Our Next Film: The killing Of A Sacred Deer

Dydd Iau, 1 Chwefror 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

BWCIO TOCYNNAU - Pontardawe Arts Centre

2017, DU/Iwerddon, 121 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Yorgos Lanthimos

Mae Steven, llawfeddyg carismatig, wedi cymryd bachgen yn ei arddegau dan ei adain. Ar ôl i ymddygiad y llanc droi sinistr mae bywyd Steven yn dechrau chwalu – ac mae rhaid iddo fe wneud aberth annychmygol. Gyda Colin Farrell a Nicole Kidman.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Rotten Tomatoes – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Audience Reaction: I Am Not A Witch

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA: I Am Not A Witch

Oh dear, a rather mixed reception for ‘I am Not a Witch’ resulted in an overall score of just 52.69%

The voting was as follows:

Excellent  3
Very Good 13
Good 15
Average 5
Poor  3

SYLWADAU:

  • Witch or goat?  I suspect watching a goat for an hour and a half might have been slightly more interesting!
  • A seriously weird film — but, having said that, one containing many seriously funny moments. A sort of “satire meets magical realism”. A few shots were over-long, I thought, but there was some fine acting, especially from the 8-year-old (?) lead.
  • Left many questions but shone a fine light on societal acceptance of abuse
  • Arresting scenery and great use of music and scenery
  • I like slow paced films but this I must say was too much.  But some interesting shots
  • Very interesting and unusual film but astonishing at the same time.  Very good photography
  • Weird but interesting
  • A fascinating blend of ancient and modern culture. Beautifully photographed
  • Perplexing and interesting
  • Sadly subtitles and cataracts don’t go
  • Excellent
  • Too many questions unanswered but fascinating
  • A sinister reminder that superstition and child abuse are still problematic in Africa – well acted and always menacing
  • Which witch was which?  A sad tale of corruption and child abuse in dark Africa
  • Directing and editing unprofessional.  Boring.   Tradition interestingly frightening.  Does it still go on?  Was the poor child killed because she didn’t bring the rain?  Were all the other ‘witches’ turned into goats at the end?
  • One to ponder on
  • I suspect there is more to this film that meets the eye and that the film maker has a back story we would benefit from hearing.

Audience Reaction: The Party

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA: The Party

We have 60 members at present but an average of 27 turn up to each film.

40 members turned out for this film – and  generally a well received reception for the first film of the season.

The votes were as follows:

Excellent  26
Very Good  12
Good 5
Average 2
Poor 2

Which gave an overall rating of 80.85%

SYLWADAU:

  • A very surprising watch.  Effective ending.  Interesting camera work – every line on skin visible.  Characters generally unlikeable!!
  • What a party.  What a riot
  • The music was very good.  This film would have made a good play
  • Very drole – amusing and quirky characterisation.  Well supported by the musical choices.  A classy little comedy
  • Timothy Spall was wonderful
  • Is it true than when you scratch beneath the surface of urbane liberalism all you find is egocentricity?
  • Awesome – a great start to the season
  • What happens when the liberal elite is stressed
  • Despite a great cast I’m afraid it didn’t quite work for me
  • Excellent tragi-farcical comedy of manners
  • Parts I liked but I wasn’t entirely convinced!  Not sure the black and white added anything
  • Good fun film to start the season
  • Not for me
  • Funny poignant and well paced.  Would make a great stage play
  • Such a brilliant performance of actors – I loved it
  • Funniest and cleverest film I’ve seen in a long time    more Potter
  • Interested.  Acting excellent.  Script and characterisation poor
  • Acting was better than the script
  • Amusing, tense, unexpected moments, not only the ending.  Excellent dialogue at times.  Actors all excellent
  • A film worth watching for its black comedy, good acting and funny dialogue
  • Very funny, witty and eccentric
  • The antithesis of Ken Loach’s film style – self-indulgent, stagey and self-conscious – utterly irritating.  It’s one redeeming feature – it was short!
  • A rather dull tale of dysfunctional bourgeoisie
  • Loved it.  Extremely well acted.  The camera shots were a joy to watch, a good whole hearted funny (in a dark way) film.

Audience Reaction: Sweet Bean (An)

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA: Sweet Bean (An)

A huge turn out for members for our last film of the season (39 out of 91 members)– the only film which had higher attendance this year was Manchester by the Sea.

