Reactions to Graduation

18 April 2018 John Morrish 0

Some enthusiasm for Graduation, but many members found it overlong. It gained an appreciation score of 67.54 per cent. Here are some comments: “Lovely film. The cronyism, corruption of a developing country is well depicted. These are the moral and ethical dilemmas one faces living in such countries.” “Gentle corruption: a way of life. Understated: left much to be inferred.” [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Handmaiden

21 March 2018 John Morrish 0

A very warm response to The Handmaiden, which kept people rapt for 144 minutes despite the inadequacies of the Bacon’s seating and achieved an appreciation score of 84.33 per cent. There was only one D and no Es. Some comments: “Love really is ‘all you need’. Best film this season.” “Surprisingly entertaining, given child abuse, brutalised fingers and lots of [cont'd.]

Reactions to Clash

14 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Polarised opinions about Mohamed Diab’s intense and claustrophobic Clash last night, but still a strong score of 73.89 per cent. It was not an easy film to watch, and some people hated the constantly moving camera, but most appreciated the skill of the film-making and the relevance of the subject-matter. Some comments: “Genuinely unique film-making. Brutal, gut-wrenching, with beautiful moments of [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Salesman

7 March 2018 John Morrish 0

A strong score of 83.42 per cent for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. Some comments: “Another excellent film. Well chosen!” “Riveting, uncompromising and very cruel. A compelling watch!” “Acting superb. Direction superb. Cinematography superb. Well worth the Oscar.” “Brilliant. As was his last film. Great director!” “Extraordinary storyteller. Great actors.” “Refreshing change, not being able to guess who did it until the [cont'd.]

Reactions to Day For Night

21 February 2018 John Morrish 0

Lots of enthusiasm for Day For Night, the final film in our François Truffaut mini-season, and an appreciation score of 77.07 per cent. Some comments: “Best film of the year.” “Genuine insight, humour, subtle, engaging characters.” “Insightful and entertaining.” “Brilliant. Learned a lot and loved the humour/music.” “Enjoyable, lovely. Truffaut in his element.” “Most enjoyable. What prima donnas!” “Most enlightening and [cont'd.]