Audience Reaction: 52 Tuesdays

The audience gave ‘52 Tuesdays‘ a score of 69.57%

It seemed to have a ‘Marmite’ effect, you either loved it or hated it.

Here are the comments:

  • Thought provoking insight into a young person coming to terms with he sexuality amidst uncertainty.
  • Complex and compelling.
  • Terrific photography. What is male, female, young, old? Still waters run deep.
  • Brilliant cinematography. Great casting. Very interesting.
  • Disturbing, full of emotion, conflicted ones and true ones. A truly beautiful film.
  • The nuclear family goes nuclear! Captured the complexity if a complicated situation very well.
  • Whatever happens – Life goes on!
  • Very good. Thanks.
  • Excellent acting/cinematography – took a while to work out relationships – 2nd half seemed to move at a faster pace – clever directing.
  • Not a poor film, appreciate the sentiment but had to watch. ‘Jones’ was not a caring character. Liked the daughter.
  • Worse film I have ever seen and I didn’t even see it all. Now that is saying something.
  • Lasted until day 4.

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Selection Meeting – 17th Nov, 6:30pm

The Nottingham ICO weekend (14th – 16th November) is coming up so we thought we would have our selection meeting straight away after that event.

We have a film on the 17th of November (We Are Many) so we have decided to have the selection meeting at 6:30pm, before the film. As we have not had a committee meeting in a long time we will cover some business as well.

Selection meetings are open to ALL film club members.

If you have ideas about films you want to see this is your chance, it helps if you bring a synopsis etc with you to the meeting so the group can make an informed decision.

Priority is given to films that have been seen by at least one person in attendance at the selection meeting, that way the meeting has first hand experience of the film.

Audience Response: Minima & The Phantom of the Opera 1925

The audience gave the Minima presentation of the 1925 ‘Phantom of the Opera‘ a score of 94%

Here are their comments:

  • Music made the film.
  • Excellent music suited to the themes, however could perhaps have had a lighter approach to the more comedic scenes.
  • Minima’s music was excellent, though not always suited to the themes of the work. Audio quality suffered, something was rattling in the deepest bass in a very distracting fashion. For older works an accompanying info sheet would be helpful.
  • An interesting combination of instruments – hypnotic minimalism! What a pity that the level of volume was such that it was distorted and hit resonance with the floor, the furniture and my rib cage. A few decibels less would have enhanced the film instead of competing with it. An excellent attempt chaps; but far too loud. OK for a rave though.
  • A fantastic evening! Superb music + an excellent film.
  • Outstanding on all levels – The music complemented the film perfectly – the unmasking of the Phantom was particularly powerful as was the final sequence. Please bring Minima back!
  • Excellent performance by Minima. A shame that the music was too loud and that it caused a horrible and distracting rattle within the theatre.
  • Music was great!
  • Really enjoyed doing something different for the night!
  • Very good performance. Not what I expected.
  • What a brilliant (revived) idea! More please.
  • First time I’ve seen this cinema classic – greatly enhanced by the live music.
  • Amazing stamina of musicians. Brilliant score.

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Audience Reaction: Force Majeure

The audience gave tonight’s film ‘Force Majeure‘ a score of 50.78%.

Here are their comments:

  • Bit slow, but v. Bergmanesque & sinister. Show more Swedish films!
    Well worth showing. Poor Thomas! Why the bus ending. I won’t be going on a skiing holiday.
  • Humorous, poignant, off-beam, Nordic!
  • My perception of the film was coloured by the fact I cannot see any attraction to skiing or staying in hotels or being with the people in the film. Either the married people or the single people or the adulterous couple. I just couldn’t relate to any of it at all.
  • Different: Slow. Colourless. Humour-good. Thought provoking.
  • A bit slow, but worth seeing.
  • People in a mid-life crisis!
  • A few fine moments with humour… Interesting thoughts on relationships but overall it didn’t really work for me!
  • An odd film but think I enjoyed.
  • 6/10
  • Overlong – chilling in places and some bold statements about family + relationships – but uneven.
  • Boring and tedious. The underlying plot was sound but the screenplay didn’t do it justice.

