The Pontardawe Film Club audience rated A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica) as follows:
- 13 excellent
- 11 very good
- 2 good
- 2 average
- 1 poor
Giving an overall rating of 78%
- 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
The PontardaweFilm Club audice rated The Shape of Water as follows
- Excellent 31
- Very Good 18
- Good 6
- Average 3
- Poor 3
Giving an overall rating of 79%
- 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
The Pontardawe Film Club audience reaction to The Florida Project was as follows:
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%
- 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
AUDIENCE REACTION: The Death Of Stalin
An intrepid audience braved the weather and turned up to enjoy the latest Lannucci film – although it has to be said it was Siberian weather inside as well as outside last night – apologise from the Arts Centre – Theatre Genedlaethol were performing in the day and their 5 hour get-out necessitated the doors being open until after 6pm – the boilers just couldn’t manage to heat up the room is such a short time!
- Excellent 24
- Very good 7
- Good 9
- Average 1
Giving an overall rating of 82.9%
- Laugh out loud and somewhat uncomfortably funny given the very brutal events portrayed
- Glad I have seen it. Fancy not recognising Simon Russell Beale Some great lives. However a bit of me agrees with critics – it is no laughing matter. Good film though.
- It’s so surprising that we can laugh about such tragic events but yet we did. So black and we laughed so much.
- A very humorous look at life of the time of secret Russia – good acting
- Superb. Second time I’ve seen it. Thank you
- At times laugh out loud funny, though some of it was a bit tasteless. General interesting and enjoyable
- Light and dark – a highly amusing take on an ugly period in history
- Very enjoyable but freezing cold
- Wonderful film horosho spasibo
A very popular choice with Loving Vincent and a huge response with 68 slips returned – and a load of walk ups! Everyone happy.
- Good 3
- Very good 7
- Excellent 58
Giving an overall rating of 95.2%
Could be up for Ponty Award!
- It was just as well that this film’s speculative detective-mystery ‘plot’ — which I found not only difficult to follow but didn’t even say very much about Vincent the man — was largely irrelevant, since it was the astonishing technical achievement of the production that led me finally to give it a rating of ‘Very Good’. (That said, I do generally prefer to be able to gaze long at paintings, including those by Van Gogh!)
- Nit-picking department: all the locals in Auvers-sur-Oise (a village 20 miles from Paris) spoke with vaguely Lancashire accents, which might have been an eccentric choice but at least showed consistency (the marked exception of the Irish boatman apart!). What was totally improbable, however, was that Armand (the yellow-coated ‘detective’) and his postman Dad, both of whom were born and raised just outside Arles should speak so differently: Armand sounding like a Sahf London wide-boy, while his father was yet another Irishman.
- Inspirational. What a clever concept
- Very innovative
- Lovely experience and I had lunch in the café. When’s the next one
- Masterpiece. Just like his art. As moving as gazing at his many works
- An amazing achievement and totally beautiful
- Brilliant, outstanding and very moving. This is the first time I have written a comment
- I was intrigued by the concept of the painted film. I felt it did well to sorting the ambiguity of his death as it is an often untold story. Very good art and moving scenes – I cried.
- Unable to take my eyes of the screen. Every single moment was worth pausing over. Changed my appreciation of both painting and film
- What a banquet of colour. Thank you for putting this film on it the most beautiful film I’ve seen in years. Bravo!
- Fantastic film. Diolch
- Beautiful art! Absolutely amazing. So well portrayed. So moving. A real masterpiece to appreciate. So tragic. A must see!!
- Clever and uplifting. Van Goch’s paintings from the inside out.
- Once can see why it tool so long to film. Excellent content and artistic impressions
- Marvellous. Thank you Dreamy5
- Quite nice to look at, but was the narrative that strong?
- Brilliant film. So glad you put it on. We came from Swansea to see it. Thanks
- Amazing, mesmerising, beautiful. I loved the way the paintings rippled and all the detail.
- Thought provoking. Excellent portrayal of the artist. Thanks
- I had problems with the dialogue quality. Fortunately I have read most of Van Gogh’s letters.
- Beautiful – visually difficult to get used to at first but when I settled to it , it became easy to watch
- Absolutely fabulous. The work that went into the cartoon was exceptional. Wish all cartoons were done in this style instead of CGI
- Been waiting to see it for ages. I will watch it without the sound next time so my brain can absorb the visuals
- Made me nostalgic for his work
Well ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer‘ certainly split the audience!
Very Good 4
Giving an overall rating of 62%
Comments as follows
- Totally weird
- That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back
- Didn’t think I would like it after ‘Lobster’ but I did, so either I’m sick or tired
- Reminded me of David Lynch, Kubrick and Michael Haneke in the way it was so unsettling and challenging to watch. Great cinematography and score. Provocative narrative.
- Not as good as ‘Lobster’ but I still enjoyed. The photography shots were good. Acting very wooden but that was their characters. Missing the link to the title of the film and the film itself.
- In one word- hysterical. Also remarkable cinema, so appalling and funny
- Unusual macabre, zany music and camera angles – odd with no laughs
- Does it mean something? Is it a metaphor? Is it telling of the limitations of medicine? From the outset the relationships were peculiar. It is Stephen’s self- destructive phantasy? No idea! The music/sounds were unsettling and unpleasant. The final classical piece of music was sublime
- Quite derivative in its score, pacing and style. I think it wants to be understood on a metaphorical level. From the outset the family seem odd and unaffectionate. On the surface they have all they need materially but they’re soulless. A metaphor for the death of the ‘American Dream’??
- Good acting but what the hell??? What was it all about?
- The filming was good – sound and music good but acting was wooden and hard to have any feeling for any of the characters.
- A gripping film right until the end. Moving performance by Martin. But why do people have to eat so noisily in the cinema!
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