Votes as follows:

14 Excellent
18 very good
7 good
1 average

Which gives an overall rating of 78.12%

SYLWADAU:

  • Peter Bradshaw may have thought the film sentimental and slightly preposterous but I rather liked it
  • Gentle and touching insight into Japanese culture but just a bit too slow
  • Evocative, sensitive, and delicate.   Like cherry blossom and bean paste I guess.   Not sentimental but sad
  • Beautiful, still and poignant.  Very moving description of loneliness and people overcoming damaged lives
  • A lovely film on so many levels, culture and the role of people of all ages.  Great
  • An emotional spiritual film about life.  Slow but I enjoyed,  guess you have to be in a melancholy mood to watch.  Well acted, real tears, a very reflective film.
  • Touching, charming film
  • I was a bit sceptical at first but the film became compelling and I enjoyed it
  • Moving story  very strong message about the influence of rumours
  • I was quite surprised by this – not what I was expecting from the trailer
  • They all had their problems but blossomed together
  • A sweet tale – great that the main character was an elderly, disabled, marginalised woman who was the source of the sweetness
  • Beautiful – the perfect antidote to Hollywood
  • Very touching, lovely film but sad

Our Next Film: I Am Not a Witch

Dydd Mawrth, 16 Ionawr 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, DU/Ffrainc, 93 munud, (15) subtitled
Cyfarwyddwr – Tungano Nyoni


O gyfarwyddwraig a gafodd ei geni yn Zambia a’i magu yng Nghymru, dyma hanes o ferch amddifad naw oed a enwir yn wrach gan ei chymuned leol. Mae hi’n gorfod dewis rhwng bywyd mewn gwersyll deithio wrachod neu gael ei drawsnewid i afr.

‘Cychwyn yn guriadol o ryfedd ac yn hynod o wreiddiol’ —The Guardian.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – I Am Not A Witch
Rotten Tomatoes – I Am Not A Witch

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

Oh dear, a rather mixed reception for ‘I am Not a Witch’ resulted in an overall score of just 52.69%

The voting was as follows:

Excellent  3
Very Good 13
Good 15
Average 5
Poor  3

SYLWADAU:

  • Witch or goat?  I suspect watching a goat for an hour and a half might have been slightly more interesting!
  • A seriously weird film — but, having said that, one containing many seriously funny moments. A sort of “satire meets magical realism”. A few shots were over-long, I thought, but there was some fine acting, especially from the 8-year-old (?) lead.
  • Left many questions but shone a fine light on societal acceptance of abuse
  • Arresting scenery and great use of music and scenery
  • I like slow paced films but this I must say was too much.  But some interesting shots
  • Very interesting and unusual film but astonishing at the same time.  Very good photography
  • Weird but interesting
  • A fascinating blend of ancient and modern culture. Beautifully photographed
  • Perplexing and interesting
  • Sadly subtitles and cataracts don’t go
  • Excellent
  • Too many questions unanswered but fascinating
  • A sinister reminder that superstition and child abuse are still problematic in Africa – well acted and always menacing
  • Which witch was which?  A sad tale of corruption and child abuse in dark Africa
  • Directing and editing unprofessional.  Boring.   Tradition interestingly frightening.  Does it still go on?  Was the poor child killed because she didn’t bring the rain?  Were all the other ‘witches’ turned into goats at the end?
  • One to ponder on
  • I suspect there is more to this film that meets the eye and that the film maker has a back story we would benefit from hearing.

Our Next Film: The Party

Dydd Mercher, 3 Ionawr 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, DU, 71 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Sally Potter


Comedi wleidyddol sy’n amlapio trasiedi am barti swper sy’n mynd ar chwith. Mae’r cast ysblennydd yn cynnwys Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas a Timothy Spall. Dyma ddychan brathog ar y dosbarth canol sy’n archwilio’n graff a chyda arabedd deifiol y gwirioneddau dyfnach y tu ôl i’w hargyhoeddiadau rhyddfrydol i bob golwg.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Party
Rotten Tomatoes – The Party

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

We have 60 members at present but an average of 27 turn up to each film.

40 members turned out for this film – and  generally a well received reception for the first film of the season.

