2014

Belle very popular

Today’s screening of Belle proved to be very popular with an audience of 42.

It is a beautifully made film with a powerful story.

Unfortunately we had a problem with the heating today, which has now been fixed. We hope this didn’t detract too much from your enjoyment of the film.

There will be no film in December but we shall be back in January with ‘
Before I Go to Sleep’, a gripping drama with an unexpected twist.

We hope to see you all again.


Bob

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Half-term effect?

Thank you to all who came to see Labor Day yesterday. It wasn’t a large audience but we think that some people may have had other commitments, being that we unfortunately clashed with school half-term. Also, the weather was rather superb for late October.

Next month we’re showing
Belle, a superb period drama. Unlike in the case of Labor Day, many people seem already to know about Belle and let’s hope, therefore, that we have another full house.

There will not be a film in December as the fourth Tuesday is too close to Christmas but we’re back in January with “
Before I Go to Sleep”, a tense drama featuring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, who were so good together in The Railway Man, which we showed in September.

Bob

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Another good turnout

Not quite a full house but pretty close. It really makes it all worthwhile when we have a large audience.

It’s the second time I’ve seen The Railway Man and if anything I found it even more hard-hitting. At times during the film I heard gasps from the audience. A friend of my wife made the comment that it is a film that all youngsters should be obliged see; as a form of history lesson. We should never forget what those men endured at the hands of the Japanese.

On a lighter note, next month’s film
Labor Day is a much less traumatic affair. Tinged with a bit of sadness but fundamentally a very uplifting story. We hope to see you all at the Parish Hall.

Bob

Forthcoming films

A quick update on our forthcoming films, including our choice for November.

In September we will be showing
The Railway Man. With yet another superb performance from Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax, a soldier who suffered at the hands of the Japanese and who is haunted by the memories. His new wife, played by Nicole Kidman, supports him on his quest to confront the horrors of the past.

For October we lighten the mood somewhat with
Labor Day, a tender love story starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. This film had mixed reviews as it is very different from earlier films by the same director. But don’t let that put you off. I’ve seen it and the acting is superb, it being very much a visual experience that doesn’t rely heavily on dialogue to convey the story.

In November we have
Belle, a historical drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, who was raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, which caused quite a stir in British high society.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parish Hall.

Bob

Superb turnout for 12 Years a Slave

We had one of our best audiences to date for 12 Years a Slave and were pleased to see a number of new faces. Thank you to everybody who came along.

I am particularly pleased that people came to see this film. Besides being a fantastic piece of cinematography, it is also an important re-telling of a period of American history that today seems barely credible.

A reminder that there will not be a film next month (August) but we’re back in September with
The Railway Man.

Bob

Forthcoming films

Next week we have 12 Years a Slave, a heart-searching true story that picked up three Oscars as well as many other awards this year.

There will not be a film in August, as we have found that many people take holidays or have other commitments at this time of year. Apologies to those who would have liked to come along.

For September we’ve chosen
The Railway Man. With yet another superb performance from Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax, a soldier who suffered at the hands of the Japanese and who is haunted by the memories. His new wife, played by Nicole Kidman, supports him on his quest to confront the horrors of the past.

For October we lighten the mood somewhat with
Labor Day, a tender love story starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. This film had mixed reviews as it is very different from earlier films by the same director. But don’t let that put you off. I’ve seen it and the acting is superb, it being very much a visual experience that doesn’t rely heavily on dialogue to convey the story.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parish Hall.

Bob

You enjoyed One Chance

Everybody seemed to enjoy One Chance today, and despite the distraction of Wimbledon we had a good audience.

We’re looking forward to seeing you again in July for
12 Years a Slave.

Bob

Forthcoming films

I’m told that Philomena was popular while I was away on holiday. As always, a thank you to those of you who came along to see it. A big thank you also to my friend, also Bob, who took over at the DVD player while I was away.

Next week we have
One Chance, the inspiring and often amusing story of how the unassuming Paul Potts realised his dream of becoming an internationally recognised opera singer.

In July we take on a more serious story with
12 Years a Slave, which deservedly received Oscar nominations and awards this year.

There will not be a film in August, as we have found that many people take holidays or have other commitments at this time of year. Apologies to those who would have liked to come along.

For September we’ve chosen
The Railway Man. With yet another superb performance from Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax, a soldier who suffered at the hands of the Japanese and who is haunted by the memories. His new wife, played by Nicole Kidman, supports him on his quest to confront the horrors of the past.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parish Hall.

Bob

July's film

We have selected 12 Years a Slave for July’s film.

This is a sobering story of how a free man was tricked and sold into slavery. If one was ever in any doubt as to the inhumanity of slavery in the southern states of America, this film should remove those doubts forever.

This film justifiably deserves to be described as unmissable.

Sunshine on Leith was popular

After a very poor audience in February, yesterday was a very pleasant surprise with 43 people coming along to see Sunshine on Leith. If we can continue to see audiences like this the club will break even financially, which will ensure that we are able to continue. A big thank you to everybody.

The film itself seemed to be very well received. It was a joyous mixture of music and happy endings, a pleasant contrast from the day to day troubles of the world.

There will not be a film in April but we’re back in May with
Philomena, a sad but in many ways uplifting story that is based on real events.

February - very poor attendance

We only had 16 people come along to see About Time last Tuesday.

This was disappointing and means that after paying for the licence fee we were £55 out of pocket.

Obviously we cannot sustain such a loss on an ongoing monthly basis, so if you want the club to continue, please support us.

Those who did come along seemed to enjoy the film.

Forthcoming films

A brief update on our forthcoming films.

Next Tuesday we are screening
About Time so please come along and see it with us.

In March we have
Sunshine on Leith, which is guaranteed to raise your spirits.

There is no film in April as it is the Tuesday after Easter Monday, and we felt that many of you would have other things planned. And I shall be in Paris!

We’ve selected
Philomena for May. Many people have asked about this film, and quite rightly so, as it is a truly inspiring story.

Bob

Good audience for Silver Linings Playbook

Thank you to everybody who came along today to see Silver Linings Playbook.

There were 31 people and it would be great if we could push that up to 40 for future films, as this allows us to cover our costs.

Next month we have
About Time, another comedy romance, but this time with more of a British cast. We recognise that sometimes ‘American drawl’, combined with the somewhat poor acoustics in the hall, can mar the enjoyment for some people, for which we apologise.

Forthcoming films

It’s the New Year and this month we’re starting it with Silver Linings Playbook.

In February we ares showing
About Time, which combines time travel with romance, leading to some funny moments, and a few unexpected outcomes.

For March we have
Sunshine on Leith. Very much in the genre of Mamma Mia, although in this case the voices are arguably somewhat better. This richly deserves the description of a feel-good movie.

Regrettably we are not screening a film in April. The fourth Tuesday falls directly after Easter Monday and we have found that our audience usually shrinks dramatically when we show a film during a holiday period. Also, I shall be in France during April so shall not be available to lay out the tables/chairs, collect the ticket money and operate the DVD player. We are, unfortunately, only a two-person crew, and while we try to plan holidays around the film club dates, it isn’t always possible.

Bob