You said YES to ‘NO’!

Thank you so much to the FILMBOX patrons who emailed their responses to our screening of Larraín’s current film, ‘NO’, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, which we showed on Wed 27 February.

Here are some extracts:

  • Absolutely fantastic!   Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  Great Spanish practice and I learnt a lot about the Chilean regime.   Also enjoyed the film as “a film”.  I teach Spanish to adults and with enough notice would bring my students along too. Looking forward to the next Spanish, French, Italian or any other foreign film.
  •  I thought it was a bit slow to start but once it got going I really enjoyed it and found it interesting. Thought the main character was quite detached and was surprised the film wasn’t driven more by him.
  • Despite wondering whether I would enjoy this film (as it was political) my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought provoking, educational and totally absorbing throughout. Been telling friends about Pinochet’s ejection from power through the media campaign. Very pleased we saw the film. The subtitles ran rather quickly though!
  • The film itself was an eye-opener as to what it must have been like in Chile while Pinochet (and his supporters) were in charge – Don’t know if I would be right in likening it to the German experience leading up to WWII and possibly other dictatorships I suppose.
  • I did find the nicely sized subtitles rather difficult to read in the time they were on screen and disconcerting when the camera seemed to be moving back and forth so much behind them, however I imagine it had to be weighed against the cost of dubbing.  Don’t know how faithful it was to the crude language that was implied. Don’t think I would want to see a film in a foreign language with subtitles unless it was factual. It is difficult to appreciate the film as a whole when having to read at the bottom.
  • We all knew the end (result) of the film, but it is still a tense, atmospheric journey.  As much a documentary as political thriller, it was a film of fine acting and the cuts to real news items and original film were seamless and enthralling.  Garcia Bernal…….  what more can I say?!  Excellent film – thank you.  Now just have to go back and see the earlier films from the trilogy!
  • Thought the film was very interesting and very well put together as it gave really gave a good insight into an aspect of history I knew little about. Well done for showing films like this.

We’d like to include a poll of how you’ve scored the films we’ve shown so far but need to find a good way to do this… any ideas?

Thanks to those FILMBOX members who have volunteered as helpers for FILMBOX future screenings – we’d still be very grateful for some more help (and you’ll see the film for free!).

Please email us with any thoughts and comments: LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com

Chile enough for you?

We’re so excited to be part of the theatrical release of ‘NO’ tomorrow evening and even more delighted that over 90 people want to come and see a Chilean film, in the wilds of the South East London suburbs, on a chilly Wednesday evening!

The BFFS, in conjunction with Network Releasing, have enabled us to have this pre-DVD release screening and we fervently hope that other distribution companies will look to the increasingly vibrant community cinema/film society/pop-up cinema scene and find ways of including us in theatrical releases more often – this must be an especially sensible thing for distributors of independent and World cinema films as they essentially have a pre-sold niche audience, which, when taken together, amounts to many hundred thousands box office admissions nationally.

The BFFS’s annual report from last year shows the growth of small cinemas like FILMBOX: http://www.bffs.org.uk/aboutus/aboutthesector/researchandintelligence.html

Here’s some reviews you might fancy checking out after you’ve seen ‘NO’ tomorrow night:

Time Out magazine – http://www.timeout.com/london/film/no-2013

March edition of the BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine –

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/reviews-recommendations/film-week-no

The Observerhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/10/no-review

FILMBOX members have voted for…

Argo – which will be our 22 May screening! Look out for how it does in tonight’s Oscars! Silver Linings Playbook narrowly lost out in our members’ vote but may well pick up some awards tonight.

Ben Affleck in 'Argo'Personally, I think Argo deserves Best Hairdo award for Ben Affleck’s 80’s layered and bearded look! Come to think of it, Bradley Cooper is also sporting a beard in Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper

STOP PRESS – two tickets now available for our screening of Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘NO’ this Weds – book at www.ticketsource.co.uk/filmboxcommunitycinema £5 non-members, members FREE. Indeed, ‘NO‘ features more ’80s politics and another bearded look!

Gael Garcia Bernal in 'NO'

We’re delighted to say that most of our films so far have been nominated for Oscars and BAFTAs – do book The Imposter in March, Beasts of the Southern Wild in April, Les Misérables and Argo in May and our first double bill, Hitchcock and Psycho (1960 original) in June!

If you’re having your own Oscars’ party tonight – be fabulous! Oh, and here’s another bearded Oscar-nominated superstar… I wonder if you can do a PhD in tonsure in cinema?

'Huge' Jackman

Paris is closer than you think – ‘fly’ there on 13 Feb at FILMBOX!

Thank you to everyone who came to see My Week with Marilyn this evening. It’s great to hear an audience laugh and hold their breath (but not necessarily at the same time!) – films are definitely better with an audience like you. Any feedback on what we can do to improve your experience at FILMBOX is gratefully received – just email us at LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com. A HUGE thank you to our terrific student FILMBOX team who worked very hard to create a fun evening for you all – go forth and create your own pop-up cinemas all over the UK when you leave school!

BOOK OUR TWO FEBRUARY FILMS  NOW- Whether you have a Valentine or not, ‘Midnight in Paris’ on Wed 13 February will surely make you smile and laugh – a romantic comedy with a difference, which reminds us of all the artists and writers who flocked to Paris across the decades. Owen Wilson is an anxious modern-day Hollywood script-writer who longs to be a ‘real’ writer. He’s on the verge of getting married and settling back into his LA lifestyle, but he yearns for the life of an artist in the bars and clubs of 1920s Paris.

