Tag Archif: thriller

Our Last Film Of The Season: You Were Never Really Here

Dydd Mercher, 20 Mehefin 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, DU/UDA, 89 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Lynne Ramsey

Mae Joaquin Phoenix yn chwarae rhan cyn-filwyr wedi’i drawmateiddio. Nid oes ofn trais arno yn ei waith o ddarganfodd merched sydd ar goll. Tra’n colli rheolaeth yn ei waith, mae hunllefau Joe yn ei oddiweddyd wrth iddo ddadorchuddio cynllwyn a all arwain naill ai at ei daith i farwolaeth neu ei ddeffroad.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – You Were Never Really Here
Rotten Tomatoes – You Were Never Really Here

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

A mixed response to the last film of the season

  • Excellent  6
  • Very Good 7
  • Good 6
  • Average 4
  • Poor 2
  • Off the scale 1

Giving an overall rating of 58.7%

SYLWADAU:

  • Clichéd and over produced drivel
  • The plot was a bit think, but very clever management of atmosphere and character.  A reminder of how brutal life can be
  • Great film – really enjoy Ramsey’s attention to small details and themes – plus great soundtrack
  • Kind of like ‘Taxi Driver’ meets ‘The Shining’ –  most engrossing and one to revisit ……
  • Psycho babble
  • I saw it through – intriguing but confusing plot at times,  please don’t choose such a violent film again it was well done but not enjoyable.
  • Bit gory – soundtrack brilliant
  • Joaquin Phoenix is always watchable!
  • The film tried very hard but was too disturbing and pretentious in the depiction of violence.  The main character was a bit too devoid of emotion
  • Bewildered – bit too violent for my taste but liked music
  • Painful to watch at times but I liked the possibility of redemption at the end

Our Next Film: Loveless (Nelyubov)

Dydd Mawrth, 5 Mehefin 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, Rwsia/Ffrainc, 127 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Andrei Zvyagntsev

Mae’n rhaid i bâr sy’n ysgaru gyd-weithio i chwilio am eu mab, a ddiflanodd yn ystod un o’u dadleuon chwerw.
Drama gyffrous, iasol o ddwyster hypnotig dirgel gan gyfarwyddwr Leviathan.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Loveless
Rotten Tomatoes – Loveless

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

  • Excellent 7
  • Very good 8
  • Good 2

Giving an overall score of 82%

SYLWADAU:

  • Great sound mix
  • Bleak
  • Very harrowing and hard hitting.  Quite difficult to watch in parts.  Haunting
  • Terrific music – start to end.  Dark and depressing.  Accurate but too cold for me to enjoy

Audience Reaction: The Nile Hilton Incident

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

The Nile Hilton Incident was very well received scoring

  • 19 Excellent
  • 10 Very Good
  • 2 Good

With an overall scoring of 88.7%

SYLWADAU:

  • Real portrayal of corruption
  • Superb.  Great thriller but also a fascinating social document.  The best film of the season
  • Such a bleak portrayal of a man trapped in a corrupt system.  Compelling thriller
  • Good thriller.  Interesting politics
  • Very compelling.  Kept one gripped to the end
  • Corruption with a capital ‘C’ – very believable characters living in moral mayhem – moody music provided good support

Our Next Film: The Nile Hilton Incident

Dydd Mercher, 25 Ebrill 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, Sweden/Denmarc/Yr Almaen, 106 munud, (NR) subtitled
Cyfarwyddwr – Tarik Saleh

Wedi’i osod yn erbyn cefndir y Chwyldro Aifft, mae’r ffilm gyffrous hon yn dilyn swyddog o’r heddlu sy’n ymchwilio i lofruddiaeth fenyw. Mae’r hyn sy’n ymddangos yw marwolaeth putain yn troi’n achos mwy cymhleth sy’n cynnwys elitaidd uchaf yr Aifft.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Nile Hilton Incident
Rotten Tomatoes – The Nile Hilton Incident

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

The Nile Hilton Incident was very well received scoring

  • 19 Excellent
  • 10 Very Good
  • 2 Good

With an overall scoring of 88.7%

SYLWADAU:

