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Brixton Ritzy - upcoming films, reviews and opinions

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

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I am fascinated by the controversy in that article over Tyler Perry - who I don't know at all.

    I did get round to it - screen 2 at the Plex on Saturday. About 2/3 full for the 4pm showing.

    I found the change of actor playing the main character a bit disconcerting, though it was inevitable this had to happen. No doubt Stephen Spielberg could have scoured the earth for actors who morphed seamlessly.

    I think the narrative was highly plausible, and much of the film about terrible parenting from the drug addicted mother and serious school bullying later on.

    The interlude of the drug dealing surrogate father teaching his "son" to swim was charming - though of al things this seemed least plausible. It was more like the dealer needed a son, than vice versa, but it tied in nicely with the end of the film.

    For me the emotional impact seriously started from Chiron lonely on the beach accidentally having a gay encounter, then the bullying cranked up and his "lover" being forced to inflict a crippling assault.

    Chiron (having morphed into 50 Cent) lying on the bed lonely years later, taking call from his lover/(unwilling) abuser. Then the final 10 minutes or so - and final picture.

    To me this raises question of betrayal and possible hoped for resolution - which are wisely left hanging.

    Not a gay film as such - but a film that laid issues wide open.
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  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Just to draw attention to this article in the Evening Standard: The Curzon boss leading the revolution in the world of cinema

    According to Mr Philip Knatchbull head of Curzon Group and a film financier via Artificial Eye "If you go out and see one of our films at the Curzon Mayfair or Curzon Aldgate you may pay £15 or £18. If you want to see it on the same day as its cinema release of Curzon Home Cinema you pay £10 or £8.50. If you are a member and wait 28 days you can buy it for £3 or £4"

    Gramsci sometimes quotes Curzon approvingly in this battle of the cinema giants - but it sounds as though they are actually in the same game as Cineworld, Odeon and Vue - namely "monetising the product", the product being the art or the trash which they are investing in and trading.

    The current question in my mind is this: Goldsmiths London University recently opened a Curzon cinema screen in the Richards Hoggart Building with the following charges:
    Adult 8.50 Senior Citizen 6.50 Student 5.50 Child 4.50
    Goldsmiths Staff/Alumni 6.50 South London Card 6.00 Lewisham Local Card 6.00 Street Feast Friends 6.00

    The screen/auditorium is on a par with Ritzy screen 5 I would say - maybe slightly bigger (I haven't been to a film there, but a lecture)

    Does this sound competitive for an "experience" which is at least twice as luxurious as the Peckham Plex, but probably less than half the size screen-wise - and still above the Plex's bargain busting £4.99 one size fits all price?
  3. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The Peckhamplex is under threat. Info here


    I know a lot of Brixton people use it now Ritzy is expensive. (Also the boycott) .
    I used to still use Ritzy only occasionally now its expensive.

    Yet another affordable place under threat for "regeneration".
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  4. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    As a friend of mine said to me it's heartbreaking what's happening to London. There will be nothing left for us.
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    For fuck's sake.
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  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    It will be a big loss if they get rid of the Plex. That will leave only cinema club type places doing "one offs" - like Duggard Way and Whirled.
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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Anyone know anything about Silver Screen Membership at the Ritzy?

    Word has it (via the Telegraph) that this is free.

    But there is absolutely nothing about it on the Ritzy website - except that the film I wanted to see was £6 at a Silver Screen Club showing next Thursday (as opposed to £13.50 or whatever)

    BTW this concerns the Raoul Peck film about Jamnes Baldwin "I am not your Negro"

    There is an alternative one-off showing at the Whirled Cinema sponsored by Kush Films - this is £8

    I am still undecided though - I heard or read a review that said it was a bit peculiar that the film draws particular attention to James Baldwin's girlfriend, when he was noted for being black and gay.

    There is a very long rumination on this issue by one Max S Gordon here - he also relates his views on "Moonlight". To cut it short I think Max's view is that James Baldwin was a very private person who did not write letters to partners, so when Raoul Peck happened upon what appeared to be an early passionate correspondence with a woman when Badwin was 19 or 20, he used this to add human interest. The fact that there are no later letters in Baldwin's literary estate to male friends or lovers means Peck has no factual material to show Balwin as a gay man.

