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June 2021 Newsletter

Hello again from the Monico Movies crew, we’re still here and still watching and enjoying movies. Alas the ongoing pandemic is still resulting in restrictions on gatherings. As soon as we are able to return to showing movies to our lovely loyal and supportive audience you can be assured we’ll be back in a flash. In the meantime…
With the recent arrival of the hot sunny days and major sporting events such as Wimbledon and Euro 2020 ( c’mon Wales!) the Monico Movies crew have selected a few sporting movies for you to enjoy when the sunshine takes a day off.

Borg v McEnroe (2017) cert 15

This sports drama film is based on the true story of two tennis legends, sometimes described as “fire and ice”; it builds on the professional rivalry between Borg and McEnroe and culminates in the championship game between them in l980 one of the most dramatic tennis finals of all time. In 1980, when Bjorn Borg had already won the Wimbledon tennis championship four times, he faced John McEnroe who had reached the final for the first time in his career and who would prove to be a serious threat to Borg’s hopes of being the world’s first to win the championship five times.
The film was directed by Janus Metz Pedersen, and starred Sverrir Gudnason as Borg and Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe. When LaBeouf first read the script, it was said he cried, as he related strongly with McEnroe’s character, regarding him as a misunderstood person.  Through a combination of dramatic camerawork and compelling music score, the film builds to the big final in 1980 whilst illuminating the different characters of the two players – the calm control of Borg against the arrogance and court tantrums of John McEnroe.

Available to rent from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk


The Damned United (2009) cert.15


The Damned United is a 2009 British film, adapted from David Peace’s bestselling 2006 novel The Damned Utd, a largely fictional book based on the author’s interpretation of Brian Clough’s ill-fated tenure as football manager of Leeds United in 1974.
Born in Newport and a graduate of Neath Port Talbot Further Education College, Michael Sheen, plays Brian Clough.
Like his predecessors, Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins, Michael Sheen is another actor to spring from the rich artistic soil of South Wales.
The Damned United is the story of Brian Clough’s 44-day stint as manager of Leeds United FC in 1974. When Don Revie quit Leeds to become the England boss, the outspoken Brian Clough took charge. Determined to impose his own style upon Revie’s tough-tackling team, Clough soon alienated his players and the board.
Like many sport’s films, this movie is successful because of the charismatic characters involved in the plot.

You can view this film now on the BBC iPlayer.
Available to rent from YouTube and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

Rush (2013 film) cert. 15

Directed by Ron Howard, Rushis a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.

Set against the glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.



Available to rent from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

May 2021 Newsletter

The films we are recommending this month are two which we have been waiting to screen at Monico Movies for some time.


The Lives of Others is a 2006 German film and was the first film directed by Florian Henckle.
Henckle was brought up outside of East Germany during the period of the Berlin Wall. The surveillance operations of the Stasi, East Germany’s feared secret police during that time, inspired Henckle to develop and direct this film.
In the film, one of the Stasi has been placed on surveillance of a writer and his lover; as the film progresses he becomes himself increasingly sympathetic and absorbed by their lives; having no real social life or contacts of his own he becomes more and more drawn to the couple.
The film received many awards; a Bafta for Best Film Not in the English Language, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, European Film Award for Best Film and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Lives of Others is a quiet, absorbing film with chilling undertones – we highly recommend it.

Available to rent from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

Our second choice of film this month is The Children Act, a 2017 drama directed by Richard Eyre and written by Ian McEwan, based on his 2014 novel of the same name. It stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.

Adapted by McEwan from his own novel and bolstered by an expressive performance by Emma Thompson. The Children Act poses sophisticated questions around family, religion, marriage, law and the delicate boundaries that can or cannot be crossed in each institution.

Emma Thompson plays Fiona Maye, a high court judge in London. Most of the cases she takes on involve the life and death of children, passing judgment over the most emotional and impactful questions of people’s lives.

Meanwhile, at home, her marriage with her academic husband, Jack (Stanley Tucci), is falling apart, largely, it seems, due to her workload.

Available now on BBC iPlayer and to rent from YouTube, Google Play Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

Monico Movies is Zooming!

NEWSFLASH!
Monico Movies is Zooming!

10th April 7.30pm

A reminder that at 7.30pm this evening
the special one-off Monic Movies Zoom screening will commence,
we’re are looking forward to seeing you all…

You will need to join our meeting via the
following link:
Click here on the 10th April just before 7.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/99213966257?pwd=SHRRKzZ2WFExZUg4dllpb1V5bjRSQT09

The programme will be approximately 45mins and will contain a small selection of our very favourite short films.
This will be an opportunity for us all to meet online via Zoom from our own homes to enjoy these favourite short films together.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Monico Zoom Movies 10th April 7.30pm

Click here on the 10th April just before 7.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/99213966257?pwd=SHRRKzZ2WFExZUg4dllpb1V5bjRSQT09

Monico Movies is Zooming!

