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  1. LimeGreenLegend

    RSC Film Club

    Welcome to the RSC Film Club A chance to watch and discuss films, maybe your favourites, maybe something you’ve never heard of before, with all your favourite crew mates. We will be watching one film per month, hopefully giving everyone a chance to watch the film and to have a decent discussion about it before moving on to the next one. How do we choose what to watch? There will be a different theme/genre every month to keep things fresh, which will be announced in this thread. Everyone is free to nominate a film in this thread, all of which will be put in a random draw and chosen by good ol’ trustworthy @Con (it’ll just be luck that his films get chosen every month ) Since we want as many people to be able to join in as possible please don’t nominate very obscure films like the Rolling Stones documentary “c*cks*cker Blues” or the Village People musical “Can’t Stop The Music” (two very different films, but with interchangeable titles). We will leave the nominations open for a week to give everyone a chance to nominate a film before the random draw, then I will open a separate thread for the winning film. The separate threads for the films will be full of spoilers, but please leave this main thread spoiler free, some people still haven’t seen The Sixth Sense yet. What’s the point? Films are awesome, and any chance to watch them is great. This crew is also full of members from all over the world, with different backgrounds and experiences and tastes, which should lead to some nice discussions about the art form. So without further ado, let’s kick this mother off. The category for April is female-directed films The winning film was nominated by @Con and @Squirrel, Mary Harron's American Psycho. Current Film Club Film American Psycho (2000) Previous Film Club Films: The French Connection (1971) Chicago (2002) Aliens (1986) The Crimson Rivers (2000) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) They Live (1988) The Neverending Story (1984) Dune (1984) The Lost Boys (1987) Train to Busan (2016) Gladiator (2000) Gremlins (1984) Four Lions (2010) Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) The King of Comedy (1982) Blue Ruin (2013) Max Manus: Man of War (2008) The Hurricane (1999) Film Club Extra Gravity (2013) Rush (2013) The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The Duellists (1977)
  2. LimeGreenLegend

    Seven Samurai [RSC Film Club 20]

    This month the RSC Film Club is getting medieval on your *ss as we head back to the Middle Ages thanks to @Squirrel and @djw180. The winning selection was my choice (it's not a fix, I swear!), Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. This legendary epic (in all meanings of the term, this is almost three and a half hours long) tells the simple story of a small village constantly raided by bandits. When the villagers are at their most desperate they decide to go out and try to hire some samurai to fight them off. While the story is simple, the characters and their relationships are not, and thanks to the time we're given with them, and the excellent writing and performances, you grow to deeply care about these people and their fight. While my personal favourite character is Kyūzō (Seiji Miyaguchi), the calm, stone-faced badass, the best performance is Toshiro Mifune as Kikuchiyo, the loose cannon of the group with a tragic past. I won't say anymore about the plot so as not to spoil it, but this film has it all, action, drama, suspense, comedy and tragedy, and is truly a masterpiece of film history. This will also become the oldest film we have covered, being released in 1954 so beating Judgment at Nuremberg by 7 years. It has stood the test of time, how will it fare against the RSC Film Club. This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you’ll only destroy yourself.
  3. LimeGreenLegend

    The King [Film Club Extra 05]

    Our extra dose of medieval action comes in the form of David Michôd's The King, nominated by @Squirrel. This film is an adaptation of Shakespeare's plays Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V. This is the latest of many adaptations of Shakespeare's epic, the most notable versions being Laurence Olivier's from the 40's and Kenneth Branagh's 80's rendition. Big shoes to follow, but with a cast including Timothée Chalamet as Henry Prince of Wales later Henry V and support from the likes of Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Joel Edgerton, this stands a good chance of living up to the reputation of its predecessors. I've not seen this film, but I love both versions mentioned above, and this has a fantastic cast and, from the looks of the trailer, is gorgeous looking, so I'm very excited to check it out. once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
  4. LimeGreenLegend

    American Psycho [RSC Film Club 19]

