Monday, October 05, 2015

UK Directors Day - Sunday 11th October from 3pm

This week we have not just one film for you but two...and you only have to pay for one! We continue with our 'new UK Directors' weekends, but this time both directors have struck gold and got big stars to act for them, giving us a mini-festival for the day – why not come along... and enjoy two very different films.

We start at 3.00pm with Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender: it was Fassbender who encouraged director John Maclean to make a film after working on a short with him. Slow West is a British made western, which keeps the genre feeling new...and, as Peter Bradshaw says in the Guardian "It's only slow in the way a rattlesnake or a predatory killer is slow. This terrific film is actually tense, twisty and brilliant".

The second film is 45 Years at 5.00pm, which stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling. A couple who are about to celebrate 45 years of marriage receive news from the past that threatens to upset not just the celebration but their whole life. This has received great reviews and seems to have given both actors a chance to excel again – "Rampling has never received an Oscar nomination, but she deserves one for this performance. Courtenay, who has two Oscar nods under his belt, rates another one for helping Rampling reach this peak" - and this from an American (!), Lou Lumenick in New York Post.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black Coal, Thin Ice - Sunday 4th October 5pm

After many years of high profile Scandi-Noir films, this Sunday we have what is perhaps the vanguard of a new genre – Chinese Noir.

The review for Black Coal Thin, Ice in Variety starts with quite an accolade: "The spirits of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain course through Black Coal, Thin Ice, a bleak but powerful, carefully controlled detective thriller in which — as with all the best noirs — there are no real heroes or villains, only various states of compromise. A most curious hybrid of genre movie and art film, drenched in neon and wintry industrial bleakness, this is the third feature by the gifted mainland Chinese director Diao Yinan."

The film has all the key ingredients – a femme fatale and a no-nonsense detective which again struck a chord in Variety: (In the 1940s Hollywood version, Lana Turner or Ida Lupino would have made a good fit, while it’s easy to imagine Bogart or Mitchum in the detective role.)

Similarly, the reviewer from CineVue was impressed: Jingsong Dong's cinematography is sublime. The film looks so beautiful. And neither is it a case of visual grandstanding for the sake of cinema's sake. There is subtlety at play that is quietly impressive. Whether it's a seasonal transition via a road tunnel - from clammy summer to the dead of winter - or faces bathed in coloured electric light as they travel on a Ferris wheel in the dark. Mixing daytime exteriors and pastel tones with night-time garish neon, brings out not only neat pictorial contrasts, but also the rich poetic symbolism that envelopes the characters in their search for a second chance and an escape from the past.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tuesday Classics: The Third Man - Tuesday 29th 5.30pm

The drama continues on Tuesday night at 5.30 with the first of our new ‘Tuesday Classics’ – The Third Man. Definitely a contender for the best film ever made, we thought it would be a great start to see if you want to see old films as well as new! I’m not sure if I even need to tell you the plot, but we follow Holly Martins around post-war Vienna trying to find out if his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) is really dead. A great film noir - full of fantastic photography, great acting and a theme tune to die for AND it has been restored in a new crisp digital version – what better start could we have? If you are into seeing some great classic films again – and possibly on the big screen for the first time – come along and give yourself a treat.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Mommy - Sunday 27th September 5pm

Our next film, Mommy, is the latest from 25 year old Xavier Dolan and, by all accounts, his best yet. Compared to early Pedro Almodovar films, it tells the story of a single mom trying hard to deal with her 15 year old, ADHD son. Her struggles are eased by her neighbour, but the question remains ‘can she hold it all together?’ The film has won a Jury prize at Cannes for Dolan and praise for all the actors so it should be a great dramatic Sunday for the club.

Coming Soon: Our monthly Tuesday Classics start on the September 29th with The Third Man

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

AGM - Sunday 20th September 4pm

As notified in Talking Pictures at the start of the season, we are holding our AGM at 4.00pm on 20th September in the Alhambra Cinema. The Agenda is as follows:

  1. Present
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the 2014 AGM (members should have already received a copy of these minutes)
  4. Trustees' Annual Report comprising
  5. Chair's Report
  6. Treasurer's Report
  7. Appointment of Trustees
  8. Election of committee and officers
  9. AOB

At the AGM, one-third of the Trustees of the Club are required to retire from office.  Vaughan Ames and Tom Rennie are retiring this year but are both willing to continue. As there have not been any other nominations, the existing Trustees will be re-elected.

Members wanting to help on the KFC Committee are invited to say so at or before the AGM. Please consider standing if you wish to help.

The AGM will be followed by White God at 5pm.

Please come to the meeting - we need your ideas and suggestions