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February 2022 Newsletter

It is Valentine’s Day.  

We thought this month we would celebrate two very different portrayals of love and romance.  
Neither is the traditional version one might expect, but both are nevertheless wonderful depictions of new relationships and the way lives can be changed forever. 

Love Story, (1970)

Though this film is ultimately a tragedy it is considered by the American Film Institute as one of the most romantic of its time, and became one of the highest grossing films. It won an Oscar for Best Original Score, by Frances Lai, and had 16 nominations in total. 

It tells the love story between Jenny (Ali McGraw) and Oliver (Ryan O’Neal), two young university students from very different backgrounds but who each have great ambitions.  Coming from diverse backgrounds, the film tells the story of relationships and their struggle to overcome family disapprovals. However, their love story progresses despite all, the film tells the story of Jenny and Oliver’s difficulties as they plan their lives and futures together.  

Being very emotive, the film was a great success and even made phrases such as “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” become very well known to most people. The theme music entitled ‘Love Story’, composed by Frances Lai, became so popular that Carl Sigman later wrote lyrics making the theme instantly popular – with Andy Williams, Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey releasing versions in the 1970’s.  

Director: Arthur Hiller
Cast: Ali McGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley as Phil Cavalleri and Ray Milland (born in Neath) as Oliver Barrett lll  
Writer:    Erich Segal 
Music:    Frances Lai 

  

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

MONSOON WEDDING (2001)     

This hilarious, comedy drama film is set in Delhi in upper-middle class India and tells the story of Aditi (Vasundhara Das). Her marriage has been arranged to an Indian man living in Texas who she has only known for a few weeks.  Despite all the flurry of preparations, a few days before the wedding Aditi sleeps with an old flame, and confesses to her soon to be husband Hemant (Parvin Dabas). 

Preparations for the wedding continue as the scene becomes gradually more chaotic as more and more family members from around the globe arrive to celebrate, with parties, family upsets, lots of music and romance, disagreements, drama. As the film and the wedding draw to a crescendo, suddenly the Monsoon rains come whilst the elaborate wedding continues.  Incorporating a chaotic, complex series of relationships, fallings-out, tears and laughter, this film transports you with an elaborate music score to some of the most beautiful parts of Delhi. 

Monsoon Wedding premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, a BAFTA for Best Film not originally in English and a nomination at the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film 

Cast: Vasundhara Das, Naseruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shaw, Parvin Dabas 
Director:  Mira Nair 
Writer:   Sabrina Dhawan 
Music:  Sukhwinder Singh 

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

Very exciting news! Monico Movies will return on Saturday 9th April 2022… more details will follow!!!

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10 Reasons why Minari is a must see at Monico Movies

Minari (12A)
Saturday 11th June 2022


Tickets are on sale now from our very supportive ticket outlets.
Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery, The Honeypot and The Deri Stores.

Based on a semi-autobiographical take of director Lee Issac Chung’s life, Minari tells the story of a South Korean immigrant family trying to make life work in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The 2020 American drama got many people’s attention, so much so that it was nominated for countless awards at the 93rd Academy Awards, with Youn Yuh-Jung winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. It was also nominated for SAG Awards and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film.

The movie is a story of an immigrant family never told before on the big screen, and its storyline and main characters will have any viewer’s heart swell with emotion. Set in the 1980s, Minari is a must-watch movie that deserves its recognition by Hollywood and global audiences.

10 Cinematography

The cinematography and visuals of the movie are nothing short of spectacular. Seeing as the movie is set in Arkansas, there are many shots of open landscape and nature. In the movie, Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) buys a house on wheels stationed on acres of open land, hoping to turn his dream of having a farm into reality.

Audiences get to see the amazement of what the landscape has to offer with its visuals. For example, there is the bright sun sweeping across the grass as pollen and small bugs litter the air, not to mention, the visuals of a young David (Alan Kim) walking through its vastness.

9 The Immigrant Story

The base of the movie’s storyline is one that many will resonate with, but seen from a different perspective. Jacob and his wife are Korean-born who made the decision to make a new life in America. After spending years in California sexing chickens, Jacob convinces his wife and family to move to Arkansas.

Jacob has a deep desire to live out his “American Dream” and to show his children that he can succeed in something. The story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, as Jacob faces many setbacks in making a successful crop and securing vendors. At the same time, he struggles with keeping his family together. Intermixed are the different dynamics that come into play with Korean parents living in America with two American-born children.

