Brixton Ritzy - upcoming films, reviews and opinions

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Gramsci, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I am going to this next week:


    Where is good nearby to grab something to eat beforehand?
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  2. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

  3. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    yea, but you have to be over 60....
  4. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    What's all that stuff about a £100,000 reduction only with a "Home for Life Plan" then?
    Sounds like those Age UK Funeral Plans to me!
    Do you think we are that desperate?
  5. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

  6. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

  7. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    put this on the wrong thread. sorry all. bit shit no matter where it was anyway.
  8. ibilly99

    ibilly99 Banned Banned

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  9. Dexter Deadwood

    Dexter Deadwood Left Voluntarily Enforced Holiday Banned

  10. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    are you trying to derail the thread....?
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  11. Dexter Deadwood

    Dexter Deadwood Left Voluntarily Enforced Holiday Banned

    I put it in the wrong place.
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  12. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Also my ratfink mate has dropped out, so I have a spare ticket if anyone is interested?
  13. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Saw "We are many" last night with a link up Q&A afterwards with Jon Snow. It's about the 15th Feb global anti-war demo. It failed but the film looks at the build up and it's legacy. Enormously moving with many key people interviewed. Obviously not Bush or Blair but some quite senior US figures so it has real legitimacy.

    Go see this film. Not quite sure how it's going to get distributed yet.
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  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Finally to to see a film at Ritzy today. The prices have been stopping me going.

    Went to see Mad Max Fury Road on screen one in 2D. I do not find 3D adds much and prefer to watch a film without the 3D glasses.

    The last Mad Max film was years ago. Tina Turner as Queen of Barter Town. This Mad Max is similar to that one in that Max is trapped in a post apocalyptic settlement.

    This Mad Max has been updated for our times. And its much grimmer. Tina Turners "Bartertown" is, compared to Mas Max Fury Road, a rational response to collapse of industrial society. Trying to impose some order on chaos. Fury Road has religious cult who control water supply. Promising a ticket to paradise for its loyal warriors. The rest scrabbling around for the scraps. So unlike Tina Turners primitive return to capitalism this is more like ISIS.

    As I was going to Ritzy bumped into a woman outside who said it was feminist film. And it is. Charlize Theron plays "Furiosa" who attempts to escape from this nightmare with the leader of the cults harem.

    Yes this is good old Ozploitation. Ultra violence and gratuitous shots of hot babes. :thumbs: I also liked the fact its still got the Australian accents. No Hollywood version this is. Australian heavy metal nutjobs careering around in the desert throughout.

    Same director of the original Max films. Give him credit for not softening it up for a kids rating. This is 15 plus only. Unlike a lot of recent action films based on goodies versus baddies.

    Mad Max at beginning of this film has gone mad. He is a broken man whose only aim now is to survive. Seeing and hearing visions from his past. The first part of the the film he goes through even more real nightmares until hooking up with Furiosa.

    The film is demented as ex Mad Max Gibson film "Apcocalyto". Which it reminded me of when I watched this one. Knocks the spots of recent flurry of films based on super heroes.

    One reviewer I read asked why it worked. There is not much in the way of dialogue. Its violent action film but you get to care about the characters and root for them.

    To go back to the feminist angle on it. Yes it does have one. Surprising really.

    Paul Mason article on the film is worth a read.

    I grew up with Mad Max. For younger audience Mad Max is new. There are references to the older films. The wind up musical toy for example in one shot. Miller the director has done a great job on this film. The action sequences are outstanding. To reference Apocalypse Now. And not to much CGI. Whole load of credits at end for the stuntmen. Like the old films they did actually do this for real. Or it looks like it.
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  15. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Noticed some reviews for "Timbuktu", currently on at the Ritzy.
    Sounds like a film I could relate to - anybody been?
  16. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I have not seen it but the have seen one of the directors previous films. If you get a chance to see it in cinema I can say he is top director.

    African film do not get much in way of distribution here. France does more to distribute and support African film.

    The director learnt about film making in USSR. Soviet Union used to give promising young Africans free education in USSR. And USSR film making education was top notch at that time.

    Its on at BFI on Southbank. I notice its on Tuesday which is the cheap day around £6
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  17. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I caught Timbuktu this evening at the Ritzy (Screen 5). £6.50 - Monday "retired" rate.
    I was very impressed with the film, though it was not exactly what I had expected.
    It was mainly about the impact of the Islamic extremist takeover on two particular families.

    The Islamicists were in effect shown up - one leading puritan seeking out un-Islamic behaviour and dress in others was himself a secret smoker (against his own dictates).

    There was a limited amount of action in town in a mosque and on roofs of mud-built houses. I find mud built African architecture quite fascinating.

    I seldom go to action films or violent ones, so there were some episodes which I found shocking.

    First - a prize cow belonging to the male lead strays into the nets of a river fisherman, who brutally slays the animal (lovingly named GPS by her owner).
    This leads to the fisherman being accidentally shot during a revenge fist fight.

    The last third of the film is devoted more or less to the Islamists detaining the killer (hero) and trying him without even contacting his family.

    There are two side- trials. One where a woman is sentenced to 40 lashes (which we see carried out) because she was singing (as an entertainment).
    Then the couple sentenced to death for adultery. They are buried up to their necks and stoned.

    The hero is sentence to death by firing squad - the execution being disturbed by the arrival of his wife who is then also brought down in a hail of bullets. I found this intense, shocking and romantic all at once.

    The film ends with the couples daughter running into the danger zone - and we are left in the air as to what happens to her.
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  18. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Went to see "Going Clear" - partly because I'm interested in the twists and turns of Scientology having read my first exposé about it in the 1980s.

