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Our Next Film: ‘Ethel And Ernest’

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 94 minutes, (PG)
Director – Roger Mainwood

 

Raymond Briggs’ moving tale of his parents, from their courtship to their deaths. Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn voice Ernest and Ethel from their meeting in 1920 through 40 years of social and political upheaval and the birth of their son through to the 1970s when they died. A wonderfully evocative portrayal of past times.

Quiz on animated films after the film – all welcome

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Ethel And Ernest
Rotten Tomatoes – Ethel And Ernest
Official website – Ethel And Ernest

Next Film: Embrace of the Serpent

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Colombia, 125 minutes, (12A)
Director – Ciro Guerra

 


Shot in mesmerising monochrome, a rich visual feast. A breath-taking journey through the Columbian Amazon following two interlocking stories of European explorers (in the early 1900s and 40 years later) in search for a rare an exotic plant with healing properties.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)
Rotten Tomatoes – Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)

Our Next Film: ‘Sing Street’

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Ireland/USA/UK, 106 minutes, (12A)
Director – John Carney

Sing Street


A funny, boisterous and joyously uplifting treat.  Set in Dublin in 1985 it is a loving homage to the 80s full of in-joke cultural references to the period, its music and fashion.  In an attempt to win the favour of the beautiful Raphina, teenage Conor asks her to appear in his music video.  The only problem is he’s not yet in a band.

There will be a drinks reception after the film.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Sing Street
Rotten Tomatoes – Sing Street

AUDIENCE SCORE – 90.12%

COMMENTS:

  • This is the film I always wanted to make
  • Made me smile lots
  • A musical of sorts. Very irish I loved it
  • Really enjoyed feel good film
  • A feel good film. Real life. Families, break ups. Bullies being useful. Music good too. Will recommend
  • A great feelgood movie, enjoyable on many levels. Great humour, music and relationships
  • Fabulous …. Such a ‘feel good’ factor – poignant observations on relationships
  • What a great film. Lifted my spirits significantly
  • Extremely talented young actors – upbeat, fun and good music
  • Lovely storyline all about people and life! Excellent.
  • Good start to new season! Felt surprisingly nostalgic
  • Ah yes, the power of the music and the band!! Brilliant costumes too and good acting
  • Highly recommended great music. Great music
  • Loved it
  • Hope over adversity a feel good film
  • Third time we have seen this film. Still makes us laugh and enjoy. May appear to be light but has depth
  • Reminded me how I felt at 15 years. Enjoyed

Audience Reaction: ’13 Minutes (Elser)’

The audience gave ‘13 Minutes‘ a score of 94.18%

Their comments were as follows:

  • Loving these factual films – loved the directing, the way it kept flicking back and forth. Tense.
  • Not my cup of tea but excellent film
  • A very moving, dramatic film – one must ask:- what if?
  • Hard to watch at times but one of the best films about eh war I have seen. Amazing story very well told
  • Brilliant
  • Very powerful
  • Knew nothing of this before seeing the film – story presented in an interesting way
  • A powerful drama and an important true story which needed to be brought to light. Tension and horrow of Nazi Germany well depicted
  • A grim watch and an important one – would never have heard of Elser. Inspiring
  • Moving convinving portrayal of daily life with Nazis but I cant stomach the violence
  • Enjoyable acting but hard to watch at times.

Audience Reaction: ‘In a Lonely Place’ and ‘Trumbo’

Scores and comments from the Hollywood Film Festival this past weekend. Looks like you all had a really great time!

