Our film this Thursday 30th June will now be ROOM, featuring the hugely admired Oscar-winning performance by Brie Larson (Best Actress).
Unfortunately we have been refused a license to show our planned feature THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. It turns out Bowie’s 1974 screen debut is now scheduled for re-release this Autumn (you heard it here first) thus preventing any other public screenings this year. Film Club takes solace in being ahead of the curve, totally on trend and generally the best in the business when it comes to picking movies, but sadly cannot defeat the might of Bowie management.
Instead, we have ROOM, lauded for its highly imaginative and, at times, visionary film-making that defies genre stereotyping.
“ROOM is an unexpectedly life-affirming parable of parenthood… a heartbreaking tale of the power of motherly love and of a nurtured child’s ability to find light in the dark woods of the adult world. Domesticity is a source of both reassurance and disturbance, and is indeed one of the film’s most brilliantly balanced elements.
As for the performances, Brie Larson and seven-year-old Jacob Tremblay are nothing short of perfect as the central couple around whom this trembling universe revolves. Where other film-makers might have resorted to the kind of elaborate visualisations that characterised Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, Abrahamson has the intelligence to trust his cast to show us the world through their eyes. And oh, what a world it is.”
Marc Kermode; 5 stars
“A suspenseful and heartrending drama that finds perhaps the most extreme possible metaphor for how time, regret and the end of childhood can make unknowing captives of us all”
Booker Prize-nominated novel.
Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
BAFTA: Best Leading Actress
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
AFI: Movie of the Year
Alliance of Women Film Journalists: Best Woman Screenwriter