Category Archives: Films

Our Next Film: The Breadwinner

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 93 minutes, (12A)
Director – Nora Twomey

Pavana is a headstrong 11 year old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan. She is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to support her family. A beautiful animation employing a mix of 2D with painted environments and digital paper cut-out segments to weave together a world of conflict and oppressions, showing the strength of girls and the power of stories to sustain hope through dark times.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – The Breadwinner
Rotten Tomatoes – The Breadwinner

Our Next Film: Beast

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, UK, 107 minutes, (15)
Director – Michael Pearce

A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Beast
Rotten Tomatoes – Beast

AUDIENCE REACTION:

Well much to talk about after the film last night and always interesting when there are a range of scores.

Who was the BEAST ?

  • Excellent 13
  • Very Good 10
  • Good 5
  • Average 1
  • Poor 1

Giving an overall scoring of 77.5%

COMMENTS:

  • Disturbing!!
  • More questions than answers.  Good indeed!
  • Seen it all before.  Clichéd.  Usual stereotypes.  Lots of signposting music.  Done before, but better
  • Must get a land rover
  • Thinking, thinking, thinking is all I shall do about this film
  • A bit gruesome for me, but still enjoyed it.  Coundn’t identify the killer.  Beautiful piano music
  • Suspense, psychological thriller.  Well directed and acted.  Throughout the film kept you guessing ‘who done it?’
  • Very watchable.  Pretty good story
  • Tense!  Upsetting!  Great acting and setting
  • Intriguing but I didn’t like the underlying violence
  • Intense film.  Lots of unanswered questions

Our Next Film: Nothing Like a Dame

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

2018, UK, 84 minutes, (12A)
Director – Roger Michel

Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith take a trip down memory lane and share stories from their 50 year friendship. Cut together with diligently researched archive material from four remarkable careers the result is a hugely enjoyable and celebratory documentary.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Nothing Like A Dame
Rotten Tomatoes – Nothing Like A Dame

AUDIENCE REACTION:

Scoring as follows

  • Excellent 15
  • Very good 10
  • Good 6

With overall rating of 82%

COMMENTS:

  • Dames being down to earth was very entertaining.  Good unscripted fun
  • Best film of the season
  • Witty comments from four icons of film and television
  • Seen once on TV but delighted to see it again
  • Entertaining – love all 4 dames – Judy and Maggie being my favourites.  I did laugh with them.  Good to see old films with them in.  Liked The Stones as background music – rather apt
  • Fun!
  • Life enhancing
  • Nostalgic and insightful look at four lives – rather brave of them to all to have revealed so much about themselves

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

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, UK/USA, 89 minutes, (15)
Director – Lynne Ramsey

Joaquim Phoenix plays a traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living.  When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – You Were Never Really Here
Rotten Tomatoes – You Were Never Really Here

AUDIENCE REACTION:

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%

COMMENTS:

  • 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)

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Russia/France, 127 minutes, (15)
Director – Andrei Zvyagntsev

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. Eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity from Leviathan director

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Loveless
Rotten Tomatoes – Loveless

AUDIENCE REACTION:

  • Excellent 7
  • Very good 8
  • Good 2

Giving an overall score of 82%

COMMENTS:

  • 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

Our Next Film: Lady Bird

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, USA, 93 minutes, (15)
Director – Greta Gerwig

A Californian nurse maintains a turbulent bond with her teenage daughter – loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated – just like her. A feel good film filled with tenderness and wit.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Lady Bird
Rotten Tomatoes – Lady Bird

AUDIENCE REACTION:4

  • Excellent 29
  • Very Good 8
  • Good 7
  • Average 2

Giving an overall score of 84.78%

COMMENTS:

  • Loved the humour, reality, mix of funny and poignant – enjoyed
  • Really good film of joy, tears and life
  • Thank you  I really needed this film – I’m a mother!
  • Some of the dialect wasn’t clear – not as good as I was expecting
  • Well paced, thoughtful and nostalgic – loved that the complexity of all the characters was allowed to emerge
  • Beautifully observed relationship of teenagers
  • Very funny moments throughout.  Resonated well with the story line
  • Gorgeous film, stunning writing.  Gave me tons of my own ideas

Our Next Film: In Between (Bar Bahar)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, Israel / France, 103 minutes, (15)
Director – Maysaloun Hamoud

Three Palestinian women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. a light yet nuanced approach to dramatizing complex, timely themes, further enriched by outstanding cinematography and powerful performances.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – In Between
Rotten Tomatoes – In Between

AUDIENCE REACTION:

N/A

COMMENTS:

N/A

Our Next Film: The Nile Hilton Incident

Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Sweden/Denmark/Germany, 106 minutes, (NR) subtitled
Director – Tarik Saleh

Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, this thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman. What initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute turns into a more complicated case involving the very elite of Egypt.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – The Nile Hilton Incident
Rotten Tomatoes – The Nile Hilton Incident

AUDIENCE REACTION:

The Nile Hilton Incident was very well received scoring

  • 19 Excellent
  • 10 Very Good
  • 2 Good

With an overall scoring of 88.7%

COMMENTS:

  • 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

Film Club, Our Next Film: A Fantastic Woman

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Chile/Spain, 104 minutes, (R) subtitled
Director – Sebastian Lelio

Daniela Vega plays a transgender singer whose relationship with a much older man is brought abruptly to an end when he suffers a fatal aneurism. Instead of being treated with compassion she is faced with suspicion and contempt from the authorities and hostility from his family. An impressive exposition of courage and strength.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – A Fantastic Woman
Rotten Tomatoes – A Fantastic Woman

AUDIENCE REACTION:

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

Giving an overall rating of 78%

COMMENTS:

  • 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

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, USA, 119 minutes, (15)
Director – Guillermo del Toro

An other worldy fairy tale set against the backdrop of the Cold War era in America. In a hidden high security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in isolation. Her life changes forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – The Shape Of Water
Rotten Tomatoes – The Shape Of Water

AUDIENCE REACTION:

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

Giving an overall rating of 79%

COMMENTS:

  • 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 Florida Project

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, USA, 111 minutes, (15)
Director – Sean Baker

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – The Florida Project
Rotten Tomatoes – The Florida Project

AUDIENCE REACTION:

The Florida Project failed to hit the mark for film club

  • Excellent              8
  • Very Good          12
  • Good                     8
  • Average               3
  • Poor                      9

Giving an overall rating of 54%

COMMENTS:

  • Interesting.  Excellent performances from the cast.  Very engaging
  • The divide
  • Very good but very depressing
  • Very well acted
  • In a word – ‘WOW!’
  • Not the ‘We are poor but make our own fun’ film I was expecting
  • Easy to judge the mother for bringing up her child as a friend, but , who knows what background she had that ill-prepared her for motherhood
  • Brilliant film about awful people living in the most awful country in the world
  • Hell of a message and very dull in parts.  Desperate film about desperate situation
  • Engaging from start to the staggering finish – surely destined to be a classic!  More of this please
  • Random story line.  All over the place.  Irrelevant end!
  • Hard to see what the point of this film was – and impossible to tell what they were talking about most of the time.
  • Confusing finale
  • Too long, bored at times, moving at end
  • Awful end