Between “The Mission” in January and “It’s a Wonderful Life” in December we watched a number of other films including:
Roman Holiday (IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/
Annie Hall (IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/
Manhattan (IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/
Crimes and Misdemeanors (IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/
Chinatown (IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071315/)
The March Filmdation was Cool Hand Luke and was chosen by Shaun Hennessy.
Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American drama film starring Paul Newman and directed by Stuart Rosenburg. Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, “You’re an original, that’s what you are!” Nevertheless, the camp staff actively work to crush Luke until he finally breaks.’
The January Filmdation is on Friday 28th January!
The film choice is Mononoke Hime (English: Princess Mononoke) and was chosen by Anna McColl.
Mononoke Hime is the first of Hayao Miyazaki’s weird and beautiful animated features to gain mainstream attention in the West. It is an epic ecological fable showing three elements of the Japanese psyche warring for supremacy. A young warrior receives a cursed wound in a battle with a demon possessed beast and travels to the forest in the west where spirit gods and the restless drive for modern civilisation bare their destructive powers.
The November Filmdation is on Friday 26th November!
The film choice is Bob Roberts and was chosen by Adam Bond.
Bob Roberts is a 1992 film written and directed by Tim Robbins. It is a satirical mockumentary, chronicling the rise of Bob Roberts, a conservative politician who is a candidate for an upcoming United States Senate election. Roberts is well financed, due mainly to past business dealings, and is well known for his music, which presents conservative ideas as rebellious. The film suggests that shady deals, hypocrisy, and deceit are mainstays of US politics.
The October Filmdation is on Friday 22nd September!
The film choice is Se7en and was chosen by Laura Barrow.
Se7en is a a 1995 American crime film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey and Kevin Spacey.
David Mills (Pitt) and William Somerset (Freeman) are police detectives working in a crime-filled city, who become deeply involved in a case involving a series of sadistic murders. The murders are all in correspondence to each of the seven deadly sins: Gluttony, Envy, Lust, Pride, Sloth, Greed and Wrath.
The September Filmdation is on Friday 10th September!
The film choice is The Matrix and was chosen by Pauline Shaw.
The Matrix is a 1999 Australian-American science-fiction-action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski; starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving. It was first released on March 31, 1999, and is the first installment in the Matrix series of films, comic books, video games, and animation.
The July Filmdation is on Friday 30th July!
The film choice is The Road and was chosen by Iain McColl.
The Road stars Viggo Mortensen and is directed by John Hillcoat. It is based on a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and, apparently, almost all life on earth. The novel was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
STOP PRESS! Apparently, the Road is too depressing for this exact moment, so Filmdation will instead be a viewing of that sartorial classic Rambo: First Blood instead. Philistines…
The June Filmdation is on Friday 25th June!
The film choice is House Of Sand And Fog and was chosen by Adam Bond.
The story concerns the battle between a young woman and an immigrant Iranian family over the ownership of a house in Northern California.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “Here is a film that seizes us with its first scene and never lets go, and we feel sympathy all the way through for everyone in it . . . it stands with integrity and breaks our hearts.”