Our New Autumn Season of Film

AUTUMN SEASON

Our autumn season of film as follows. We have a mixed bunch of film, hopefully something for everyone!

We are pleases to announce the return of Paul Shallcross for Horror Shorts III, we have enjoyed his company twice already, he has been wonderful company, his sense of humour and his talent on the piano have made for very enjoyable evenings. We hope you can come and support what is a wonderful evening.

We are also pleased to be showing K2D, the film made when film club members Tom and Dominique and their children made a motorcycle trip through India to raise funds for their Interburns charity. We will be passing a bucket around to collect money for Interburns that night and all contributions large and small will be appreciated and put to good use!

Our Next Film: ‘Sing Street’

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

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2015, Ireland/USA/UK, 106 minutes, (12A)
Director – John Carney

Sing Street


A funny, boisterous and joyously uplifting treat.  Set in Dublin in 1985 it is a loving homage to the 80s full of in-joke cultural references to the period, its music and fashion.  In an attempt to win the favour of the beautiful Raphina, teenage Conor asks her to appear in his music video.  The only problem is he’s not yet in a band.

There will be a drinks reception after the film.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Sing Street
Rotten Tomatoes – Sing Street

Audience Reaction: ‘Son of Saul’

The audience gave ‘Son of Saul‘ a score of 88.33%

Here are their comments:

  • Brilliantly filmed – unbelievably gruelling and hard to watch but im glad I did
  • Not easy to watch but a timely reminder of the dangers of extremism
  • A raw portrayal of multi-layered inhumanity – grisly and toxic Nazism
  • Leaves one stunned. Horror and madness – words are inadequate
  • Cinematography style made me quite dizzy but very good film
  • Bittersweet
  • A deeply disturbing film that can only leave a scar on your soul but at the same time has to be watched. Should be compulsory to watch
  • A very powerful film. Saul was like a man lost in someone else’s nightmare
  • Utterly superb
  • Unusual film well made shows the horrors of the holocaust
  • Relentless, harrowing but definitely worth watching
  • Phew! That was a crazy 24 hours!
  • Brilliantly directed. Many excellent scenes and relentlessly powerful. A tough watch but worth it.
  • I found the story line difficult to believe. Amazing photography
  • V well acted and excellent cinematography but i found it was let down by the storyline and the technique of the filming could have been put to better effect. Would of helped if first 10 minutes someone constantly crackering a crisp packet behind.

Audience Reaction: ‘Tangerine’

The audience gave ‘Tangerine‘ a score of 36.11%

Here are their comments:

  • Mainly boring, some amusing bits!
  • What a load of crap.  This season’s films are getting so bad.  Waste of 2 hrs of my life.  Couldn’t understand most conversations.
  • Worse than poor.  Bad language bad acting bad everything and this is the first time I have been here?

Our Next Film: ‘Tangerine’

Monday, 6 June 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, USA, 88 minutes, (15)
Director – Sean Baker

tangerine


A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.  A heart warming buddy comedy filmed entirely on an iPhone.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Tangerine
Rotten Tomatoes – Tangerine

AUDIENCE SCORE – 36.11%

COMMENTS:

  • Mainly boring, some amusing bits!
  • What a load of crap.  This season’s films are getting so bad.  Waste of 2 hrs of my life.  Couldn’t understand most conversations.
  • Worse than poor.  Bad language bad acting bad everything and this is the first time I have been here?

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

SELECTION MEETING

Hello Pontardawe Film Fans

The next film selection meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th May at 7.00pm in the Arts Centre. Hope you can make it.

If you can’t, let us know what films you would like us to consider for next season.