Audience Reaction: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The audience gave the film ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence‘ a score of 24%.

Here are the comments:

  • Poor choice made film night not a good choice.
  • Started promisingly with very black humour, but after a while the joke wore off and it just became frustrating. Some excellent composition and some stand out moments à la Bunuel, Beckett and even The League of Gentlemen. But overlong and perhaps too alienating.
  • I think I can say that was the strangest film I have ever seen at PFC. I will remember it though. Lottas sko i Göteborg (1943) – you had to be there…
  • A surreal slant on humanity.
  • Loved it!
  • Not quite sure what I’ve just watched?
  • How on earth did this film win the Golden Lion?
  • Not much on the TV.
  • ???
  • What was that all about then eh?
  • Bizzare! + Beige very Swedish.
  • Lost 2 hrs of my life.
  • A series of surreal pastiches portraying humanity in a mostly sad and sorry state with whiffs of Python-style humour. You probably won’t come out feeling happy!

Audience Reaction: ‘Still Life’

The audience gave the film ‘Still Life‘ a score of 89.47%

Here are the comments:

  • Excellent! The antidote to action movies… (and I’m not being sarcastic)
  • Loved this film, amazing detail, beautifully filmed and a wonderful story.
  • Unbelievably poignant. Extremely well acted + directed. Quite beautiful.
  • Waw!
  • Awesome film – very thought provoking.
  • Slow but very moving, The ending was a little contrived, but it was very affecting. It was a very powerful film.
  • Very moving poignant film – with wonderful humour – brilliantly acted and directed.
  • Fab film. Really drawn in to the story. Emotional. I did not expect the ending, but very poignant. Will watch again.
  • Artistically + cinematographically very ‘French’ so good to see UK can make sophisticated genre as well.
  • Never thought that such a job existed. It is touching that he cared, but what a lonely life.
  • Very touching beautifully crafted film.
  • Very poignant.
  • Quirky, moving, tragi-comedy with a European feel to the structure of the film….
  • A sad-sweet tale of a lonely man.

 

High Tide

We had a fantastic time last night in the company of Jimmy Hay and Melanie Walters of ‘High Tide’.

Our thanks go to Film Hub Wales, Tamarind Pontardawe and High Rise Window Cleaning for their financial support of the event.

Thanks also to the wonderful Ponatardawe Arts Centre staff for all of their support during this first season of film this year.

Photos – Linda Wellington

Audience Reaction – ‘Wild Tales’

The audience gave the film ‘Wild Tales‘ a score of 83.59%

Here are the comments:

  • Entertaining, felt like it could all really happen!
  • Very exuberant, fast moving and funny. I didn’t especially like the violence, but it was in keeping with the tone of the film. Excellent.
  • One of the best films I’ve seen so far. Love Dynamite Man and the passionate wedding.
  • Sums up my life!
  • Vengeance is sweet! An explosive film! Well made film.
  • A racy, pacey gallop through the jungle of human emotion – very enjoyable and funny!
  • Funny, smart, well made with salutary sub-text
  • Grotesquely amusing, very good.
  • Funniest thing I have seen in ages! Excellent!
  • Certainly wild! Really enjoyed.
  • Entertaining, often predictable twists. Suspend belief and have a laugh.

 

Audience Reaction ‘A Little Chaos’

The audience gave ‘A Little Chaos‘ a score of 66.41%

Comments:

Liked the music very much.
Delightful.
It reminded me of Peter Greenaway’s film ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’. Well it wasn’t quite like that! Garden designs skulduggery, sex, love, jealousy – it was all there!
Good enough but not of the high standard I’ve come to expect from Pontardawe Film Club. Direction questionable.
It looked good but was very tedious. The characters felt anachronistic, and there were too many sub plots. It was unfocused and needed more humour.
What is it with Winslet and water?

Selection Meeting

Our next selection meeting is on the Tuesday the 5th of May.

We will be selecting our Autumn Season of films.

Selection meetings are open to all film club members. I hope you can make it and help shape the club.

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