Netflix & Chill… at home… alone… BUT WITH FRIENDS!

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Netflix & Chill… at home… alone… BUT WITH FRIENDS!

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - April 30 @ 10:00 pm

CORVID-19 has forced a lot of change on all of us. A silver lining: we’re now finding more creative ways to connect than ever. Our latest, temporary(?) event series: Netflix & Chill… at home… alone… BUT WITH FRIENDS!  is a rather new, digital way to experience movies in a group setting. 

We’re leveraging this series as an opportunity to raise funds for those impacted by the pandemic and will be asking for donations at registration – for those who are interested. YPOSeattle 501c3 partner, YP Impact will be managing donations and fund distributions.

We’ve set up Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights for movie watching experiences as follows:

MONDAYS - International Film Series

Monday Nights Schedule: 

Monday, March 30th - City of God

City of God (2002)

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (co-director)
Writers: Paulo Lins (novel), Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay)
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well…too well. 1970s: Li’l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs…will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God.

Watch the City of God trailer

Monday, April 6th - Train to Busan

Train to Busan (2016)

Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writers: Joo-Suk Park, Sang-ho Yeon (screenplay)
Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma

Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Soo-ahn, are boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth’s population become flesh craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger’s fight for their families and lives against the zombies – and each other.

Watch the Train to Busan trailer

Monday, April 13th - Roma

Roma (2018)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when Antonio suddenly runs away with his mistress and Cleo finds out that she’s pregnant. When Sofía decides to take the kids on vacation, she invites Cleo for a much-needed getaway to clear her mind and bond with the family.

Watch the Roma trailer

The Oscars define an international film as: A feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Cool and all, but we just searched the ‘International Films’ category on Netflix and pulled a few movies together.

WEDNESDAYS - Award Winners Series

Wednesday Nights Schedule: 

Wednesday, March 25th - Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)
Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a “bone density scanner”. He feels like he has it made selling these devices. However, they do not sell well as they are marginally better than x-ray at a much higher price. As Gardner works to make ends meet, his wife leaves him and he loses his apartment. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, Gardner continues to sell bone density scanners while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker, with slim chances for advancement to a paid position. Before he can receive pay, he needs to outshine the competition through 6 months of training, and to sell his devices to stay afloat.

Wednesday, April 1st - Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writers: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Ron is initially in angry denial that he would have a disease that only “gays” have, but upon quick reflection comes to the realization that the diagnosis is probably true. He begins to read whatever research is available about the disease, which at this time seems to be most effectively treated by the drug AZT. AZT, however, is only in the clinical trials stage within the US. Incredulous that he, as a dying man, cannot pay for any drug which may save or at least prolong his life, he goes searching for it by whatever means possible. It eventually leads him to Mexico and a “Dr.” Vass, an American physician whose license was revoked in the…

Wednesday, April 8th - Crash

Crash (2004)

Director: Paul Haggis
Writers: Paul Haggis (story), Paul Haggis (screenplay)
Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people’s lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn’t support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female …

At first we looked for Oscar Winners on Netflix. Not a lot of choices. So we went with any movie we saw on Netflix that won an award. LOTs of choices!  The criteria for the ‘Award Winners Series’ is indeed pretty loose.

FRIDAYS - Cult Classics Series

Friday Nights Schedule: 

Friday, March 27th - Blow

Blow (2001)

Director: Ted Demme
Writers: Bruce Porter (book), David McKenna (screenplay)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950’s. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George’s father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960’s, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960’s, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.

Friday, April 3rd - Bad Boys

Bad Boys (1995)

Director: Michael Bay
Writers: George Gallo (story), Michael Barrie (screenplay)
Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle

Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies’ man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station’s nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other.

Friday, April 10th - GoodFellas

GoodFellas (1990)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners’ success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?

Soooo… the term ‘cult classic’ is totally subjective. If we didn’t already know this, we found out quickly while searching the Netflix database to find a lineup of movies worthy of the designation… and proceeded to debate the definition of cult classic before.

Requirements:

We want to make our events as easy (inclusive) as possible. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event and the digital interface needed to maintain our social distance, there are some requirements to participate:

  1. A Netflix account/login
  2. Google Chrome Browser
  3. Netflix Party Plugin (please follow the link for plugin instructions)

Rules:

So the entire event series isn’t going to be perfect – from the movie selection process to the platform we’re using to view movies – but the goal is to safely maintain (and even build) community together, while helping to support those most impacted.

This event series provides a live chat environment and, unfortunately, the technology doesn’t allow for moderation. PLEASE, let’s all be respectful adults and enjoy this together!

Refer to our Event Code of Conduct for more info. 

We’ve opened up the comments at the bottom of this events page to allow for feedback and suggestions on how to make this a better experience.  If you’d like to reach out privately, send an email to events@yposeattle.com.

Details

Start:
March 25 @ 7:00 pm
End:
April 30 @ 10:00 pm
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