AUDIENCE REACTION: 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:
Very Good 13
- 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
- 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
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:
Very Good 12
Which gave an overall rating of 80.85%
- 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)
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:
18 very good
Which gives an overall rating of 78.12%
- 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
Mixed responses to Lady Macbeth
Very good 7
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
Maudie certainly seemed to please
Very Good 11
Giving an overall rating of 93.27% – is that high enough for the Ponty Awards??
Comments as follows
- It hit the spot
- Charming, poignant, sad. Excellent acting and fabulous cinematography
- What gives some people the inner strength to find joy in life – no matter what is thrown at them?
- Brilliant acting, beautiful photography, moving story
- Really enjoyed this film made me think of how material the world is and to enjoy and value the simpler things in life
- Slow but very moving. The characters were well sketched and the story was very heartwarming
- A beautiful film. Great performances from Hawkins and Hawke
- More like this please. Lovely film. ‘Shape of Water’ next
- Like most modern transatlantic films would have benefitted from subtitles – couldn’t follow most of the dialogue
- Excellent acting though sadly it reminded me of Eddie Redmayne as Steven Hawkins and the transexual. Thematically like Manchester by the Sea. Communication and the development of relationships with few words – very moving
- A gentle romantic view of what was probably a far harsher reality
- Desperately sad but uplifting. Great scenery
- Excellent film. Lovely cuppa too
- Charming and artistic – life as art
- A tender tale where six and eight make one
- This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Will recommend it to friends and family
- It made me cry
- Sensitive and beautiful
- Remarkable film – will live long in the memory
A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake‘
- Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
- Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
- Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
- Brilliant – thought provoking
- Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
- Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
- Where is empathy in our society?
- Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
- A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
- Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
- Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
- This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
- Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
- British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
- One less statistic for the government to worry about.
- Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
- Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
- Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
- It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
- As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
- Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
- Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
- Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
- Too close to the truth – well acted
- Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
- I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
- Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone
The audience gave Truman a score of 90%
Comments as follows
- We enjoyed this film very much. Poignant, touching, funny and amusing.
- A roller coaster of emotions – joys and griefs – poor Truman seemed almost incidental – the perfect, quiet companion animal
- A very brave, sad film, guitar music was very emotive
- Really emotional and very truthful about men (and women’s) relationships excellent film. One of the best this season
- Heart-warming. Brilliant acting
- I found the son’s choice to go to a concert with his girlfriend rather than spend time with his dying father rather unbelievable and the relationships were all rather shallow – in the circumstances I would expect more sincerity
- Too emotional to comment
- Moving and accurate picture of men’s relationships. Use of dog clever!
- A gentle stroll through a man’s last days told with gentle aplomb and some touching moments
- Well told well acted could have ben over sentimental but was moving
- Lovely soundtrack extremely moving captivating acting
- Sorry ! thought the ethics were awful
Another wonderful experience of film and music brought to us by Paul Shallcross…. Horror Shorts III
The event scored an incredible 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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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?
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