8 Jacob’s Inner Turmoil As A Father & His Dream

Audiences will see the inner struggle of all the main characters, especially Jacob’s. Jacob is hell-bent on his American dream of having his own farm to the point that he starts to lose sight of his family. They move to a home on wheels on newly purchased land, but his wife, Monica (Han Ye-Ri), worries that they are too far from a hospital in the event that their son David’s heart condition worsens.

As the movie progresses, David is at odds between providing for his family or using everything he has to make the crop work. On one occasion, he even stresses that the farm is his biggest priority.

7 Struggles Of A Frayed Marriage

From the start, audiences are aware that Jacob and Monica are having a rough time in their marriage. Monica isn’t 100 percent sold on Jacob’s dream, but she tries for his sake. As time progresses, Monica becomes warier of their future, as Jacob puts everything the family has into the farm.

Their current situation leads to more and more fights that take a toll. Minari tells the reality of a marriage that’s holding together by a thread. Fans can’t help but sympathize with Monica, as she feels isolated in a new place while taking care of her family.

6 Fun Dialogue & Lighthearted Moments

In between the emotional and reality-stricken storyline, there are still moments of comedy and lightheartedness that fans can’t help but chuckle at and they are a needed break from the tense-filled reality the family faces. There’s even a moment when David does the unthinkable and tricks his grandmother into drinking urine. When David receives his punishment, he’s asked to get a stick and comes back with a small piece of grass.

What makes the movie so realistic is that it doesn’t shy away from using subtitles. Jacob and his wife often speak Korean while intermixing English, as their kids are American-born. The movie is also praised for its dialogue, as it can be simplistic yet resonating. David’s line of “Grandma smells like Korea,” is both comical yet holds a deeper meaning to the story.

5 Missing Home & Cementing Korean Culture

There are a number of Korean cultural aspects that Minari ties into the bigger picture of an immigrant family in the Ozarks. The characters try to showcase Korean culture in America through Jacob’s desire to plant Korean vegetables and take advantage of the growing number of Korean residents in Arkansas.

At the same time, the movie embarks on the emotions of missing home and what it means. When Monica’s mother, Soonja (Youn Yuh-Joung) arrives from Korea, she brings some gifts, including gochugaru (red pepper powder) and anchovies. Monica is so distraught about missing home and so happy to receive the food ingredients that are difficult to find where she lives, that she starts crying.

4 Symbolism Of Minari

Some non-Koreans might not understand the symbolism behind Soonja planting minari next to a small stream in the forest. Minari is a type of vegetable or watercress that is herbal in flavor and can be compared to slightly bitter parsley. The plant is used in a variety of Korean dishes.

Soonja finds a small river and decides to plant minari there, knowing it will grow well. But the minari has a much deeper significance. The plant is known for growing abundantly after dying off in the first season. This speaks a lot about Jacob and his family’s struggles and also its tie to Soonja’s storyline.

3 David’s Own Story Through His Eyes

The movie is told through the eyes of David – the youngest child who’s under constant vigilance due to his heart murmur. He has his own story of assimilation, as he’s an American born but with Korean immigrant parents and audiences see his struggle of being pulled between these two cultures.

David and his sister often speak English to one another, but are more than capable of speaking fluent Korean. Throughout the movie, audiences see their ties to a more American way of life, like David’s obsession with Mountain Dew. Soonja also makes David a special Korean herbal medicine that he refuses to drink. Not to mention, there is a weight on David’s shoulders, knowing how much his illness affects his parents, and how he can’t run, even though he wants to.

2 David & Soonja’s Evolving Relationship

What might steal the show for many viewers is the relationship between David and Soonja. Soonja comes to America to help with the children and she creates a unique bond with David. Some American-born viewers can recall the first time they met their relative from their parent’s home country.

There’s a clash between David and his grandmother, as David doesn’t see her as the type of grandmother he knows about, that is, the stereotypical American-born grandmother. David often tells her that she’s not a real grandmother because she wears men’s clothing, swears, and doesn’t bake cookies. He even complains that she smells like Korea, but along the way, they find their middle ground as David comes to love her.

1 Soonja’s Story

Soonja’s story in Minari resonated so well that actor Youn Yuh-Jung won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first Korean actor to win in the category. She plays a big role in the family’s story arch that leaves fans tearing up. She’s not a typical grandmother, by either Korean or American standards, as she’s not stereotypically grandmotherly and she’d rather swear, drink Mountain Dew and watch wrestling.

