Art House Film Group
Art House Film group meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month for films and 5th Wednesday as a 'bonus' to show documentary and informative type material.
NB: there will be 5th. WEDNESDAYS IN 2020 in JANUARY, JULY, SEPTEMBER and DECEMBER.
Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm. This may be a little flexible depending on the length of the film.
FILM suggestions for MARCH
After the Storm 2016 117m Japan This film crosses cultural lines to offer timeless observations about parental responsibilities,
personal bonds and forgiveness as a man attempts to reconnect with his distrustful family following the death of his father.
The Big Sick 2017 120m USA Kumali and Emily fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily falls ill, Kumali is forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations and his own
The Garden 1990 92m UK/Germany/Japan Director Derek Jarman focuses on homosexuality and Christianity against the backdrop
of his home at Prospect Cottage. It has hardly any dialogue and uses his own subjective musings on life and lost friends.
Manchester by the Sea 2016 137m USA An outstandingly icy protagonist is a mournful loner drawn back to his hometown
to care for his nephew. This is a community study and a masterful, darkly American account of a heart in the dead of winter.
The Man With The Iron Heart 2017 118m France/Belgium This fact-based drama is the incredible true story of the mission carried out by two brave Czech resistance fighters to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi mastermind behind the Final Solution.
COMMENTS ON MARCH FILMS
I've just watched Manchester by the Sea, (in 3 chunks), and found it excellent. I had read that it was to be a reflection of real life, and it certainly was, messy, inconclusive, and a lot of difficulty in communication. But I felt great empathy for the characters, and found parts very moving.
It showed what I firmly believe that there are no magic words to resolve issues, unlike what is shown in many (feel good )films.
We watched Manchester by the sea together and thought the portrait of a man who could feel no emotion or cope with other people’s emotions was movingly portrayed. I think it explains a lot of violence in the world.
Last night we watched The Big Stick . I found the portrayal of the Parkistani family a bit clichied but amusing. The son found himself in an impossible situation , I didn’t think much of his comedy routines . A light film not like the previous dark and moving
Last night I watched ‘After the Storm’. I think it’s fairly typical of Japanese films, very different to Hollywood
I’d be very happy to do something on what’s app, although I use it very little myself. The kids call me as I have no idea how do to that!
Happy to form a WhatsApp group to discuss the films. Are we all meant to watch the same one? I like the sound of After the Storm, or the Man with the Iron Heart. I’ve seen Manchester By the Sea, which I thought was bit dull!
Mitzi, it’s supposed to be real life which can be pretty boring (specially with lockdown 😊) from Sally
Look forward to further updates on our set-up for the Film Group, and in the meantime stay safe, and stay busy!
Quite happy to watch each week one of the films on Catch-up; my preferred means of communication about the selected film would be email.
Incidentally I’ve already seen ‘After the Storm’ and ‘Manchester by the Sea’.
I would imagine the film about Heydrich will be very harrowing,
I actually got to watch Tanu Weds Manu which I know was on Netflix, so maybe not all can access it.It was an interesting film with some humorous bits. I liked the portrayal of Indian life, to me it seemed (allowing for it being a film ) real in the housing etc details. I found the words to a lot of the songs hilarious, but I disliked Manu…..Tanu could have done so much better!!!
It’s interesting the way women are shown when what we hear is that actually they have not got a high standing in society.
FILM SUGGESTIONS FOR APRIL
Birdman 2014 110m UK Underpinned by a fantastic central performance from Michael Keaton, this blackly comic satire on celebrity is surreal, sweary and profound. Keaton stars as an actor, famous for playing a superhero, who tries to reinvent himself as a serious actor – and a good dad.
Lady Macbeth 2016 125m UK Florence Pugh made a big impression in this smart, daring and subversive period drama, an adaptation of an 1865 Russian novella by Nikolai Leskov. Pugh is the young woman sold into a loveless marriage, who, unlike so many Victorian heroines, refuses to submit to her lot.
Our Little Sister 2015 120m Japan This beautifully shot drama is a warm-hearted tale that revolves around three grown-up sisters whose lives are up-ended when, after the death of their father, they learn that they have a younger half-sister.
Taxi Tehran 2015 85m Iran Banned from making films in his native Iran, Jafar Panahi surreptitiously films inside a taxi. With the feel of a documentary, it’s full of Panahi’s passion for film-making and for life.
The Unknown Girl 2016 113m Belgium/France A female doctor becomes obsessed with the case of a dead woman after discovering that the woman died shortly after having rung her doorbell for help. An involving, thoughtful watch.
ART HOUSE FILM GROUP
This is currently open to non members
On the group page on the Stubbington U3A website there is a list of suggested films available on catch up, together with comments that have been made.
If you watch a film and would like to comment, please contact me via the website page and I will put these up for others to read.
Even if you don't want to comment, the films are interesting to watch, and are a bit different to main stream .
If you are interested in joining this group, contact Sally.
|Group Leader||Sally Ingledew|
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