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

By: Eugene | September 09, 2018

8th September 2018

We welcomed 55 people to our first singalong format film and after receiving inspiration from Tanya and Joe were well loosened up for the songs we all knew so well.  I felt the singing nun added something special to the evening and I'm sure the home baked strudel did too - for those lucky enough to get in early enough. 


The pre-show entertainment comprised a 12 second trailer for all the firms in the coming season now that public votes had been counted. We certainly have a great line up.  That was followed by a short sketch where Julie Andrews led a rather large Swiss family Pratt in a song that is still worming its way through my brain 24 hours later. 


Eugene.


Umpteen classic catchy songs.  A luminous performance by...

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By: Eugene | August 26, 2018

25th August 2018

Perhaps it was a good sign that so many people - 73 - came to see a Peter Greenaway film as it indicates folks coming 'on spec' that we will put on a good show. For those whom Greenaway's work is familiar he is certainly a Marmite writer; I had to defend myself against accusations of choosing a 'disturbed' film as some viewers left.  For myself I enjoyed letting the music, familiar local setting, flamboyant wardrobe, and cut dialogue, wash over me without even attempting to figure out who dun it as I was in no doubt that would be a forlorn aspiration.


Knowing that others would miss the denouement that is usual in murder mysteries, I chose to show interviews with the director, actors, and composer before the show rather than themed shor...

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By: Eugene | August 12, 2018

11th August 2018

This was a most enjoyable show and special thanks must go to those brave enough to dress for the occasion. As I write this there are plenty of photos on our Facebook page and video is to come shortly. The winner of the fabulous trophy was judged by the volume of applause as recorded in decibels on the adjudicator's smartphone. I wonder if this will be the first of many trophies proudly displayed on his mantelpiece.

The audience were in fine form lip syncing to a Gloria Gaynor favourite and this bodes well for the success of the singalong version of The Sound Of Music to be shown on 8th September. There were no short films screened at this show.

Eugene.

There were five beautifully, outrageously, extravagantly costumed contestants entering t...

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By: Eugene | July 29, 2018

28th July 2018

We welcomed 60 people to this film and started off the evening with two rather good short films. Love is Blind had the audience laughing out loud and applauding at the end, thanks to writer and director Dan Hodgson who recorded a 3 minute introductory video just for us.


The second short: Prends-Moi was a subtitled French film that continued the evening's theme of unusual love by allowing us into the lives of a disabled couple. Alas the final song was in French, relevant to the film, but not subtitled !  For those interested the lyrics of Je te mange le corps may be found at La Boîte aux paroles website.


Eugene.


What a visually and emotionally stunning film [The Shape of Water]. A Beauty and the Beast scenario but translated into a p...

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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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