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Talk about one of Roger Ebert's great films "Mystery Train" @ Argo Tea

Hello Chicago Film Lovers,

We had a great meetup tonight talking about "Seven Samurai". Argo Tea has been treating us very well, they made us fresh baked gooey chocolate chip cookies, I was a fan :). The discussion was good too. We covered a lot of Japanese cinema history and Kurosawa's impact on film by putting Japanese cinema on the map.

For our next meetup film discussion, because of the recent passing of Roger Ebert, I wanted to pick a movie in his honor (he will be missed!). I have spent some time on my own reviewing the lists of his great films and after reading countless reviews, Ebert's review about "Mystery Train" (1989), directed by Jim Jarmusch, spoke to me. I haven't seen this indie film yet so I'm relying upon Ebert's words. You can find "Mystery Train" on Amazon Instant Video. So join me this May to talk about one of Ebert's great films, "Mystery Train" at Argo Tea. Looking forward to this discussion!

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  • Al

    Super-fun - so many interesting topics the movie was able to bring up. Thanks for the "Star Trek" link, Ana...wish those making the latest movie had read it...

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Great discussion of a film that we didn't necessarily love everything about, but we admired the essence of it, which lied through the iconic Elvis Presley.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • penny r.

    I'm disappointed. "Mystery Train" did not arrive so I will not be coming tonight. See you next time.

    May 22, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      No worries Penny! You should come anyways, but if not, I understand, we'll see you next time :)

      May 22, 2013

  • Ana Laura S.

    Hey everybody! This is not related to Mystery Train at all, but thought it would be worth sharing. The link below is a guide to Star Trek writers written in 1967 so they would not create wholes in the story, keep the characters' uniqueness without changing their characteristics. The guide also contains some funny orientations for media questions, such as "Are you people on LSD?" to be answered properly: "We tried, but we couldn't keep it lit." :)'s_Guide.pdf

    Sorry if I am messing up with the conversation, but I simply loved it, and I am not a huge fan of the series.


    2 · May 21, 2013

    • Dan J.

      Thanks for sharing this Ana. I'm a science minded person, so I enjoy both "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" films. The original Star Trek television series lasted only two or three seasons and was low budget. The concept sparked a response and it has lasted over 50 years so far.

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • Al

    If anyone brings a flyswatter, I'll bring the giant bug.

    May 21, 2013

  • Gari H.

    I have been a touch under the weather yesterday and this morning. My attedance tomorrow is hinged on my improvement or declination. Please accept my apologies in advance should I not show.

    May 21, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      No problem, feel better! Hope to see you next if we miss you :)

      May 21, 2013

  • Al

    Siskel & Ebert on "Mystery Train":

    The "Mystery Train" section is at 11:45 in the video. They also review "Christmas Vacation", "Roger & Me", "Triumph of the Spirit", "Straight No Chaser" - good week for them!

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to go to this. I saw the movie a couple of years ago and really would like to hear everyone's thoughts. Sadly, I have to teach Wednesday evening. Next time, I hope.

    May 15, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      Definitely, it was nice meeting you the first time. We also have our social meetup coming up in acouple weeks. You should come :)

      May 16, 2013

  • Al

    Here are some good articles that help illuminate "Mystery Train" (better to read after seeing the movie):

    (My favorite insight from these articles: a quote by the director Jim Jarmusch calling the film "a modern minimalist's version of the Canterbury Tales".)

    1 · May 13, 2013

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