"The Sessions" - free showing w/guaranteed admission - Meridian 16

This writeup was modified on Monday, October 29. Please read it in its entirety especially if you have a reservation to attend.

We will be attending a free advanced showing of the film “The Sessions” at the Meridian 16 theater in downtown Seattle. Seating is guaranteed for our group. The showing is at 7:00 pm, but all participants must be present by 6:00. We will be admitted to the screening room at 6:15 ahead of folks in the general admission line who are not guaranteed a seat.

 

Here is a description of The Sessions that appeared in Variety:

 

A film of tenderness and humor married to the unlikeliest of subjects, "The Sessions" presents the story of poet and polio survivor Mark O'Brien, who left behind an oeuvre of life-affirming writing despite his condition...writer-director Ben Lewin's film focuses on perhaps the most unusual chapter of O'Brien's life, in which the iron lung-bound writer (here played by John Hawkes) arranges to lose his virginity with the help of a sex therapist (Helen Hunt). Careful treatment makes for an exceptional, expertly acted crowd-pleaser.

 

Here is the link to the review in Variety:

 

Variety - The Sessions

 

Here is the trailer for this film:

 

Trailer - The Sessions

 

“The Sessions” has a 93% rating on rottentomatoes.com; here is link that that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to determine if this film is for you.

 

Tomatometer – The Sessions

 

“The Sessions” won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Here is what is reported at wikipedia.com: The Sessions was considered one of the 2012 Sundance breakout hits. John Hawkes received two prolonged standing ovations at the film's screening. It was praised by critics at the festival as accessible, enjoyable, and light-hearted.”

 

Meet me at the Meridian 16 Theater no later than 6:00. I plan to be there by 5:45 to check in participants. Meet me at the top of the first escalator - turn left as you step off the conveyance. There will probably be a line of people who have general admission tickets and a group standing around or maybe forming a second line. This is the Seattle Cinema Club - this is for what you are looking.  I am an Asian male who wears glasses and will will probably be wearing a hat of some type (khaki beret, black rain hat, multi-color African cap). My cell phone,[masked], will be on until 6:30 and maybe up until 7:00. Please note that once our group has been admitted I cannot help you get in if you are late.

 

George Liu

[masked]

 

NOTE:

Prior to the two days before this event meetup.com's reservation system will be set on “automatic”. This means if someone cancels his or her reservation the person who has been on the waiting list the longest will be given the opening (first in, first out). During the two days before the event the reservation system will be set on “manual”. This means that when an opening occurs an email with notification of the opening will be sent to everyone on the waiting list and the first person to RSVP will get the spot. The reassignment of the reservation is done automatically by the meetup.com software; I do not have a say in this process so do not email me to ask if you got the spot.

 

 

 

 

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  • Jan

    Five stars.

    November 2, 2012

  • Laurie

    What an enjoyable movie and a great time afterward. Thanks, George!

    November 2, 2012

  • Tina H

    LOVED the movie!

    November 2, 2012

  • Renee M.

    Great!

    November 1, 2012

  • Renee M.

    Thank you, George, for organizing this and and for all your efforts. This was a great time!

    November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah, a very thought provoking, interesting movie. It made me all the more appreciative of my life. I really enjoyed the film.

    November 1, 2012

  • Chih-yu C.

    Thanks, George, for organizing! Sorry I wasn't able to join the post-movie discussion. Hope to see y'all next time! :)

    November 1, 2012

  • Warren

    Thanks George for another well organized 'Meetup'. And even more thanks for all your hard work up to now. A great movie - thoroughly enjoyed. Hope to see you at the next one. Enjoy that drink. Cheers.

    November 1, 2012

  • Jan

    Renee, I say "AMEN" to your comment re buying George drink(s) after the movie. After the plethora of emails we have received re this Meetup, I think many of us could use a drink also! Cheers!

    November 1, 2012

  • Nodo

    Yes, please!

    October 31, 2012

    • George L.

      Todd: Oh no! You gave up a spot with guaranteed admission for a general admission ticket which does not guarantee getting into the screening room. You will have to show up early to increase your chances of getting in. As I stated, my very first "free" movie event was 100 general admission tickets to see "Black Swan", and 300 people were turned away at the door including maybe 50 from my group. Folks got turned away at "Jane Eyre". On the other hand the theater was not full for "War Horse" (2nd and 3rd showing), "Attack the Block", "The Tourist" and maybe some others. I do not accept free tickets unless they come with a guarantee of admission.