    For July the film club was tasked with choosing a female-directed film, with the winning entry coming from Canadian filmmaker Mary Harron, who started her career as a music journalist writing for Punk magazine, and was the first person to interview The s*x Pistols for an American publication. She started her film career with the independent movie I Shot Andy Warhol, which is about a failed assassination attempt on the famous pop-artist. This infusion of violence and pop-culture came to the fore once again in her second film, American Psycho, based on the notorious Bret Easton Ellis novel, and our film for this month thanks to @Con and @Squirrel. American Psycho stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman. Good looking. Rich. High-powered job. Homicidal maniac. The film follows Bateman as he starts to lose grip on reality and his own sanity, if he ever had them in the first place. A searing satire on the Reaganomics of the 80's, the film is often laugh out loud funny and shockingly violent in it's attack on the culture of greed and profit margins that treats people as commodities to be bought and sold like stocks. Although much tamer than the book, which features scenes of Bateman slitting a child's throat while visiting penguins at the zoo, it still features graphic scenes of s*x, torture and murder, with many people seeing it as a metaphor for how Wall Street traders view and treat the average person. As well as Bale, the film features a fantastic supporting cast including Willem Dafoe, Reece Witherspoon and Jared Leto, who are all memorable in their own right. But the star is Bale, with this performance really cementing his status as one of the bravest and most dedicated actors of the 21st century. His performance was inspired by a Tom Cruise interview where he noticed his "intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes". His Bateman is a shallow, vapid moster with no redeeming features, but even then we can still sympathise with him come the movies end as his total breakdown makes us consider if any of what we've just seen is even true. The film's ability to shock has not diminished in the twenty years since its release, and, if anything, it's themes are more relevant now than ever. This will be an interesting one for the film club and I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts on it, and how they think having a female director for a film like this impacted the way it was written and shot, and how the s*xual violence is represented because I personally think this would be a much different, and a much worse film, had a man directed it. You may also be surprised to learn that it was turned into a stage musical several years ago with Matt Smith, who was Doctor Who at the time, originating the role of Bateman on stage before it moved to Broadway. do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
  5. LimeGreenLegend

    Blue Ruin [RSC Film Club 16]

    The film club is all about sweet revenge this month thanks to @omarcomin71, with the winning film nominated by @doubleg213 and @JuniorChubb, Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin. Written and directed by Saulnier, who also wrote and directed the fantastic Green Room, Blue Ruin stars Macon Blair (The Florida Project, Logan Lucky) as a man out for revenge, and that's about all I know about this film. I am looking forward to this though, as it has received excellent reviews, and Saulnier won the FIPRESCI award at the Cannes film festival for this film, an award previously won by legendary names like Orson Welles, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard and Woody Allen. From watching Green Room, I'm expecting this to be a tense, stylish thrill-ride with not an ounce of fat, and can't wait to dive in. I'd forgive you if you were crazy, but you're not
  6. LimeGreenLegend

    Max Manus: Man of War [RSC Film Club 17]

    War was the theme for May's film club, with the winning film being Max Manus: Man of War nominated by @Lann. Max Manus is a Norwegian biographical film detailing the exploits of resistance fighter and saboteur, Max Manus and is based on books that he wrote himself. It was directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who directed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales and stars Aksel Hennie as Manus. The film is one of the biggest recent hits of Norwegian cinema, winning a record seven Amanda awards (the Norwegian Oscars) in 2009 at the Norwegian International Film Festival. I've not seen, nor heard of this film before, so can't say much else, but you can't really go wrong with resistance fighters kicking n*zi *ss. It will also be interesting to see some history of a country that doesn't get mentioned much when WW2 films are made. my country was stolen from me, and I want it back
  7. LimeGreenLegend

    The Hurricane [RSC Film Club 18]

