Monday, November 17, 2014

Of Horses And Men - Sunday 23rd November 5pm

This week we have what might win the "most unusual film of the year" award; as a starter, "Of Horses and Men" comes from Iceland which makes it pretty rare; as Kate Muir says in the Times "Of Horses and Men is the best Icelandic noir equine comedy I have ever seen. OK, it's also the only one, but I urge you to seek out this unexpected movie".

Set in a wild, beautiful, remote valley where their horses are an all important part of their lives, the few inhabitants get up to some very strange goings-on, watched as closely by the horses as by their neighbours...The film is a series of vignettes observing these events – love, violence, absurdity – resulting in what Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian says "is a hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side...and it really resembles nothing else around".


Monday, November 10, 2014

Pluto - Sunday 16th November 5pm

We travel to South Korea for this week's film Pluto.

The film is a biting satire on the country's education system, the pressures it puts upon its students and the lengths they will go to get the grades and university places they (and their 'tiger parents') crave.

The film was shown last year at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and made a lasting impression on the reviewer:

"Usually when I watch a film with an intense atmosphere (horror, thriller suspense genres), every tense effect that the film had over me dissipates when I step out into the natural light outside of the theatre. However, despite walking out of the .. press screening of 'Pluto' at the Edinburgh International Film Festival into extremely bright sunshine, the online exploits I had witnessed and the underlying themes of the film stayed with me long into the night. It took all day for me to fully absorb and come to terms with the meanings of the film and to rationalise everything in my head.

The film helps audiences to understand the pressures of the South Korean education system and is dripping with gritty realism. This is most likely due to writer and director Sin Su-won who has experienced these immense pressures first hand. Shin Su-won graduated from Seoul National University (the same elite university that the characters in Pluto are all vying for a position at) and started a career as a teacher."

Think 'If...' for the 21st Century.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Beyond The Edge 3D at Rheged - Sunday 9th November 5pm

We come to the weekend of our club outing to Rheged to watch Hillary and Tenzing fight their way up Everest in ‘Beyond the Edge’. We have always tried to make the trip to Rheged worthwhile and it was the prospect of seeing some amazing mountain views on their giant screen AND to see them in 3D that did it for us this time.

Director Leanne Pooley is from New Zealand, where they have a special place in their hearts for Hillary. She set out to make a docudrama of the events of 1953 that makes it feel as though we are there with them, not seeing it with 21st century eyes. She has picked actors who look very much like the original climbers so that the 1950s footage blends as nearly as possible with the re-enactments. So expect some interviews with the climbers, some shots of the climb back then and some fantastic 3D mountain shots filmed last year with the actors.

If this isn’t enough to entice you along, don't forget we have the optional Peter Sidwell meal afterwards for just £10 to finish off our trip.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Keeper of Lost Causes - Sunday 2nd November 5pm

Over the last few years there has been a new item on the far end of the cinematic colour chart – Scandi Noir and The Keeper of Lost Causes ensures that the noir remains undiluted.

Drawing on the formidable Danish repertory company that has delivered hugely successful films on both small and big screens, The Keeper boasts Direction from Mikkel Norgaard (Borgen) plus numerous faces that will be familiar from 'The Killing'. 'A Royal Affair', 'The Hunt', 'The Idiots' and 'Accused'.

The Keeper of Lost Causes is based on the novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, which is a new take on the now familiar theme of the cold case. A new Team, Department Q, is set up to look into unsolved crimes and their first case involves the disappearance of a young and charismatic politician.

The novel is a page turner in the best style of Mankell or Nesbo and the movie manages to capture the tension that builds as the narrative unfolds.

The Australian liked it "There's a Hitchcockian element to the film's suspense. It's a formula for an unnerving thriller that, for the most part, has succeeded thanks to supple direction and eerie, muted photography by Eric Kress." As did the Express:

"The Keeper of Lost Causes is familiar stuff and could almost be the pilot for a new television series but it remains an intriguing, cleverly plotted nightmare thriller that builds to a nailbiter of a climax."



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KFC At Rheged, Sunday 9th November - Beyond The Edge

We head to Rheged on 9th November, for Beyond the Edge, which promises to be a stunning visual treat - the Conquest of Everest in 3D! As usual there will be the opportunity to dine after the film, with a limited choice menu at £10 per head for two courses.:

The menu is-

Main
Italian style chicken and fennel ragu served with garlic and rosemary potatoes and an root vegetable slaw
or
Melenzanna, aubergine, basil and mozzarella bake served with the above

Dessert
Home made tiramisu served with biscotti
or
Lakeland Sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice-cream and a salts caramel sauce

There are two ways to book:

1. Email us with your choice of the meat or vegetarian option and then pay on the night.

2. you can ring Rheged on 01768 868 000 and pre-book your tickets at the same time. Let them know if you are a club member (£3.50) or a non-member (£4.50) or a season ticket holder (£0.00) and if you want the meal or not (see below). You will need a credit or debit card for this. On the night, your tickets will be ready for you in a separate queue - bring your club card with you.