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2014 – 2015
So the new season has started,the first film Philomena I did go to the cinema to see as I am a big fan of Judi Dench not so much of Steve Coogan but he did a good job in this film.The subject matter of a woman looking for the son that she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s’ Ireland is an emotional one.At the beginning of the film we feel that these girls were harshly treated and their babies were “sold” to people who could afford to make large donations to the catholic church.By the end of the film Philomena comes to realise that she could never have given her son the life that he had with his adoptive parents and the nuns were doing the best for the children in their care as they saw fit and she tells the one surviving sister of her time at the abbey that she forgives her.The film avoids being syrupy and sentimental and Philomena herself is a simple down to earth character,writing her story helps Martin Sixsmith come to terms with what has happened in his life.As always the refreshments the refreshments were excellent,Victoria Sponge to die for!!!
2013 – 2014
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
13th January 2014
A throughly entertaining film from French cinema.The characters and story were believable,how ordinary people cope when they find themselves in traumatic circumstances,with fear,anger,depression and sometimes compassion.Also when people reach middle age and have achieved a comfortable lifestyle they can rediscover that energy and passion of youth.The film showed us that you are never to old to take on new challenges (Michel and Marie-Claire taking on the care of Christophe’s younger brothers).There were comic moments too,the barman who recommends Metaxa to Marie-Claire as a pick-me-up for the stresses of life.Once again the refreshments were of a very high standard.
13th October 2013
Saw the showing of Untouchable on friday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it.Being a comedy that made you laugh at things you feel guilty at finding funny eg:-the shaving scene it hit the mark.Some critics have said that it skims over the serious situations of serious disability,social deprivation and racism but if it didn’t it wouldn’t be a comedy.Both lead actors did an excellent job and it was well written and it made me think more about getting to know people and not judging them by appearance and pre conceived ideas of race or physical ability.Also the Victoria Sponge cake was delicious!
Argo & Untouchable
11th October 2013
As a newcomer to FilmCrew I was impressed with the friendly welcome at the ‘front desk’ and the sumptuous cakes provided – worth a visit just to sample those!
The first film on offer this year (September) was ‘Argo’ and it was a splendid opener to the season – at times I found myself holding my breath despite being aware of the final outcome, a truly gripping film.
The second film ‘Untouchable’ (October) had a great storyline and moments of truly amusing hilarity but I came away feeling that it somehow missed the mark. The opening sequence was quite exciting and fairly outrageous but I felt it was perhaps a mistake to place it out of sequence – for me it just didn’t work and I felt it inhibited the development of the story – I think I would have preferred to have seen a paragliding sequence leading to the accident as a way of setting the scene. This would also have given more meaning to the tandem paragliding sequence later in the film.
However overall I felt it was a good film, quite thought provoking with a generous helping of humour – I’m looking forward to the next film in November – ‘Beats of the Southern Wild’ – not least because I really don’t know what to expect of it!
The Social Network
Marcus Barrett (crewkernetown.org)
9th March 2012
We received a friendly welcome at FilmCrew when we turned up as strangers. As non members we paid £5 each but this would drop to around £2 per film if we joined. A selection of homemade tea and cake is something you’d never get at commercial cinema – we also received a hearty welcome from Rick Canning. Intriguing too was Katy Limmer’s brief talk about the director and the film: animated and comparative, it got everyone looking for little details that made the viewing more fun.
Subtitles were a useful trial innovation for the first scene of The Social Network (selected by FilmCrew for this film in order to make the dialogue clearer) but as we got further into the film they did grate on me a bit; no doubt FilmCrew will use them sensitively and only when needed – as Rick helpfully commented. The rapid-fire interrogation-style date between Zuckerberg and his (soon-tobe-former) girlfriend in the opening scene did warrant some interpreting – but by half way through, I think I had forgotten the subtitles were running.
Likewise, we agreed that we also forgot we were watching the film in the hall at Wadham School; such is the pull of the screenwriter’s art that one really does get transported to Los Angeles – in this case. This film about Zuckerberg’s idea (or was it?), the trials (literally) and the tribulations (landlords, beware!) of the early years of ‘The Facebook’ showed us a sometimes annoyingly naive Zuckerberg but also a man with a brilliance for lateral thinking and knowing his online market.
It was fascinating to see the impact of others on the Facebook story, from the accidental start of the rate-the-girls experiment which came out of being dumped, through controversy as to whether Zuckerberg’s idea was borrowed from fellow Harvard students, to the corporate rise of Facebook.
The Social Network has some great lines – many rather adolescent put-downs and perhaps a little sarcastic for sensitive tastes. But, like the best satire, sometimes I found myself wincing: “They don’t have roads in Bosnia, but they have Facebook”. And to anyone who thinks the smart-arse always wins the day: “I like standing next to you, Sean; it makes me look tough.”
So, I was pleasantly surprised by seeing a film about Harvard, in my old school hall. The projector and screen package worked smoothly and spoke of the professional quality of FilmCrew’s set-up; good picture and sound quality. Seating was much more comfortable than the commercial cinema at Dorchester; the environment more pleasant that the little cinema at Tiverton and the setting had more atmosphere than the big screens at Yeovil – and how nice not to walk out over heaps of litter, left behind by those too idle to find the nearest bin.
So, FilmCrew have brought yet another opportunity to Crewkerne and I myself hope they will get the support they need to flourish. There can’t be many occasions in Crewkerne for 50 people to come together to laugh, learn and share views on art, culture – and one man’s journey to a billion dollars.