      November 1, 2012

    • Todd

      Well, I like my gf a lot, so I'd rather both of us for sure see it or don't see it. Just one of us guaranteed to get in isn't as attractive of an offer. I'll make sure to get there really early.

      November 1, 2012

  • Marnee

    So what if the system doesn't allow you to say Yes? I went into my iPhone app & on the website proper & I wasn't allowed to say Yes. I'm assuming that's because my PC is down?

    November 1, 2012

  • darin d.

    I an mot going go fuis lest up but reading all the back and forth here it seem clear that knees did not read the instructions or waited and want special treatment that the rest of us can't get. its a first come first serve thing. The meet up was full so I made other plans. this not the only screening in town today.

    November 1, 2012

  • Marnee

    I'd love to go if I could.

    November 1, 2012

  • Renee M.

    We all need to buy George his drink(s) tonight after the movie--assuming we're going out somewhere. He's been incredibly patient explaining the group's policies (especially since they're in such explicit detail on the site).

    1 · November 1, 2012

  • Jan

    Hi George,

    You are doing a great job, and spending an inordinate amount of time trying to tutor newbies, as others have also tried to do. I am fairly new to the group but am toward the top of the waiting list. Just to cover myself for an incident like this, I went ahead and acquired two passes for a friend and myself. We are going to be at the theatre to wait in line like everyone else that is not part of the group. I suggest that should be what others do if they want to see a free movie. If they don't know how to go about getting a free pass, go to Gofobo.com and sign up. If there are any passes still available, you can join the rest of us who will be standing in line. George, your position is well understood by the majority of us and we appreciate your efforts, so lead on McDuff.

    --Jan

    November 1, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    I watched 'Breathing Lessons' on SnagFilms last evening in anticipation of viewing this movie. It's only 35 minutes in length so if you have an opportunity to log in and watch it prior to the screening it'll be worth your effort. On a side note-there is a slight chance that I will not make it tonight so I am going to change my RSVP for this high demand meetup. Would hate for someone that knows they can make it to miss out.

    November 1, 2012

  • Renee M.

    Todd: I'm new, too, but George's policy does a pretty good job of explaining how it works. In a nutshell: (1) up until 2 days before the event if you're on the wait list, the system (not the organizer) auto-adds you in the order you appear on the wait list. (2) TWO days before the event--now, for instance--the system stops automatically adding people from the wait list and it doesn't matter if you're 1st or 41st; YOU have to add yourself. So, keep your email on. If there's an opening everybody gets an email saying "there's one spot left for tomorrow's showing..." then it's a mad scramble to see who can log on and RSVP "Yes" first. Like musical chairs. So, George isn't involved in the guest list (unless there are extenuating circumstances--explained in the tutorial). Hope this helps!

    October 31, 2012

    • George L.

      Renee, thanks for posting your comments. It reinforces the fact that the RSVP system is operated automatically by the meetup.com software, and that organizers are not involved with selecting who gets to attend.

      October 31, 2012

    • Nodo

      I'm confused--where is the RSVP? It wasn't in my email.

      October 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think it would have more respectful if all the comments hadn't been made at all, I think for me the point of RSVP'ing was because I hadn't SEEN the film yet. It honestly has spoiled it a bit for me... for this and other reasons I'm changing my RSVP.. hope to see you all soon! Thanks.. next, lol

    2 · October 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Judy I was responding to a post I saw that contradicted my experience. I have only been to less than 5 meetups of any kind. I haven't been apprised of the unspoken "rules" on how I am supposed to censor my opinion to suit the temperaments of all individuals. I assumed this exchange was typical. I apologize if you felt that seeing this movie for FREE was spoiled by the dialog. It is after all a FREE movie. If you chose to not participate in viewing it I suspect someone else happily will take your place.

      October 31, 2012

  • Nodo

    Ticket please?

    October 31, 2012

  • laura

    If the new space is not taken, I'd love it!

    October 31, 2012

    • George L.

      Laura: If there is an opening you will have to be the first to respond to meetup.com. Please read the link shown below that explains how the RSVP system works.

      October 31, 2012

  • Dorothy M. L.

    How do I get on the yes list?

    October 31, 2012

    • George L.

      Read the last paragraph of the web site listed above. It describes how the "manual" mode operates. It is exactly as I have described in my write-up with the additional comment that once someone has claimed the spot there are no responses to further emails stating that the event is full.

