August Movie: Michael Collins

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 24, 2015 by tallaghtmovieclub

27th August 7.00pm

Michael Collins

Dir: Neil Jordan    Ireland            1996

126 mins

Starring: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts

Language: English

Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.

“Jordan has, though, made an important film, based on the wise predication that only through understanding can come peace. And if that sounds a bit pompous, it’s also a damn good trip to the flicks.”

(Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine)

 

“…director Neil Jordan does an impressive job of balancing the humanity of the individuals concerned with an accurate picture of the fierceness of the fight.”

(Alex von Tunzelmann, The Guardian)

 

 

 

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June Movie: Lolita

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 18, 2015 by tallaghtmovieclub

25th June 7.00pm

Lolita

Dir: Stanley Kubrick     USA            1962

152 mins

Starring: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon

Language: English

“How did they ever make a film of Lolita?” asked the posters for this brilliant Stanley Kubrick film.  Well, in Vladamir Nabokov’s adaptation of his own famous novel about the professor and the 12-year old girl, there are added layers of black comedy and only slight compromise: James Mason seems to love Sue Lyon rather than lust after her, and Lolita’s age is increased to 15.  Shelley Winters’s hilarious and sad portrayal of Lolita’s mother is American momism incarnate, while Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty is like a creepy chameleon.  For economic and censorship reasons the picture was made in England, and because of this Nabokov’s nightmare vision of urban America and its seedy motels is reduced to obvious back projection and even more obvious Elstree locations.

(Radio Times Guide to Films 2013)

“The best part comes early in the picture when Mr. Nabokov and Mr. Kubrick are making sport of their hero’s bug-eyed infatuation with Lolita and his artful circumvention of her mother. Here the satire is somewhat gross but booming, assisted greatly by a wonderfully deft job of comical fumbling by Shelley Winters, who makes the mother a sublimely silly sort, James Mason as the gulping, amorous hero and Peter Sellers as a sly, predacious cad floating around the edges are at their best in this part of the film.”

(Bosley Crowther, New York times)

May Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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28th May 7.00pm

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Dir: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones     UK            1975

91 mins

Starring: Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman

Language: English

“Complete with some inspired digressions and shorn of some of the weaker sketches, the soundtrack album of the Pythons’ first story-based feature is even funnier than the film itself.  Yet this remains a wonderfully inventive comedy that brilliantly debunks the dark Ages and the legends of chivalry through King Arthur’s encounters with an anarcho-syndicalist commune, the Black Knight, God (courtesy of Terry Gilliam) and “the knights who say ni”.  The Camelot and Sir Robin songs also get beneath the visor, but the highlights are the trial of Connie Booth’s witch and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch sequence.”

(Radio Times Guide to films 2013)

 

“There’s something about feature films that brings out the best in the Pythons. The occasional indulgence of the TV series is replaced by a more focused approach which wrings every conceivable joke out of a given subject.

While Holy Grail falls short of Life Of Brian’s comic masterpiece status, it has more than enough killer lines, sight gags and inspired absurdity to qualify as a medieval-on-your-ass laff-riot.

Highlights include an encounter with a homicidal bunny, Launcelotís misguided wedding guest massacre, Michael Palin’s bolshy peasant ridiculing the Lady Of The Lake (‘some moistened bint’), and, of course, the use of coconut shells in place of actual trusty steeds.”

(Rob Fraser, Empire Magazine)

 

“The gags are nonstop, occasionally inspired and should not be divulged, though it’s not giving away too much to say that I particularly liked a sequence in which the knights, to gain access to an enemy castle, come up with the idea of building a Trojan rabbit. When Arthur calls retreat, he simply yells: “Run away!” And the morale of Sir Robin, the least successful of the Round Table knights, isn’t helped by a retinue of minstrels who insist on singing about his most embarrassing defeats.”

(New York Times)

February Movie: Blue Jasmine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 21, 2015 by tallaghtmovieclub

26th February 7.00pm

Blue Jasmine

Dir: WoodyAllen      USA            2013

98 mins

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard

Language: English

 

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love…

 

“Allen’s best film in years, astute, humane and shot through with keen observations on the state of the world. It may also, in its pondering the price of deceit and the pain of rebuilding a life from nothing, count as broad social allegory.”

(Simon Braund, Empire Magazine)

“Allen has set himself the challenge of structuring a film around a character who – admittedly, suffering from some sort of psychological complaint – behaves consistently appallingly to everyone around her. Blanchett does not hold back on the scenery molestation, but her sheer, unflinching commitment proves very hard to resist.

