Screening: Little Big Man (29th Feb, 2012)

After the excitement of the Academy Awards, CineClub returns this week with Arthur Penn’s adaptation of Thomas Berger’s novel, Little Big Man. In it Dustin Hoffman plays Jack Crabb, the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn (aka Custer’s Last Stand). Giving a a bravura performance, Hoffman plays Jack stretching from his teenage years through to old age in a picaresque fable of the Old West.

Jack’s story is a fantastic one: captured by Indians as a child, reared as an Indian, shuttling back and forth between the worlds of the native and that of the whites. In the processes, he manages to befriend everyone from Wild Bill Hickock (Billy the Kid) to George Armstrong Custer, whilst being a gunslinger, a snake-oil salesman and scout for the army. Hoffman was even entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as “Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor” for portraying a character from age 17 to age 121.

This is a solid blend of tragedy and humour, presenting a strong statement regarding America’s treatment of the Native Americans without sermonising. It features a star-studded cast compromising of Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsalm, Richard Mulligan and Chief Dan George in an Oscar-winning role (which was turned down by Marlon Brando!)

There’s not many decent trailers on YouTube for this movie so you’ll have to make do with the clip below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, 29th Feb.

And the 2012 Academy Award goes to …

… The CineClub for the most obvious blog post of the year! I’d like to thank the academy for the recognition; my management for, um, whatever it is they do; my wife for her patience; and you, loyal reader, for returning to this site again and again.

It’s the big night for glamourous folk lucky enough to be attending the 84th Oscars. Here at CineClub we like to think we have our critical fingers on the pulse so we want to hear your thoughts regarding the expected winners. Do you think The Artist will win the Best Picture award? Will Jean Dujardin beat Brad Pitt and George Clooney to the Best Actor award? Will the Oscar-veteran Meryl Streep win for doing her impression of one of the most hated politicians in recent British history, or will Michelle Williams take it for her unconvincing Monroe imitation?

The nominations have also drew criticism for failing to include the critic’s favourite We Need To Talk About Kevin. Are there any other glaring omissions? Let us know your thoughts below!

Screening: The Kids Are All Right (February 22nd, 2012)

Special screening to mark Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender month

Tomorrow’s screening is The Kids Are All Right – a film that was generally well-received when it was released in 2010. However, it did raise a few eyebrows in that it was read as pandering to the myth that some homosexual women secretly desire men. However, we’ll leave this as a potential talking point.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play Nic and Jules, a cultured LA couple. Back in the 90s, Nic and Jules got artificial insemination to create a family, and each is now referred to by the ambiguous collective noun “moms” by their children, now teenagers.

Daughter Joni’s impending departure for college causes a looming crisis: Laser has got it into his head to wonder who his biological sperm-donor father is, and persuades Joni to contact him before she goes, being of a legal age to do so. And so Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo, enters the story…

Excellent cast and a semi-comic tone handled expertly by director Cholodenko make this a sparkling family drama.

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, 22nd Feb.

Screening: Misery (February 15th, 2012)

You may have noticed that we failed to advertise last week’s screening of Dick Tracy. This was deliberate. Collective amnesia may be the best thing that movie’s got going for it. Moving on…

Tomorrow’s CineClub screening is of a classic Stephen King book-to-film adaptation, Misery (1990, US, Rob Reiner). There’s a fantastic Oscar-winning performance in here by Kathy Bates in the title role.

You ‘dirty birdy’!

Best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book, when he crashes his car in a freak blizzard. Paul is critically injured, but is rescued by his former nurse Annie Wilkes, who takes Paul back to her remote house in the mountains (without bothering to tell anybody). Unfortunately for Paul, Annie is also, ahem, less than stable…

Misery walks the tightrope between being a these thriller and a black comedy (no doubt due to Riener’s part in This is Spinal Tap). Check out the trailer below

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, 15th Feb.