Cinema Club

31 March 2015

Note: The Group now meets at the White Lion pub on the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30am.

See  U3A Cinema Group newsletter for April 2015

June 2014 Newsletter

The monthly meeting took place as normal on the first Tuesday in the month – 6th May 2014 –in the (BEESTON) White Lion at 10am. There were eleven of us, all very well behaved ! In April we had a Soiree at Alan’s house, but the small ensemble who attended decided to forego the film and have a social evening with chocolates and wine instead.

Films we have watched at cinemas and on television included: My Week with Marilyn, Saving Mr Banks, The Lunchbox, Half of a Yellow Sun, Je m’appelle, Philomena and the live transmission of King Lear.

Plans for May 2014
Paradiso – CATs (Chilwell Arts Theatre at the Chilwell Comprehensive School) are showing the Nottingham Playhouse’s “The Second Minute” on Friday 9th May, a WW1 drama based on letters written by troops and their families.
Movies resumed on Friday 23rd May with ‘Twelve Years a Slave’. Tickets are now £6 (£5 concession) and the start time is 7pm for 7.30 showing. Other Movies to Watch this Month which have been nominated from the ‘Broadway’
brochure:
Silver Screen
Thurs 15th 10.30am ‘A Thousand Times Goodnight’ – Thurs 22nd 10.30am. ‘Before the Winter Chill’
Thurs 29th 10.30am ‘The Two Faces of January’ plus ‘The Other Woman’ at Showcase/Cineworld. And
‘Transcendence’ at Showcase/Cineworld.
The next meeting will be at the Beeston White Lion, at 10am on Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

Alan

May 2014 Newsletter

The monthly meeting took place as normal on the first Tuesday in the month – 6th May 2014 –in the (BEESTON) White Lion at 10am. There were eleven of us, all very well behaved ….

Last month (April)

In April we had a Soiree at Alan’s house, advertised as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, but the small ensemble who attended decided to forgo the film and have a social evening with chocolates and wine instead.
In April we also decided to forgo the Derby Model outing.
Films watched at cinemas included :
My Week with Marilyn Good. Awarded three ticks by those who saw it.
Saving Mr Banks Seen on tv. It was so exceptionally good that Pat simply stopped watching it. No ticks (out of three).
The Lunchbox Everyone who saw this thought it was excellent Three .
Half of a Yellow Sun Pam saw this and it reminded her of being in Lagos at the very time depicted. Two s.
Je m’appelle Hmmm Jenny didn’t like the beginning, middle, or the end, but Al thought the middle was ‘uplifting’. Minus 3  from Jenny, plus two  from Al.
Philomena (at Paradiso) Three  from everyone who saw it.
Nebraska (at Paradiso) Three . There was a lot more in it than the trailer suggested.
King Lear Live transmission. Half a  from Cathy because it was not true to the original play., but she and Elizabeth nevertheless thought it was a good production.

Plans for May 2014

Paradiso

CATs (Chilwell Arts Theatre at the Chilwell Comprehensive School) are showing the Nottingham Playhouse’s “The Second Minute” on Friday 9th May, a First World War drama based on letters written by troops and their families.
Movies resume on Friday 23rd May with ‘Twelve years a slave’.
Tickets are now £6 (£5 concession) and the start time is 7pm for 7.30 showing.

Soirees.

Janet is hosting a Soiree on Wednesday 14th at 7pm for 7.30. The movie is ‘The History Boys’.

Other Movies to Watch this Month

The following movies have been nominated from the ‘Broadway’ brochure:

Thurs 15th 10.30am ‘A thousand times goodnight’ – Silver Screen
Thurs 22nd 10.30am ‘Before the Winter Chill’ – Silver Screen
Thurs 29th 10.30am ‘The Two Faces of January’ – Silver Screen
Plus
‘The Other Woman’ at Showcase/Cineworld.
‘Transcendence’ at Showcase/Cineworld.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting will be at the Beeston White Lion, at 10am on Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

March 2014 Newsletter

The Beeston U3A Cinema Group has the simple aim of going to the pictures with friends. We’ve stated this before, so please don’t blink and think we’ve lost the thread! We meet on the first Tuesday of every month in the White Lion in Beeston at 10am, where we have a coffee with the money we would spend on room rent elsewhere.

We meet to discuss the films that are coming to Nottingham in the forthcoming month. We use the Broadway cinema’s published programme as a guide, but we also note the Showcase, the Savoy, and the Paradiso (which is a twice a month cinema club at the Chilwell Comprehensive School – they also call themselves Chilwell Arts Theatre or CATS).

We nominate a few films and suggest a couple of dates for each film. With luck we meet up with others who have chosen to go on the same day. We also have ‘soirees’. Each month one or two people will nominate a film they like, and invite the rest to view it at their home on DVD. This is a very sociable activity and is very well attended.

Membership is growing, and we have very, very lively meetings, where everyone has a strong opinion of the previous months’ films. I pity the poor group leader, I really do ….

