Our Next Film: The Nile Hilton Incident

Dydd Mercher, 25 Ebrill 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

BWCIO TOCYNNAU - Pontardawe Arts Centre

2017, Sweden/Denmarc/Yr Almaen, 106 munud, (NR) subtitled
Cyfarwyddwr – Tarik Saleh

Wedi’i osod yn erbyn cefndir y Chwyldro Aifft, mae’r ffilm gyffrous hon yn dilyn swyddog o’r heddlu sy’n ymchwilio i lofruddiaeth fenyw. Mae’r hyn sy’n ymddangos yw marwolaeth putain yn troi’n achos mwy cymhleth sy’n cynnwys elitaidd uchaf yr Aifft.

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GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Nile Hilton Incident
Rotten Tomatoes – The Nile Hilton Incident

Film Club, Our Next Film: A Fantastic Woman

Dydd Mercher, 11 Ebrill 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, Chile/Sbaen, 104 munud, (R) subtitled
Cyfarwyddwr – Sebastian Lelio

Mae Daniela Vega’n chwarae rôl cantores drawsryweddol y mae ei pherthynas â dyn llawer hŷn yn dod i ben sydyn pan fydd e’n dioddef ymlediad marwol. Yn hytrach na chael ei thrin â thosturi, mae hi’n wynebu amheuaeth a dirmyg gan yr awdurdodau a gelyniaeth gan ei deulu. Datguddiad trawiadol o ddewrder a chryfder.

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GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – A Fantastic Woman
Rotten Tomatoes – A Fantastic Woman

Our Next Film: The Shape Of Water

Dydd Mawrth, 27 Mawrth 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, UDA, 119 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Guillermo del Toro

Chwedl arallfydol a leolir yng nghyfnod y Rhyfel Oer yn America. Mewn labordy llywodraeth cyfrinachol lle mae hi’n cael ei chyflogi, mae Elisa (Sally Hawkins) yn teimlo’n unig ac yn gaeth. Mae ei bywyd yn newid am byth pan fo hi a’i chydweithwraig Zelda (Octavia Spencer) yn darganfod arbrawf dosbarthol.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Shape Of Water
Rotten Tomatoes – The Shape Of Water

Our Next Film: The Florida Project

Dydd Mercher, 14 Mawrth 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, UDA, 111 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Sean Baker

Gan gymryd lle dros un haf, mae’r ffilm yn dilyn Moonee, plentyn chwech oed rhagaeddfed wrth iddi wahodd drygioni ac antur gyda’i chyfeillion drygionus, ac wrthi glosio at ei mam wrthryfelgar, ofalgar, tra’n byw yng nghysgod Byd Walt Disney.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Florida Project
Rotten Tomatoes – The Florida Project

Audience Reaction: The Death of Stalin

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA: The Death Of Stalin

An intrepid audience braved the weather and turned up  to enjoy the latest Lannucci film – although it has to be said it was Siberian weather inside as well as outside last night – apologise from the Arts Centre – Theatre Genedlaethol were performing in the day and their 5 hour get-out necessitated the doors being open until after 6pm – the boilers just couldn’t manage to heat up the room is such a short time!

  • Excellent 24
  • Very good 7
  • Good 9
  • Average 1

Giving an overall rating of 82.9%

SYLWADAU:

  • Laugh out loud and somewhat uncomfortably funny given the very brutal events portrayed
  • Glad I have seen it.  Fancy not recognising Simon Russell Beale   Some great lives.  However a bit of me agrees with critics  – it is no laughing matter.  Good film though.
  • It’s so surprising that we can laugh about such tragic events but yet we did.  So black and we laughed so much.
  • A very humorous look at life of the time of secret Russia – good acting
  • Superb.  Second time I’ve seen it.  Thank you
  • At times laugh out loud funny, though some of it was a bit tasteless.  General interesting and enjoyable
  • Light and dark – a highly amusing take on an ugly period in history
  • Very enjoyable but freezing cold
  • Wonderful film   horosho spasibo

Audience Reaction: Loving Vincent

A very popular choice with Loving Vincent and a huge response with 68 slips returned – and a load of walk ups!  Everyone happy.

