Screening: Twelve Monkeys (21st November 5pm)

Another week, another change to the running order (see this link). We won’t be screening The Ninth Gate as advertised due to another clash with the presenter. Instead, we have brought forwards Terry Gilliam’s Oscar-nominated time travelling epic, Twelve Monkeys. Unlike last week, we hope to be back in our regular haunt of the cinema (MC207).

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict (played by Bruce Willis, acting against type) is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

From the creative mind of Monty Python member, Terry Gilliam (BrazilThe Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,The Brothers’ Grimm) comes a discombobulating tale of temporality. Often voted one of the greatest time travel pictures of all time, this film features an academy award nominated performance from Brad Pitt as psychotic Jeffrey Goines.

Gilliam’s quest for filmic perfection is legendary and even inspired a wonderful ‘making of’ documentary that appeared on some of the DVD releases of the film called The Hamster Factor (available on YouTube), that was best described as an attempt to make a film with an European sensibility within the Hollywood system. Twelve Monkeys was also the first time that Gilliam had been given final cut approval on one of his now films.

Bring your thinking caps and time travel rule book for the post-film discussion (wait, have we already had that?).
Check out the trailer below:

As ever, it’s all FREE and open to everyone

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 21st of November

Tonight’s screening of Oldboy…

… has been booted out of the cinema due to the installation of some new teleconferencing hardware. Apparently Lord David Puttnam needs this new tech installed so that he can speak to us about films and related material from the comfort of his converted garage.

You can find us in the same building, but in the much less comfortable room: MC219

Usual time of 5pm

Screening: Oldboy (14th November 2012)

Following on from last week’s Tarantino film CineClub brings you the critically acclaimed South Korean action thriller, Oldboy, from director Park Chan-Wook. Loosely based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Oldboy went on to win the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and drew high praise from the President of the Jury, a certain Quentin Tarantino (tenuous link alert!). It was also nominated for the Palme d’Or, and won Best Foreign Film at the British Independent Film Awards amongst others.

It’s also due an American remake next year, so this is your chance to see it in all it’s glory before it gets ruined (although Spike Lee is at the helm, so it may yet surprise us).

Oldboy follows the plight of Oh Dae-su (played by Choi Min-sik), an obnoxious drunk kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and locked in a room for 15 years where he is kept without human contact. He is fed, clothed and drugged, and given limited access to TV, so his major occupation becomes tying to guess who he has offended. He is released without his mysterious captors ever revealing their motivation, forcing Oh Dae-su on a paranoid quest for vengeance and answers. What follows is a film that certainly justifies the ‘extreme’ tag used to market Asian cinema in recent decades.

The film contains some very difficult to watch sequences involving balletic violence, torture, uncomfortable relationships and a scene that caused the Guardian‘s film critic, Peter Bradshaw, to proclaim ‘This is the first time I’ve fervently identified with a small, live octopus’. If that doesn’t pique your interest then I don’t know what will. One things’s for sure, Choi Min-sik’s performance as Oh Dae-su is unforgettable.

Oldboy forms the second part of a thematically connected ‘vengeance trilogy’ by Park Chan-Wook. Those of you interested in this film would do well to seek out the earlier Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) as well as the subsequent Sympathy of Lady Vengeance (2005).

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, it’s all FREE and open to everyone

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 14th of November

Screening: Inglourious Basterds (7th November 5pm)

This week we bring you Quentin Tarentino‘s last film in honour of his forthcoming film, Django Unchained, which is scheduled for a Christmas release! That’s right, we bring you a bunch of Inglourious Basterds.

Described as ‘anti-historical’, ‘chaotic’, ‘silly’ and ‘sadistic’, Tarantino’s spaghetti-western take on the Second World War film certainly divided the critics, and his fans. (However, it’s still sitting pretty in IMDB-land with a weighted rating of 8.3/10 from ~380,000 users- Ed.)

The film features a Jewish-American revenge squad intent on killing Nazis in German-occupied France. Of course it’s full of references, pastiche and homage to other WW2 films but it’s also multilingual and features some great performances from an international cast. Forget Brad Pitt, it’s Christopher Waltz and Michael Fassbender who put in some stirling performances that are worth the cost of admission alone (yes, I know, it’s free!). This is made even more adroit by the fact that Simon Pegg was originally set to play the role that Fassbender eventually took up.

It may not convince you it’s the greatest war film ever made but it should entertain and lead to some interesting discussion. Come and join the fun.

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, it’s all FREE and open to everyone

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 7th of November