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Screening: The Great Hip Hop Hoax (5th November, 5pm)

Get rich or try lying

In a change to the advertised programme, and to coincide with the visit of the director, Jeanie Finlay, to give a masterclass, CineClub this week offers the award-winning feature documentary The Great Hip Hop Hoax. If you’d like to attend the masterclass then it takes place at 1pm in the Media Centre Cinema.The Great Hip Hop Hoax poster

Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. What no-one knew was the pair were really students from Scotland, with fake American accents and made up identities.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (88 minutes) is a film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. The American dream, told by people who’d never even been to America.

In case you can’t make it to the screening the film was aired on BBC4 as part of the Storyville series and, at the time of writing, was available on iPlayer here.

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 of November 2013

Screening: They Live (30th October, 5pm)

“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m  all out of bubble gum” (Nada)

They Live poster

This week we explore the work of cult favourite John Carpenter, whose work has been screened as part of CineClub before (The Thing), with They Live (1988, US). It is a politically subversive blend of horror and science fiction. It features WWF legend Roddy Piper in the starring role too! His ad-libbed line about bubble gum may be familiar to those of you who have played the Duke Nukem series of games.

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that reveal to him that the ruling class are in fact aliens who conceal their appearance and manage human social affairs by use of a signal mixed within a television broadcast, as well as via subliminal messages transmitted by mass media.

Check out the trailer below:

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 30th October 2013

Screening: The Third Man (23rd October, 5pm)

After last week’s technical hitch we are back in the cinema. This week’s film is one which has regularly been described as the greatest British film ever made: Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949, UK). It was written by Graham Green and ranks at 73rd in the Sight and Sound Critics Top 250 films of all time.The Third Man

It won the 1949 Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Award for Best Film, and an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography in 1950. In 1999 the British Film Institute selected The Third Man as the best British film of the 20th century; five years later, the magazine Total Film ranked it fourth.

Set three years after the end of the Second World War, it is a film noir played out in the streets of a heavily bombed and and occupied Vienna. American pulp Western writer Holly Martins (played by Joseph Cotton) arrives in search of his childhood friend, Harry Lime (played by Orsen Welles), only to discover he has died after being struck by a car. Becoming increasingly suspicious about the nature of his friend’s death, Harry begins his hunt for the mysterious third man lurking in the shadows.

Check out the trailer below:

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2013

Screening: Alphaville (16th October, 5pm)

This week’s film is a classic. We bring you Jean-Luc Godard doing sci-fi with Alphaville (1965, France). This is the film that won the Golden Bear at the 15th Berlin International  Film Festival, and went on to inspire the German synthpop band of the same name.

Alphaville poster

Long before Ridley Scott combined film noir and sci-fi in Blade Runner, Godard has B-movie detective Lemmy Caution (played by Eddie Constantine, a refugee from US B-movies) driving his Ford Galaxy into the futuristic, computer-controlled city of Alphaville.

The results are bizarre, chaotic, often funny and occasionally affecting. It also stars Anna Karina, Godard’s wife and muse of the time and is beautifully shot in stark black and white by Raoul Coutard, a cinematographer trained in documentary and by now well used to Godard’s strange whims: here it’s the idea of filming ‘the future’ by using the most modern parts of ‘60s Paris, only at night…

Check out the trailer below:

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2013

 

Screening: Soundtrack for a Revolution (Oct 11th, 6pm)

In case you weren’t aware its Black History Month and as such, the University Chaplaincy are showing the film Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009, US, ds, ) in the cinema on Friday evening.soundtrack for a revolution

Check out the following info from the film’s official site:

Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.

The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights.

Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of this music. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), and executive produced by Danny Glover, Soundtrack for a Revolution is a vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances — a film of significance, energy, and power.

Check out the trailer below

As ever, screenings are FREE and everyone is welcome

We bring you … CineClub Extreme

On the 10th of October we bring you something new. CineClub Extreme is an offshoot of CineClub focussing on provocative cinema, and it starts on Thursday the 10th of October at 6pm.

cineclub extreme - Cannibal Holocaust

Cineclub Extreme aims to provide a forum to discuss a wide variety of cinema, both historic and contemporary, that has been deemed difficult or challenging for a variety of different reasons, examining shifts in attitude and reasons behind the demarcation and deployment of the term “extreme.”