    This month the film club is all about biopics, as submitted by @Fido_le_muet. Although this is the first time that it has been an official genre, we have had a few biopics in the past such as Max Manus, The French Connection and Rush. This month we return to the world of sports with the 1999 biopic of boxer Rubin Carter, The Hurricane, nominated by @omarcomin71. The film, directed by Norman Jewison (In The Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck) tells the story of middleweight boxer, Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter (Denzel Washington) who was wrongfully arrested and convicted of murder in 1966, and sentenced to life in prison. He was released in 1985 thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn teenager Lesra Martin (Vicellous Reon Shannon). This is another film club selection that I've not seen yet, but this has an excellent director and lead actor telling an incredible true story, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. here comes the story of the hurricane...
  8. LimeGreenLegend

    The King of Comedy [RSC Film Club 15]

    This month, because of the website merge, we forgo the genre nominations and instead put forward our favourite films. The winning entry was mine! This means our film for March is Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy. The film stars Robert DeNiro as Rupert Pupkin, autograph hunter, wannabe stand-up, and obsessive fan of late night talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). He feels that if he can just get a spot on Langford's show then he can show the world how funny he is, and he resorts to some desperate measures to try to achieve this goal. Out of the nine collaborations between Scorsese and DeNiro this is my absolute favourite, beating out films like Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. DeNiros' Pupkin is a tragic, pathetic and terrifying figure, being pushed to the edge by a world that doesn't care about him. I find him to be more unsettling than Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle and more threatening than any gangster roles he played for Scorsese. This is a film about fame at any cost, attention, and wanting to be noticed. As Rupert Pupkin says, "it's better to be a king for a night, than a schmuck for a lifetime." a guy can get anything he wants as long as he pays the price
  9. LimeGreenLegend

    Dear Basketball [Film Club Extra 05]

    A few days ago the sports world lost one of its most beloved and iconic figures when Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, tragically lost his life at just 41 in a helicopter crash which also took the lives of eight other people, including his 13 year old daughter Gianna. This impacted not only the basketball world, or America, but the entire globe. Kobe didn't just win championships and awards on the basketball court, he also won an Oscar for the film he wrote, narrated and produced, Dear Basketball. It took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2018. In the film we see Kobe as a child dreaming of being a player for the LA Lakers while adult Kobe narrates, reading the retirement letter he wrote to honour the game he loved so much and changed his life. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do - Kobe Bryant 1978-2020
  10. LimeGreenLegend

    Judgment at Nuremberg [RSC Film Club 14]

    Our film for Oscar season, with a best actor winning performance from Maximilian Schell, is the 1961 courtroom drama Judgment at Nuremberg, nominated by @djw180. Directed by Stanley Kramer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) and with a cast including Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster and Marlene Dietrich as well as Schell, the film tells the story of the Nuremberg trials, where prominent n*zis and n*zi collaborators were tried for crimes against humanity. As well as the best actor Oscar, the film also won the statue for best adapted screenplay for Abby Mann, and was nominated for nine other awards, including best picture, best director, the films second best actor nomination for Tracy, best supporting actress for Garland, and a host of technical awards. Many of the film's stars took a pay cut to make this film as they believed in it's strong moral message. This is one of the first films to use actual footage of concentration camps, shot by allied soldiers, and presented in this film as evidence for the prosecution. The film was premiered in West Berlin (the b*lls to do that!) with most of the Germans in attendance leaving in silence at the end credits. I've not seen this film myself, but am looking forward to doing so as some of my favourite films, 12 Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, are courtroom dramas. It is also important that we never forget what the n*zis did, for those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. here in our decision is what we stand for; justice, truth, and the value of a single human being
  11. LimeGreenLegend

    Four Lions [RSC Film Club 13]