  • Good             3
  • Very good    7
  • Excellent      58

Giving an overall rating of 95.2%

Could be up for Ponty Award!

SYLWADAU:

  • It was just as well that this film’s speculative detective-mystery ‘plot’ — which  I found not only difficult to follow but didn’t even say very much about Vincent the man — was largely irrelevant, since it was the astonishing technical achievement of the production that led me finally to give it a rating of ‘Very Good’. (That said, I do generally prefer to be able to gaze long at paintings, including those by Van Gogh!)
  • Nit-picking department: all the locals in Auvers-sur-Oise (a village 20 miles from Paris) spoke with vaguely Lancashire accents, which might have been an eccentric choice but at least showed consistency (the marked exception of the Irish boatman apart!). What was totally improbable, however, was that Armand (the yellow-coated ‘detective’) and his postman Dad, both of whom were born and raised just outside Arles should speak so differently: Armand sounding like a Sahf London wide-boy, while his father was yet another Irishman.   
  • Inspirational.  What a clever concept
  • Very innovative
  • Lovely experience and I had lunch in the café.  When’s the next one
  • Stunning
  • Masterpiece.  Just like his art.  As moving as gazing at his many works
  • An amazing achievement and totally beautiful
  • Brilliant, outstanding and very moving.  This is the first time I have written a comment
  • I was intrigued by the concept of the painted film.  I felt it did well to sorting the ambiguity of his death as it is an often untold story.  Very good art and moving scenes – I cried.
  • Unable to take my eyes of the screen.  Every single moment was worth pausing over.  Changed my appreciation of both painting and film
  • What a banquet of colour.   Thank you for putting this film on  it the most beautiful film I’ve seen in years.   Bravo!
  • Fantastic film.  Diolch
  • Beautiful art!  Absolutely amazing.  So well portrayed.  So moving.  A real masterpiece to appreciate.  So tragic.  A must see!!
  • Clever and uplifting.  Van Goch’s paintings from the inside out.
  • Once can see why it tool so long to film.  Excellent content and artistic impressions
  • Marvellous.  Thank you  Dreamy5
  • Unique
  • Quite nice to look at, but was the narrative that strong?
  • Brilliant film.  So glad you put it on.  We came from Swansea to see it.  Thanks
  • Amazing, mesmerising, beautiful.  I loved the way the paintings rippled and all the detail.
  • Thought provoking.  Excellent portrayal of the artist.  Thanks
  • I had problems with the dialogue quality.  Fortunately I have read most of Van Gogh’s letters.
  • Beautiful – visually difficult to get used to at first but when I settled to it , it became easy to watch
  • Absolutely fabulous.  The work that went into the cartoon was exceptional.  Wish all cartoons were done in this style instead of CGI
  • Been waiting to see it for ages.  I will watch it without the sound next time so my brain can absorb the visuals
  • Made me nostalgic for his work

Our Next Film: The Death Of Stalin

Dydd Mercher, 28 Chwefror 2018,  7:30 yh yn unig

2017, Ffrainc/DU, 106 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Armando Iannucci

Ailadrodd dychanol, diddorol iawn o’r anhrefn a ddilynodd ddyddiau olaf yr unbenwr Sofietaidd. O wneuthurwyr y gyfres deledu ‘The Thick of It’.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Death Of Stalin
Rotten Tomatoes – The Death Of Stalin

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

An intrepid audience braved the weather and turned up  to enjoy the latest Lannucci film – although it has to be said it was Siberian weather inside as well as outside last night – apologise from the Arts Centre – Theatre Genedlaethol were performing in the day and their 5 hour get-out necessitated the doors being open until after 6pm – the boilers just couldn’t manage to heat up the room is such a short time!