  • Real portrayal of corruption
  • Superb.  Great thriller but also a fascinating social document.  The best film of the season
  • Such a bleak portrayal of a man trapped in a corrupt system.  Compelling thriller
  • Good thriller.  Interesting politics
  • Very compelling.  Kept one gripped to the end
  • Corruption with a capital ‘C’ – very believable characters living in moral mayhem – moody music provided good support

Audience Reaction: The Shape of Water

The PontardaweFilm Club audice rated The Shape of Water as follows

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

  • Excellent              31
  • Very Good          18
  • Good                     6
  • Average               3
  • Poor                      3

Giving an overall rating of 79%

SYLWADAU:

  • Expensively made twaddle
  • Long and tedious.  Not really see the point…
  • Absolutely beautiful film
  • Interesting that the Russian spy becomes heroic
  • Not as amazing as Pans Labarinth but engaging adult fairy tale and quite beautiful imagery throughout– loved the homage to classic film
  • Beautifully done – took me through many emotions – a strange story but gorgeous despite the gory bits.
  • Really enjoyed it
  • Very well done – a real modern fairytale.
  • The grey selkie all over again.  Fab!
  • Deserving of the Oscar
  • A strange but good film
  • To my great surprise I loved it
  • Marvellous.  A great love story on many levels
  • Very enjoyable!  Very imaginative.  Very dramatic
  • Splash Noir!  Beautiful visual metaphoe and a classic Chekov’s gun
  • Seen and loved all his movies

Film Club, Our Next Film: A Fantastic Woman

Dydd Mercher, 11 Ebrill 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, Chile/Sbaen, 104 munud, (R) subtitled
Cyfarwyddwr – Sebastian Lelio

Mae Daniela Vega’n chwarae rôl cantores drawsryweddol y mae ei pherthynas â dyn llawer hŷn yn dod i ben sydyn pan fydd e’n dioddef ymlediad marwol. Yn hytrach na chael ei thrin â thosturi, mae hi’n wynebu amheuaeth a dirmyg gan yr awdurdodau a gelyniaeth gan ei deulu. Datguddiad trawiadol o ddewrder a chryfder.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – A Fantastic Woman
Rotten Tomatoes – A Fantastic Woman

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

  • 13 excellent
  • 11 very good
  • 2 good
  • 2 average
  • 1 poor

Giving an overall rating of 78%

SYLWADAU:

  • Compassionate film about being transgender and prejudice – lovely voice
  • Brilliant, tragic, ugly, sordid, beautiful
  • A passionate and powerful resistance to prejudice
  • Fab film, nice venue, staff welcoming
  • Brilliant performance by Daniela Vega
  • Wonderful film and riveting performance by Daniela Vega. Stunning!
  • Parts moved me unbelievably other parts left me cold
  • An intriguing and moving film not as gripping as I had expected but I enjoyed the upbeat ending
  • A very powerful film  good music and use of lighting
  • Very engaging and sympathetic protagonist – put spotlight on prejudices and raised valuable questions
  • Performance was good, cinematography good , too long! Bored!
  • I wanted more from this film than I feel it ultimately delivered

Our Next Film: The Shape Of Water

Dydd Mawrth, 27 Mawrth 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, UDA, 119 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Guillermo del Toro

Chwedl arallfydol a leolir yng nghyfnod y Rhyfel Oer yn America. Mewn labordy llywodraeth cyfrinachol lle mae hi’n cael ei chyflogi, mae Elisa (Sally Hawkins) yn teimlo’n unig ac yn gaeth. Mae ei bywyd yn newid am byth pan fo hi a’i chydweithwraig Zelda (Octavia Spencer) yn darganfod arbrawf dosbarthol.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Shape Of Water
Rotten Tomatoes – The Shape Of Water

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

  • Excellent              31
  • Very Good          18
  • Good                     6
  • Average               3
  • Poor                      3

Giving an overall rating of 79%

SYLWADAU:

  • Expensively made twaddle
  • Long and tedious.  Not really see the point…
  • Absolutely beautiful film
  • Interesting that the Russian spy becomes heroic
  • Not as amazing as Pans Labarinth but engaging adult fairy tale and quite beautiful imagery throughout– loved the homage to classic film
  • Beautifully done – took me through many emotions – a strange story but gorgeous despite the gory bits.
  • Really enjoyed it
  • Very well done – a real modern fairytale.
  • The grey selkie all over again.  Fab!
  • Deserving of the Oscar
  • A strange but good film
  • To my great surprise I loved it
  • Marvellous.  A great love story on many levels
  • Very enjoyable!  Very imaginative.  Very dramatic
  • Splash Noir!  Beautiful visual metaphoe and a classic Chekov’s gun
  • Seen and loved all his movies

Our Next Film: The killing Of A Sacred Deer

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

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

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

Well this one certainly split the audience!