NEWSFLASH!
Monico Movies is Zooming!

10th April 7.30pm

A reminder that at 7.30pm this evening
the special one-off Monic Movies Zoom screening will commence,
we’re are looking forward to seeing you all…

You will need to join our meeting via the
following link:
Click here on the 10th April just before 7.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/99213966257?pwd=SHRRKzZ2WFExZUg4dllpb1V5bjRSQT09

The programme will be approximately 45mins and will contain a small selection of our very favourite short films.
This will be an opportunity for us all to meet online via Zoom from our own homes to enjoy these favourite short films together.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Monico Zoom Movies 10th April 7.30pm

Click here on the 10th April just before 7.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/99213966257?pwd=SHRRKzZ2WFExZUg4dllpb1V5bjRSQT09

March 2021 Newsletter


Why cinemas will bounce back from coronavirus | OzSeeker

Newsflash!!!! A special event in April…..
Due to Covid, we still cannot meet as we usually do in Canolfan Beulah.

The Monico Movies team have been very busy discussing ways to stay connected with our audience who have sustained this wonderful community cinema for the past 5 years. The Monico Movies crew are still so thrilled at the success of our Rhiwbina Community Cinema but of course frustrated that we have been unable to be together with you all and share a movie together this past year.
So we have arranged for next month a special one-off Zoom screening.
On 10th April, we will be screening at 7.30p.m. a programme of favourite short
films for you all to enjoy.
This will be an opportunity for us all to meet from our own homes to enjoy these
favourite shorts of yours.
You will need to join our meeting via the following
Link

Click here on the 10th April just before 7.30pm
https://zoom.us/j/99213966257?pwd=SHRRKzZ2WFExZUg4dllpb1V5bjRSQT09

Please spread the word in order that everyone knows about our planned
screening, and we can all have a wonderful evening together. We look
forward to seeing you all!

( the picture on the banner is Eirwen Davies she was the newsreader on Y Dydd, the Welsh language news bulletin on HTV, if you’re interested in reading more about the history of Harlech Television https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITV_Wales_%26_West )


The film we are recommending for March is A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Tom Felton.
The film is about the love affair between Prince Seretse Khama of
Bechuanaland, who is studying law in Britain, and a British woman Ruth
Williams. Nothing prepares them for the diplomatic uproar their love sparks, and this is the story that unfolds and leads towards the eventual establishment of the Republic of Botswana.
A true story of a love that shook an empire, set during the time of South Africa’s apartheid programme, and proving that love can triumph over prejudice. As was her previous costume drama, Belle, which we screened at Monico Movies in November 2017, this film is rich in detail and design, and was directed by Amma Asante.
The film won the British Screenwriters’ Award in 2017.



Available to watch on BBC iPlayer, Netflix, BFI Player or Prime Video

February 2021 Newsletter

With February’s arrival we can feel winter is on it’s way out and springtime beckons.

February also brings us Valentine’s Day, and so the Monico Movies team thought we’d like to share with you two films that show the different ways that love can be expressed on screen.

The delicate and movingly tender love between a Parisian couple who have shared a lifetime together. And the exuberant energy of Hollywood romance.

Amour (12)

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Successful screenwriter Michael Haneke has a reputation for making hard hitting thrillers during his lifetime; 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 and Emanuelle Riva do not shy away from showing Anne’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.

Available to rent from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

Singin’ in the Rain (U)

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“What a glorious feeling!”

Was the line strapped across the promotional posters for the 1952 musical romantic comedy, Singin’ in the Rain

And this movie more than lived up to its advertising.

The phrase classic movie is used so often it can be a cliché, but Singin’ in the Rain is a solid gold classic. Filled with great performances from song and dance maestros Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, established stars at this point they are joined by Debbie Reynolds a young actor with only a few minor movies to her name, this was her big break.

The film is joyous, light-hearted, and happy. Filmed in “Glorious Technicolor” with lavish sets, catchy melodies, wonderful dancing and some very funny comedy.

There is a great performance from Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont, the blonde bombshell with the voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

The standout moment is of course Gene Kelly’s brilliant dance routine for the title song, it comes in at the point in the movie when he and Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) realise they are falling in love. That explains the dance: He doesn’t mind getting wet because he’s besotted with romance.

There is also a high energy slapstick dance routine from Donald O’Connor “Make ‘em Laugh” and a wonderful fantasy dance sequence, “Broadway Ballet” between Gene Kelly and Cyd Charise.

