Cerebral Cinema - Silver Linings Playbook

Friday, February 8th 2013 at 6:00 pm
Friday, February 8th 2013 at 10:00 pm
Angelika Film Center - 18 W. Houston St. (at Broadway), Manhattan

Die hard cinephiles, academic film enthusiasts, and casual movie goers looking to expand there movie going experience welcome. Cerebral Cinema is a group geared towards getting together to watch a variety of a eclectic cinema ranging from highbrow indie fare to genre blockbusters. Following each theatrical outing, our group will congregate to discuss the film over food or drinks in a casual laid-back environment. Discussion topics will center around the film's plot and themes, the past filmography of the cast and crew, and the film at hand's cultural relevance. Let's get acquainted and talk cinema.

Silver Linings Playbook

Opening to surprise critical acclaim with a 92 % freshness rating on Rotten Tomatos, Silver Linings Playbook, the latest film from writer/director David O. Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees) does not disappoint. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Silver Lining Playbook tells the tale of Pat (played by Cooper, thankfully against type) who suffers from a bipolar disorder. Moving back in with his parents after spending eight months in a mental health facility, Pat entertains a hopeless notion of reconciling with his ex-wife Nikki (Brea Bee) despite the restraining order filed against him. It's not until Pat meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a woman with a past of her own, that things go full swing and dramedy ensues. Akin to 2009s (500) Days of Summer, Silver Linings Playbook offers that ever rare example of a rom-com that surpasses an otherwise intellectually bankrupt sub-genre. Perfect film fodder for the Hallmark holiday month of February. Drinks and discussion will follow at Peculiar Pub on 145 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.

Spoiler Warning: There's a scene in the film that reveals the ending to Ernest Hemingway's classic novel A Farewell to Arms. If you haven't read it yet I highly recommend you do so.

Meet Mike outside the theater by 6:00 pm. Showtime is 6:15.
Note: As the theater/venue's films and showtimes are subject to change up until a week prior to a given event, location and showtimes for Cerebral Cinema meetings are subject to change as well. Check in with the event page or email nyc@centerforinquiry.net for updates.