  • Excellent 24
  • Very good 7
  • Good 9
  • Average 1

Giving an overall rating of 82.9%

SYLWADAU:

  • Laugh out loud and somewhat uncomfortably funny given the very brutal events portrayed
  • Glad I have seen it.  Fancy not recognising Simon Russell Beale   Some great lives.  However a bit of me agrees with critics  – it is no laughing matter.  Good film though.
  • It’s so surprising that we can laugh about such tragic events but yet we did.  So black and we laughed so much.
  • A very humorous look at life of the time of secret Russia – good acting
  • Superb.  Second time I’ve seen it.  Thank you
  • At times laugh out loud funny, though some of it was a bit tasteless.  General interesting and enjoyable
  • Light and dark – a highly amusing take on an ugly period in history
  • Very enjoyable but freezing cold
  • Wonderful film   horosho spasibo

Our Next Film: Loving Vincent

Dydd Mawrth, 13 Chwefror 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, DU/Gwlad Pwyl, 94 munud, (12)
Cyfarwyddwr – Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Y ffilm hir cyntaf yn y byd i’w pheintio yn ei chyfanrwydd, gan ddefnyddio 65,000 o fframiau wedi’u peintio mewn olew. Yn draddodiadol, ystyrir marwolaeth yr artist yn enwog o ofidus fel hunanladdiad. Ond mae’r ffilm hon yn cloddio i amwyseddau ei fywyd ac ei ddyddiau diwethaf.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Loving Vincent
Rotten Tomatoes – Loving Vincent

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

A very popular choice with Loving Vincent and a huge response with 68 slips returned – and a load of walk ups!  Everyone happy.

  • Good             3
  • Very good    7
  • Excellent      58

Giving an overall rating of 95.2%

Could be up for Ponty Award!

SYLWADAU:

  • It was just as well that this film’s speculative detective-mystery ‘plot’ — which  I found not only difficult to follow but didn’t even say very much about Vincent the man — was largely irrelevant, since it was the astonishing technical achievement of the production that led me finally to give it a rating of ‘Very Good’. (That said, I do generally prefer to be able to gaze long at paintings, including those by Van Gogh!)
  • Nit-picking department: all the locals in Auvers-sur-Oise (a village 20 miles from Paris) spoke with vaguely Lancashire accents, which might have been an eccentric choice but at least showed consistency (the marked exception of the Irish boatman apart!). What was totally improbable, however, was that Armand (the yellow-coated ‘detective’) and his postman Dad, both of whom were born and raised just outside Arles should speak so differently: Armand sounding like a Sahf London wide-boy, while his father was yet another Irishman.   
  • Inspirational.  What a clever concept
  • Very innovative
  • Lovely experience and I had lunch in the café.  When’s the next one
  • Stunning
  • Masterpiece.  Just like his art.  As moving as gazing at his many works
  • An amazing achievement and totally beautiful
  • Brilliant, outstanding and very moving.  This is the first time I have written a comment
  • I was intrigued by the concept of the painted film.  I felt it did well to sorting the ambiguity of his death as it is an often untold story.  Very good art and moving scenes – I cried.
  • Unable to take my eyes of the screen.  Every single moment was worth pausing over.  Changed my appreciation of both painting and film
  • What a banquet of colour.   Thank you for putting this film on  it the most beautiful film I’ve seen in years.   Bravo!
  • Fantastic film.  Diolch
  • Beautiful art!  Absolutely amazing.  So well portrayed.  So moving.  A real masterpiece to appreciate.  So tragic.  A must see!!
  • Clever and uplifting.  Van Goch’s paintings from the inside out.
  • Once can see why it tool so long to film.  Excellent content and artistic impressions
  • Marvellous.  Thank you  Dreamy5
  • Unique
  • Quite nice to look at, but was the narrative that strong?
  • Brilliant film.  So glad you put it on.  We came from Swansea to see it.  Thanks
  • Amazing, mesmerising, beautiful.  I loved the way the paintings rippled and all the detail.
  • Thought provoking.  Excellent portrayal of the artist.  Thanks
  • I had problems with the dialogue quality.  Fortunately I have read most of Van Gogh’s letters.
  • Beautiful – visually difficult to get used to at first but when I settled to it , it became easy to watch
  • Absolutely fabulous.  The work that went into the cartoon was exceptional.  Wish all cartoons were done in this style instead of CGI
  • Been waiting to see it for ages.  I will watch it without the sound next time so my brain can absorb the visuals
  • Made me nostalgic for his work

Audience Reaction: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Well ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer‘ certainly split the audience!