Best wishes

John (Chair)

Our Next Film: ‘Dheepan’

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, France, 115 minutes, (15)
Director – Jacques Audiard

DHEEPAN


To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a housing project outside Paris. They barely know one another, but try to build a life together – as the threat of escalating gang violence looms over their lives.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Dheepan
Rotten Tomatoes – Dheepan

AUDIENCE SCORE – 80%

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

Audience Reaction: ’13 Minutes (Elser)’

The audience gave ‘13 Minutes‘ a score of 94.18%

Their comments were as follows:

  • Loving these factual films – loved the directing, the way it kept flicking back and forth. Tense.
  • Not my cup of tea but excellent film
  • A very moving, dramatic film – one must ask:- what if?
  • Hard to watch at times but one of the best films about eh war I have seen. Amazing story very well told
  • Brilliant
  • Very powerful
  • Knew nothing of this before seeing the film – story presented in an interesting way
  • A powerful drama and an important true story which needed to be brought to light. Tension and horrow of Nazi Germany well depicted
  • A grim watch and an important one – would never have heard of Elser. Inspiring
  • Moving convinving portrayal of daily life with Nazis but I cant stomach the violence
  • Enjoyable acting but hard to watch at times.

Our Next Film: ’13 Minutes’

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Germany, 114 minutes, (15)
Director – Oliver Hirschbiegel

13minutes


In November 1939, Georg Elser’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – 13 Minutes (Elser)
Rotten Tomatoes – 13 Minutes (Elser)

AUDIENCE SCORE – 93.18%

COMMENTS:

  • Loving these factual films – loved the directing, the way it kept flicking back and forth. Tense.
  • Not my cup of tea but excellent film
  • A very moving, dramatic film – one must ask:- what if?
  • Hard to watch at times but one of the best films about eh war I have seen. Amazing story very well told
  • Brilliant
  • Very powerful
  • Knew nothing of this before seeing the film – story presented in an interesting way
  • A powerful drama and an important true story which needed to be brought to light. Tension and horrow of Nazi Germany well depicted
  • A grim watch and an important one – would never have heard of Elser. Inspiring
  • Moving convinving portrayal of daily life with Nazis but I cant stomach the violence
  • Enjoyable acting but hard to watch at times.

Audience Reaction: ‘Rams’

The audience gave ‘Rams‘ a score of 80.45%

And their comments were as follows:

  • Just love the pace and observations, the honest depiction of real life. One of the most powerful stories of redemption I have ever watched.  Thank you.
  • Beautifully filmed, deeply sad, just carried along by bits of humour.  Loved the beards and jumpers
  • Slow slow slow  sheep!!!
  • Who would have thought inaction could have been so gripping?  Well the storm was far from inactive!  Obsession or passion?  Perhaps the same.  Great visuals.  Sound psychology
  • Thomas Hardy type tale in the icy northern hemisphere – beautifully shot and very glad no sheep seemed to be harmed
  • Loved the story of two brothers, one common goal for the sheep.  Heart wrenching, felt for them when the sheep had to die.  Humour in parts.  Ending of the film, my conclusion is they all died – sheep, dog and brothers but on the hand all lived happily ever after.  Loved the bleakness of the scenery and how the whole film captivated you
  • Moving portrayal of relationship between brothers and impact of a disease like scrapie
  • Brilliant, evocative and so atmospheric
  • A good film spoiled by the lack of an ending
  • Realistic, superb acting
  • Powerful albeit bleak.   How much it takes to reunite two brothers after 40 years
  • Fascinating; felt like the first part of a two parter.  Felt real, want to go to Iceland
  • It takes sibling rivalry to its extremes  very moving experience
  • Like the dog and sheep    very moving
  • Very interesting story – excellent photography, slow pace added to the atmosphere – lovely music – sad end – message??? Life’s too short – keep talking!
  • A not so simple tale of two brothers told simply
  • Good dramatic cinematography.  A nice story but was it a happy ending!????
  • Showed how tough life is outside the cities and towns of Iceland.  Very sad film but enjoyed
  • Did they run out of money or film?
  • I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be a drama or a comedy.  However I did enjoy it.  The ending was quite abrupt though

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