The CineClub Schedule for Feb-May 2012

This might seem a little backwards in coming forwards in that we already announced the first movie of the new season (Fight Club incidentally) before we announced the full schedule, but that’s because the first selection was mine and already signed off by the ‘power-that-be’. Anyway, it is yet another pleasure of mine to be able to reveal the new line-up for the this semester:

  • 1st February:  Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
  • 8th February: Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, 1990)
  • 15th February: Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990)
  • 22nd February:  LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] History Month Special Event: The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Colodenko, 2010)
  • 29th February: Little Big Man (Arthur Penn, 1970)
  • 7th March: Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven, 1990)
  • 14th March: The Graduate (Mike Nicols, 1967) Germinal (Claude Berri, 1993)
  • 21st March: There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  • 28th March: Zombie Flesh Eaters (Lucio Fulci, 1979)
  • 25th April: Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008) The Graduate (Mike Nicols, 1967)
  • 2nd May: V for Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005) Das Experiment (Oliver Hirshbiegel, 2001)
  • 9th May: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)

As ever, screenings take place in the Media Centre cinema (room enough for 200+ people) and they are free to friends of the university. We’ll also be running a new feature on the site: after every film we are going to get people to write a short review. Hopefully, it’ll give  people the chance to get their name up in lights, or at the very least, a nice byline on the blog.

Let me know what your thoughts are on the schedule either in the comments or over on the Facebook page.

Screening: Fight Club (February 1st, 2012)

We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” (Tyler Durden)

We are kicking off big with the first film of CineClub 2012 with Fight Club from David Fincher the man responsible for Se7en, ZodiacThe Social Network and the recent remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.Fight Club poster

Fight Club is an adrenaline-fuelled film that has been described in some quarters as a critique of capitalism and individualism at the end of the 20th century. Anarchic, violent, schizophrenic – all terms that can describe the film’s central protagonist as well as the film itself. Fincher’s fourth film portrays a vision of (mainly) white, middle-class masculinity in crisis as a nameless narrator (Ed Norton) gets involved with the charismatic Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and relinquishes his comfortable existence in an attempt to rediscover his primitive masculine instincts – by fighting.

Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, renowned for his ‘transgressional fiction’, the film has featured on several Top 100 lists (Total Film, Empire) and even features lines inspired by Nietzsche: “You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world”. Fight Club has polarised opinions: is it fascistic? Is it nihilistic? Is it a Marxist critique of the post-industrial economy? Is it a Freudian battle between the ego and the id? It may be all of these things but it is also stylish, violent and brutal.

So, welcome to CineClub 2012. The first rule of CineClub is that you do talk about CineClub. And if this is your first time at CineClub, you have to talk…

Check out the trailer below

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, 1st February 2012

What’s CineClub got lined up for 2012?

This is the burning question at CineClub right now! The moment prior to the announcement of an up-coming schedule is always tense – who is going to see their film choice selected for the semester? What will make the cut and what will fail to impress the selection committee (wait, there’s a committee)? Whose film choices get the chance to praised for being the epitome of good taste and whose will get torn to shreds?

Currently Billy is taking suggestions from the regular attendees and we’d love to hear what you’d like to see screened at our cinema. We’d love to hear more suggestions from students. Even if you’ve never been before but want to try out the delights of CineClub we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us in the comments field, over on Twitter, Facebook or via email.

You’ll find a playlist of the suggestions right below this text. Enjoy

Happy New Year!

All the best to you, good readers. Did you enjoy any wonderful filmic treats during the festive period? Catch a classic movie on TV? Get bought a shiny information circle (aka DVD/Blu-Ray)? Pay a visit to the local picture house? If so, we’d love to hear what you got up to.

I guess I also need to apologise for not posting in the final week of last term. For the final CineClub session of 2011 all in attendance were invited to bring along a clip of their favourite filmic funny scenes. There were some classic Mel Brooks sequences selected as well as a few odd choices (Justin, we are looking at you!). My selections are featured below – feel free to tell us about your favourite funny scenes or even post links to them below the line

Blades of Glory – “I don’t wanna close my eyes”