The votes were as follows:

Excellent  26
Very Good  12
Good 5
Average 2
Poor 2

Which gave an overall rating of 80.85%

SYLWADAU:

  • A very surprising watch.  Effective ending.  Interesting camera work – every line on skin visible.  Characters generally unlikeable!!
  • What a party.  What a riot
  • The music was very good.  This film would have made a good play
  • Very drole – amusing and quirky characterisation.  Well supported by the musical choices.  A classy little comedy
  • Timothy Spall was wonderful
  • Is it true than when you scratch beneath the surface of urbane liberalism all you find is egocentricity?
  • Awesome – a great start to the season
  • What happens when the liberal elite is stressed
  • Despite a great cast I’m afraid it didn’t quite work for me
  • Excellent tragi-farcical comedy of manners
  • Parts I liked but I wasn’t entirely convinced!  Not sure the black and white added anything
  • Good fun film to start the season
  • Not for me
  • Funny poignant and well paced.  Would make a great stage play
  • Such a brilliant performance of actors – I loved it
  • Funniest and cleverest film I’ve seen in a long time    more Potter
  • Interested.  Acting excellent.  Script and characterisation poor
  • Acting was better than the script
  • Amusing, tense, unexpected moments, not only the ending.  Excellent dialogue at times.  Actors all excellent
  • A film worth watching for its black comedy, good acting and funny dialogue
  • Very funny, witty and eccentric
  • The antithesis of Ken Loach’s film style – self-indulgent, stagey and self-conscious – utterly irritating.  It’s one redeeming feature – it was short!
  • A rather dull tale of dysfunctional bourgeoisie
  • Loved it.  Extremely well acted.  The camera shots were a joy to watch, a good whole hearted funny (in a dark way) film.

Our Next Film: Sweet Bean

Dydd Mawrth, 19 Rhagfyr 2017, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2015, Siapan | Ffrainc | Yr Almaen, 113 munud, (PG)
Cyfarwyddwr – Naomi Kawase


Mae hi’n fain ar Sentaro, gwerthwr bwyd y stryd, ac mae gyda amharodrwydd ei fod yn cytuno i gyflogi Tokue, dynes oedrannus od ond cydymdeimladol sy’n chwilio am waith. Nid yw’n hir cyn iddi’n profi i fod yn hynod o fedrus wrth neud an – yr past melys ffa coch a ddefnyddir i wneud crempogau dorayaki Sentaro – ac mae perthynas yn cychwyn sy’n golygu llawer mwy na dim ond bwyd.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Sweet Bean (An)
Rotten Tomatoes – Sweet Bean (An)

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

A huge turn out for members for our last film of the season (39 out of 91 members)– the only film which had higher attendance this year was Manchester by the Sea.

Votes as follows:

14 Excellent
18 very good
7 good
1 average

Which gives an overall rating of 78.12%

SYLWADAU:

  • Peter Bradshaw may have thought the film sentimental and slightly preposterous but I rather liked it
  • Gentle and touching insight into Japanese culture but just a bit too slow
  • Evocative, sensitive, and delicate.   Like cherry blossom and bean paste I guess.   Not sentimental but sad
  • Beautiful, still and poignant.  Very moving description of loneliness and people overcoming damaged lives
  • A lovely film on so many levels, culture and the role of people of all ages.  Great
  • An emotional spiritual film about life.  Slow but I enjoyed,  guess you have to be in a melancholy mood to watch.  Well acted, real tears, a very reflective film.
  • Touching, charming film
  • I was a bit sceptical at first but the film became compelling and I enjoyed it
  • Moving story  very strong message about the influence of rumours
  • I was quite surprised by this – not what I was expecting from the trailer
  • They all had their problems but blossomed together
  • A sweet tale – great that the main character was an elderly, disabled, marginalised woman who was the source of the sweetness
  • Beautiful – the perfect antidote to Hollywood
  • Very touching, lovely film but sad

Film Club Christmas Meal @ Tamarind Pontardawe

Hi,
Many of you have asked about having another meal at the Tamarind Pontardawe before the Christmas break.
I have been to see the team and have booked
THURSDAY 14th of DECEMBER, 7:30pm (for 8pm)
To keep things easy we will follow the protocol of previous years.Pay for the meal when you arrive, collect and pay for your own drinks as you go along from the bar.
The meal will be £15 per head
This will include
Papadums & Chutney, Starter, Main, a Bread or rice, Coffee and a mince pie.
There is an excellent choice of vegetarian meals at the Tamarind! Their Matar Paneer is divine.
Please let me know if you want to attend so I can keep track of numbers
Emyr

