Category Archives: Films

Our Next Film: Apostasy

Thursday, 25 April 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, UK, 95 minutes, (PG)
Director – Daniel Kokotajlo

A faithful Jehovah’s Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God’s love.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Apostasy
Rotten Tomatoes – Apostasy

Our Next Film: Capernaum

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, UK/Lebanon, 123 minutes, (R), subtitled
Director – Nadine Labaki

Whilst serving a five year sentence for a violent crime a 12 year old boy in Beirut sues his parents for bringing him into the world.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Capernaum
Rotten Tomatoes – Capernaum

Our Next Film: ‘Shoplifters’

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, Japan, 121 minutes, (15), subtitled
Director – Hirokazu Koreeda

From the maker of Like Father Like Son, a richly satisfying drama about a family of small-time crooks who take a child they find in the street. Scooping the Palme d’or at Cannes. In equal parts an incisive social critique and a nuanced family portrait.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Shoplifters / Manbiki Kazoku
Rotten Tomatoes – Shoplifters / Manbiki Kazoku

Our Next Film: ‘Stan And Ollie’

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, UK, 97 minutes, (PG)
Director – Jon S Baird

Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan-song – a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Stan And Ollie
Rotten Tomatoes – Stan And Ollie

Our Next Film: ‘Pin Cushion’

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, UK, 97 minutes, (15)
Director – Deborah Haywood

A quirky drama which explores the prickly dynamics of mother/daughter relationships and female friendships.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Pin Cushion
Rotten Tomatoes – Pin Cushion

Our Next Film: The Heiresses / Las Heredras

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, Paraguay, 98 minutes, (12A), subtitled
Director – Marcelo Martinessi

A relationship between two wealthy women is threatened when one of them is jailed and the other begins an unexpected flirtation.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – The Heiresses
Rotten Tomatoes – The Heiresses

Our Next Film: ‘Canaries’ + Q&A

Don’t forget we have Peter Stray (writer and director) and Russell Craig (actor) with us for the screening of Canaries on Thursday 24 January so please join us for the comic horror and we wont mind if you watch from behind the sofa!

Thursday, 24 January 2019,  7:30 pm

2018, UK, 84 minutes, (15)
Director – Peter Stray

A group of friends at a New Year’s Eve party in the Welsh Valleys take on an alien invasion. Darkly funny horror comedy which mixes laughs and scares and puts Cwmtwrch firmly on the map of world affairs.   Followed by Q & A with selected cast members. Supported by Film Hub Wales.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Canaries
Rotten Tomatoes – Canaries

AUDIENCE REACTION:

Great turn out for the film and interesting discussion after the film with Peter and Craig giving an insight into the making of the film.  Fantastic to see quality films coming out of Wales.

Thanks to Film Hub Wales for sponsoring the event.

Audience vote was as follows

  • Excellent  30
  • Very Good 20
  • Good 10
  • Average 1
  • Poor 2

Giving an overall score of 79.8%

COMMENTS:

  • Just grand
  • Totally bonkers but loved the film (well it was local!)
  • Look forward to Canaries 2
  • Wonderful blood and yellow macs
  • Great entertainment
  • Great fun.  Well done on making such a good film on a budget of just £29k  Incredible!!
  • Quirky – fun and scary in good amounts!  Love the soundtrack and the location – of course!
  • Very funny
  • Behind every great man…..   in this case Craig’s Mum
  • A very good film for this low cost of production.  Good acting by all the cast.  Put Lower Cwmtwrch on the map!
  • Witty and Welsh.  Bring on the return of the yellow Peril!  Many interesting juxtapositions and atmospheric music
  • Thoroughly enjoyed.  Looking forward to the sequel
  • Great evening.  Be back
  • Loved the fact that the film made me jump in parts as well as laugh in parts.  Humour was spot on.  Daft horror but loved the build up from 1980 to the present day
  • Amusing.  Actually jumped a few times.  Enjoyed this
  • Fantastic what can be achieved on such a small budget through all the support both locally and away and your creativity
  • Loved opening scene.  Laughed out loud many times.  And jumped!
  • Crap.  But nice guys
  • Fantastic film.  Looking forward to the sequel
  • Very good, cant wait for a sequel.  Creative storytelling, engaging and a fantastic horror.
  • A bit disjointed.  Made it difficult to watch at times
  • Enjoyed – reminded me of Peter Jackson’s bad taste
  • Can’t say I was able to follow all the plot but worth watching for the jokes and especial=ally the wonderful main setting.  Was this a prediction of L’Attaque des Gilets Jaunes?
  • Very funny.  Some great shots.  Good to hear and see proper local place and people.  Enjoyed even though I don’t like horror.
  • OK  low budget and funny in parts
  • So bad it was good and very funny and scary
  • Shaun of the Dead meets Stella!  Amazing achievement on the budget
  • It was well acted and well made for a low budget film, funny in parts, but I found it a bit morbid and despairing in parts.  I’m not a fan of horror movies anyway (Philippians 4:8)
  • Really enjoyed.  A movie with a sense of humour
  • Crap ending!!  Hope to see follow up soon though
  • Great humour and well produced
  • Great to see in Ponty.  Second time to see the film and still good   thanks
  • Very well scripted, directed and produced… they had a small budget and worked very well within their means – using fantastic techniques to make their job and that of the crew and cast easier without impacting the story or impact. This film is very much Simon Pegg and Nick Frost meets Ruth Jones. For a project that started off as a bunch of mates having a bit of crack it has actually turned into a very good film! I am looking forward to seeing more collaborations from this team.

Our Next Film: Peterloo

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, UK, 154 minutes, (12A)
Director – Mike Leigh

The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Peterloo
Rotten Tomatoes – Peterloo

AUDIENCE REACTION:

Our first film of the season was very well received

  • Excellent  32
  • Very good 10
  • Good 4

Giving an overall score of 90.2%

COMMENTS:

  • A detailed history lesson – amazing detail!
  • Very realistic.  Thought it might show the impact afterwards
  • An epic of a film – a sign of the times
  • I do love a good baddy and there were certainly plenty of those – was it acceptable given the mores of the age or was the early 19th century full of brutes and cads?
  • A weirdly paced film – sometimes almost Shakespearean, sometimes quite shallow – but shines a light on an important and overlooked part of British democratic history
  • How little life changes
  • Great film – the riot scene was brutal!
  • History I’d never even known.  Thought provoking.  Times have not changed sadly
  • So pleased to have seen this.  Feel a little overwhelmed – brilliant and just what needs to be seen
  • Vive le republic!!
  • Much better than I expected
  • Enjoyed the film, loved the acting, well scripted and directed.  History should be kept alive in films as not a lot of reading done these days.  More like this please
  • I’ve been looking forward to this film since I first heard about it in early days of its production  my plans to see it earlier were unavoidably thwarted so I was very please dot see it tonight  a great achievement from Mike Leigh
  • Thank you
  • Excellent film.  Will find out more about the event which I think is hidden away
  • Given the current power struggles in the UK it seems that not much has changed
  • Very affecting – wonderful hats
  • Fantastic film!  Brilliant well developed set scenes.  Hidden from popular history
  • Harrowing portrayal of the horror that humans are able to act upon each other when they see the difference between themselves.  A warning for us all  thank you fo showing such an important film
  • Gwych!
  • A great tribute to those who protested
  • But there were a few caricatures
  • Powerful shocking film
  • Awesome

Our Next Film: Redoubtable

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Italy/France, 108 minutes, (15) subtitles
Director – Michael Hazanavicius

From ‘The Artist’ director a playful multi-layered biopic of Jean Luc Godard, the great New Wave innovator and his tumultuous relationship with Anne Wiazemsky. A political, philosophical and biographic roller coaster brilliantly conjuring the political protest of 1968 France.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Redoubtable
Rotten Tomatoes – Redoubtable

Our Next Film: Under The Tree

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Iceland, 89 minutes, (15) subtitles
Director – Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

A dispute over a tree between two neighbours develops into urban warfare and spirals out of control. Icelandic social drama with plenty of black comedy showing the hilarious pettiness of two sides unwilling to back down.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Under The Tree
Rotten Tomatoes – Under The Tree