This month Monico Movies would have been celebrating its 5th birthday. We had planned the usual party celebration for all of you, our loyal supporters. Unfortunately, as you know, this is not possible due to current restrictions re. Coronavirus.
To celebrate reaching the landmark, 5 years of Monico Movies, we made this little movie.
The crew continues to meet regularly, to monitor the situation and be assured, as soon as we can, WE WILL BE BACK!
The first film we screened on 17th October 2015 was The Grand Budapest Hotel.
If you’re looking for a beautifully crafted film. Mr. Turner is a 2014 biographical drama film based on the last 25 years of the life of artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851). Written and directed by Mike Leigh, the film stars Timothy Spall in the title role.
Whilst we would have been returning this month to Autumn activities, this year it is all different. Monico Movies were looking forward to welcoming you to the beginning of our fifth year of screening wonderful movies for you, our local community in Rhiwbina. Sadly this is not the case. However, we can recommend the following film for you to watch this month, as we all wait for the time when we can be together again.
Successful screenwriter Michael Haneke has a reputation for making hard hitting thrillers during his career; but in Amour, made in 2012, he made a delicate and tender story of a lifetime of love in this immensely touching movie. Anne (Emanuelle Riva) and Georges Laurent (Jean-Louis Trintignant) live a life of affectionate retirement in an elegant, Paris apartment. After attending a concert one evening, Anne suffers a stroke the following morning as they pour each other tea in their simple, cosy kitchenette. The story continues as Anne’s health deteriorates, whilst Georges shows his undying love for his wife. Haneke andEmanuelle Rivadon’t shy away from showing Anna’s gradual deterioration as she descends into a terrible shell of her former self. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a gentle, compassionate role as he patiently cares for Anne whilst living with his own frailty.
Though dealing with a difficult subject, this film is uplifting in its portrayal of true love. Amour won many awards including the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for the best foreign language film at its 85th awards. Emanuelle Riva became the oldest person to ever win a Bafta for best actress; she and Jean-Louis-Trintignant offer stunning performances in this film and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
To the Monico Movies audience, a big hello. At this time of year we would ordinarily be about to embark on our holidays packing up the car or boarding a plane to travel to a far off location, but like many of you we will be staying close to home and maybe taking the chance to enjoy our fabulous Welsh landscape.
The Monico Movies crew have been getting together online for Zoom meetings, like so many people during this pandemic.
We desperately miss being able to bring you Monico Movies. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any news on when we will be able to return, but we are exploring a few options.
In the meantime we just wanted to stay in touch and let you know we’re still here and as soon as we can we’ll crank up the projector, dust off the chairs and retrieve the Ice creams from the freezer.
The crew have, as usual, enjoyed watching many movies, of all kinds, over the past few months.
Can we recommend, for those of you who enjoy a good laugh Lost in Paris from two little known French writer-directors Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. Lost in Paris is very much an homage to films like Jaques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
The movie they jointly devised, and in which they star, is a clever, funny and distinctly unworldly comedy with a clever line in visual humour.
The goofy Fiona (Fiona Gordon) travels from Canada to Paris to visit her similarly away-with-the-fairies aunt Marthe (Emanuelle Riva). A mishap on the banks of the River Seine leads to an encounter with a romantic tramp called Dom (Dominique Abel).
This is a sweet-natured movie that includes some serious tango moves too. It’s classic French entertainment, a little gem.
left to right: The Odeon, Queen Street, 1967. The Monico, 1979. The Ninian, 1962. The Olympia, Queen Street, 1967. The Coliseum, Cowbridge Road East, 1972. The Monico, 1993.
The Monico Movies crew had an online meeting last week, where we discussed plans for the future of Rhiwbina’s Community Cinema.
Due to the Coronavirus we have had to accept that it is most unlikely we will be able to re-open this year, not least due to the logistical difficulties with our venue. However, should circumstances change you can be assured we will be keen to get the projector rolling as soon as possible.
The first movie to be screened will be Pavarotti, postponed from March. If you have tickets for Pavarotti they will, of course, be valid for the future screening. If you would like to return your ticket and be reimbursed, please visit one of our ticket outlets. In the meantime, stay safe. We can’t wait to welcome you back to a Saturday night at Monico Movies.
