Audience Reaction – ‘The Life Of Riley’

The audience gave the film ‘A Life of Riley‘ a score of 60.83%

And the comments were as follows:

  • By George it was a spiffing yarn!
  • Surprised I enjoyed it… excellent ‘stage’ design – v. funny.
  • Amusing bizarre
  • A very French, feel-good farce! Fantastique.
  • Interesting presentation.
  • V. different!
  • Loved the black humour + music – but pacing could have been snappier.

Audience Reaction – ‘Difret’

The audience gave the film ‘Difret‘ a score of 87.5%

Several members of the audience asked what did ‘Difret’ mean? The film’s website (www.difret.com) explains the film’s title: In the Amharic language, the word ‘difret’ has a double meaning. In its widest use it means courage and the closest English translation means ‘to dare.’ But in Amharic, it also has a double-entendre that means ‘the act of being raped.’

Comments:

  • We  thought it was an excellent film… dreadful scenario, but beautifully filmed. Loved the ‘understated’ quality of the narrative and acting and  so pleased with the ending.  An important film which more people should see.
  • Minde bloowing (sic)
  • Very optimistic movie 🙂
  • This film was so sad but triumphant.
  • Inspiring!
  • A very powerful film. Justice was seen to be done!
  • An important story that needed to be told – moving and powerful.
  • Heart-breaking.
  • A powerful and moving account of how it is possible to change customs, traditions and attitudes.
  • Powerful story especially as true. As film there were incomplete ends – how was Hirut found in city? Who was love interest of lawyer.
  • A powerful film showing well the life of villages in Ethiopia and the constant struggle of women.
  • Very moving and eye opening.
  • Interesting, great photography.

Audience Reaction – “Testament of Youth”

The audience gave last night’s film, “Testament of Youth” a score of 82.45%

The comments were as follows:

Very moving film.
A very powerful film. Enjoyed.
Brilliant film. Shame lazy people left their rubbish on the floor. Hope they don’t belong to your club.
Very moving.
The slow pace of the film makes it even more powerful. Varying the strong emotions and feelings.
Cinematography is beautiful. Bit schmaltzy but moving. She’s ???????
Very slow but beautiful. Poignant. Thought there would be more of her life and all that she achieved.
Very atmospheric of a bygone age. Memories live on. The futility of war.
Good content but a bit long.
Disappointed with some of the imagery – a bit clichéd – and too slow – preferred the book!
From the time Vera’s fiancée went to war it was moving and gripping. The pre-war scenes were a little too slow and could have been shorter.

Pontardawe Film Club – AGM

The society’s AGM will take place on the 14th of April, 2015 after the film ‘Difret’.

Members will be able to take part in the meeting and vote. Friends can stay and observe but not take part in any discussion or vote.

ICO Preview Weekend – April 18th – 20th

There is an ICO weekend happening on April 18th – 20th, 2015

The event will be at the BFI, Southbank, London

for full details please see

http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/screeni…/april2015

I know that there are a number of members thinking of going.

The cost is £25 for one day, £44 for two, and £60 for all three days.

There is a list of nearby accommodation on the ICO website.

It has been recommended that members book their own places and make their own arrangements for this one, but you will have company when you are there.

If you would like to reach other members why not head over to our Facebook page and join the discussion there:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pontardawefilmclub/

Audience Reaction – Whiplash

The audience gave last night’s film ‘Whiplash’ an amazing score of 89.06%

Here are the comments:

  • Drumming is not that interesting but I was transfixed. I loved it.
  • An extraordinary film that realistically depicts the relationship between the talented but cruel tutor and his student.
  • Fascinating. Loved the music. Interesting where boundry lies between pushing to achieve and being a bully.
  • Riveting from start to finish. Superb!
  • Very enjoyable
  • I wasn’t expecting much more than drumming, but the back story caught me up.
  • Another brilliant film. Questions raised, remained unanswered.
  • Music sublime.
  • Better than I had expected.
  • Dangerous obsession – loved the jazz.
  • There was I thinking music was to be enjoyed _ to be fun. I didn’t realise it had to be beaten into you by a maniac with a proverbial big stick.

Audience Reaction – Leviathan

The audience gave the film ‘Leviathan‘ a score of 75.83%

Here are the comments:

  • Might we see a Hollywood remake? The little guy wins in the end, the weather is fine throughout and the alcohol produced benefits from some serious product placement.
  • The first 2 or 3 minutes set the tne for the whole film: moving from outside to an interior, we see a bedroom; specifically 2 bedside lamps. They are versions of Brancusi’s ‘Endless Column’, itself a wonderful metaphor for home, connecting the earth (us) with heaven (God). However they are only visible in the dark, only exist when the electricity is switched on. And the power supply is controlled by the state apparatus in which includes the church.
  • Brilliant film. Shame first half had drums playing in background. No more films on Monday.
  • Magnificent. What film making is all about.
  • First Russian film I have seen plot of corruption. We need a people’s revolution. Russia brought up on vodka it seems. Enjoyable film.
  • Bleak. The landscape was as desolate as the story.
  • Brilliant acting. Great to see a film from a different culture, not steeped in modern Western values.
  • Disappointing. Was Dimitri corrupted too? Must have been. Wonderful scenery.
  • Well acted and interesting story, but a bit too heavy going to be enjoyable.

Audience reaction ‘Birdman’

The audience gave the film ‘Birdman‘  a score of 70.16%

Here are the comments:
  • Thought provoking.
  • Fantastic camera work, very intriguing.
  • Good film. Rapid dialogue an example perhaps where subtitles might have been helpful.
  • Riveting film. Loved it.
  • Great pace, very funny. Lots of pathos – aging and decline. Great music too!
  • Well acted but not for me.
  • Quite funny in parts. Strange ending though.
  • Storyline keeps you on your toes and a wonderful up-in-the-air ending. Brilliant performances.
  • Salvador Dali comes to mind! It appears to be an hour too long.
  • Great music, lurched between sad realism and surrealism!
  • Clever but I really didn’t care about the characters. (Hated the drumming)
  • Some moments funny but overall not good.
  • Overweight, overacted, overlong + unfunny.
  • Walked out after 1/2hr. Couldn’t understand 1/2 the dialogue.
  • Couldn’t understand half what they said. Gave it 30 mins. That was enough.

Thank you to our sponsors last night Charlo’s Fish and Chips, Pontardawe

Audience reaction – ’71

Responses as follows for our screening of ’71 last night

10 very good
15 excellent

Which produces a score of 90%

Comments as follows:

  • Beautifully observed.  Terrific performances, very close up and in your face, particularly impressed by the sound track and its contribution to the drama.
  • Brutal, shocking. The antithesis of the sanitised sentimental telling of the seventies. Very bleak, but very well made.
  • Powerful and dramatic, but not exactly life affirming.
  • Very powerful film, almost too painful to watch.
  • Wonderful to see the humanity that prevails in the most testing of environments.
  • I wanted the film to end and put me out of my agony.  The confusion multiplied the agony.
  • Having served three tours of duty in Northern Ireland myself I found the film to be very depictive of the reality and era. Very very good and realistic.
  • War and corruption. Gripping but harrowing.
  • Compelling depiction of a dreadful situation.
  • In ’71 I was 20. Was it really like this? I fear so, I don’t know so.
  • Impossible. Puts a different light for me on the peace process.
  • A horrible wonderful film that all should see.
  • Very powerful but don’t know if good film.
  • Hard hitting. An unpleasant reminder of the troubles.

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