04 February 2010

Choices, choices? Help!

I need help. And, no, not the psychiatric kind (well, I probably do, but that's not the point today).

I may have told you about Film Club. No? Well, about 12 friends and I set up a Film Club, of which I'm also the secretary but that's neither here nor there.
Basically, Film Club -- also known as Come Cine With Me, you like? -- runs every Sunday evening, the host (chosen at random) shows a film and provides snacks of their choice, the audience scores the film/overall evening anonymously and a short discussion may ensue.

The first round, before Christmas, was actually quite successful. Although I didn't win, I didn't do too badly either with my Halloween-themed 'The Strangers' film and spiderweb cheesecake.

So far, this round of Film Club, we've had German film 'Lola rennt' ('Run Lola, Run') and Swedish film 'Låt den rätte komma in' ('Let the Right One In'), both rather good.

Somehow, with some freakishly-swift passage of time, this Sunday is my turn again and I'm stuck on my choice of film, again.

This is where you come in and can hopefully help me. What film would you show for a Film Club?

I have listed below some narrowed down choices. What do you think? Any good? Have you seen any of them?
  • Lars and the Real Girl (2007) | IMDB Rating 7.6 | American/English | 106 mins
  • A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.
    Originally, I was going to rely on the IMDB rating and reviews alone and show this film without watching it. But, I have since seen it and really quite liked it. But maybe it could be considered as "weird". But weird can be good, right?
  • Oldboy (2003) | IMDB Rating 8.3 | Korean | 120 mins
  • After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.
    This is another film I've not seen but heard good things about. It is exactly 2 hours which is the limit really, as the audience tends to get fidgety around the 2 hour mark. It is in Korean and subtitled but most members don't seem to have any problem with that.
  • Strictly Ballroom (1992) | IMDB Rating 7.1 | Austrailian/English | 94 mins
  • Brave new steps put Scott's career in jeopardy. With a new partner and determination, can he still succeed?
    This was one of my favourite films when I was younger. It's actually quite a humourous film, in my opinion and will probably get points for being short. But it is about ballroom dancing - is it a bit of a chick flick? The Film Club crowd is male-dominated!
  • 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) (2007) | IMDB Rating 7.9 | Romanian | 113 mins
  • Drama about a woman who assists her friend to arrange an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania.
    A pattern is forming; I haven't seen this one either, but I have heard good things about it, too. And remember wanting to see it. It's under the 2 hours, subtitled and from the clips I've seen, looks interesting. I'm just curious, as with any film I haven't seen, about the ending.
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) | IMDB Rating 8.5 | American/English | 108 mins
  • A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
    I have seen this one and it's fab, but I imagine a lot of people will have seen it before and whilst I believe it's OK to show a film some have seen before, if everyone has seen it, it might be a bit of a waste of time. 
I think that's the lot, actually. I just simply don't have time to get hold of all these films and watch them all before Sunday.

So, please, give me some guidance! :D


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  1. Ha! I love Strictly Ballroom! The only other one I have seen is Lars and the Real Girl which was so incredibly awkward I don't think I can watch again (though I did like it!). Would you make Tina Sparkle cupcakes if you watched Strictly Ballroom...because if you did I'd go with that one :) But I understand being weary of the male dominance.
    Have you ever seen The Baxter? Just going on with the awkward movie theme :)
    Now I want to start a movie club :(

  2. Lars & the Real girl yeah is a lil awkard of a movie. It might not go over well with some people. I've heard great things about Old Boy. I've never seen it but people are always like, "Omg you gotta see it!!" I'd pick that one!

  3. Two films:

    Cashback: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashback_%28film%29

    and the German, brilliantly done 'Downfall' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downfall_%28film%29

  4. I absolutely love Lars and the Real Girl but I also absolutely love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Two great movies. I think now that you reminded me of them I may need to pull them off of the movie shelf.

  5. I'd go with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's a great movie, that will encourage discussion but won't be overly awkward. The only downside is that there might be a few people in your group that have seen this movie?

  6. I changed my mind, go with Strictly Ballroom. Get those stickers that people use at conferences for name tags, and write funny things like "I can embrace my inner femininity" or "My chances of getting laid will have increased by 99.8% after watching this film" or other more clever antidotes. Also, find some cheesy pictures online to print of of naked ladies and write on the front "To reaffirm your masculinity" as a parting gift. I'd go with some pretty scary looking ladies, because I'm cruel and it would make me laugh.

  7. Oh I vote for Eternal Sunshine but only because Mark Ruffalo is in it and I LOVE LOVE LOVE him!!

    The Romanian film sounds quite interesting though.