    I would say that if you don't know very much about Scientology this film had a comprehensive overview, although what the Scientologists say is correct - it is completely based on accounts given by people who have rejected the organisation and are now very "anti" (some after as much as 30 years membership).

    The film is quite long (2 hrs) and is partly interviews with the people involved in the various situations and partly dramatised (which I'm not too keen on as a technique).

    Anyone who has seen John Sweeney's Panorama programmes on Scientology will not find anything surprising here - and indeed not very much extra, although Sweeney's programmes were several years ago and this film is up to date.

    The general idea seems to be that L Ron Hubbard was a canny buffoon who knew how to make money, whereas the current leader David Miscavige is more ruthless and according to the film his management style is leading to a decline in numbers of Scientologists.

    This doesn't matter however as at this stage the Church of Scientology has lots of valuable properties scattered round the world in prime sites. So even though numbers are declining, the asset value of the Scientology movement is doing well - due to asset inflation in the current economic crisis.

    Something I didn't know - Scientology has form on homophobia. They harassed and attempted to reprogramme lesbian members. They have also publicly opposed homosexuality referring to it as a mental illness.

    Finally - I would recommend this film if you are into exposés of Scientology or cults. If not it will probably be a bit dry I should think.
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  19. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Caught Love & Mercy last night. Recommended. I'm no Beach Boys fan but this was a fascinating insight into the 60s music scene.

    The later scenes with Wilson under the thumb of some crazed pyschotherapist are fairly creepy. John Cusack is excellent.
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  20. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I'm heavily into theramins.
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  21. brucenbart

    brucenbart Well-Known Member

    Went to see The Legend of Barney Thomson today. It's a black comedy about a Scottish barber, starring and directed by Robert Carlyle and featuring Emma Thompson (who is hilarious) and Ray Winstone.

    Haven't laughed so much for a long time. It's really well shot too, with the some of the grim Glaswegian buildings looking amazing set against great skies.

    Do see it!
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  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Saw "Inside Out". Its on at Ritzy. But saw it at the new cinema in Walthamstow - the Empire. Was visiting a friend and saw it on the off chance. At £8 for a Saturday evening showing its was way cheaper than Ritzy. Weekday showings are an amazing £6. Why Picturehouse have to charge so much is beyond me.

    Inside Out is latest animation from Pixar ( now part of Disney). It got good reviews and I had heard the makers talk about it. I was intrigued to see it as it goes (literally) inside the head of a young girl as she copes with moving home.

    It is kids film. But as my friend said she thought it was to complicated for smaller kids. And it does contain a lot of complex psychological concepts about how emotions, memory and social relationships interact and work.

    It led me to look up the advice they got. Piece here from the psychologists who advised the film makers.

    Myself I agreed with her that its was a lot of ideas put across in the film. It was cleverly done however as the quality of the animation and action meant that older and younger kids would get something out of it. Heard an interview with the film makers afterwards and they were asked about this. They said they made the film so that it had "layers". I think they meant that different ages could see the film and be entertained by it. They would watch the same scene which had different "layers"to it that could be responded depending on your age. This I thought was exceptionally clever piece of film making.

    The audience of mainly families with there kids seemed to be engrossed in it as it got going. ie they stopped chattering and fidgeting. And the younger kids ( ie less than or 11 which is age of the girl in film) at screening seemed to like it.

    The animation is very imaginative. Once one goes to the other bits of her mind- memory , dream factory its gets rather psychedelic. Reminded a bit of Yellow Submarine. One character they meet in particular.

    So for Hollywood film from Disney stable its rather daring I thought. It was however frustratingly wholesome. Family and American Apple pie and all that. It kept on getting away from that then being wholesome again. Quite a weird combination. It of course veered towards happy ending. It had its dark sides. With interesting ( and apparently accurate according to the psychologists) view of the role of sadness.

    It is imo a thought provoking film. One thing that it does do is look at how people construct memory. Memories are chosen or disregarded. They are also viewed in different ways that can change over time. As the psychologists say emotions are not the opposite of rational thinking. They play a major role in how people interact with the social world.

    For a American Hollywood film its does not fit with competitive ethos either. ( The positive thinking one can do it if try hard enough American dream ) Its saying that its when we realise our dependence on others that we can progress. Its cooperation not competition that makes social world work.

    BTW watch the end credits. Hilarious little views inside the mind of a cat and dog.

    So I was well impressed by this. Saw it in 2D as got to the point where 3D imo does not add much.
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  23. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Thanks for that very interesting review.

    Saw it today in 2D. Despite its superb production values, I found it quite disappointing.

    The set-up was complex. So much so that I had to ask my ten-year-old afterwards what all the islands were about.

    I also found it lacked laughs and seemed longer than it was.

    The kids seemed slightly nonplussed.

    But, I'll check for their proper feedback tomorrow.
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  24. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Kids did like Inside Out a lot.

    But Minions is better, they say.

    The characters' garbled language is hilarious, at any rate.

    And it's set in London.
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  25. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I thought the Minions was pretty disappointing, apart as you say from the language. Haven't seen Inside Out yet. Kids films aside, I am looking forward to the new Noah Baumbach.
  26. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Going to that tonight!
  27. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    American Mistress is excellent.

    Remarkably, it has much to say about urban gentrification.

    Plus, there is a good 80s UK soundtrack.
  28. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Off to see Straight Outta Compton. Never a vociferous consumer of film, it will be my first excursion to the Ritzy in 10 years of on off living in Brixton.
  29. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I liked it but thought in places it was a bit sub-Wes Anderson.
  30. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2


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