    We're starting off 2020 with a bang, quite literally! Our genre for the first film club of the new decade is comedy, with the winning entry being the controversial Chris Morris film, Four Lions. Written and directed by incendiary British comedian Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye, Jam) Four Lions, released in 2010, is his film debut. It stars Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, and Adeel Akhtar as four radicalised British Muslims who want to blow something up. They just don't know what, or how to do it. Morris has always been a controversial figure in the British comedy world. The special episode of his television show Brass Eye, "Paedogeddon", satirising the media hysteria and hypocrisy on the subject of p*dophilia, was the most complained about show in British history at the time. Four Lions is as close to the bone as anything he has ever done, and in my opinion, makes the film not only more funny, but more eye-opening. This is a film that shows us that terrorism can be British, these atrocities aren't being committed by some unknown foreign menace, they're being done by us. People living on our streets, and in our communities. The film also shows us the everyday lives of these people, making them relatable in an almost uncomfortable way. It never condones what these people are doing, but it does give us an insight into why they do it. It's also incredibly funny. I haven't seen this in over five years, but I can still quote all of the funniest lines and make myself laugh. Like all great satires, The Great Dictator, Jojo Rabbit, this treats the characters like they're buffons, total morons stumbling from one ridiculous situation to the next, but it always respects the seriousness of their intentions, which is a fine line to tread, but here Morris does it masterfully. You'll be shocked to find yourself laughing at, and even liking these characters, then they talk about blowing up a building "full of Jews and slags" and it hits you like a punch in the gut, and you'll want these guys to change their outlook on life and make the right decision. Whether they do or not, you'll have to watch to find out. rubber dingy rapids, bro! And here's a little taste of the Brass Eye episode I mentioned, starring Morris himself as the host, and a young Simon Pegg as Gerard Chote.
  12. LimeGreenLegend

    Gremlins [RSC Film Club 12]

    It's December, so of course we'll be watching a Christmas movie for this month's film club. The winning film was nominated by @Spinnaker1981, 1984's Gremlins. Directed by Joe Dante (The Howling, Innerspace, Small Soldiers) and written by Chris Columbus (writer of The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes and director of Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter films), Gremlins stars Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer, a teenager who receives a strange, but cute, new pet for Christmas. As long as he follows the three rules for looking after them, don't get them wet, don't expose them to light, and don't feed them after midnight, then everything will be fine. He doesn't follow the rules. Although it is set at Christmas, the film was released in the summer, and was a huge hit, making over $150 million on an $11 million budget. It's currently sitting at an 84% for film critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 78% audience rating. Despite this success, the film received a lot of criticism on release. Despite it sitting firmly on the funnier side of its horror/comedy genre, the violence was deemed too extreme for younger children, and these complaints, along with similar complaints for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, led to the creation of the PG-13 rating by the MPAA in the US, and the 12 certificate by the BBFC in the UK. I haven't seen this since I was a kid, and I remember nothing about it except it freaked me out! I can't wait to check this out and see if it holds up and, more importantly, see if it fills me with the spirit of the season they're watching Snow White...and they love it
  13. LimeGreenLegend

    Gladiator [RSC Film Club 11]

    This month we are celebrating the work of Sir Ridley Scott, as suggested by @djw180 and @Spinnaker1981, with the winning film being another DJ nomination, Gladiator. Released in the year 2000 it stars Russel Crowe in an Oscar winning performance, with support from Joaquin Phoenix, Derek Jacobi, Richard Harris and the legendary Oliver Reed in his final role. Gladiator was a huge success on release, winning the Oscar for best picture, and a nomination for best director for Ridley Scott, one of three in his career (Thelma and Louise and Black Hawk Down being the other two). It is the last great Hollywood swords and sandals epic, telling a classic tale of betrayal and revenge. I loved this film when it came out, but haven't seen it in at least a decade, so am looking forward to revisiting this.
  14. LimeGreenLegend

    The Duellists [Film Club Extra 04]

    We're getting a double dose of Ridley Scott action this month as, well, we've all seen Gladiator and there was a cry for a second, lesser known, slice of his filmography. That comes in the form of his debut feature film, 1977's The Duellists, nominated by myself, and seconded by @Sinister. Set in Napoleonic France, this film is based on a Joseph Conrad story, who is the author of Heart of Darkness, the inspiration for Apocalypse Now, among many other amazing books. It is the tale of two men obsessively fighting over their honour over the course of decades. It is an absolutely gorgeous looking film, with Scott taking inspiration from Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon in the way he makes each shot look like a painting from that era. It also has two powerhouse lead performances from Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine. The duellist demands satisfaction...
  15. LimeGreenLegend

