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: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_hustle/
And while I won't be reading any reviews until after I see the film, here is Andrew O'Hehir's review: http://www.salon.com/2013/12/13/pick_of_the_week_a_dazzling_american_con_circa_1978/
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!