Screening: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (20th Feb 2013, 5pm)

After last week’s 1980s horror classic we got something a little different for you. We have a documentary that looks at some truly bizarre films and features people like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Let’s give you the blurb from the official release

Blue jeans, sock-hops and drive-in movies: the Fifties were America’s age of innocence. But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthy’s brand of Red Scare terror propaganda. Bomb shelters were a deluxe feature in every American home, government-sponsored educational reels promised an imminent nuclear threat from across the Atlantic, and Hollywood, Babylon of the western world, hung on the brink of collapse. It was here, in the last-ditch machinations of a dying juggernaut, that a mild-mannered, civil engineer’s son would become the most influential force in modern moviemaking.

cormans_worldCorman’s World is a documentary that tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director-producer, the true godfather of DIY independent filmmaking: Roger Corman. Known principally for his work on low-budget B-movies and exploitation films, Corman is an Academy Award winner whose contribution to cinema was noted in 2009.  IMDb credit him with 56 directed films and some 400 produced films from 1954 through 2008, many as un-credited producer or executive producer.

Many of Corman’s films are rightly considered ‘cult classics‘ and include Death Race 2000Pirhana, Forbidden and Suburbia. A number of noted film directors worked with Corman, usually early in their careers, including Francis Ford CoppolaMartin ScorseseRon Howard and Peter Bogdanovich – often as part of ‘The Corman Film School’

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 13th February 2013

BONUS

After the screening, a range of Public Domain Roger Corman movies on DVD will be given away to any interested parties. You can also stream many of his films from archive.org

Screening: The Thing (13th Feb 2013, 5pm)

In an era of reboots masquerading as sequels it seems fitting to bring you such a well-known film which is itself a reworking of an earlier film. This week’s screening is John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982, US) a film that was given the reboot/prequel/sequel treatment in 2011, but which is ostensibly a remake of the 1951 film, The Thing From Another World by Christian Nyby (with a little bit of help from Howard Hawks).

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Don’t let any of that detract from the film itself – this is one of the quintessential science fiction horror films from the golden age of the genre. The Thing is one of John Carpenter’s finest films with a memorable performance from Kurt Russell and some wonderful special effects work by Rob Bottin and Stan Winston. You may never look at a Husky or an Alsatian the same way again….

Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don’t know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.

Man is The Warmest Place to Hide

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 13th February 2013

Screening: Never Let Me Go (Weds 6th 2013, 5pm)

So, we did it. We finally did it. We managed to screen Almost Famous last week. I hope it was everything you wanted and more!

Never Let Me GoThis week we turn to a recent book-to-film adaptation that has been described as a British period piece as well as a science fiction film. Neither of these descriptions do the film justice, if truth be told.

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s wonderful Booker Prize short-listed novel (2005) of the same name, Never Let Me Go (2010) depicts an alternative history of Britain in which it is now possible for people to live in good health to the age of 100. But there is a cost to pay for this extended life.

The Guardian described the film as ‘a dreamlike parable of Britishness – a particularly miserable Britishness, a Britishness which submits numbly and uncomplainingly to authority’. This may be true, but is this, as The Guardian implies, the politics of the film? Bertolt Brecht said of his play Mother Courage and Her Children, ‘Even if Courage learns nothing, the audience can learn something by observing her’. Could something similar be said of Never Let Me Go?

There are some standout performances from Carey Mulligan (winner of the Best Actress – British Independent Film Awards; Breakthrough Performance Award – Palm Springs International Film Festival) and Andrew Garfield (Best Actor – Evening Standard British Film Awards). Keira Knightley also impresses in a supporting role.

Check out the trailer below

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 6th February 2013