Excellent      9
Very Good   4
Good             9
Average        6
Poor               1

Giving an overall rating of 62%

Comments as follows

  • Totally weird
  • That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back
  • Didn’t think I would like it after ‘Lobster’ but I did, so either I’m sick or tired
  • Reminded me of David Lynch, Kubrick and Michael Haneke in the way it was so unsettling and challenging to watch.  Great cinematography and score.  Provocative narrative.
  • Not as good as ‘Lobster’ but I still enjoyed.  The photography shots were good.  Acting very wooden but that was their characters.  Missing the link to the title of the film and the film itself.
  • In one word- hysterical.  Also remarkable cinema, so appalling and funny
  • Unusual macabre, zany music and camera angles – odd with no laughs
  • Does it mean something?  Is it a metaphor?  Is it telling of the limitations of medicine?  From the outset the relationships were peculiar.  It is Stephen’s self- destructive phantasy?  No idea!  The music/sounds were unsettling and unpleasant.  The final classical piece of music was sublime
  • Quite derivative in its score, pacing and style.  I think it wants to be understood on a metaphorical level.  From the outset the family seem odd and unaffectionate.   On the surface they have all they need materially but they’re soulless.  A metaphor for the death of the ‘American Dream’??
  • Good acting but what the hell???   What was it all about?
  • The filming was good – sound and music good but acting was wooden and hard to have any feeling for any of the characters.
  • A gripping film right until the end.  Moving performance by Martin.  But why do people have to eat so noisily in the cinema!

Our Next Film: The killing Of A Sacred Deer

Dydd Iau, 1 Chwefror 2018, 2:00 yh & 7:30 yh

2017, DU/Iwerddon, 121 munud, (15)
Cyfarwyddwr – Yorgos Lanthimos

Mae Steven, llawfeddyg carismatig, wedi cymryd bachgen yn ei arddegau dan ei adain. Ar ôl i ymddygiad y llanc droi sinistr mae bywyd Steven yn dechrau chwalu – ac mae rhaid iddo fe wneud aberth annychmygol. Gyda Colin Farrell a Nicole Kidman.

RHAGFLAS:

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Rotten Tomatoes – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

YMATEB Y CYNELLEIDFA:

Well this one certainly split the audience!

Excellent      9
Very Good   4
Good             9
Average        6
Poor               1

Giving an overall rating of 62%

SYLWADAU:

  • Totally weird
  • That’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back
  • Didn’t think I would like it after ‘Lobster’ but I did, so either I’m sick or tired
  • Reminded me of David Lynch, Kubrick and Michael Haneke in the way it was so unsettling and challenging to watch.  Great cinematography and score.  Provocative narrative.
  • Not as good as ‘Lobster’ but I still enjoyed.  The photography shots were good.  Acting very wooden but that was their characters.  Missing the link to the title of the film and the film itself.
  • In one word- hysterical.  Also remarkable cinema, so appalling and funny
  • Unusual macabre, zany music and camera angles – odd with no laughs
  • Does it mean something?  Is it a metaphor?  Is it telling of the limitations of medicine?  From the outset the relationships were peculiar.  It is Stephen’s self- destructive phantasy?  No idea!  The music/sounds were unsettling and unpleasant.  The final classical piece of music was sublime
  • Quite derivative in its score, pacing and style.  I think it wants to be understood on a metaphorical level.  From the outset the family seem odd and unaffectionate.   On the surface they have all they need materially but they’re soulless.  A metaphor for the death of the ‘American Dream’??
  • Good acting but what the hell???   What was it all about?
  • The filming was good – sound and music good but acting was wooden and hard to have any feeling for any of the characters.
  • A gripping film right until the end.  Moving performance by Martin.  But why do people have to eat so noisily in the cinema!

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