While content may occasionally be contentious, it is not the aim of Cineclub Extreme to be deliberately provocative, and the intention is not to push the boundaries of acceptability or to deliberately offend. We aim to use the forum to critically analyse the films, and the social and political landscape that positioned them as challenging.

However, because of the nature of the club, screening often difficult, frequently challenging and the most extreme that cinema has to offer, there is the possibility of offence.

Things kick off first with Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Italy, dir. )

Check out the trailer below:

As ever, screenings are FREE and all friends of CineClub are welcome but be prepared to bring an open mind (not an open wound!)

When and where: MC207 Cinema, Thursdays 6pm

Screening: Shadows (9th October, 5pm)

Shadows posterThis week’s film pic is the winner of the Critics Prize at the 1960 Venice Film Festival, Shadows. It’s is the directorial debut of John Cassavetes, although he did actually shoot the film twice: once in 1957 and then again in 1958. The first version of the film met with some poor responses and went missing for over 50 years before being rediscovered. However, it is the better received award winner being screened at CineClub.

Shot with a 16mm handheld camera, Shadows, connects with Truffaut’s earlier Les 400 Coups (1959) on the other side of the Atlantic. It shows wild and spontaneous life – the real chaos of the streets of New York – helped by improvised dialogue and a jazz score by Mingus’ saxophonist Shafi Hadi.

It has been described as the first DIY ‘indie’ and the first important movie made in America by a person instead of a company, thus asserting a vision of cinema as a non-industrial mode of expression. Shadows is also a portrayal of how American city life actually was, with its gritty depiction of lower middle-class city dwellers, also featuring an interracial relationship (a taboo subject at the time).

Check out the trailer below:

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 9th October 2013

Screening: Chasing Amy (2nd October, 5pm)

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Following the success of indie breakthrough, Clerks, and Mallrats, Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy is a romantic comedy with a difference.

Ben Affleck plays Holden McNeil, a comic book artist, who falls head over heels for Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams). Also featuring the hilarious Jay and Silent Bob, and a deconstruction of the racial tensions in George Lucas’ Star Wars, this is a pop culture classic which marries several of Smith’s recurring tropes, namely:  geeks, comics and comedy.

Check out the trailer below:

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 2nd October 2013

CineClub Splinter Special: Breaking Bad Series Finale (Monday 30th Sept, 7:30pm)

This monday we bring you a special one-off screening for a very special TV series, which comes to a chilling climax on Monday. CineClub has been taken over by the students for one week only and they are bringing you the last ever episode of Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad Poster

Yes, that’s right, Walt and co are coming to the big screen for an explosive end to what some are calling the ‘greatest TV series ever made’.

If you’ve been following the series from start to finish then why don’t you come along to what promises to be a very special event? Share your reactions and chat with like-minded fans about the finale and what it all means.

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 7:30pm, Monday 30th September 2013

Screening: Unbreakable (25th September 5pm)

Unbreakable poster

CineClub leaps into action with a very a different and understated take on the superhero action film. In an era dominated by men in spandex (Spider Man), men in iron suits (Iron Man), men in kevlar (Batman) and, er, Scarlett Johansson, this film tried to do something a little different.  Marvel and DC this not.

We bring you M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable (2000, US) – the film which followed in the wake of his highly successful The Sixth Sense. Bruce Willis returns to appear in his second film with  Shyamalan and is reunited with Samuel L. Jackson who worked together a few years prior in Die Hard: With A Vengeance. 

Unbreakable tells the story of Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly discovers that he is a superhero. The film explores analogies between the real world and the mythology of superheroes. It was a box office success and is regarded as something of a cult classic in some quarters.

There was a period of time when Shyamalan was considered to be the next great hope for Hollywood. You get to draw your own conclusions.

Expect tension. Expect MacGuffins.

Check out the trailer below:

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

When and where: MC207 Cinema, 5pm, Wednesday 25th September 2013