AUDIENCE REACTION: ‘Peterloo’
Our first film of the season was very well received. The Pontardawe audience votes were as follows:
- Excellent 32
- Very good 10
- Good 4
Giving an overall score of 90.2%
- 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
- A great tribute to those who protested
- But there were a few caricatures
- Powerful shocking film
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.
IMDb – Redoubtable
Rotten Tomatoes – Redoubtable
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.
IMDb – Under The Tree
Rotten Tomatoes – Under The Tree
Thursday, 8 November 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
2017, Italy / France, 132 minutes, (15) subtitles
Director – Lua Guadagnino
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
IMDb – Call Me By Your Name
Rotten Tomatoes – Call Me By Your Name
Thursday, 25 October 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
2017, France/UK, 116 minutes, (18)
Director – Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
Based on the true story of Billy, a heroin addict, sentenced to 3 years in a Thai prison. Unable to speak the language he struggles to survive and build relationships in a new and overwhelming reality.
IMDb – A Prayer Before Dawn
Rotten Tomatoes – A Prayer Before Dawn
Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
2017, Germany/France, 106 minutes, (18) subtitles
Director – Faith Akin
Diane Kruger gives an astonishing, Cannes Best Actress award-winning performance in this riveting thriller. A politically charged tale of grief and violence in Germany. Following the murder of her husband and child by Neo Nazis a Hamburg woman seeks revenge in a desperate fight for justice.
IMDb – In The Fade
Rotten Tomatoes – In The Fade
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.
IMDb – The Breadwinner
Rotten Tomatoes – The Breadwinner
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.
IMDb – Beast
Rotten Tomatoes – Beast
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%
- 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
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.
IMDb – You Were Never Really Here
Rotten Tomatoes – You Were Never Really Here
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%
- 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
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
IMDb – Loveless
Rotten Tomatoes – Loveless
- Excellent 7
- Very good 8
- Good 2
Giving an overall score of 82%
- Great sound mix
- 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
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.
IMDb – Lady Bird
Rotten Tomatoes – Lady Bird
- Excellent 29
- Very Good 8
- Good 7
- Average 2
Giving an overall score of 84.78%
- 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