    Dune [RSC Film Club 08]

    This month's Film Club genre is sci-fi war films, nominated by @Squirrel, and that comes in the form of warring families of nobles battling for control of a desolate desert planet, and its valuable resources, in David Lynch's Dune, picked by @djw180. A critical and commercial failure on release, with Roger Ebert naming it the worst film of 1984, Dune has gone on to garner a cult following since then, with more recent reviews being generally more positive. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Sting, Patrick Stewart and Max von Sydow, and directed by master of the surreal, David Lynch (Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Mullholland Drive) you know that the film will at least be interesting, and possibly (probably) confusing, but in a satisfying way, as is his style. I've not seen Dune yet, nor read the novels it's based on, so I'm looking forward to watching this, especially after reading some of the more colourful reviews, but I'm a big fan of Lynch, Lost Highway being my favourite film of his, and who doesn't love Sir Patrick Stewart? So I'm all in.
  16. LimeGreenLegend

    Mad Max: Fury Road [RSC Film Club 05]

    This month the film club is hitting the road, with the theme being road movies. The winner, nominated by @Squirrel, is Mad Max: Fury Road. This is a sequel/reboot of the legendary Australian film series, the fourth entry, and the first in thirty years. It was written and directed by the creator of the original films, George Miller (Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Babe: Pig in the City) and stars Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises) as Max, replacing Mel Gibson in the role, and Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa. The plot sees Max helping Furiosa in her attempt to free the enslaved wives of tyrannical ruler of the wastes, Immortan Joe, which mostly involves driving cool looking post-apocalyptic vehicles covered in spikes that shoot fire. The entire film is basically one huge car chase, and the action never lets up. I saw this in the cinema when it was released, and it is still one of the best looking films I've seen on the big screen. The way Miller directs the action sequences is perfect, and the way he presents the post-apocalyptic wastes to us is both beautiful and terrifying. Oh, what a lovely day!
  17. LimeGreenLegend

    They Live [RSC Film Club 06]

    This month's film club is all about b-movies, and when you look towards the upper end of that genre you start seeing the name John Carpenter quite a lot. Director of classic genre films like Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York and The Fog, the film of his we'll be watching this month is the anti-consumerism manifesto that is 1988's They Live, nominated by @Pb76. In my opinion the best film ever made that stars a wrestler (sorry Dwane), They Live is based on a short story, Eight O'Clock in the Morning, by Ray Nelson, from 1963, and stars "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as John Nada, a drifter who survives by working day labour in downtown LA. Finding a box of magic sunglasses in a church, he discovers that the world is populated and run by a race of malignant aliens who subliminally manipulate the human population to consume, conform, and obey, keeping them ignorant of the truth. These aliens discover that Nada knows who they are and set about to stop him. This film, like most of Carpenter's filmography, has had a huge impact on pop culture, from the design of the aliens (you'll recognise them from the masks in GTA at least), the messages to obey becoming a part of street art legend thanks to Shepard Fairey (check out the excellent documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop for more about that) and the six-minute long punch up Piper has with Keith David, which is one of the best fight scenes in film history and has inspired a number of imitators. I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick *ss - and I'm all out of bubblegum.
  18. LimeGreenLegend

    Rush [Film Club Extra 02]

    Our second Film Club Extra choice is the film Rush, suggested by @Beez, @djw180 and @Fido_le_muet to commemorate the life of legendary Formula 1 driver, Niki Lauda, who recently passed away. Directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), the film tells the story of the heated rivalry between Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Captain America: Civil War) and James Hunt, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the early to mid 70s. This film was critically acclaimed for it's race sequences, which are shot to show the pure power and danger of the sport, especially in those days. The performances by Bruhl and Hemsworth were also well reviewed, both really embodying their characters, and playing off of each other well, highlighting just how different Hunt and Lauda were as people. Really looking forward to watching this one after reading some reviews. "A lot of people criticise Formula 1 as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?" - Niki Lauda 1949-2019
  19. LimeGreenLegend

