The blog and the Community

Hi all !!
Welcome to the Cinema-Club blog. We have decided to open this as our own web space and to invite all of you to participate actively in the organisation of the Welcoming Cinema Club.
You can enter and add all your opinions about the viewed movies and also make suggestions for the forthcoming. We hope that you will take the best out of it !!
See you at the screenings!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

YOU CHOOSE 02/03/2012

This Thursday you are going to have the chance of choosing what to watch. There are two options.

This wild Stpehn Sondheim comedy about a raucous gaggle of ancient Romans is a flip, glib and sophisticated, yet rump-slappingly bawdy and fast-paced look at the seamy underside of classical Roma through hipster´s shades.
When a wily, witty, lying, lazy, cheating slave discovers that his master´s son is in love with the girl next-door - a virgin courtesan- he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with stunning surprises, cunning disguises.

The film was nominated for a Golden Glove as "Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy" in 1967, and it won Oscar "Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment" that year.
"Perhaps the first modern film musical -- breaking with and even making sport of the theatrical artifice that had been bogging down the genre for nearly a decade". Ken Hake. Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) 21/07/2002.
See one of the scenes:

THE SEVENTH SEAL. 96´ (Sweden. 1957)

Maybe one of the most famous films by Ingmar Bergman, it tells the story about knight (Max von Sydow) who returns from the crusades to his plague-ridden homeland and engages Death (Bengkt Ekerot) in a game of chess. This leads the knight to ponder the question of whether or not God exists and about a possible afterlife.

The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Even, it has been regarded since its release as a masterpiece of cinematography, it was Ranked #8 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.
"The Seventh Seal was always my favourite film, and I remember seeing it with a small audience at the old New Yorker Theatre. Who would have thought that the subject matter could yield such a pleasurable experience?" Woody Allen, "Through a Life Darkly," New York Times Book Review (1988).
See the trailer:

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

THE IDIOTS. (Denmark, 1996) 117´ 23/02/ 2012

This week film on at the Tollcross Community centre at 6:15pm - 9:15pm is:

The idiots by Lars von Trier.

Set in present-day Denmark, it begins with a chance encounter between the timid Karen and a group of drop-outs engaged in a strange, informal experiment where they pretend to be mentally disabled. Initially shocked, Karen finds herself compelled to stay and eventually joins them in the experiment. However, as the group's acts of 'idiocy' grow more extreme, and the reality of the outside world becomes more intrusive, the border between liberation and self-destruction begins to blur.

The film is influenced by the realist Dogme 95 movement. This movement was an avant-garde filmmaking movement started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, who created the "Dogme 95 Manifesto" and the "Vow of Chastity". These were rules to create filmmaking based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology.[1] They were later joined by fellow Danish directors Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, forming the Dogme 95 Collective or the Dogme Brethren. Dogme is the Danish word for dogma.

The genre gained international appeal partly because of its accessibility. It sparked an interest in unknown filmmakers by suggesting that one can make a recognised film of a quality to gain recognition, without being dependent on commissions or huge Hollywood budgets. The directors used European government subsidies and television station funding instead. If you want to know more about Dogme 95 check:

The idiots was nominated for Best Film, for instance Cannes or Valladolid, and won the FIPRESCI prize in Lodon Film Festival (1998).

The film provoked a storm of publicity and debates.

"The Idiots suggests that if Danish iconoclast Lars von Trier's filmsare getting tougher, they're also continuing to reward the patient". Kevin Thomas. Los Angeles Times. 14/02/2001.

See the trailer:

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The proposition (Australia, 2005). 100`. 16/02/2012

Directed by John Hillcoat, the film is set in Outback Australia of the 1880s, the movie follows the turn of events after the horrific rape and murder of a settler family by Charlie and his brothers. Guy Pearce stars as Charlie Burns who is offered a proposition by Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone), whereby he and his younger brother Mikey can go scot-free of the crime they have committed if Charlie kills his older brother Arthur, an outlaw that Captain Stanley is intent on bringing to justice. If Charlie fails to comply, Mikey will be hanged on Christmas Day. Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the four Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm and and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gangs mastermind, remains at large has and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanleys proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days.

The film was presented in the Toronto Film Festival (2005) and Sundance Film Festival (2006), its aesthetic has stuned public and press.
"This Australian western, written by the darkly moody musician and author Nick Cave, tells a story of murder in the outback that is as cruel as it is aesthetically flamboyant." Manohla Dargis.  New York Times. 4/05/2006.
"Why do you want to see this movie? Perhaps you don't. Perhaps, like Bloom, it will take you more than one try to face the carnage. But the director John Hillcoat, working from a screenplay by Nick Cave, has made a movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from." Roger Ebert. Chicago Sun-Times. 19/05/2006.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Waltz with Bashir (Israel, 2008). 87´. 09-02-2012

The film is based on the true story of the director Ari Folman, an Israeli army veteran who realises he can´t remember nothing of the 1982 Lebanon War in which he fought, the film charts his journey to uncover the secrets of the past. As he delves deep into the mystery, fragments of memory creep up in surreal images as the truth of what happened begins to unravel.

This movie has been nominated and won a lot of awards, among them the Golden Globe Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. It has also received good reviews.
"The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir is a memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film." A.O. Scott. New York Time (29-12-2008).