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NEXT FILM EVENT :   Saturday, December 10th  

"ARRIVAL" (Venice Film Festival 2016 - Best Film Nomination!)

WHERE & WHEN (film & post-film dinner) 
(RSVPs so farSylvia, Ted, Rob, Élise, Kim)


SYNOPSIS: French Canadian Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) directed this science-fiction suspense film about Earth's response to a possible alien invasion. After extraterrestrial spacecraft plant themselves at various locations around the globe, a linguist (Amy Adams) and a theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner) must find a way to communicate (learn their language) with the mysterious visitors in order to learn what they want and whether they pose a threat to humanity. (Filmed in Montreal.)


Arrival is such a beautiful and thought-provoking film that it almost single-handedly makes up for every bad aliens-coming-to-Earth film you’ve ever seen. - 

If we could stop and truly hear each other, Villeneuve's film says, we could achieve peace. Though Arrival was shot long before Donald Trump's election, the message feels all the more resonant in a time marked by significant discord between Americans. -  

Here’s the part where authorities wave their guns and people run down the streets, screaming for their lives, right? Not so fast. This outstanding, original sci-fi drama not only subverts expectations in brilliant ways, it also explores deeply felt themes of life, loss and love. -

As awards season gets under way, there are several promising movies visible hovering on the horizon. But for now, the best film of the year, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived. -

ONLINE EVENT RSVP (compulsory)$2 per member/per guest/per event (see NOTE 3 below for details)  ---  Cinema Ticket : $10 

(These are two completely separate transactions)

WHERE & WHEN (film & post-film dinner)

MEETUP  GROUP MEMBERSHIP (compulsory, NO COST) : (See NOTE 2 below for some tips about joining.)

WHAT IS THIS MEETUP: Let's watch interesting films together, as a group, at York Region cinemas!  Circumstances permitting, we will aim to meet for food/drink/conversation before and/or after the films (participation optional.)  

WHO THIS MEETUP IS FOR : (bring yourself/friends/spouses/relatives !)

WHICH FILMS: I would like to focus on films that have Academy Award / Oscar potential, international films, or those that are less widely available/distributed.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THIS MEETUP: My other MeetUp (French Conversation MeetUp) is non-profit (actually negative profit.) This Cinema MeetUp is for profit ($2 RSVP fee.) See NOTE 3 below for some tips about RSVPing.

The value that I am trying to deliver for the RSVP fee is:

- the value of locating unique films in York Region
- the value of attending the films as part of a like-minded group
- the value of various film commentary that I send to members before and after the films
- the value of meeting at a restaurant or pub before or after the films
- the value of an on-line forum to discuss the films viewed.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: This front page will not show some of the required information for attending films (e.g. cinema location, screening time and where to assemble.)  The time/location/assembling details are only available to those who become members. RSVPing online for films is compulsory.

So please DARE to join,  DARE to RSVP,  DARE to participate and DARE to build community. I know that is is not so easy to participate for the first time. But you'll be surprised how nice Oscar Cinema Fans are!

TO JOIN THIS GROUP : (See NOTE 2 below for some tips about joining.)

We have viewed some interesting films so far (all in York Region) :

I would love to have your membership, your participation... and your two bucks. :) 

Please let me have all your questions/ideas!

Your 'Cinema Tour Guide'!

Please do not forget to support our cafés/restaurants with your purchases.  

NOTE 2 There is no cost to become a member of this group. For participation, MeetUp group membership is compulsory. When you sign up to this site, supplying a photograph, or supplying your surname, or supplying supplementary information, is completely optional (In fact me, I personally give them as little information as possible. But that is me.)  I also limit the amount of email that I receive from MeetUp by editing the Email Notification Settings as follows:

NOTE 3 To RSVP for an event, go to the event link at the very bottom of this page (just below 'Upcoming Meetups'). Participation in group events will require a compulsory/nominal $2 organizational/RSVP fee per participant & per guest (Pay by your choice of Credit Card, or with a PayPal account if you have one set up.  There are no security issues with this online payment processor. They are the biggest and oldest online payment processor in the world. Payment is fully non-refundable.)  Pay only for the events you participate in.  I will not be accepting/collecting cash on the evening of the films.  My focus on the evening of the films will be fully on meeting everyone and helping everyone to meet each other. RSVP early please as it encourages others to also RSVP. No regrets for you - at worst you will have bought your faithful Cinema Tour Guide a virtual cup of coffee!  At best you will be building community! Everyone will of course be responsible for their own event expenses e.g. tickets/food.

Organization of this Group
Members' Film Reflections
Members' Oscars Evening

TO JOIN THIS GROUP :   (See NOTE 2 above for some tips about joining.)


(Nov 21/16) -  JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE  - (Awards: 3 wins and 3 nominations!) 
(Oct. 3/16) - CAPTAIN FANTASTIC - (Awards: 5 wins and 4 nominations!) 
(June / Aug.  2016) - THE LOBSTER --   WHERE TO INVADE NEXT 

(Apr./May 2016) - RAMS -- MUSTANG -- SON OF SAUL  

TO JOIN THIS GROUP:  (See NOTE 2 above for some tips about joining.)


2017 OSCAR SUNDAY : February 26 - 89th Academy Awards, 7 p.m. ET !  

SEE: Members' 2016 Oscar Picks (join this group's Oscars picks contest/pool)  


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    Film - ARRIVAL (Venice Film Festival 2016 - Best Film Nomination!)

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