    The Crimson Rivers [RSC Film Club 04]

    On the 22nd of March 1895, at the "Society for the Development of the National Industry" in Paris, 200 people witnessed the very first projected motion pictures in history. This makes France the most important country in film history. Thanks to pioneers like The Lumiere Brothers, Georges Melies, and The Pathe Brothers we are able to see things on the big screen that we could never possibly dream of. France didn't just invent cinema, they also gave us cinemas, and, with the publication of Cahiers du Cinema in 1951, gave us the birth of modern film theory and criticism. The writers at this magazine knew their stuff. Two of them went on to lead the French new wave in the 60s, arguably the most influential period in film history, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. So it's only right that we celebrate this great nation by watching the fruit of its loins. The winning film was selected by @Spinnaker1981, The Crimson Rivers, or, Les Rivieres Pourpres. The Crimson Rivers is a psychological thriller starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, and adapted from from the novel of the same name by the author, Jean-Christophe Grange. I've not seen this film, so I can't really say much else, but I am looking forward to watching it being a fan of both the leads. Vive la France
  20. LimeGreenLegend

    Chicago [RSC Film Club 02]

    This month we're all singing and all dancing as we'll be watching Chicago, nominated by @Spinnaker1981 and @Danielle. The theme for March was musicals, and you'd be hard pressed to find a musical with a better pedigree than Chicago. Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the 1975 Broadway production, (which itself was based on a silent film from 1927, which was based on a 1926 play written by a journalist and based on real events) which was choreographed and directed by the legendary Bob Fosse, who basically invented jazz hands and was the man responsible for other classic musicals like Cabaret and the semi-autobiographical All That Jazz. Chicago became the first musical to win best picture at the Oscars since Oliver! in 1968. Catherine Zeta-Jones also won best supporting actress, with the film picking up additional Oscars for art direction, costume design, film editing and sound. Set in the roaring 20s in Chicago (no sh*t) the film deals with the theme of infamy, jealousy, and the celebrity criminal, with the plot centred around two women, Renee Zellweger, a housewife with dreams of the spotlight, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, a star of the stage, both of whom are murderers. This is where Richard Gere's Billy Flynn steps in, a fast talking lawyer who turns the two ladies into celebrities for the sake of public support. Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu and the ever brilliant John C. Reilly round out a surprisingly great cast. The real star of the show, however, is the music. Set during the jazz age, the film is filled to the brim with hot, fast moving, jazz numbers that really sells the sexiness of the shows in the film. There are some absolutely classic musical numbers in this film, All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle, When You're Good To Mama and Mister Cellophane will all be stuck in your head for weeks after hearing them. The lyrics were written by Fred Ebb, a longtime collaborator with Bob Fosse, who also wrote lyrics for Cabaret, Liza Minelli's TV special Liza with a Z, and the Scorsese musical New York, New York. The theme from New York, New York would probably become his most famous song after it was covered by Frank Sinatra. There's not much more to say here, so come on babe, why don't we paint the town? This will be our film for the whole of March. A new genre/theme for April will be decided towards the end of the month. Have fun @Con five, six, seven, eight...
  21. LimeGreenLegend

    Gravity [Film Club Extra]

    For those of you who wanted a second monthly slice of film club pie, here it is. @Con whittled down the nominations from this month to those he hasn't seen/finds most interesting and randomly selected a companion film to our main Film Club film, Aliens. That first selection is Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this is a story about isolation. Cuaron started off wanting to make a film about adversity and survival in hostile locations, and decided that space is the ultimate hostile location. The most startling thing about this film, for me, are the long tracking shots, unbroken sometimes for minutes, that really take in all of the majesty of space, coupled with incredible cinematography you have one of the most beautiful films that has been set in space. This film cleaned up at the Oscars, winning for visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, score, film editing, cinematography, and director. It was also nominated for production design, best actress, and best picture. Don't let go...
  22. LimeGreenLegend

