Rare Exports – Monday 10th December 2012

A film for those who think they don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore.

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up!
This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Based on award winning shorts of director Jalmari Helander that have already acquired a cult reputation in the internet.
The film focuses on a group of local reindeer herders whose Christmas is disturbed by excavations on the mountain. A scientist has ordered a team of workers to dig open what he calls “the largest burial mound in the world”. An explosive used by the team uncovers what is referred to as a “sacred grave”. However, the occupant of the grave is still alive. Soon, the reindeer important to the local people are mysteriously killed, and children and supplies begin to disappear from the town. It emerges that the occupant is the source of the original Santa Claus myth; a supernatural being who, rather than rewarding good children, punishes the naughty. One family, however, manages to catch the culprit in a trap, and plans to sell it to the scientist to cover the losses caused by his excavation.

A Big Cheese Film fan

Submarine – 19th November

The next film showing at the Nantwich Film Club is Submarine. Released in 2010, it has won umpteen awards and has been critically acclaimed at many film festivals. Critics have praised this film as the best British comedy released in years. Maybe a little over the top, but from the reviews, it would suggest a great 97 minutes of entertainment, so they can’t all be lying.

Oliver is a sixteen year old having to deal with everyday problems like trying to save his parent’s marriage, losing his virginity and falling in love. What could be easier? The trouble is that Oliver is infatuated with Jordana…..but she already has a boyfriend.

 What more can I say at this stage. Young love, broken hearts and lots of funny bits in-between.

If you are having second thoughts about seeing this film, I would suggest throwing caution to the wind, and come along. It’s also in English, so no subtitles.

I’ll be there on Monday 19th November…. Look forward to seeing you.

a Big Cheese Film fan


The Last Picture Show

If you weren’t at the Civic Hall on Monday night to see the last Picture Show, then you certainly missed a cinema classic. This coming of age film is based on a group of 1950s kids in their last year before graduation.  This was the second time I had seen this movie and it gets deeper the more times you see it. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but shown in black and white, there is an eeriness about the place. Set in a small Texan town on it’s last legs. It’s dying.

Timothy Bottoms leads an excellent cast. along with Jeff Bridges and Cybll Shepherd. Ironically the latter two went on to fame and fortune. Timothy Bottoms didn’t.

The Director Bob Bogdanovich pauses over every scene showing the grittiness of growing up. Nothing is taboo. Radically exploring and exposing adolescence,intimacy and relationships with a directness that cinema had not seen previously.  The extra minutes added with the Director’s cut made the film a tore de force. The only downside of the evening was the sound quality. It won’t be a problem in you get it out on DVD.

The Film Club’s next showing is Submarine. I’ve yet to see it, but all the reports are glowing. Look out for my blog giving you the low down.

A Big Cheese Film fan