SIFF has a strict no talking/no texting policy (as do I), so please make sure you turn off your phones and your voices until the end of the movie.  I haven't had too many problems in the past, but I will shush you/ tell you to turn off your phone if you don't comply.  Save your comments until the post-film discussion, which will be at one of the local establishments on Queen Anne Ave N.  Once the film is over -- credits and all -- we will wait in the lobby until everyone who needs to has used the restroom before heading out.  If you can't stay for the discussion, feel free to give feedback about the movie in the lobby before you go, or post it when you rate the meetup online.  Just don't give away any spoilers, as we don't want to ruin any part of the movie for the volunteers and staff who work at the Uptown.

Right now American Hustle is scoring a ridiculous 97% on Rotten Tomatoes:

And while I won't be reading any reviews until after I see the film, here is Andrew O'Hehir's review:

SIFF has free parking after 6 pm!  Just drive up to the load zone next to the Uptown Theatre, buy your ticket, and ask for a parking pass.  They will direct you to the lot from there (it's really easy).  Many buses stop nearby, including the Rapid Ride D, the 1, 2, 8, 13, 29, and 32.

Hope to see you there!

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  • BlueSky

    Enjoyed the movie and the post-film discussion, Thanks Greg !

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • Greg

      You're welcome! Glad you could make it.

      January 9, 2014

  • Judy B.

    Well organized, well attended, interesting conversation afterward (both live and online)

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Greg

    I just edited the attendance, but I have some names on my sheet that didn't match any names that RSVP'd. So, if you attended, but you aren't on the list of attendees, let me know and I'll add you. Thanks!

    January 4, 2014

  • Greg

    One of the best films of 2013. Witty, funny, poignant, and intelligent--with great ensemble acting, a fantastic soundtrack, and an infectious sense of joy. Thanks to all who came, particularly those who braved the (actual!) rain for the post-film discussion.

    January 4, 2014

  • Chris

    I had to run out right after the film so I could not stick around to discuss. I felt this film was more of a vehicle to stick well-known actors into 70s costumes and stereotypes than anything else. I think all of the actors did really entertaining caricatures but in the end everything started to feel like a really long SNL sketch. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it didn't come anywhere close to the hype I've been hearing.

    January 3, 2014

  • Dan

    If not click-able, you should be able to copy and paste to read about aspects of this film that were the true story it was partially based on - if you are interested. :) I liked this film in many ways but to get my new year off on more positive note, my next film may need to be some sort of unrealistic, saccharine, uplifting, romcom.

    January 2, 2014

  • nancy

    i slipped out of the film, inside lewyn davis (found it boring)... and slipped in to american hustle... i slipped out of there, too... tried wolf of wall street... slipped out of there, as well! and these films are being rated in the 90% ?!! Wow! i found them all a waste of time and money! but, not everyone is keen on films of substance... as the ratings prove :)

    December 28, 2013

    • Greg

      Not everyone has the same taste in films, either. Don't blame the critics for not agreeing with you. I disagree with them all the time. :-)

      January 2, 2014

  • Rakesh

    New guy here. Tall Indian guy with lots of hair on his head :) Easy to spot me.

    Looking fwd to meeting you all and the movie.

    January 1, 2014

  • Dorothy M. L.

    I have a dr appt prior hopefully I will make it in time

    January 1, 2014

  • Rae

    Caught this a few days ago, enjoy it, folks!

    December 27, 2013

  • Kim

    Sorry.. Too early for me

    December 26, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Does this mean we have to pay or that its paid for?

    December 13, 2013

    • Andy

      BTW, the writeup is not visible from the MeetUp app. From the app it just says "date and location subject to change".

      December 14, 2013

    • Greg

      Hit the arrow on the side of "date and location subject to change," Andy. The rest of it will pop up.

      December 14, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    Wish I could attend. This one sounds very interesting. I'll be out of town until mid-February and hope to catch some good films with this great group when I return!

    December 13, 2013

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