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Sunshine on Leith
July 2016 available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso
July 2017 available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
July 2018 available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso
We are still in lockdown and it may be a long way off until we can all meet again for a Monico Movies evening. In the meantime, we would like to recommend a film for you to view at home. Il Posto, is a 1961 Italian film directed by Ermanno Olmi, it is one of our favourites; a touching and hilarious tale of a young man’s adventures into adulthood. The director, Ermanno Olmi, says “my purpose was to portray the courage it takes to live through the colourless grey days which are in anyone’s life the majority, the rare opportunities, too precious to be lost, for finding love – the subtle distinction between acceptance and resignation”. This award winning film was chosen to be screened in the Venice Classics section of the 2018 Venice International Festival. The film is available to rent on DVD from Cinema Paradiso
Untill we meet up again for a Saturday evening of movie fun, the Monico Movies crew send you our very best wishes.
Ciao for now
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June 2016 available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso
Monico Movies, like Community cinemas up and down the country have demonstrated that they sit at the heart of their communities. Though it’s been some time since we were all together in February, The MM Crew are all still here, watching and talking about films. This weekend we would have been putting on another show, but due to the lockdown this isn’t possible. So, why not enjoy revisiting some of the films we have previously screened at this time of the year.
available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso (see below for details)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
May 2017 available on Now TV ( subscription required) the only other place i can find to rent at the moment, for all those who lament the demise of Love Film is Cinema Paradiso who rent DVDs and Blu Rays sent through the post… how wonderfully old fashioned! They are offering a 14 day free trial offer.
May 2018 available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso
The Book Thief
May 2019 available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime and Cinema Paradiso
These extraordinary times have upturned all our lives, everything we’ve taken for granted as normal and constant.
Monico Movies as Rhiwbina Community Cinema realise more than ever the importance of community.
We thought you might be interested to know that since our first show The Grand Budapest Hotel October 15th 2015 up until our most recent movie Death at a Funeral 8th February 2020 we have welcomed 3161 people to enjoy an evening of cinematic fun. In that time we have screened 46 films, we don’t have the figures for ice creams consumed, but safe to assume it’s in the 1000s.
Next Saturday we were due to show Red Joan (12A)
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Here is a list of the 4 films we’ve shown in April since 2016.
There is a link to clips under each picture and all are available to rent online, you can watch on your computer or on your TV if you have a Smart TV or a streaming device connected to your TV
My Old Lady
available to rent from YouTube, Google Play
available to rent from YouTube and currently available to watch on MUBI (subscription required, 3 months for £1 introductory offer)
Good morning to all of our Monico Movies audience, we don’t want to lose touch with you all and are of course saddened that we can’t gather together as usual for a Saturday evening of fun and movies. It’s reminder to us in the Monico Movies crew of why we set up this neighbourhood cinema in the first place. Community and sharing is so important to our wellbeing and that is one of the unpleasant aspects of this pandemic, it punishes that most basic instinct of us humans to gather and share.
So we want to make a little contribution to keeping spirits up and also remember what Monico Movies has achieved, with you our audience, over these years. Monico Movies will be 5 years old this autumn, time sure flies by.
Here is a list of the 4 films we’ve shown in March since 2016
There is a link to the trailers under each picture and all are available to rent online, you can watch on your computer or on your TV if you have a Smart TV or a streaming device connected to your TV
available to rent from YouTube, Google Play and free to watch on All 4
Pavarotti will be back but whilst the whole COVID-19 situation is so fluid, we are unable to set a new date just yet. If you’ve got tickets, you can either hold onto them to redeem for Pavarotti in the future or if you’d prefer, you can return your tickets to the box office you bought them from for a full refund before the 18th April. If when we announce the new date you cant make it (and its after the 18th April) please just let us know and we’ll organise a refund. We apologise for the disruption to our programme. We miss you all, but we will be back and so will Pavarotti! In the meantime please take good care of yourselves. The Monico Movies Crew