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

By: Eugene | July 14, 2019

13th July 2019

Our thrilling main film was combined with three shorts. We learnt about Mercury’s early life, enjoyed a detailed analysis of the mighty song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and found out that Queen’s songs still are uplifting, even to very young listeners.


It was touching to see footage of his Zoroastrian family speaking and to understand something of his unusual background, which brought him from Zanzibar to Bombay, back to Zanzibar and finally to London, fleeing the revolution. Freddie saw the band as “playing for other misfits and the outcasts right in the back of the room, who are pretty sure they don’t belong either… we belong to them.”


In discussion group, we all took turns to share our impressions. Our group included some real fans, who had see...

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By: Eugene | June 30, 2019

29th June 2019

An excellent film of dramatic intrigue produced in an era when the protagonists were fully able to express themselves without resort to the F word. 


A 1974 film that took its time, slowly building up the pressure of suspense and revealing the devious lengths to which those employed in private surveillance, and those being bugged, recorded and photographed would go. Thinking I knew what was taking place, I found myself catching my breath at each realisation of quite the opposite. The nasty business of infiltrating the lives of others, peopled mainly by exploitative brink-men, has nothing to commend it; it thrives on other people's mistakes and ambitions, concealments and lust for power and wealth. Harry Caul, admirably played by Gene Hac...

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By: Eugene | June 16, 2019

15th June 2019

On a rather wet night we welcomed 87 people to be entertained and informed. The first short film was a newsreel from 1952 showing Messrs Laurel and Hardy opening the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway on the other side of Kent. We then watched an American version of 'This is Your Life' which was entertaining in the style of presentation of the lives of the two gents in question.


The main film seems to have been enjoyed by all including the small discussion group that gathered after the film. This was the first film shown in our newly decorated hall with now mobile equipment. 


The recipe for the delicious cake is at
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25587/gramma-berthas-banana-cake


Eugene.



Although sometimes our discussion ...

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By: Eugene | June 01, 2019

1st June 2019

The short films were excellent: Mend and Make Do - A Life-Sized Animated Short Film by Bexie Bush, followed by Leading Lady Parts by Jessica Swale.  The main feature had me flipping through my Facebook timeline, partly through disinterest in the contrived yet obvious plot line, and partly to distract me from the excessive yelling and foul language.  I'll be interested to see what the discussion group thought of the evening.


Eugene.



The story of a long, stormy marriage and a creative collaboration, culminating in the winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

The young teacher in 1950s inspired his students with his energy, enthusiasm and ability to quote James Joyce, instilling into them that if you are a writer you have to ...

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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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