   

Rachel McAdams is perfect as his unsympathetic fiance, Michael Sheen turns in a great cameo as a cultural know-it-all, the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife, Carla Bruni, also has a cameo and  Marion Cotillard is enchanting as the woman Wilson’s character meets and shares nostalgia with.  Allen’s script crackles with wit and the cinematography makes Paris look so beautiful, you’ll want to book a weekend there sharpish!

Our licensed bar will be selling a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including sparkling wine, and local snacks.

This month’s ‘special feature’ will be complimentary tasting of a delectable range of hand-made fairtrade chocolates from The Cocoa Mistress, made in Kent!

Love in a box Chocolate Hearts Fresh Selection box Dark orange discs Cappuccino Chocolate Psychedelic egg

Tickets are already selling fast to members – you can still become a FILMBOX member – details on the page above. Our box office will open to non-members 10 days before the event.

FREE MEMBERS’ SCREENING OF ‘NO’ (a Chilean film, nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign language film – special pre-DVD release screening), starring Gael Garcia Bernal, ON WED 27 FEBRUARY – FILMBOX SCOOP! It’s only released in cinemas on 8 Feb and we have a special pre-DVD release courtesy of the BFFS, of which we are members.

The funny and inspiring true story of a clever advertising man who defeated a dictator, with a simple advertising campaign. Booking now open to members – 2 free tickets. Only £5 to non-members, booking opens to non-members 10 days before the event.

Click on photo for link to trailer.

Fly away to Paris with Owen Wilson on 13 Feb!

***NEWSFLASH*** FREE The Cocoa Mistress chocolate kiss lolly to anyone coming to see ‘My Week With Marilyn’ next Weds wearing 1950s dress and make up!***  See TV’s ‘Mad Men’ for sartorial inspiration for ladies and gentlemen?

   

See Claire’s delicious full range of beautiful The Cocoa Mistress hand-made Fairtrade chocolates and confectionery for all occasions (Produced in Kent).

BOOK OUR TWO FEBRUARY FILMS  NOW- Whether you have a Valentine or not, ‘Midnight in Paris’ on Wed 13 February will surely make you smile and laugh – a romantic comedy with a difference, which reminds us of all the artists and writers who flocked to Paris across the decades. Owen Wilson is an anxious modern-day Hollywood script-writer who longs to be a ‘real’ writer. He’s on the verge of getting married and settling back into his LA lifestyle, but he yearns for the life of an artist in the bars and clubs of 1920s Paris.

   

Rachel McAdams is perfect as his unsympathetic fiance, Michael Sheen turns in a great cameo as a cultural know-it-all, the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife, Carla Bruni, also has a cameo and  Marion Cotillard is enchanting as the woman Wilson’s character meets and shares nostalgia with.  Allen’s script crackles with wit and the cinematography makes Paris look so beautiful, you’ll want to book a weekend there sharpish|!

Our licensed bar will be selling a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including sparkling wine, and local snacks.

This month’s ‘special feature’ on 13/2/13 will be complimentary tasting of a delectable range of hand-made fairtrade chocolates from The Cocoa Mistress .

Love in a box Chocolate Hearts Fresh Selection box Dark orange discs Cappuccino Chocolate Psychedelic egg

Tickets are already selling fast to members – you can still become a FILMBOX member – details above. Box office will open to non-members 10 days before the event.

FREE MEMBERS’ SCREENING OF ‘NO’ (a Chilean film, nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign language film – special pre-DVD release screening), starring Gael Garcia Bernal, ON WED 27 FEBRUARY – FILMBOX SCOOP!

The funny and inspiring true story of a clever advertising man who defeated a dictator, with a simple advertising campaign. Booking now open to members – 2 free tickets. Only £5 to non-members, booking opens to non-members 10 days before the event.

Click on photo for link to trailer.

Extra screenings and Filmbox News

Gael Garcia Bernal in 'No'We have two exciting extra screenings that we’re slotting in this Spring and hope that you’ll jump at them!
Wed 27 Feb – a real scoop! Released theatrically on 8 Feb, Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film 2013, ‘NO’ (Pablo Larrain, Chile/Fr/USA, 2012, Cert 15, 118mins) is a gripping political drama starring the ever-watchable World cinema ‘poster boy’, Gael Garcia Bernal (Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros, Babel). He plays a Chilean ‘Mad Men’ advertising executive whose ad campaign confounds the then dictator, Augusto Pinochet  – it’s had excellent reviews and is a strong Oscar contender.  What’s more  – this event is FREE to FILMBOX members (2 FREE tickets so bring a friend!) – only £5 for non-members.
ALSO – on Thurs 18 April we are going to screen ‘Les Miserables’ (the new release – SUBJECT TO THE RELEASE DATE OF THE BLU-RAY) on our big screen in the Bromley Hall!
This event will be open to children under 16 – but it’s a 12A so anyone younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Online booking will be available for both very soon – we’ll email you when it’s open and members will receive a special code by email to book their tickets for ‘NO’!
NEWS
ALSO 2 – we’ll be giving FILMBOX members a chance to vote on our 22nd May film.
The choice is between two other Oscar 2013-nominees, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro) and ‘Argo’ (with Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman).
We’ll send poll details to FILMBOX members very soon.
 
We hope that you like the way that we’re developing FILMBOX – just to give you plenty of advance notice, our special Christmas event will be on Wed 11th Dec 2013!
FILMBOX membership is now even better value for money with these two extra screenings so please visit our membership page above for application form and rates.
Stay warm this weekend and watch a great film on DVD OR check out what other film clubs in South East London film clubs are showing http://selondonfilmclubs.wordpress.com/
Best wishes – FILMBOX Committee

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