But she becomes a pivotal character as she’s the only one who sees David as a “strong boy.” After some struggle, she forms a bond with her grandson and soothes his inner fear of not wanting to see heaven. She plants the minari seeds next to the creek, knowing they will grow fruitfully. In the end, Soonja signifies a new start for David and his family.

from an article by Gabriela Silva Published on Screen Rant Apr 28, 2021

Tickets are on sale now from our very supportive ticket outlets.
Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery, The Honeypot and The Deri Stores.

Monico Movies start at 7.30pm doors are open at 7pm
and show at
Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre,
Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Sinema Cymunedol Rhiwbina Community Cinema

June at Monico Movies

We are thrilled to have Monico Movies back and showing great movies to our brilliant Rhiwbina audience. We try to offer you a variety of films from Welsh independent movies like The Toll, Hollywood Oscar winners and under the radar gems like our movie choice for June, Minari.
Tickets are on sale now from our vey supportive ticket outlets.
A big thank you to Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery, The Honeypot and The Deri Stores. We really appreciate you.

Saturday 11th June 2022

Minari (12A)

Lee Isaac Chung’s Oscar-nominated tale of a Korean family putting down roots in 1980s Arkansas.

Yearning to own a small patch of land and be more than a factory worker, the ambitious father, Jacob (Steven Yeun) relocates his Korean-American family, Monica (Han Ye-ri), and their children, David (Alan Kim) and Anne (Noel Kate Cho), from California to 1980s rural Arkansas, to start afresh and capture the elusive American Dream. However, new beginnings are always challenging, and to find out what is best for the family, let alone start a 50-acre farm to grow and sell Korean fruits and vegetables, is easier said than done. But, amid sincere promises, cultural unease, fleeting hopes, and the ever-present threat of financial disaster, Jacob is convinced that he has found their own slice of Eden in the rich, dark soil of Arkansas. Can grandma Soonja’s (Youn Yuh-jung) humble but resilient minari (Korean water celery) help the Yi family figure out their place in the world? 

Click here for a review of Minari by Mark Kermode

check out the trailer below….

CAST: Steven Yeun as Jacob Yi, Han Ye-ri as Monica Yi, Alan Kim as David Yi
Noel Kate Cho as Anne Yi, Youn Yuh-jung as Soon-ja, Will Patton as Paul

DIRECTOR: Lee Isaac Chung

CERTIFICATE: 12A

Tickets are available from our usual Rhiwbina outlets, Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery, The Honeypot and The Deri Stores

 Monico Movies start at 7.30pm doors are open at 7pm
and show at
Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre,
Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Sinema Cymunedol Rhiwbina Community Cinema

Saturday 14th May at Monico Movies!

We have an outstanding movie to bring you for May. British movie maker Martin McDonagh wrote and directed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. An intense drama, based on real life events, it is not for the faint hearted, with strong language and graphic scenes. McDonagh pulls no punches, using dark humour to thrilling effect he brings to the screen the full fury of a mother’s grieving anger and pain. A formidable performance from Frances McDormand as the mother Mildred Hayes, determined to bring her daughter’s murderer to justice.
Includes superb performances from Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won Oscars, Golden Globes and Baftas for Best Film, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay.

Saturday 14th May 2022

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(15)

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15)
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Tickets are available from Saturday 9th April at our usual Rhiwbina outlets,
Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery,
The Honeypot and The Deri Stores
£4 cash only please.

 Monico Movies start at 7.30pm doors are open at 7pm
and show at
Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre,
Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Pavarotti Tickets?

This is another call out for anyone who has tickets for Pavarotti. Did you buy tickets in March 2020?
It would be very helpful to know if you will be attending the screening on 9th July.
A big thank you to those who have been in touch to tell us that you have tickets for Pavarotti.
We are going to show Pavarotti on Saturday 9th July 2022.

Two years ago we sold 74 tickets.
Those 74 tickets are out there with you, our loyal audience and these are still valid. We do need to have some idea how many people are planning to turn up on the night.
Some of you have already been in touch saying you will make use of your tickets but, so as we don’t double count, it would be useful if you would let us know the numbers on your tickets.
We will be very grateful if you can assist us and reply to our
email address with your name and ticket number.
monicomovies@gmail.com

Thank you for continued support of Monico Movies your Rhiwbina Community Cinema

Pavarotti Tickets?

A big thank you to those who have been in touch to tell us that you have tickets for Pavarotti and whether or not you will be attending the screening on 9th July.
We are going to show Pavarotti on Saturday 9th July.

