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No sequels or prequels this month. This time we have a pair of movies that share many traits, but the main theme in both is that reality is not what it seems! Dark City was released in 1998. John Murdoch is an amnesiac man who finds himself suspected of murder. Murdoch attempts to discover his true identity and clear his name while on the run from the police and a mysterious group known only as the "Strangers". The Matrix followed in 1999. Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. He finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. This is a discussion meeting so we will not be screening the films, just talking about them. Please watch them before the meeting! I strongly recommend watching the 2008 Director's Cut of Dark City. Much like Blade Runner, the studio forced the director to have a plot spoiling voice over that pretty much ruins the mystery of the film which is removed in the Director's Cut!
April finds us in a cheerful mood with two films filled with young people making new friends and slaughtering each other in state sponsored contests. Battle Royale is the Japanese film from 2000 (based on a 1999 novel) that kicked off this cheerful concept. In a world where teenagers have no respect and adults are losing control there can be only one solution: Battle Royale! Now, see what happens when you let a high school class loose on an island, arm them and then give them a simple choice... Kill your friends or have them kill you; with poison, cross-bows, machetes and dynamite. Based off the 2008 novel, Hunger Games is the 2012 American film that became something of a cultural phenomena. Every year, the all-powerful ruling agency known as the Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of Panem's 12 impoverished rival districts to fight to the death on live national television in a contest known as 'The Hunger Games', in which the winner is given food to feed their entire district for a year. This is a discussion meeting so please ensure you watch these films before coming to the meeting.
Avengers: Infinity War was pretty big. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 21 films and is shaping up to be even bigger. One of the most anticipated films for a very long time, we shall be discussing both of these in this meeting. This is just a discussion meeting so you will need to ensure you see both of these beforehand.