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
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.
2015, Ireland/USA/UK, 106 minutes, (12A)
Director – John Carney
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Liked the music very much.
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?