The story is a framework for the song and dance routines, but it is also a story about the real challenge to the movie industry moving from silent movies to the talkies.  

This is a movie about making movies and as such is a reminder of how important Hollywood and cinema going was to everyone in the 1950s.

The magic of “Singin’ in the Rain” lives on.

“What a glorious feeling!”

Available to rent from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

Special bonus Valentine fact:

The medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today.

The painting at the top of the newsletter is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and is in the collection of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence https://www.visituffizi.org/artworks/the-birth-of-venus-by-sandro-botticelli/

January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year to you all

Here at Monico Movies HQ we are monitoring the lockdown situation, alas re-opening still seems some way off.

We all know that lockdown means we have to stay home and keep ourselves and others safe from the spread of this pernicious virus, but not being able to take off to the seaside or out into the wilds or travel to another town or city is of course very frustrating. But we need to find ways to keep our spirits up. The MM crew have been sharing their discoveries when going for local walks in and around Rhiwbina, such as locating the blue plaques that have been installed by The Rhiwbina Civic Society  or by taking a hike up The Wennalt.

However, if you’re like us when the wanderlust gets a hold we embrace the magic of the movies and take a celluloid journey further afield (for younger readers, celluloid is an old fashioned synonym for films).

A favourite of ours at Monico Movies is Mr Hulot’s Holiday (U) (aka Les Vacances de M. Hulot). Filming for this 1953 French comedy took place in the sleepy seaside resort, San Marc sur Mer on France’s north-western Atlantic Coast.

Mr Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

This was the setting for Jaques Tati to introduce us to Monsieur Hulot, one of cinema’s great comic creations. Drawing inspiration from the great masters of visual comedy, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy.
Monsieur Hulot has a distinctive lurching walk, he is clumsy and somewhat naive of the world around him, but he has a friendly, well-meaning and good-natured persona. His escapades usually involve clashes with technology. In Mr Hulot’s Holiday, he comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation and accidentally, but good-naturedly, causes havoc.
Jaques Tati made a further three Mr. Hulot films: Mon Oncle (1958), Playtime (1967) and Trafic (1971).

Mr Hulot’s Holiday promo poster

The DVD can be rented from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk ( link ) we have been unable to find a streaming rental.

In this next film, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013 PG), imagined journeys are at the very heart of the film. Based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber.

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.

The cinematography is fabulous, frame after frame of perfectly composed scenes of the most spectacular landscapes. There are also wonderful cameo appearances from Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn.

A lot of the scenes (even the ones from the Himalayas and Afghanistan) are filmed in Iceland and some in Greenland.

Available to rent from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime and you can rent the DVD from Cinema Paradiso.co.uk

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
au revoir à bientôt!

Nadolig Llawen typo

The eagle eyed among you will have seen a typo at the end of the Christmas 2020 post.

Whereas I would normally let a typo go I felt it was important to correct this time.

It should of course read:

Nadolig Llawen

a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

ymddiheuriadau!

Christmas 2020 at Monico Movies

It is that time of year again, but of course this year is not like a Christmas that any of us would have hoped for.

Like much of the preceding months of 2020 we face a challenge of our endeavour and spirit. The virus will not be wished away, we will have to all do our bit and wait it out and sooner or later we will begin to emerge into a post-COVID-19 world.

So, although we can’t physically be with our family and friends most of us are fortunate to have telephones and computers to see and speak to each other.

The Monico Movies crew did just that on Thursday evening, utilising the online technology we had an online Christmas party. We reminisced about our family Christmases past, our favourite games to play, what we plan to have for Christmas dinner (it turns out we are all very trad when it comes to Christmas dinner).

But it wouldn’t be a proper MM get together without a, good natured, disagreement about the best Christmas movie.

Since we started MM in 2015, we’ve had 5 Christmas movies. Starting with Scrooged, followed by Get Santa (2016), Nativity (2017) the classic White Christmas in 2018 and last year we changed tack and instead of a Christmas themed movie we showed the brilliant and surprisingly emotional, Stan & Ollie.

“Yes, yes but what were you planning for 2020?” I hear you cry…

Well on the short list we had:

It’s a Wonderful Life

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

The Bishop’s Wife

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

…to name but a few.

But we settled on what has become an absolute Christmas classic

Elf

All the movies we have mentioned above should be available to watch on one of the many streaming platforms available via your computer or Smart TV

The Monico Movies crew wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and crossing fingers and toes for better 2021

Oh, and if you have some shopping to do please try and support our local Rhiwbina shops and businesses.

Nadloig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


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