Our Next Film: Frantz

Dydd Iau, 30 Tachwedd 2017, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2016, Ffrainc | Yr Almaen, 113 munud, (12A)
Cyfarwyddwr – François Ozon


Ffilm du a gwyn steilus a osodwyd yn sgîl y Rhyfel Mawr. Mae menyw ifanc o’r Almaen sy’n galaru am farwolaeth ei dyweddi yn cwrdd Ffrancwr dirgel sy’n ymweld â’r bedd i osod blodau.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Frantz
Rotten Tomatoes – Frantz

YMATEB CYNELLEIDFA: 87.96%

Votes as follows:

Excellent  16
Very Good 9
Good 2

SYLWADAU:

  • I’ve not been so affected since first reading Birdsong regarding the First World War.  Acting by all leads very very good.   Narrative line about responsibility profound.
  • Beautifully filmed and lovely music
  • Love, loss, self sacrifice – it was just deliciously emotional
  • Finding a way to continue to live after loss and pain
  • Strong statement made by parents against war
  • Extremely moving and believable story.  Totally gripping
  • Rather too many improbabilities in the story line, but an interesting film with some very nice photography
  • Really touching
  • A beautiful and moving examination of the lies we tell ourselves and others
  • Brilliant thought provoking film
  • WAR and PEACE  both painful and complicated.  Black and white gave it the ‘old movie’ feel
  • The futility of war!  Excellent acting and good music
  • Not sure of the ending
  • Beautiful film with some good plot twists.  Very moving
  • Sad but lovely – loved the music – sad times
  • Powerful emotional film – very special and lasting

Our Next Film: The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)

Dydd Iau, 26 Hydref 2017, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2016, Ffrainc | Gwlad Belg | Siapan, 80 munud, (PG)
Cyfarwyddwr – Michael Dudok de Wit


Trasiedi gwefreiddiol yn yr hwn mae merch ifanc herfeiddiol yn brwydrau yn erbyn normau cymdeithasol llethol yr 19eg ganrif. Yn garcharwraig mewn priodas ddigariaid i ddyn llawer hŷn ac wedi’i gorfodi gan deulu croengaled ei gŵr sadistaidd, mae’r briodferch ifanc yn cychwyn ar berthynas angerddol.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)
Rotten Tomatoes – The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

YMATEB CYNELLEIDFA: 79%

Votes as follows

Excellent 21
Very Good 13
Good 6
Average 1
Poor 2

SYLWADAU:

  • A simple story realised with such beauty and an emotive and heart-wrenching score
  • Was a bit long but I liked the crabs
  • A sweet tale – almost believed in the cartoons
  • Really enjoyed the Welsh short films – Turtle – confused – will have to think about it
  • Too many adverts
  • Haunting music and a charming tale with reminiscences of ‘Castaway’ and ‘Water Babies’ excellent animation
  • Don’t recommend
  • Simplicity at its best  beautiful wordless film  the 3 shorts were also outstanding – excellent evening
  • Beautiful gentle and absorbing.  Very pleased my wife made me watch it
  • Moving, mysterious and magical
  • Beautiful images – but hopeless storyline
  • Beautiful animation (of course) loved the music.  Another excellent choice
  • Wonderful animation and story- a beautiful film – enjoyed the short films too
  • Absolutely enchanting – lots of tears shed
  • The grainy, lush animation style is so lovely to rest your eyes on!   What a heart warming and lovely story about mankind/womankind and nature.  Than you for showing this
  • The short films were brilliant
  • Gorgeous, detailed and captivating

Audience Reaction: Lady Macbeth

Mixed responses to Lady Macbeth

Excellent 7
Very good 7
Good     7
Average 3

Giving an overall rating of 68.75%

Comments as follows

  • Was she a sociopath or deranged by her infatuation – wanted to know more of her back story
  • Too depressing to be enjoyable I’m afraid
  • Troubling picture about how twisted and out of shape humanity can get!  Think Ponty film club is amazing
  • Beats Miss Marple
  • Highly interesting – the narrative, characters, scenery, filming.  Literally incredible yet it did not matter
  • Beautiful atmospheric cinematography
  • What fabulous clothes
  • Austere, intense, harsh.  Very gripping, although the characters were unsympathetic.  Quite an experience
  • Cold, unsympathetic characters – oh the travails of the idle rich
  • The devil makes work for idle hands.  What a wicket woman
  • Great performance by Florence Pugh.  Another great film
  • Well, silences, characters I did not like.  But quite enjoyed the film

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