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

By: Eugene | March 10, 2019

9th March 2019

A wonderful title for this lightweight film starring several of my favourite actors, and I must say the unknown (to me at least) actor children played their roles very well. The film is not primarily about war, it is more about survival, companionship and community in the face of deprivation and persecution, and the very real value of reading as a means of relief. The romantic involvement is painfully predictable, but the film has a feel good factor and is humorous. I was in the mood for something easy on the intellect so I enjoyed it. 

Two short films were shown before the interval, one about the hurried evacuation of Channel Island children just a few days before the Germans arrived. I was shocked to learn that some parents had no communic...

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By: Eugene | February 24, 2019

23rd February 2019

My feelings about the film were that it was constructed as a series of painted images as a novelty - which I suppose is quite valid, but after a few minutes I needed more of a plot to get into and I found the 12 frames a second to be too jagged for comfort.  I realised that the film slipped into black and white for retrospectives, but I was distracted wondering why the painting style was different - as it happens, smoother than the colour frames.


There were 100 in the audience which is very pleasing.  I sat in the stalls unusually, and appreciated the sound quality so much more that when in my normal position behind the front facing speakers.  I now have a new item for the short term shopping list: another two speakers.


For a b...

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By: Eugene | February 10, 2019

9th February 2019

Unusually I was able to get to the discussion group for this film - just the last few minutes, but enough to find out that I was in a minority of abound 40% in not enjoying The Piano. For me, symbolism is a useful tool when used sparingly to portray something that otherwise would be missed; it is like a jam sandwich: one is great, two are ok, but after that the marginal utility diminishes fast. 


However the short film we watched before: Night Train to Kazan by Max Robinson won universal praise.  One of just a handful of short films we have screened that invoked spontaneous applause at the end. 


Eugene.


This film does not receive my approbation.  It is contradictory wanting us at times to suspend belief whilst demanding we...

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By: Eugene | January 27, 2019

26th January 2019

‘Sully – Miracle on the Hudson’, made in 2016, was Clint Eastwood’s 35th as director. When a bird strike knocks out the engines of his plane, pilot Chesley Sullenberger makes the decision to ditch in the Hudson River rather than risk flying to La Guardia airport.


As this incident happened very quickly, the film also explores the post-traumatic stress that he experiences after the event, scenes from his youth and the National Transportation Safety’s Board’s inquiry into his decision.

The role of the thoroughly dignified and heroic pilot ‘Sully’ was a perfect fit for Tom Hanks. His response, when he realises all passengers were saved, shows the skills of this dependable actor.


Our discussion group enjoyed the film and we valued having our...

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By: Eugene | January 13, 2019

12 January 2018

A film about ambition, relationships and celebrity between a handful of people. The idea for the Winnie the Pooh books began innocently enough when the father (a WW1 veteran suffering from PTSD) and his son were forced to spend days together by circumstance. The cruelly self indulgent mother abandoned them both for London Society high life and the nanny was called away to tend her dying mother. It was an idyllic time for them both, never again repeated. Once the books were published they found immediate fame which spread around the world making the child an instant celebrity. Christopher Robin hated it. Matters became worse when he was sent away to school as the boys bullied and harassed him and even in army training this continued. Ironica...

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By: Eugene | December 30, 2018

29th December 2018

For our last film of the year we welcomed Laurence Leng from The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex who gave a fascinating talk about G&S in general an the evening's film in particular. It included a minute's recording of Sir Arthur Sullivan on a phonograph over 100 years previously. 


Being a long film we went straight to it leaving the interval for a mid point in the film.  My own view (as usual, without being able to take advantage of the discussion group's deliberations) was that the film could have lost 40 minutes without suffering - particularly the first half that seemed to cover ground that was not really related to the story line.  I heard disparaging comment that much of the second half was scenes fr...

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By: Eugene | December 16, 2018

15th December 2018

Despite rotten weather and the final of Strictly Come dancing we welcomed 57 people to watch this show. As usual we kicked off with a short film: Silent Nights by Aske Bang.  This was themed with the main film as usual, being set at Christmas time and also about immigration.  A moving film with excellent acting, despite the plot seeming a little contrived in places.


For what it's worth, my view of Jean de Florette was that it was a decent film - this is a higher level of praise than may be implied from the phrase as for me, films have to have a happy ending to be good, yet this one did not.  I was not troubled by the sub titles despite finding the dialect of French skewed from what little of the 'standard' form I remember from...

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By: Eugene | December 02, 2018

1st December 2018

At an uneventful event (which is just what a combined floor manager/projectionist wants) we started by showing Bacon & God's Wrath by Sol Friedman. It is an excellent short although needs to be watched more than once if the enjoyment has to be shared with an effort to remember enough of the salient points to enable a cojent comparison of aspects with the main feature filme we later saw: The Post.


Other short films included a couple of ads from Reporters Without Borders and a home made movie narrated by 7 of our wonderful volunteers that emphasised that the corruption and challenges faced when freedom of speech comes head to head with the executive and legislative arms of government are present every month.


Eugene.



A film about decisive d...

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By: Eugene | November 18, 2018

17th November 2018

We were happy to welcome several new faces for this film which generated an audience of 63 - although thick overcoats made it look more ! After showing a trailer for the next film we watched two short documentary films shot in the 1940s by Pathe News: one, a spotlight on Winston Churchill as he received a painting to make hi 80th birthday, something he referred to a a 'remarkable example of modern art'; then what was clearly a propaganda film that showed us the nation preparing for war.


The programme directed that we went straight into the main feature, it being more than 2 hours long. However technical difficulties that had not manifested during the pre-film rehearsal caused our projectionist to suggest an early interval while the problem w...

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By: Eugene | November 10, 2018

9th November 2018

"It's only a movie. It's only a movie".
We're in a beaten up trench and we know what's coming.
Only one character, Second Lieutenant Raleigh, is sparred the knowledge of what will happen three days into his enthusiastic desire to join the front where a family friend, Captain Stanhope, leads the company of ill-fated men. His keen, green, sudden, arrival is to become useful.
In the ugliness of what war is, and it is all on display in the trench, the only sign of beauty is the way the men bolster each other.
I enjoyed the visual details director Saul Dibb included; the pipe left on the table with it's ember still burning, the effects of Lieutenant Osborne being placed in an envelope (an address not far to our village), and the sharing...

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