Our Next Film: Manchester By The Sea

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, USA, 135 minutes, (15)
Director – Kenneth Lonergan

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Lee (Casey Affleck) a solitary Boston janitor must return to his North Shore hometown to look after his teenage nephew.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Manchester By The Sea
Rotten Tomatoes – Manchester By The Sea
Official website – Manchester By The Sea

Our Next Film: My Feral Heart

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 83 minutes, (12A)
Director – Jane Gull

Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship.

Preceded by presentation of the work of photographer Richard Jones with his new project Energy & Notion. Coal mines to turbines: how energy shapes the Welsh landscape – in pictures.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – My Feral Heart
Rotten Tomatoes – My Feral Heart
Official website – My Feral Heart

Our Next Film: ‘Hunt for The Wilderpeople’

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, New Zealand, 101 minutes, (12A)
Director – Taika Waititi

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Quirky comedy starring Sam Neill.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Rotten Tomatoes – Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Official website – Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Our Next Film: Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Wales, 87 minutes, (15)
Director – Euros Lyn

Following two librarians whose mother, a famous author, apparently commits suicide, leaving them devastated. However the mother’s final words suggest that her biographer may have been responsible for her murder; the twins set off on a quest to avenge her death.

Screen-writer Fflur Dafydd will be introducing the film

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Y Llyfrgell / Library Suicides
Rotten Tomatoes – Y Llyfrgell / Library Suicides
Official website – Y Llyfrgell / Library Suicides

Our Next Film: ‘La La Land’

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, USA, 126 minutes, (12A)
Director – Damien Chazelle

A beguiling musical romance radiating charm. Set in contemporary Hollywood Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, two people thwarted in their ambition, fall in love. Success when it finally arrives comes at a personal cost.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – La La Land
Rotten Tomatoes – La La Land
Official website – La La Land

Our Next Film: ‘The Beatles, Eight Days a Week’

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 137 minutes, (12A)
Director – Ron Howard

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews and stories of the Beatles’ 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966. We love them yeah, yeah, yeah.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Rotten Tomatoes
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Official website
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

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

Audience Reaction: ‘I, Daniel Blake’

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake

COMMENTS BELOW

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Our Next Film: I, Daniel Blake

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 100 minutes, (15)
Director – Ken Loach

A moving and fiery rail against social injustice. Daniel Blake, a middle aged widower in the North East unable to work or get benefits after a heart attack befriends a struggling single mum who is reduced to using food banks to feed her family. Heart-breaking and passionate.

Preceded by short film from Shelter Cymru. Wine reception after the film for members

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – I, Daniel Blake
Rotten Tomatoes – I, Daniel Blake
Official website – I, Daniel Blake

AUDIENCE REACTION:

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake':

COMMENTS BELOW:

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Audience Reaction: ‘Truman’

The audience gave Truman a score of 90%

Comments as follows

  • We enjoyed this film very much.  Poignant, touching, funny and amusing.
  • A roller coaster of emotions – joys and griefs – poor Truman seemed almost incidental – the perfect, quiet companion animal
  • A very brave, sad film,  guitar music was very emotive
  • Really emotional and very truthful about men (and women’s) relationships  excellent film.  One of the best this season
  • Heart-warming.  Brilliant acting
  • I found the son’s choice to go to a concert with his girlfriend rather than spend time with his dying father rather unbelievable and the relationships were all rather shallow – in the circumstances I would expect more sincerity
  • Too emotional to comment
  • Moving and accurate picture of men’s relationships.  Use of dog clever!
  • A gentle stroll through a man’s last days told with gentle aplomb and some touching moments
  • Well told well acted  could have ben over sentimental but was moving
  • Lovely soundtrack  extremely moving  captivating acting
  • Sorry ! thought the ethics were awful

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