Brixton Ritzy - upcoming films, reviews and opinions

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

  1. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    Went with Jnr to see Triple 9. It was in the very comfy screen 5.

    The seats were better than the film....which started out well but run out of steam. Way too many name actors and not enough for them to do. Kate Winslet put in an enjoyable turn, but again there was not enough of her.
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  2. Harbourite

    Harbourite Eggnog

    would like to hear from anyone who has seen grimsby. the film.
  3. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Saw High Rise last night. Enjoyable dystopia. Kind of ran out of steam and peaked to early I thought. Saw alot of reviews saying how funny it was. I'm not sure the dark humour is really the main message. Obviously we need more crazy British films like this.
  4. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    Heard it was good. I thought it looked shite.
  5. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    Are we only allowed to make comment here on films seen at the ritzy? :confused:
  6. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    Anyone seen Deadpool yet?
  7. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    50% off membership at Picturehouse this weekend (until Midnight Monday I think).
    I think the site has crashed so try later or phone if interested.
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  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    There is a thread for films at cinema on the books/ films forum.
  9. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    You can go to Ritzy and join there.
  10. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    13p a minute on the phone. Bit harsh.
  11. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    What I meant was you can go in person to the Ritzy to pay for the membership. They can do it all there rather than trying on internet or phone.
  12. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    I got that, I was agreeing : ) It took me several tries online and the phone seemed very dear as I got through to a long answer phone message.
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  13. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Sorry to see that "The Magic Christian" due on at the Cinema Museum tonight has been cancelled.
    Would have been £5.

    Still I did discover this free gem at the Cinema Museum on 22nd September
  14. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Just to say this "Kiki" film is fantastic - I highly recommend it.
    It was like a update/mix of "Tongues Untied" and "Paris is Burning"

    Any LGBTQ+ sympathetic person will know exactly what I mean.
  15. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    Went to the cinema for the first time in ages yesterday. Saw Swiss army man. wow, weird!! But enjoyable. My respect for Daniel Radcliffe has gone up immensely- he plays a dead person for the whole film!
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  16. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Saw "I, Daniel Blake"- It was in Walthamstow with my friend who lives there for £8 on a Saturday evening. Unlike Ritzy high prices.

    Its on at Ritzy.

    My (not a Corbyn supporter) Labour party friend I saw it with liked it. Said Theresa May and her Tory friends should be made to see it.

    TBH I was not over keen on idea of seeing it. Seeing the trailer and I was afraid it would be to worthy. Honest worker up against the system.

    It verged on that at times. Saved from this by Daniels young neighbours who know how to use the system and scam there way to survive. One point telling Daniel , the paragon of old school honest hard worker, that the system is there to grind him down. Its intentionally set up to do that. Something he is slow to learn. A different generation who have learnt to survive unlike him who naively believes in "doing the right thing" as politicians often say.

    What also makes the film work is the other main character the single mum Katie. An outstanding performance by Hayley Squires. I , by chance , heard her talking about the film earlier in the day. She was passionate about it and the politics around it.

    The growing relationship between her ( and her children) with the lonely widowed Daniel is very touching.

    Despite my reservations about seeing the film I was swept up in it. It develops into a moving film. Juxtaposing the humanity of ordinary people under pressure with the alienating State bureaucracy that is humiliating them and destroying them. And is set up to do so. Interesting touch was that not everyone in the Job Centre is nasty. Its the (Capitalist) State that is the problem. With ordinary people caught up in it.

    Benefits Street this is not. And from the radio interview with Hayley that is something that the film wanted to oppose.

    Loach has worked with the same scriptwriter for years- Laverty. IMO they work as an equal partnership. Laverty is very much on the Left and sees his work as part of that.

    They had done a lot of research. The scene in the Food Bank was apparently based on a real incident.

    It has had good reviews. The critical one was the Evening Standard. By the ES normally good critic David Sexton. I wouldn’t read it if ur going to see the film as it gives to much away.Read it after or go to last couple of paragraphs.

    Sexton says that Loach is not telling us anything "we" didn’t already know. Which is true in a way. So my question is why is this still going on? How is it that society hounds and punishes people with the least ? Does film make any difference?

    Sexton does not have the imagination to ask these questions.

    The one thing I think Loach/ Laverty succeed in is giving back those on benefits there humanity. TV like Benefits Street is as much "agitprop" as this film. Sexton is quick to accuse this film of being agitprop. But does not see the insidious way that media portrayals can work the other way.

    Sexton spends the last two paragraphs of his review slagging off Loachs Marxist politics. ( He is a Marxist). Sexton says he should look up what it was really like in Soviet Union and North Korea. Loach has already dealt with Stalinism in his film about the Spanish Civil War. So really Sexton should take a closer look at that film.

    In this country Loach does not have the regard he gets in France. Sexton has a dig at the film for this reason as well. It won at Cannes.

    Sexton is interesting to read as the mainstream political class do there best to ignore Loach. He has had major awards in his long career. This countries most famous living film director and one wouldn’t think so with the reaction he gets from the establishment. Sexton inadvertently gives an example of the way he is viewed.