      October 31, 2012

    • George L.

      Let me add that the response to the announcement of an opening is sent directly to meetup.com and NOT to me. This is done so that organizers are not bothered with having to manage the reservation list.

      October 31, 2012

  • Nodo

    Just one spot? I see Warren got in--congrats Warren!

    October 30, 2012

  • Warren

    I'll Take it if still available

    October 30, 2012

  • Tina H

    Does anyone have suggestions/thoughts re: parking?

    October 29, 2012

    • George L.

      I plan to use the Pacific Place parking garage which is a few blocks away. It costs $6 after 5:00 pm (entry time). The Washington Convention Center parking garage is closer and maybe cheaper by a few dollars but it is a spooky place to be at night. Also, I would not spend too much time looking for a free spot a few blocks away after 6:00m because you are supposed to be checked in with me at that time; you might find a free spot at the risk of missing the group's admission to the screen room.

      1 · October 29, 2012

    • Tina H

      OK thank you!

      October 29, 2012

  • Vicki

    RSVP. YES!!!! Please!!!

    October 29, 2012

  • George L.

    Note: I am changing some reservations to allow just one person to attend. See note about guests.

    October 9, 2012

  • Renee M.

    Perhaps this dialogue can move off the public message board until the rest of us have actually seen the film. (Don't want to turn off email notifications in case the organizer has updated plans/instructions). (2) I think Rick is entitled to his opinion, which is just as valid as anybody's & to keep telling him to see the movie again is claiming that your opinion is superior. It isn't. (3) I suspect the lack of disabled female characters is about the bottom line: would the public shell out $$$ to see this? People don't even want an overweight naked woman on the screen.

    1 · October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rick I think you missed the opportunity to be affected by the story. The story is one about love, loss, and love again. This man had the love of three women. It was an encouraging story about how love comes to everyone no matter what your situation if you open up to embrace it and are willing to put yourself out there no matter the consequences. The nudity was just a part of the story. As was the humor. I don't think accepting one's body was the point. Helen's character was a sex therapist. I don't see how showing Hawkes "hanbone" would have enhanced the story. I think you should see it again but relax and let the humor and sadness, joy and despair, love and loss and love be your focus. Try to see it through different eyes.

    October 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't so much miss the opportunity as resist the manipulation. I didn't mind the humor or the nudity, but was struck by the curious double-standard, so common in film, about male vs female bodies. Accepting one's body, however, was very much a central theme of the film.

      2 · October 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Those of us who aren't critics just go to a movie to spend some time out of our normalcy and enjoy the art of film. If you call that manipulation then I enjoyed the manipulation perpetrated by those awful flilmakers who made that possible for me. The acceptance of one's body was in context with the theme of love and being loved and not being limited in that capacity. I would rather see through my idealistic eyes.

      October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, now that you've all seen it, can I ask: Am I the only person who was distracted by the fact that John Hawkes, though he gives a good performance, has a muscular and toned body that does not look at all like that of somebody who has had polio since the age of six? Strange too, that Helen Hunt goes full-frontal, yet the director "discretely" conceals Hawkes' hambone, even while Hunt's character makes a point about accepting one's body no matter what. It made me suspicious of the director's intentions.

    1 · October 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Respectfully, I understand your background but I urge you to step away from your convention to see with different eyes.

      October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an awesome movie. Funny, touching very worth it.

    October 26, 2012

  • Renee M.

    I think this is the biggest wait list I've ever seen in my entire life. Can somebody please, please please get the flu? Kidding! ( Sort of).

    October 26, 2012

  • Jan

    Hope to see everyone there ... if I make it off the wait list!

    October 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks George for making the changes, I can imagine this may cause some consternation for some but I think your rules are very fair.

    October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just saw this at the Vancouver International Film Festival; a good, not great, movie, which features Helen Hunt going full frontal and doing some fairly explicit sex scenes. Superb, witty dialogue and good acting all around. A Belgium film at VIFF, "Come As You Are", featured the exact same theme: the sexual needs of men with severe physical disabilities. This has been dealt with before in "Coming Home", "Born on the 4th of July", and "My Left Foot", and I have no problem with the subject per se, but I have a question: Why do filmmakers always focus on MEN with disabilities who can't get laid? Surely there must be disabled women out there with their own stories to tell.

    1 · October 10, 2012

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