We will be attending the 4:00 pm showing of “12 Years A Slave” at the Guild 45th Theater in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood. This highly acclaimed film tells the story of a free black man who is kidnapped in the North in 1841 and is sold into slavery to work on a Louisiana plantation. Here is a description of the film taken from Landmark Theatres' web site:
12 Years a Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dirty Pretty Things), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. Also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti, 12 Years a Slave is directed by Steve McQueen (Shame).
Here is a preview of this film:
12 Years A Slave trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z02Ie8wKKRg)
12 Years A Slave has a 96 rating on rottentomatoes; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer – 12 Years a Slave (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/12_years_a_slave/)
Here are snippets from some of these reviews:
“12 Years a Slave is likely the most painful, clear-eyed feature ever made about American slavery. In that light, it almost seems faint praise to add that it will also likely prove to be the best film of the year.” (The Atlantic)
“It seems certain to transcend the movie realm and become a new reference point in contemporary culture-a defining vision of what slavery looked like, and felt like, in the U.S. before the Civil War.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic.” (Rolling Stone).
Please meet me outside of the lobby of the Guild 45th Theater no later than 3:45. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone, 206-683-7850, will be on until the start of the program at 4:00 pm. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.
There will be an optional beverage and food stop at the conclusion (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by) of this film. Meet me outside of the theater at which time we will decide which cafe, coffee house, pub or other establishment to patronize. Sadly one of our favorite post-film venues, the Rusty Pelican, has closed.