Monday, 09/25/17 at 7:00pm - 11:00pm | iCal
E.P. & L.P. Restaurant
603 N. La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 USA
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Cost: $17.50/person for movie; self-host for pre-show food/drinks
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Tickets will be distributed by email from the event host at least three days prior to the event.
Join your fellow UChicago alumni, here in the heart of where the film industry lives, as we launch a series of regularly-scheduled screenings & discussions for movie-lovers.
As summer 2017 draws to a close, Wonder Woman is the 2nd highest-grossing domestic release of the year (trailing only the live-action Beauty and the Beast). Both a commercial and critical smash-hit -- scoring 92% on RottenTomatoes.com, which says "Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion."
The film isn't without its (green-eyed?) detractors.
Director James Cameron made news in late August 2017 when he stated, in an interview with The Guardian, "All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood's been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She's an objectified icon, and it's just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I'm not saying I didn't like the movie but, to me, it's a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!"
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins responded shortly thereafter via Twitter, stating, "James Cameron's inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren't free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven't come very far, have we. I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress."
Against the backdrop of this philosophical divide - and also the backdrop of the Hollywood hills - join us at the bar of the E.P. & L.P. Asian Eating & Drinking House for socializing & networking, then see Wonder Woman at E.P. & L.P.'s adjacent Melrose Rooftop Cinema at 8:30 p.m. Note: The cinema utilizes wireless technology with individual headsets provided to guests to maximize the cinema experience.
The Alumni Club of LA has twenty tickets for the screening; screenings at Melrose Rooftop Cinema usually sell out in advance, so if the event sells out, you can try to obtain a ticket directly from Melrose Rooftop Cinema. Either way, feel free to join us for cocktails & conversation before the screening begins at 8:30 p.m, regardless of whether you get a ticket to the movie.
- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Self-host pre-show food/drinks
- 8:30 p.m. - Movie