IN A LONELY PLACE
Audience Score 84%

  • Very engaging – powerful emotions and great tension in the story with the seed of doubt sown. Enjoyed the strong performances and the costumes.
  • Great character development showing the breakdown of faith between the lovers
  • Enjoyed the suspense. Strong female character – one unlucky guy!
  • Very dramatic music – did he or did not he?
  • Good casting of actors
  • Full of tension
  • Good to have two films about screenwriters to compare. Look forward to Trumbo
  • One of my favourite films – great to see on the big screen. Bogart and Grahame are a spectacular paring – very emotionally intense
  • Loved the dialogues, retorts and quips. Something not in modern films. Bogart is fab actor. Loved the story, gripping. Like reading a good book you cannot put down – brilliant performance. Kept you on the edge of your seat. Totally credible. Well worth watching
  • Totally compelling
  • Loved it …so atmospheric without hi-tec special effects of today – wonderful acting, so much expression in faces and body language – fantastic script with humour – black and white film evokes so much tension and wonderful imagery – great high speed car journey
  • Great ending.
  • Very engaging, powerful emotions, great tension in the story with the
  • Enjoyed the strong performances and the costumes. Naked intensity.
  • Predictable but enjoyed
  • Interesting from the perspective of how an abusive relationship was viewed in the 50s as opposed to today. Predictable and result end result with issues unresolved.
  • Very tense gripping drama

TRUMBO
Audience Score 93%

  • Very informative –showed warts and all – but what a dreadful episode in US history
  • Brilliantly portrayed of individual attempt to live up to b lists for
    An enjoyable slice of infamous American history well told. Could have done with a re-write to shorted it slightly
  • Use of black and white film with colour emphasized the time. Illustrated not only the madness of the time but the complexities of the characters and subversiveness of the fight back by the accused
  • Inspiring and moving. Interesting to see into the history and how it played out in individual lives. The toll it took
  • The film showed how paranoid the Americans were at that time. It showed how families were destroyed by the black list
  • Interesting period in USA history – could return if Donal Trump becomes president!
  • The film very effectively portrayed the strength of Trumbo and many others. It was extremely well written and performed brilliantly by Bryan Cranston. It was a joy to watch and extremely accurate historically also.
  • Brilliant film saw all sides of Trumbo’s character
  • Inspiring resistance to paranoia
  • Glad the good guys won in the end
  • Brilliant film – perfect casting, excellent cinematography – dreadful story – a bad time in America -= Helen Mirren as Hedda was great at the end as personification of right wing evil and bigotry – loved Billie Holiday at the end – just the right song!
  • Acting superb, the actors playing the ‘real’ actors were life like. Highly recommended I learned a lot in the film of what happed during those times.
  • Brilliantly acted – nice to know who were the good guys and who were the baddies

Audience Reation: ‘Theeb’

The Pontardawe audience gave ‘Theeb‘ a score of 90%
 
Here are their comments:
 
  • Thanks for screening this film yesterday. It had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t believe the way in which Theeb grew up before our eyes in what (I can only imagine) was a short space in time.
  • Wonderful scenery (not that I would want to live there, mind). Excellent acting from the young lead actor. One of those films where you can never guess what is going to happen next – v. enjoyable twists and turns. For once a Film Club that I didn’t feel that was too long.
  • A remarkable achievement.
  • Enthralling if somewhat grim. Fantastic desert scenery.
  • Filming of the highest order – Brilliant.
  • Beautiful, thought provoking, poetic film. My kind of film. Loved it.
  • Beautifully shot. The clash between the old and new world.
  • Excellent plot. Good cast especially the boy Theeb. ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’!
  • Very interesting film. Arresting!
  • Beautiful and savage – beautifully slow paced.
  • For most of its length it was very gripping and interesting. It slowed down towards the end, but overall it was excellent.
  • Beautifully shot, excellent child actor – a moody slow-burner.
  • Great cinematography – wonderful use of scenery + sense of place.
  • Visually & aurally stunning. So much from the point of view of the child who spoke little.
  • Haunting music, lovely scenery, thought provoking.

Audience Reaction: The Connection

The audience gave the film ‘The Connection‘ as core of 90%

Comments as follows:

  • Very enjoyable, beautifully shot. Perhaps a little longer than it needed to be but held the attention!
  • Very classy film, superbly acted.
  • I also remember the events at the time in France. Brilliant acting!
  • Not the best script in the world, lots of gaping holes. However the acting was good – the lead actor is very charismatic.
  • Good film, strong acting. 2 male leads. Just not my genre! So not excellent.

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 ‘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?