Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss.

By: Eugene | July 15, 2018

Death of Stalin
14th July 2018

An average turnout of perhaps 50 souls came to watch what I thought would turn out to be a comedy with a factual basis. As it turned out it was more dramatized documentary with a few minor chuckles thrown in. I did not care for the bad language and violence but prudishness increases with age.


The four short films - all comedies with a Russian connection (albeit tenuous in one case) were not outstanding but did produce a few laughs. With a better understanding of the main feature perhaps shorts more in keeping with its theme would have been selected by our videographer. They were: What's Virgin Mean, Red Handed, Super-Skill Brigade, & The Exchange - award winners all.


We were using a new blackout construction for the first time and found t...

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By: Eugene | July 01, 2018

30th June 2018

Just as last year, we had a relatively small turn out for the film immediately after the Rusthall fete: 31 souls. Although once the interval half wat through this 3 hour marathon ended we were down to the high 20s. Interestingly about the same number of people expressed to me unsolicited praise of the film as walked out. 


For my part I did enjoy the film but partly as I felt Scorses's pain in having too many minutes of good footage to fit in the 90 minutes that this film deserved.  Although it was not repetitive in detail, the overall plot was slow to move to its (one would hope) inevitable conclusion.


Eugene.


Completely Out of Control.  What does it look like when wealth, gained fraudulently, is left to come to full heat?

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By: Eugene | June 17, 2018

16th June 2018

Most of the 45 people who came to watch this film enjoyed it, unlike your correspondent who thought there too much gratuitous sex and smoking. The discussion group chose to follow the Privy Council's lead and stand for their deliberations, possibly hence the number was few.


The 20 minute introduction to the program included an Italian gentleman apparently able to tell the time based on the weight of his donkey's testicles, a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali called Destino, and a film shot almost entirely under a swimming pool called Breathless.  


The (six month old) projector was out of commission so we were grateful to the Parish Council for lending the Epson projector we used before buying our own.  This was th...

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By: Eugene | June 03, 2018

2nd June 2018

Our 2nd anniversary show turned out to be the most popular film we have screened in those two years. All 100 seats were taken and there were a few gallant volunteers standing throughout.


The 20 minutes of short films comprised a retrospective of still images from our Facebook page followed by a trailer for the next film, then a locally made film by Michael Lawrence comprising his paintings based around a limerick concerning a lady from Hale.  We then watched Flight 205 land on the highway before getting an interview with the writer/director of the main film.


The Rusthall Community Cinema celebrated its second birthday on 2nd June with great exuberance and enthusiasm. The hall was filled to capacity and everyone was in a joyful mood. We...

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By: Eugene | May 20, 2018

19th May 2018

Not even the marriage of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex in the morning, nor the FA cup final in the afternoon could dent the intent of 61 people to watch this very enjoyable film.


Although we missed a few 'old regulars', we were happy to welcome several new faces - including Juliette who picked up the bottle of bubbles for being the 2,000th audience member to pass through our doors.


We had just one short film: The Shooting Star Salesman, which mirrored the thesme of unexpected friendships continued in the main feature.

A light, entertaining film, superbly acted. The Queen's household, threatened by Abdul's influence over her, are entirely bereft of their customary control. Their resentment is compounded by their unrelenting racism and the ...

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By: Eugene | May 06, 2018

5th May 2018

With just over an hour to prepare after cleaning up from the afternoon Matinée we started our more regular endeavour. Being an old black and white film showing on a day with beautiful weather we were never going to get a massive turnout, but 20 day members and 20 annual members came along to watch this excellent story.  We enjoyed two short films first: Newsong & U2's Song for Someone.


Twelve Angry Men is a simply made film mainly taking place in one room. Locked in together without air conditioning, the stormy oppressive weather of a New York heatwave adds to the frustrations and bad tempers of the jurors debating the fate of the accused. Only one man remains consistently calm. Despite a thinly veiled violence towards him, he persu...

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By: Eugene | May 06, 2018

5th May 2018

Every six months or so we throw open our doors and invite everyone to enjoy a family film at our expense.  This time some 65 people took up our offer and were greeted in the car park by James Hartnell with his ice cream van - Mr Whippy (photo on our Facebook page). 


We watched two animated shorts: The Present by Jacob Frey then Soar by Alyce Tzue.  All seemed to enjoy those two 5 minute films then we went straight into Paddington.  Half way through we took a 10 minute breat to top up on marmalade sandwiches, marmalade cake, and popcorn before returning to see the end of the show.


The only thing after that was the raffle draw, and 15 young visitors won a bear with a choice of sweetmeats.


Paddington II is a beautiful film, ...

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By: Eugene | April 22, 2018

21 April 2018

It is so common that an anticipated bad experiense develops into just that, that when things turn out so much better I am forced to question my membership of the gruimpy old man brigade. And Ikiru, principally Akira Kurosawa's direction, turned out to be an unexpected joy that does just that.. Too bad that only 37 people attended this; perhaps others were guilty of judging this B&W, DVD, old, subtitled film shown on a day with great weather, by its cover.


Eugene.

This film, made in 1952, is long, slow moving and black and white with subtitles. It is poignant, amusing and emotionally moving and the acting is superb. Definitely one of the best we have seen so far, it held the audience attention throughout and, if you missed it, I strongly u...

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By: Eugene | April 08, 2018

7th April 2018

60 people came to view this film through a path strewn with 'you are surrounded' leafelts dropped by the set dressers' aircraft earlier in the afternoon. Priase is due to the half dozen prople who duilligently picked up what they thought was merely litter, only to be asked to relay it !


Some were kind enought to say they enjoyed the shorts more than the feature film. After the usual trailer for the next will we saw

  • A Message For All Of Humanity - Charlie Chaplin
  • V-Day
  • Col Tim Collins' inspirational speech - Kenneth Branagh
  • 'In Flanders Fields' Poetry in British Sign Language
  • Churchill's antidote to war


This is not a documentary film but a fictional story set in the framework of that one week in 1940 we know and remember as the Miracle of Dunkirk...

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By: Eugene | March 28, 2018

24th March 2018

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are perfectly cast in this film, set in the opulence of the upper echelons of New York society in the 1940s. A story based on truth. Madam Florence's reputation as an operatic singer is skilfully protected, primarily by her husband, due to her philanthropic generosity to the music fraternity of the city. The truth is undeniably revealed, however, through her recording and in her final concert.   

There were no short films to delight us this time as Eugene Gardner was on a well earned break.

The discussion group agreed it is a beautifully produced film; humorous and well performed. Madam Florence had to be admired for her tenacity in the face of her debilitating illness as well as for her belief in her own talent.

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