The Picture House – A Cinema Thread

Just finished watching All Of Us Strangers. Very original and manages to reach places many films try but fail at. Incredibly human and heart wrenching. It absolutely puts the viewer in a place of empathy by laying bare the challenges of queer acceptance throughout the last 30 years in a way I can’t recall experiencing via a movie. It was raw, tender and I’m still processing it tbh.

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Agree with all these words and I’m still thinking about it even after watching a second time. To see this and The Zone of Interest in the same week is pretty mind blowing … two masterpieces in the same month.

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Cinema is back, baby!

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It certainly feels like it. Some cracking films over the last few months.

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Another (not sure you can say this) five popcorns for Zone of Interest. Stunning.

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American Fiction was brilliant–

It’s a great adaptation and for a general audience perhaps better than the Percival Everett’s source novel Erasure, with more empathy & sympathy towards, and within, the Ellison family. No spoilers here but Erasure is more biting in its cynicism, satire about pop Black novels, a difficult and dead father, and the family secrets are literally hidden away in a box of letters.

Apparently Erasure is the only novel Everett has ever optioned for screen adaptation. Living in LA, he’s been approached many times, but has disdain for adaptations, as well as big corporate $$$ gained that way. He writes novels, almost exclusively for Graywolf Press, period. He really likes director Cord Jefferson, though, and essentially gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wanted with the story. Everett is credited with co-producing and co-writing the script, but he remained completely hands off.

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Just back from The Zone of Interest. Not sure words can convey the emotions as everyone has said. Get and see it at the Cinema, sound design deserves that Oscar. Some older Ladies were totally baffled by it sat in front of us. Incredible. Even more so after I’ve now read about the production. Everything a fillum should be.

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Just got back from watching The Zone of Interest… incredible.

Went solo and unfortunately happened to be sitting next to the heaviest breather in East Anglia which was all I could hear for the first 5 minutes, but soon enough I was utterly mesmerised by what was playing out in front of me and my surroundings completely melted away.

That sound and score as well… I was still very much in cinema mode during the walk back to the car in the dark afterwards and was hearing things that I’m sure I wouldn’t ordinarily notice. Amazing how a great piece of art can seemingly heighten the senses.

Not sure I’ll be thinking of anything else for a few days.

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Just got back from All of us strangers. A mysterious, powerful and tender film. I was in bits pretty much all the way through it.

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Went to see The Iron Claw last night, thought given it was a Monday night slightly more easy going than zone of interest, not really the case….

I loved wrestling as a kid but this is more about parental expectations and toxic masculinity I think than a beyond the mat style expose. Zac effron is great as is the lad from the bear. Deffo worth seeing but there’s so much to see atm

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For anyone London based I went to the new odeon luxe in Islington, was nice but by the time I’d had a couple of drinks delivered to the seat I was hitting £50 total spend. Would have been happy enough with a picture house and walking down myself to get a few beers to drink in the seat for about half that.

Family of 4 in a luxe you are talking £200 . It’s a lot to watch a film when you have pretty much cinema quality audio and visual at home. Main reason I go the cinema is to get away from my phone (and the kids!)

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I thought it was really good. Pretty mad what happened to the brothers, there was another one who died that didn’t even get a mention in the film. Also turns out Kerry (Jeremy Allen Whites character) was the Texas Tornado.

Or sneak beers & food in. Ive collected a Nandoos sandwich from next door before going to the Odeon
It smells a bit but so do cinema hot dogs

When I was a young man I equated cinema with hotdogs. There was usually an advert for them before each film and I was sold. Later on, in my Brighton era, the idea of cheap meat was somewhat infra dig to me and my fellow muesli mountain dwellers. Ever resourceful, I would take a flask full of Teval veggie hotdogs, a foil pouch of fried onions, bread rolls and French’s mustard in a knapsack along to the Duke of Yorks. Halfway through the film I’d set about assembling the ingredients and pass the hotdogs along the row to my freinds. It seemed entirely reasonable at the time.
Now I am older, in some ways wiser and more tolerant but I reckon I’d punch anyone who pulled that shit in a cinema near me now.

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Normal Lewes behaviour :grinning: although the cinema probably only has vegan hotdogs with artisan sourdough buns & locally made mustard

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Didn’t know that!

I’ve actually been to wrestemania twice including the one where Donald Trump wrestled Vince McMahon…

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I don’t care what people eat it’s the crinkly packaging that does my bean in

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I had an extremely unpleasant experience during Arachnophobia in 1990. The people sitting in the next row back ate endless popcorn and the guy directly behind me constantly but silently burped his noxious breath over my shoulder. It was so unpleasant that I can still conjour the rancid stench in my my mind nearly 35 years later. It put me off going to the cinema for a good while.
I find it very difficult to relax in cinemas generally. Everything puts me on edge.
I never go to cineworld or odeon cinemas and we are lucky to have the Depot cinema here in Lewes. They don’t play any adverts before the films which I like. No popcorn either :joy:

Here’s a link, and yes, like @grantham_disco might say it’s like someone knitted it from organic twine.

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New Guy Ritchie thing looks dire. The very definition of one trick pony

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Wicked Little Letters this week. Looks like a romp.

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