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CLOUD ATLAS at the Cinerama

  • Nov 4, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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Are you ready for the most thought-provoking and dense film since The Tree of Life?  Are you a big fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey, including its mind-blowing conclusion?  Then you may just be ready to see Cloud Atlas.  As Roger Ebert describes it: "To borrow Churchill's description of Russia, 'it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.' It fascinates in the moment. It's getting from one moment to the next that is tricky."

Directed by Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run, 3) and Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix, V for Vendetta), this movie is based on the novel by the same name. As described on Cinerama's homepage: "An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution."

Buy your ticket outside (or online here, though it won't sell out: https://www.seattlecinerama.com/visinternetticketing/visSelect.aspx?visSearchBy=cin&visCinID=9999&visMovieName=Cloud+Atlas), then enter the lobby through the door next to the ticket window.  I'll be inside the lobby with a sign that says SEATTLE CINEMA CLUB on it.  PLEASE ARRIVE BY 11 AM, as we will be heading into the theater at that time to claim our seats.  The movie is almost three hours long (164 mins), so after it ends, we will go for an optional lunch break at one of the nearby restaurants.

For those of you who want some help in understanding the movie ahead of time: http://blogs.suntimes.com/foreignc/2012/10/a-taste-in-transcendence.html

And here is Roger Ebert's four-star review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121024/REVIEWS/121029991

The movie has tended to divide critics (62% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (it didn't do well at the box office), so you've been warned. :-)

Hope to see you there!

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  • Greg

    By popular demand (okay, one person), here is my take on Cloud Atlas, as written on one of my two blogs: http://murmursfromthebalcony.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/cloud-atlas-music-and-the-ripple-effect/

    November 21, 2012

  • Greg

    Thanks again to everyone for coming! We had close to 30 people attend the film (with 21 people joining us for post-discussion lunch) since Gwen brought three of her friends. That's a great turnout percentage, and I'm sure the Cinerama was happy so many of us turned out, as well.

    November 5, 2012

  • Greg

    Despite the mixed reviews, this is a great film. No, it's not perfect, but it's ambitious, uncompromising, well-made, well-acted, well-scripted, and bold. Most importantly, it has heart, and a message that is simple, yet deep. Small kindnesses by individuals can change the course of history, as our actions ripple through time and through other people, shaping our world either for the better, or for the worse.

    So happy to see us "take over" the Cinerama and Etta's after the movie. I'm glad that most of you were able to stay for our post-movie discussion, and I hope to see you again at the next meetup!

    November 5, 2012

  • Kishari

    Thanks for organizing this Greg, it was fun to have a post-movie chat with everyone!

    November 4, 2012

  • Brian W

    Good movie. A bit long, sometimes overly sappy, but overall quite good.

    November 4, 2012

  • Don

    Fun meetup with a great turnout, expertly hosted by Greg. Post-screening snacks and movie talk at Etta's was the icing on the cake.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet everyone!

    1 · November 4, 2012

  • Brian W

    Where's our relocate?

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    IIs it Icon Grill, then?

    November 4, 2012

  • Eric A.

    Coming to see it for a second time. Look forward to meeting some new movie lovers. Saw Flight today and didn't like it. Cloud Atlas way better.

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually there is a 3rd option which is PALACE KITCHEN http://www.zagat.com/r/palace-kitchen-seattle/menu
    which is a couple of blocks East on 5th & Lenora which is one of my favorite Tom Douglas restaurants. It is the same distance from the Cinerama as Ikon grill. Both places are about the same price point for food. I am biased towards PALACE as I have tried the burger @ Palace & this place does it well. It is one of the best if not BEST in town if you like that type of thing. Also, I am quite fond of their salads & coconut cream pie which is also hard to beat. My veggie husband has never had a problem finding things to eat here. There will not be a problem accommodating a large number of people in this place. Also, the staff is friendly & professional. Wherever we end up going, if we are a large group, we should consider tipping well & using cash as 35 people presenting credit cards all @ once will make the restaurant sad :(

    November 2, 2012

    • Brian W

      I will offer a strong second for Palace Kitchen.

      November 3, 2012

    • Greg

      You both probably want to check out their homepage, as Palace Kitchen opens at 5 pm, and the movie will be over between 2 and 2:30.

      November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Greg, the link for SERIOUS PIE does not work for some reason so try this one instead http://www.zagat.com/r/serious-pie-seattle/menu . Sorry for being such a busy body :) cheers ...

    November 2, 2012

  • Greg

    Okay, here are two restaurants that are nearby. Where we go depends on who joins us afterwards and how many, but this will give you an idea of what kind of food and drink options we have.

    Serious Pie Menu: http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=serious-pie-pizza

    Icon Grill Menu: http://www.icongrill.com/pdf/Lunch10-12.pdf

    Also, because we're getting out after 2 pm, every place that has lunch hours will not be serving food then, which decreases our options a bit (since there's no way I'm not eating lunch after a three hour film) :-))

    If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know. There are more options the further downtown we go, but these two restaurants are fairly close to the theater, so I thought I'd start with them.

    November 2, 2012

    • Kishari

      Icon Grill sounds great, thanks!

      November 2, 2012

  • Greg

    Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning, so be sure to set your clocks and watches back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday. Otherwise, you'll arrive an hour early. :-)

    Also, tomorrow I'll be posting some options for where to have our post-meetup discussion/lunch. That way, all of you have some advance notice on where we might be going. If you've seen this film already, but want to join in the discussion, call my cell phone to find out where we'll be. Please leave a name and phone number if you get my voicemail. If a huge group turns out tomorrow for the film, however, that will limit how many other people can join the discussion afterwards.

    See everyone on Sunday!

    November 1, 2012

  • Roseanne M

    Greg - The time of the film conflicts with another commitment; however, I might be able to join the discussion. I see that it's a large group! What is the location of the after-film discussion? Thx

    October 31, 2012

    • Greg

      Not sure yet, as I still have to do research on that (there are several places within walking distance, but I have to see which place would be good for lunch). I'll put that information up on Friday, but just in case I don't, take down my phone number so that you can call me on Sunday, and I'll try to remember to turn it back on when the movie is over.

      October 31, 2012

  • Linda K

    This sounds like an interesting movie that I'd love to see. I can't attend it during the time slot you've got, Greg. it sounds like you might be considering another time. If you do, I hope I can grab a spot before it fills up....

    October 30, 2012

    • Greg

      Sorry Linda, but this is the only time that I can schedule the film at anything approaching a reasonable time for everyone else. If it were playing next Thursday, I would schedule it then, but it's not. Still, if you're able to see it before we are and want to join our discussion on Sunday -- provided it's just the three hours that the movie is playing that you have a conflict with -- feel free.

      October 31, 2012

  • Mo

    I saw it last Saturday, too. I never read the book, but I think I will now. Very interesting, challenging, beautiful and strange.

    October 30, 2012

  • Roseanne M

    Since I read the book, I was anxious to see the film. Hence saw it last Saturday. Disappointed that I can't go with this group, as I would be happy to see it again. And, enjoy having someone to discuss it with. I'm inspired to read the book, again!

    October 29, 2012

  • Kishari

    Oooh, can't wait for this one. The author originally thought it was impossible to make into a film...

    October 29, 2012

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