Excellent      9
Very Good   4
Good             9
Average        6
Poor               1

Giving an overall rating of 62%

SYLWADAU:

  • Totally weird
  • That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back
  • Didn’t think I would like it after ‘Lobster’ but I did, so either I’m sick or tired
  • Reminded me of David Lynch, Kubrick and Michael Haneke in the way it was so unsettling and challenging to watch.  Great cinematography and score.  Provocative narrative.
  • Not as good as ‘Lobster’ but I still enjoyed.  The photography shots were good.  Acting very wooden but that was their characters.  Missing the link to the title of the film and the film itself.
  • In one word- hysterical.  Also remarkable cinema, so appalling and funny
  • Unusual macabre, zany music and camera angles – odd with no laughs
  • Does it mean something?  Is it a metaphor?  Is it telling of the limitations of medicine?  From the outset the relationships were peculiar.  It is Stephen’s self- destructive phantasy?  No idea!  The music/sounds were unsettling and unpleasant.  The final classical piece of music was sublime
  • Quite derivative in its score, pacing and style.  I think it wants to be understood on a metaphorical level.  From the outset the family seem odd and unaffectionate.   On the surface they have all they need materially but they’re soulless.  A metaphor for the death of the ‘American Dream’??
  • Good acting but what the hell???   What was it all about?
  • The filming was good – sound and music good but acting was wooden and hard to have any feeling for any of the characters.
  • A gripping film right until the end.  Moving performance by Martin.  But why do people have to eat so noisily in the cinema!

Next Film: Men & Chicken

Dydd Mercher, 9 Tachwedd 2016, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2015, Denmarc, 104 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Anders Thomas Jensen


Comedi ddu anweddus a chamweddog sy’n mynd dros ben llestri. Ar ôl darganfod nad eu tad go iawn yw eu tad, mae dau frawd yn mynd i chwilio am eu rhiant biolegol. Maen nhw’n darganfod lle unigryw – lle caiff bwystfileidd-dra ei dderbyn yn orfoleddus, a thrais didaro yn norm a lle’r ymbleserir mewn nwydau anarferol – ac yn dechrau datgelu dirgelion eu tarddiad. Nid yw ar gyfer y gwangalon.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
Rotten Tomatoes – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)

Next Event: Silent Horror Shorts III

Dydd Mercher, 26 Hydref 2016, 7:30 yh


Wedi’i chomisiynu gan Abertoir, mae’r casgliad hwn o ffilmiau mud arswyd byrion yn dathlu’r dyfeisgar a’r dychmygus yng nghyfnod cynnar y sinema gyda detholiad o ffilmiau nas gwelwyd yn aml ar ochr ysgafnach y genre arswyd ac, yn ffurfio canolbwynt y rhaglen, un o gampweithiau gwirioneddol dywyll avant-garde sinema fud, nad yw llawer yn ymwybodol ohono.

Caiff yr holl ffilmiau eu cyflwyno gan Paul Shallcross a fydd hefyd yn canu’r piano ar eu cyfer, a bydd yn cyflwyno’i sgoriau newydd sbon.