Two years ago we sold 74 tickets.
Those 74 tickets are out there with you, our loyal audience and these are still valid. We do need to have some idea how many people are planning to turn up on the night.
Some of you have already been in touch saying you will make use of your tickets but, so as we don’t double count, it would be useful if you would let us know the numbers on your tickets.
We will be very grateful if you can assist us and reply to our
email address with your name and ticket number.
monicomovies@gmail.com

Thank you for continued support of Monico Movies your Rhiwbina Community Cinema

Pavarotti Tickets?

A big thank you to those who have been in touch to tell us that you have tickets for Pavarotti and whether or not you will be attending the screening on 9th July.
We are going to show Pavarotti on Saturday 9th July.

Two years ago we sold 74 tickets.
Those 74 tickets are out there with you, our loyal audience and these are still valid. We do need to have some idea how many people are planning to turn up on the night.
Some of you have already been in touch saying you will make use of your tickets but, so as we don’t double count, it would be useful if you would let us know the numbers on your tickets.
We will be very grateful if you can assist us and reply to our
email address with your name and ticket number.
monicomovies@gmail.com

Thank you for continued support of Monico Movies your Rhiwbina Community Cinema

Monico Movies Movie for the month of May

After throwing open the doors to welcome back the moviegoers of Rhiwbina, we have an outstanding movie to bring you for May. British movie maker Martin McDonagh is writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This dark comedy, based on real life events, is not for the faint hearted, with strong language and graphic scenes. McDonagh pulls no punches in bringing to screen the full fury of a mother’s grieving anger and pain. A formidable performance from Frances McDormand’s as the mother Mildred Hayes, determined to bring her daughter’s murderer to justice.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won Oscars, Golden Globes and Baftas for Best Film, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay.

Saturday 14th May 2022

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(15)

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15) is a darkly comic drama from British director Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Tickets are available from Saturday 9th April at our usual Rhiwbina outlets,
Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery,
The Honeypot and The Deri Stores
£4 cash only please.

 Monico Movies start at 7.30pm doors are open at 7.15pm
and show at
Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre,
Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Monico Movies Proudly Presents…

The time has arrived for the big reveal, we are so excited to announce the movie that marks our return
The Toll, a West Walian Western, is the debut feature film from Welsh film director Ryan Andrew Hooper.

The Toll is a hugely entertaining, irresistibly clever and darkly-comic crime caper, reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ finest work. The film stars Michael Smiley (Kill List, Luther), Annes Elwy (Little Women), Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) and Paul Kaye (The Ghoul). 
On the Pembrokeshire border, a man (Michael Smiley) working solo shifts in the quietest toll booth in Wales, hides from a criminal past where nobody would ever look. As his past actions catch up with him and his peace is shattered, he enlists the help of local ne’er-do-wells and oddballs (including a female Elvis impersonator, rampaging triplets and disgruntled sheep farmers) when village police officer Catrin(Annes Elwy) grows increasingly suspicious… 

Father Ted meets the old west in this entertaining black comedy set in rural Pembrokeshire – “where English people come to die”, according to graffiti on a road sign into the county… (The Guardian)

check out the trailer below….

CAST Michael Smiley,  Iwan Rheon,  Paul Kaye,  Steve Oram,  Annes Elwy,  Gary Beadle

DIRECTOR Ryan Andrew Hooper  WRITER Matt Redd 

CERTIFICATE: 15

Tickets are available from our usual Rhiwbina outlets, Serenade, Victoria Fearn Gallery, The Honeypot and The Deri Stores

Capacity at Canolfan has been restricted so there are fewer tickets are available.

 Monico Movies start at 7.30pm doors are open at 7.15pm
and show at
Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre,
Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX

Monico Movies Returns!

After the longest intermission break…

Monico Movies will be back in Rhiwbina at Canolfan Beulah. We can’t wait to get the reels rolling again.

Saturday 9th April 2022 is the date we have scheduled for the return show.

We are finalising a few details, but we have a treat of a movie planned. We will publish full details about the movie and where you can buy your tickets very soon.

What about Pavarotti?
Well we plan to show Pavarotti in July. Given the amount of time that has passed since tickets were sold for Pavarotti we felt it wise to give plenty of notice for word to get around.

We also need to know how many of you are still holding tickets for the movie. It would be a great help to us if you could let us know if you plan to use your ticket to attend.
If you should wish to return your ticket and receive a refund, you can of course, it would be a great help to know as soon as possible.

You can contact us via email: monicomovies@gmail.com

or speak to one of the Monico Movies crew if you see one of us around Rhiwbina.
if you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook
please spread the word that we are back!

a still from The Grand Budapest Hotel the first film at Monico Movies October 2015

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