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

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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By: Eugene | March 11, 2018

10th March 2018

What a good time we had watching how things were for small Italian cinemas like ours in 1953. The English subtitles were low down on the screen so mext time we may consider raising them at the cost of a slightly smaller image. A total of 23 annual and 29 day members came an were treated to a glimpse of England in 1942 in the preceding short film 'Listen to Britain'.  The bar was so popular we needed an emergency dash to the warehouse in the interval.  This was the first time the MC used a wireless microphone and complementary comments about the experience were appreciated.


A funny, sad, entertaining film and the little boy Toto, was particularly well acted. The firmly developing bond between Toto, the projectionist and the films be...

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By: Eugene | February 18, 2018

17th February 2018

The 32nd film we screened was the first full length annimation. Given the mixed reception a short Pixar annimation received a few months before there was some apprehension about audience numbers.  However the recent articles in the Times of Tunbridge Wells and The Courer helped us achieve 28 members and 43 others.


It wan an opportunity to show many fine annimated short films which caused laughter and tears.  This time we tried screening a couple of short films with no dialogue in the interval and the few who noticed seemed amused.  The trailer forthe following film needs to retain its slot at the beginning of the evening though.


This was the first film with dimmable wall lights to compliment the ceiling lights that cover the to...

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By: Eugene | January 28, 2018

27th January 2018

On a damp January eve 20 annual and 15 day members came to watch one of Woody Allen's most popular films (licensing problems preventing us from screening Annie Hall as originally planned).


We used our new AV controller for the first time and were able to connect up the induction loop. Several people made unsolicited comments on the improved sound quality - the film was shown in high definition off a Blu-ray disk.


Breaking with tradition the short film was by the same writer/director/actor and called Oedipus Wrecks. The discussion group enjoyed the short more than the main feature although there was more to discuss in Hannah and her Sisters.

This film has two plots. One is almost incestuous in its intricacies of husbands becoming lovers of thei...

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By: Eugene | January 15, 2018

13th January 2018

We had another splendid time with our second largest turnout: 31 annual members, 49 day members, and one guest, totalling 81 souls.  This was the first occasion we used the new kit and the improvement in sound and visual quality was noticeable.  There were problems with microphone and induction loop for those with hearing difficulties but work continues to resolve those.


The first short film 'The Lunch Date' was a black and white comedy involving a case of mistaken location of a bowl of salad.  After that we heard the voice of writer and director Randy Yang as he introduced his short: 'Video'. to us.  This too was well received and provided plenty of scope for us to discuss it with out neighbours over a glass of mulled wi...

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