    So - I may go to Ritzy to see if I can be a Silver Screen member free - in which case I might break the embargo. Otherwise I might trust Kush Promotions Paypal booking system for the Whirled.
  8. dbs1fan

    dbs1fan Well-Known Member

    Boycott the Ritzy in support of the strikers.
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  9. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Fascinating essay by Gordon. Read half of it so far.

    I think what he's saying is that the documentary omits the fact that Baldwin wrote about sexuality. In particular sex/ love between men. That the doc does not show that that Baldwin wrote about sexuality and race.

    I haven't seen the doc so cannot judge.

    He also infers that to gain access to Baldwin's papers he had to compromise. Not touch on Baldwin's sexuality. Baldwin's family control access.

    Ralph Ellison novel "Invisible Man" is mentioned. I have almost finished it.

    I will, after reading, this essay put Baldwin's "Another Country" on my reading list.
  10. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Having now seen "I am not your negro" - which is on general release - and also just seen for the first time "Selma" (BBC2) - these are my comments:

    1. I am not your negro is like the opposite of Selma. Everything visual in I am not your negro is an actual newsclip or excerpt from a TV debate show or a university debate (eg James Buckley vs James Baldwin Oxford Union 1965) or an actual civil rights event - or recently Ferguson etc.

    Selma is a dramatisation featuring numerous private moments which may or may not be minuted - (thinking of telephone calls from LBJ etc)

    2. The general tone of Selma is one of a struggle reaching a positive and justified conclusion

    The feeling I got from I am not your negro was that this is an unremitting struggle against prejudice which has progressed - but still ended up standing still so to speak.

    3. I felt extremely cautious as to whether some of the interactions in Selma necessarily took place in that way - but with I am not you negro there is no doubt about the film excerpt of Baldwin - that is him, very cleverly putting his view. But as an academic debater - not an on the ground campaigner.

    There is little biographical detain about Baldwin. The film is only concerned about Baldwin vis-à-vis civil rights - not his literary career. It was mentioned that he was gay - but only in the context of the FBI smearing his reputation.

    I thought the film dragged in places. The film clips of Baldwin were fascinating to me. The words of Baldwin read by Samuel L Jackson to the accompaniment of various scenes - from a silent film of Uncle Toms Cabin, various newsreel clips of riots in Watts, Detroit, Ferguson etc were a bit depressing really. It made me think that it was a case of one step forward and two steps back.

    In a way this is a film which might benefit from a presentation followed by a discussion.

    I saw this director (Raoul Peck's) film about Patrice Lamumba (first President of Democratic Republic of Congo allegedly murdered at the instigation of the CIA in 1961) at the OLD Ritzy in 1992 and it made quite an impression on me.

    I guess I come back to the point - there is valuable archive footage in "I am not your negro" but whether James Baldwin would have chosen to juxtapose his words with people being beaten up in the street in Selma, Watts or Ferguson we don't know. That is Raoul Peck's artistic contribution.

    The bit I found most shocking was the newsreel footage of Alabama white racists - real people, not the caricatured slobs on the film "Selma".
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  11. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the excellent review. I looked up the film about Lumumba

    Lumumba (2000) - Plot Summary - IMDb

    Really want to see this. Reminds me I was in a bookshop and saw a book about him. It's pretty certain US didn't want the likes of him running a newly decolonised country.

    I have seen Selma. Thought it was a good film.
  12. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    There are two versions of Lumumba - I saw the low budget documentary originally released about 1992. The one you have there on IMDb is a longer docudrama (which I haven't yet seen). Lumumba's story is gruesome. He was trying to implement a socialist solution for the much maltreated ex Belgian colony in 1960. He came a cropper because he took Congo "non-aligned" - that is using expertise from Cuba and trying to regulate exploitative companies.

    The same thing happened in Ghana incidentally. Gh became non-aligned and after President Nkrumah started collecting Lenin Prizes etc. he was deposed. He died in exile but at least his body was returned home for burial. Lumumba's body on the other hand was melted down in acid according to Rauol Peck's film. A uniquely vicious was to deal with a person who had given hope to millions.
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