Mixing a bit of Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in with the Blanche gestures, Blanchett accosts the audience, presses it drunkenly into a corner and demands that it take notice. It would be impolite to resist such fervent industry.”

(Donald Clarke, Irish Times)

January Movie: Somewhere

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29th January 7.00pm

Somewhere

Dir: Sofia Coppola      USA            2010

97 mins

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning

Language: English

From Sofia Coppola, the writer/director of “Lost in Translation”, comes another story of an older man and a younger woman, set against the backdrop of a luxury hotel.  Stephen Dorff, cast against his usual villainous type, plays fading Hollywood actor Johnny Marco, who is left with his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) for a few more days than usual.  Not much happens, and the measured, deliberate pace can be read as either stately or deathly.  But as a slow burn, poetic character piece it works just fine, with Dorff and especially Fanning making engaging leads.

(Radio Times Guide to Films)

“With little dialogue, Dorff, after years of DTV villains, fills an inherently lazy man with sad-eyed charm. There’s no back story about Johnny’s career (you feel he’s at Keanu Reeves’ level) or his relationships. Coppola allows you to fill in the gaps, and through Dorff’s skill, you get to know the character intimately. Fanning, little sis of Dakota, is equally deft: she’s upbeat without being irksome, a mother figure to Johnny without being precocious.”

(Ian Freer, Empire Magazine)

“Repeated viewing reveals how thoroughly Ms. Coppola has absorbed her influences and how much she has pushed herself to grow from film to film. Like “Lost in Translation” and “Marie Antoinette,” “Somewhere” is a study in gilded loneliness. And much in the way that “Lost,” set in Japan, showed a debt to recent Asian cinema, so “Somewhere,” which takes a voyage to Italy, betrays an engagement with the films of Michelangelo Antonioni.

This is not a matter of imitation, but rather of mastery, of finding — by borrowing if necessary — a visual vocabulary suited to the story and its environment. If you pay close attention, “Somewhere” will show you everything.”

(A.O.Scott, New York Times)

December Movie: White Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2014 by tallaghtmovieclub

18th December 7.00pm

White Christmas

Dir: Michael Curtiz        USA            1954

120 mins

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

Language: English

“This partial remake of the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” – the Bing Crosby movie that gave the world the Irving Berlin song “White Christmas” -provided Paramount with an opportunity to introduce its new screen process Vistavision. Crosby’s “Holiday Inn” partner Fred Astaire wasn’t available and Donald O’Connor pulled out, so Danny Kaye reluctantly agreed to second billing to co-star with Crosby, in what proved to be a fortuitous move.  Kaye is superb, especially in his knockout dance routine with Vera-Ellen. Veterna Michael Curtiz directed, rightly embracing the sentiment rather then keeping it at bay.”

(Radio Times Guide to Films 2013)

“Great songs, gentle humour and a dose of syrup which is not to everyone’s tastes, but worth buying to keep that Christmas spirit going until next year.”

(Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine)

 

“This was the Mamma Mia! of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin showtunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office.

Ignore the join-the-dots plot, about wartime buddies Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye putting on a show to help out their old general and woo the girls (including Rosemary ‘aunt of George’ Clooney).

Instead, warm your cockles with Bing’s crooning of the evergreen title track, Kaye’s brisk backtalk and old pro Curtiz’s effortless handing of the sumptuous production values (lovingly restored to showcase the rosy lustre of Technicolor).

As one character puts it, “plenty of schmaltz, lots of heart”.”

(Simon Kinner, Total Film)

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November Movie: Key Largo

Posted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 by tallaghtmovieclub

20th November 7.00pm

Key Largo

Dir: John Huston        USA            1948

96 mins

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward .G. Robinson

Language: English

 

A man visits his old friend’s hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

“Perfectly tense atmosphere and performances, with the sparks flying between Bogart and Bacall.”

(Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine)

“He has also got stinging performances out of most of his cast—notably out of Mr. Robinson, who plays the last of the red-hot gangsters in top-notch style. Indeed, Mr. Robinson’s performance is an expertly timed and timbred scan of the vulgarity, corruption and egoism of a criminal man. Mr. Bogart’s enactment of a fellow who blows both hot and cold is also penetrating, largely because it’s on the acid side. Lionel Barrymore is sharp as an old codger who is full of ineffectual bravery, and Lauren Bacall is solemnly righteous as a war-widowed country girl.”

(Bosley Crowther, New York Times)