Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss. A charitable entertainment hub run by volunteers.

By: Eugene | May 19, 2019

18th May 2019

A musical film excelling in its genre. Bradley Cooper as Jackson, and Lady Gaga as Ally, gave great performances as actors as well as musicians, and the music is beautiful. However, underlying the chemistry between the established and emerging stars lay the devastating long term drug addiction and alcoholism of Jackson, which despite his best efforts he abused himself with to the end. A very romantic film in which the couple remain deeply in love throughout, was at the same time filled with heartache and anxiety, leaving me in a state of emotional exhaustion.


The two shorts preceding the main film were excellent and tied in very well with it. The first, an exquisite animated film of two dancers I could watch time and again. The second had a ...

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By: Eugene | May 05, 2019

4th May 2019

It was a joy to see the immaculate model locomotive Malcolm Barmby so kindly brought along to enhance the evening's steam railway theme. It is a live steam, scale model of the Princess Class as worked on the LMS mainline in the period of the film Brief Encounter. Malcolm, who is very knowledgeable about railway engineering, was present until the end of the interval to answer questions and had also brought along other historic railway items and explanatory articles of interest. We are so grateful to him for giving his time, energy and Saturday evening for our benefit.


Brief Encounter is a masterpiece on so many levels. Visually it is beautiful in its black and white splendour, which seems like a contradiction in terms as so many scenes take p...

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By: Eugene | April 21, 2019

20th April 2019

Tonight at the Community Cinema we were treated to BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s Oscar Winning adaptation of the true story of the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. Not just that the infiltration by a black man, Ron Stallworth. He was a Police Officer in Colorado Springs, their first black officer. Not long after joining he became involved in undercover work and then intelligence. Depicted in the film he  decided one day to reply to an advertisement in the local newspaper about the Klan. The story sounds fanciful, except it’s true. The film is based on Stallworth’s account of the events and includes his discussions with David Duke, who has made attempts to make the Klan part of mainstream America. He’s still here, we discover, telling us...

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By: Eugene | April 07, 2019

6th April 2019

A story of fateful revenge, and yet it and its predecessor, Jean de Florette, are two of my favourite films. The setting and scenery are so beautiful. The evocative French village life in the 1920/30s, where nothing is secret, although not always spoken aloud, rival factions stack up, anger and humour alternating, is run on superstition and tradition. The filming and acting are superlative. Whilst Manon has my greatest sympathy, Ugolin, is also a victim with his slow comprehension and bumbling manner and speech. He does have a conscience and aims at putting matters right but characteristically goes about it in all the wrong ways. The haunting music that accompanies the film and is supported by Verdi's music and will run through my head all ...

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By: Eugene | March 24, 2019

23rd March 2019

Here I go again!’ I thought, lacking enthusiasm for the prequel/sequel  5 years on. It was the creation of a plot to fit around established hits which put me off. Surely musicals work the other way round?  In the intervening years I had forgotten that last time my lack of enthusiasm had been transformed by the  ABBA music magic.  So when yet again, well known songs were shoe horned into a weak plot, most bizarrely towards the end when Fernando  - a song about the Mexican/USA War – became a love song in Greece between the new baby boy’s great- grandmother (Cher) newly arrived in a helicopter, wrinkle free in a grey wig, and the charming hotel manager (Andy Garcia), I swallowed it all quite happily. After all who car...

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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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