Alan

January 2014

Click on the link to read U3A Cinema Group January 2014 Newsletter

September 2013 Newsletter

The general intention of the Cinema Group is to provide companionship when watching movies.

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am in the (Beeston) White Lion, and over a cup of coffee we catch up and discuss movies we have seen in the previous month. Then we review the new releases, pick a few titles, and opt for a few venues and dates. These choices are then published in our own monthly round-robin so that all members can meet up to watch the same movies if they so choose. This is our basic way of getting together.

We also hold soirees, where an individual member will invite others to watch a specific film on DVD at their house. One member focuses on classic Black and White British films of the 40 and 50s, such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Brighton Rock, and Hobson’s Choice. Another member is much more up to date, and here choices have included The Social Network and The Children of Men. A third member of the group will begin her soiree offerings with All about Eve.

We also attend the Paradiso film club at the Chilwell School, and we have just begun a pot-luck adventure, where we go to a nominated multiplex at the same time and day each month, and then choose what to watch – and all who turn up have to watch together. A recipe to broaden our minds if ever there was one

Alan

December 2012 Newsletter

CC December 2012The Beeston U3A Cinema Group has the simple aim of going to the pictures with friends. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month in Wetherspoons (also called ‘The Last Post’) where we can have a coffee with the money we would spend on room rent at CRMC! We meet to discuss the films that are coming to Nottingham in the forthcoming month. We use the Broadway cinema’s published programme as a guide, but we also note the Showcase, the Savoy, and the Paradiso (which is a once a month cinema club at the Chilwell Comprehensive).

We nominate a few films and we suggest a couple of dates for each film. Then we go if we can, and meet up with whoever else is there. We are also discussing the idea of DVD shows at our homes. We hope to catch up on films we might have missed recently, and some of the classics which have become personal favourites.

We have around 16 members currently, which gives us comfortable meeting sizes and cinema attendance, given that not everyone can go to every activity.

Alan

September 2012 Newsletter

The May meeting of the group was our first in our new premises – the Last Post pub in Beeston and the coffee was good. Our film choices were Jeffrey Who Lives at Home and Moonrise Kingdom. The group reported that they enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom, a quirky film. There was no meeting in June because it clashed with the extended Jubilee celebrations so I picked the films which were Gilda, The Angels Store and Prometheus and nobody went to any of them. July’s choices were The Dark Knight Rises – the final film in the Batman trilogy, The Hunter, Your Sister’s Sister and Elektric Children. Both the Batman film [part of which had been filmed at Wollaton Hall so we were busy building spotting] and The Hunter were enjoyed. August choices are Take this Waltz and The Bourne Legacy.

This is my final piece for the newsletter. As from 1st September Alan Windsor will be taking over as group leader and I would like to say thank you to him from all of us for taking on the group. I have enjoyed setting the group up and I look forward to continuing to enjoy the film choices in the months to come.

Elizabeth

June 2012 Newsletter

The meeting place for this group has now changed and in May we met at The Last Post which is a Wetherspoons pub next to the main post office in the centre of Beeston for a coffee and discussion. The film choices for February were The Best Exotic Hotel and The Descendents. The Best Exotic Hotel was liked by all as it was awash with wonderful British actors who had us laughing and then crying. The Descendents had George Clooney and the wonderful scenery of Hawaii but personally I think the scenery won, not one of Gorgeous George’s best films. The film chosen for March was The Lady [this was about Aung San Suu Kyi]. The film was a three hankie weepy, it took you from the time of her father’s assassination to her marriage to an Englishman, then going back home to look after her mother, her winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, and then never being able to leave Burma even when her husband was dying from cancer to the final period of house imprisonment. April’s choices were Aardmans [of Wallace and Gromit fame] The Pirates which [I being the only who was interested in it] had every intention of going to but didn’t manage to and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which was liked and considered a good interpretation of the book.

Elizabeth

March 2012 Newsletter

The Cinema club started in September last year and we meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am in the Guild Room at Chilwell Road Methodist Church where we select our cinema choices for the month and then we discuss what we have seen the previous month both at the cinema and on TV.
The first month we had just one choice of film but now we manage to juggle up to 3 different films at 2 different cinemas. We prefer to go to daytime screenings and we mainly go to the Broadway cinema in Nottingham but some members find it more convenient to go to the Showcase cinema but there are no restrictions on cinema choice.
We don’t stipulate that we all have to go together – normally it’s in small groups of 2/3 people or some members go with their friends/partners or by themselves. However we do try to make sure that if a member doesn’t want to go on their own then we usually manage to partner them up with another member.
Our film choices have been varied, starting with Jane Eyre and this caused much discussion about how many different versions we had seen. October’s choices were Midnight in Paris directed by Woody Allen and the disturbing We need to talk about Kevin. In November we saw George Clooney as a venal presidential hopeful in The Ides of March and also the latest version of Wuthering Heights. In December the new version of The Deep Blue Sea with Simon Russell Beale and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with a wonderful cast of top ranking British actors and this month the choices are The Artist and War Horse.

Elizabeth, March 2012.