    Sexton attitude, common in this country, is the middle of the road concern. Of course the way the system treats people is wrong but simple black and white views of people like Loach simply wont do. And would lead to totalitarian state if they did. Its all a very complicated issue and of course one would like to see things improved.

    I got the feeling from Sexton review is that he didnt like having to see this all up on screen. Makes it all to personal and real. Made him uncomfortable.

    And that maybe why film still has a purpose.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016
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  17. OvalhouseDB

    OvalhouseDB Well-Known Member

    Good appraisal of the film, Gramsci.

    One of the things that I liked was that in making Daniel an ordinary, decent, every-guy / any-guy, the focus was on the system, not on judging the recipients. Our system should do what it is set up to do, regardless of whether people feel individual recipients of the welfare net are 'deserving' or not - which is the effect of Benefit Street et al.

    Excellent directing.

    I am not a crier in films, but this one made me cry full on, twice, and I wasn't the only one.
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  18. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I need to get along to this!

    IDS got two goes on the radio (Radio4's Today Programme and LBC) to "review" this film - and to quote Denis Healey it was "like being savaged by a dead sheep"

    Ken Loach was quite powerful - though sparing - on Question Time this week.

    The film Kes made a big impression on me at the age of 15, though only a couple of years later I was shocked at another of his efforts - "Family Life" which was essentially a depiction of the views of anti-psychiatrists RD Laing and David Mercer. That film was really disturbing - and I believe if seen today would be seen rather differently. Other than that I can't think of anything else I've seen.

    I, Daniel Blake is currently showing at the Peckham Plex @ £4.99 where I will probably go tomorrow - so I can assuage the shock of the film at Peckham 'Spoons "Monday Club" prices.
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  19. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Fabulous bit of book-ending - BBC Four showing "Cathy Come Home" tonight.

    Don't remember it (I was 12 when it was shown) but it is clearly the same director as I, Daniel Blake. The attention to statistical detail and characterisation of working class people are consistent. Cathy's background landscape is grim - though it seems that London actors were used in a Birmingham streetscape - so no sightings of Geneva Road in 1966! The film does not only dwell on overcrowding and homeless families - but also the way old people are treated.
  20. dbs1fan

    dbs1fan Active Member

    Treat yourself to a great Korean horror, Train to Busan. ...a very entertaining two hours!
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  21. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I have not seen it.

    It had a big effect when it came out. With questions arising from it being made in Parliament. The time is what made was a different political landscape. There was still a mainstream feeling that something should be done.

    I Daniel Blake reviews have tended to concentrate on Daniel but the other half of the film is the single mother shipped out of London for "rehousing".

    Nothing changed much. The less well off being still being shafted.
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  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Is it that good? I always liked Asian "extreme" cinema. Tartan films used to bring Asian films to a Western audience. The demise of Tartan films is a loss.

    Always remember seeing an early import from Tartan films at Curzon Soho The Audition. Made in 1999 before advent of use of internet. Sleazy and sordid. Knocked the spots off Western horror movies.
  23. dbs1fan

    dbs1fan Active Member

    It really is good; it's funny and dramatic and moving in turn. Another Korean horror worth seeing is The Host. Actually one of my favourites is Old Boy, the original. Don't go near the remake!
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  24. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I've got a Korean DVD of "Eraserhead". Is this taste indicative?
  25. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Eraserhead is not a Korean film. It's David Lynch's first!
  26. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Yes - and when I bought the DVD from Amazon about 8 years ago the Korean version (which can be played without subtitles) was the only one available on Amazon.

    I did loyally go to the (old) Ritzy to see it when first shown - maybe mid 1980s I think. (even there we were behind the times for a 1970s David Lynch).

    The reaction of Ritzy customers at that showing was very mixed - about 50:50

    best I've ever seen

    totally vile rubbish.
  27. Angellic

    Angellic Well-Known Member

    And only matinee screenings. Sounds worthy of a late night screening. Will try and see it this weekend, work permitting.
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  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Ritzy workers strike this weekend. So likely mge will close the cinema.
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  29. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Interested to know if anyone has invested £14 to see what is clearly the worst film of the year in the opinion of one Evening Standard Reviewer:
    The Birth of a Nation, film review: Don’t fall for Saint Nate

    Quite glad I read the review in a way. Quite put me off. It would appear that this film, whilst claiming to rectify the racism of the DW Griffith monumental silent era peon to the Ku Klux Klan is in itself of morally repugnant.

    Read the Standard review if you want to familiarise yourself with the warts and all - but suffice it to say the reviewer objects on moral grounds to the film director, the hero of the film and the narcissism of the director's performance as Nat Turner.

    A right Royal Flush if you like.
  30. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Went to Peckham Multiplex for the first time today. I liked it. Slightly down at heel feel of cinemas I used to go to when I first was in London. And the demographic was noticeably different. Will go again.

    Saw "Passengers". Which had very mixed reviews but audiences like.

    My friend liked it.

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