Those Awful Hats

1909, UDA, 3 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – D.W. Griffith


O bosib yr enghraifft gynharaf o ffilm gyhoeddiad cyhoeddus, wedi’i chyfarwyddo gan neb llai na’r dyn fydda’n ddiweddarach enwog am Birth of a Nation, dyma ffilm sy’n cynnwys rhai digwyddiadau annisgwyl iawn mewn cynulleidfa sinema.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Those Awful Hats

The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)

1909, Ffrainc, 5 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – Segundo de Chomón


Mae isleisiau tywyll stori HG Wells yn cael eu trawsnewid yn ffilm hyfryd am drosedd gyda thechnegau camera Chomon yn ymchwilio pob posibilrwydd o stop-motion a ffotograffiaeth amlygiad dwbl. Dyma’r ffilm gynharaf i wneud defnydd yr awdur enwog fel deunydd ffynhonnell.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)

An Over-Incubated Baby

1901, UK, 1 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – Robert W. Paul


Roedd Robert W. Paul yn beiriannydd arloesol o gamerâu ffilm a gwneuthurwr ffilm gyda llygad craff am y ffantastig a’r rhyfedd. Mae ei ffilmiau, fel yr un yma a Undressing Extraordinary, yn dangos rhai o’r arwyddion cynharaf o arswyd mewn ffilm. Stori rybuddiol o’r hyn sy’n digwydd os byddwch yn gadael babi goginio am rhy hir…

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – An Over-Incubated Baby

The Man with a Rubber Head

1901, Ffrainc, 3 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – Georges Méliès


Mae Tad y sinema ffantastig yma yn troi’i dychymyg tuag at ei ben ei hun…

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Man with a Rubber Head

The Fall of the House of Usher

1928, UDA, 13 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber


Dyma waith annisgwyl gan griw o artistiaid amaturiaid gyda grym ariannol ag celfyddydol. Mewn llawer ffordd dyma’r fersiwn sinematig diffiniol o’r clasur gan Edgar Allan Poe.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Fall of the House of Usher

There It Is

1928, UDA, 22 munud, (Unrated)
Cyfarwyddwr – Charley Bowers


Dyma ffilm am ysbrydion gan un o’r comediwyr anghofiedig y cyfnod mud. Mae stori’r ffilm yn esgus am gomedi swreal ac effeithiau camera anhygoel.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – There It Is

AUDIENCE SCORE:  95.71%

And the comments as follows

  • Magical.  Perfect piano.  Timeless and delightful.  I felt delighted, amused and entertained
  • Another wonderful selection of silent era films
  • Loved the piano accompaniment
  • Fabulous
  • A rare treat excellently delivered.  Will be back next year.  Paul’s enthusiasm makes the evening
  • A real treat to see the films and to hear Paul play along in just magic
  • Very enjoyable.  Never knew that there were such interesting early films.  Excellently presented
  • Brilliant as usual
  • As always very entertaining, and also informative.  Music is inspired.  Paul is obviously very passionate about what he does
  • Charming, quirky and uniquely entertaining
  • The music suited the films very well.  Very entertaining
  • An atmospheric session of cinematic treats.  Live piano music extremely effective.
  • Entertaining Shallcross’s music great and his selection of knowledge of the films is rare
  • Erudite, informative and entertaining introductions.  Please let us have more of the genius that is Paul Shallcross
  • I really enjoyed the evening.  Info, films and music were fantastic.  I’m going home to read some Poe
  • Quirky as ever and very entertaining
  • Wonderfully entertaining and well presented
  • Very informative and some hilarious moments
  • Wonderful glimpse at history, and the music and talk were fantastic.  As a film novice and first timer at film club I was very impressed and will definitely be returning
  • Both educational and entertaining.  A most enjoyable evening
  • Really enjoyed The Fall of the House of Usher.  Inspirationally shot
  • Fabulous.  Great music, entertaining presentation, educational and interesting and fun.

Audience Reaction: ‘Dheepan’

The audience gave ‘Dheepan‘ a score of 80%

Here are their comments:

  • Out of the frying pan into the fire  Very good acting by all
  • Fine film spoilt by the shooting spree at the end
  • Was the ending intended to represent the life they were expecting – in stark contrast to the one they found themselves living?
  • An incredibly well acted reminder of reality in some part of Europe and the world
  • Moving, dark and disturbing.  Not a  pleasing viewing but necessary perhaps.  Ending didn’t fit
  • Dirty Harry at the end???   Hard work.  Don’t think I like film
  • Acting outstanding.  Totally believable.  Quality film
  • Multi layered, excellent acting and the tears behind the smiles
  • Wow!  Why did we have lighting stands on the stage obscuring the film?
  • Another thought provoking film.  Life is difficult