    Aliens [RSC Film Club 03]

    This month's genre is (after much debate) sci-fi thrillers set in space or on a different planet. I know. The winning film is Aliens, nominated by @Spinnaker1981, James Cameron's sequel to Ridley Scott's classic horror film, Alien, and considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time alongside The Godfather Part II and T2: Judgement Day. Released in 1986, the film sees protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) returning to LV-426 with a group of space marines after contact is lost with the newly formed colony there. Cameron adopted the bigger is better philosophy for this film, giving us more aliens, more action and more gore than the first film, but still managing to maintain the sense of constant dread and isolation of the original. It was nominated for seven Oscars, winning two, for sound editing and visual effects (both highly deserved), and Weaver received a nomination for best actress, something that rarely happens to actors in action and horror films, which goes to show the strength of her performance. I'm not going to go on too much now, I'm sure we've all seen this film so I don't need to say much else. It's been about ten years since I've seen it, and I can't wait to rewatch it and read all of your opinions and theories about it. Let's nuke it from orbit...
  23. LimeGreenLegend

    The French Connection [RSC Film Club 01]

    The first film for the RSC Film Club has been chosen, with The French Connection, picked by @Beez winning out over all of the other Best Picture winners. The theme for this month was Best Picture winners, with The French Connection winning in 1971, beating films like Fiddler on the Roof and A Clockwork Orange. It also picked up Oscars for best director (William Friedkin, who would later direct The Exorcist), best actor (Gene Hackman playing Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle), best adapted screenplay (Ernest Tidyman based on the book by Robin Moore), and best film editing. It received nominations for best supporting actor (Roy Scheider playing Buddy "Cloudy" Russo), best cinematography and best sound mixing. The French Connection is based on a real case of New York narcotic agents busting an international her*in operation. The two real cops that are the basis of Hackman and Scheider's characters were on set when it was filmed, acting as consultants and adding a real authenticity to the performances. There is also authenticity in the way Friedkin directed the film. This is because Hollywood was undergoing a massive change in the late 60s/early 70s, the new film makers were moving away from the "Old Hollywood" way of doing things, where the studio was in control and the director was just a hired hand, and taking inspiration from European films, where the director was totally in control of their vision, particularly, at this time, French cinema. Two big inspirations for this film were the French films "Breathless" and "Z". Friedkin took the almost documentary style of film making used in these films and took it to the streets of New York, which is as big a character in The French Connection as Popeye Doyle. All of the film was shot on location using handheld cameras for the most part, so it really feels like you're on the streets, following these guys around. The French Connection also contains what is arguably the best chase scene in film history. It's quite a simple setup; Hackman's character is chasing a guy, who escapes on to a train. Hackman commandeers a car and chases the train. What makes it incredible is how real it is. It is actually Gene Hackman driving that fast down real streets, with real traffic at some points. That's because they didn't have official permission to film it, they just had some off duty and retired cops helping them slow the traffic down enough to be able to film. They did hire some stunt drivers to come in the opposite direction for some exciting close calls, but a lot of those ended up in actual crashes, and some of those ended up in the film. It's what a real car chase would look like, not something from Fast and Furious or Bond films, as exciting as they are. I won't go into story details in this first post, just to say that it's a real tense slow-burn of a film that builds up perfectly to fantastic ending. @Con @Hatch @punkbish85 @Fido_le_muet @Beez @djw180 @omarcomin71 @Spinnaker1981 @Dodge thanks for participating in this! Hope you enjoy the film, and feel free to get as spoilery as you want in this thread any other general comments or questions about the film club please post in the main thread here This will be our film until the end of the month, so try to watch it as soon as possible giving you enough time to post here. The new film will be chosen the first week of next month.
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