We will be continuing picking films for next semester’s programme so come along to make sure your favourite films make it on! And of course, as always, we will be heading to the Greenmantle Pub for some drinks afterwards!
We will be deciding on our programme for next semester so get those film ideas ready and meet us in the Munro Room to make sure your favourite film makes it on! All suggestions are welcome but keep in mind that we will be programming classics this week which is anything older than a year old which is in the English language. And, of course, we will be heading to the pub afterwards so please do join us for that!
Tuesday 14th October, 7.30pm, Teviot Study
Thursday 16th October, 7.30pm, Teviot Study
Come down in teams of up to six or join one of the teams already down there and test your film knowledge in pursuit of our fantastic DVD prizes!
Social Teams Meeting
Friday 17th October, 2:00pm, Teviot Balcony Room
Join us as we organise all of Filmsoc’s fantastic social events including special talks, pub crawls and cinema trips!
This is a brilliant time to get involved because this week is when it gets really fun! This is when we decide on our films for the next semester so come along and fight to get your favourite films on the programme. This week we are programming classic films which is any film which is over a year old so get cracking on those film ideas! Also, as always, we will be stopping off at our favourite pub, The Greenmantle, for some post-meeting drinks.
Tuesday 7th October, 7.30pm, Teviot Study
Film Discussion Group
Thursday 9th October, 7.30pm, The Brass Monkey, Drummond St
With it being October and with Halloween on the horizon, we thought that this week we would discuss horror movies. Which movies scared the hell out of you and why? What are the best and worst films of the genre? It’s going to be a good’n so don’t miss out! Along with this we will be discussing the US summer box office and whether we agree with it. Also, afterwards we will be screening the brilliant Spanish horror [Rec]. You will find us in the back room on the Brass Monkey – hope to see you all there!
Talk from Richard Jobson of The Skids
Sunday 12th October, 2.00pm, Pleasance Cabaret Bar
As part of this years Pleasance Sessions we proudly welcome Richard Jobson, former lead singer of punk legends The Skids and now accomplished film-maker. He will be talking to us about the nature of music and the film industry. We are extremely lucky to have such a legend of the music and film scene with us and you can come and see him absolutely free of charge! This is a very exciting one-off event which you don’t want to miss and if you have even a passing interest in the film or music industry or wish to become involved in it one day, this talk is one you’ll want to catch!
Come get more involved in the society, volunteer for roles and the best part is, we’re off to the pub afterwards. See you there!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Tuesday 30th September, 7.30pm, Teviot Study
Thursday 2nd October, 7.30pm, Teviot Study
This Thursday we were due to have Diane Henderson, Deputy Creative Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival, speaking to us about her role. However unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstance she will no longer be able to attend. We are working on rescheduling the event so please keep on the look out for more news.
Apologies for any inconvenience and I hope you can find something equally exciting to fill your Thursday night!
Want to help run FilmSoc? Our committee meeting this week is our annual roles meeting, where you can sign up for any of our positions on offer, including House Managers, Film Booking Officer, Projectionists, and many more!
Welcome to FilmSoc! Join us for our first meeting to learn about how you can get involved in running the society. Followed by a trip to the pub afterwards.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Tuesday 16th September, 7.30pm, Teviot Study
Film Discussion Group
Thursday 18th September, 7.30pm, The Brass Monkey, Drummond St
Topics: how Hollywood deals with the death of its celebrities and our favourite films of the summer. Afterwards we will be screening Robin Williams’ World’s Greatest Dad, so join us for some drinks, lively chat, and an awesome film
Every Monday FilmSoc holds open committee meetings where you can join our exec team to help run the society.
In our Week 2 committee meeting, we offer a variety of roles new members can take on, including (but not limited to):
House Managers- running our box office selling memberships and guest tickets
Tech team members- projecting our films and carrying out the technical set-up for our quizzes
Film booking officer- getting into contact with film distributors to book our screening licenses
Website/Social Media managers- updating our website and social media outlets with posts about our events
Front of House assistants- helping set up screenings and checking for memberships/tickets when letting people into our screenings and events
Quiz team members- helping write rounds for and running our quizzes
Socials team members- organising and running our social events, such as discussions and Reel Talks
Societies Liaison officer- getting in contact with other societies about collaborating with FilmSoc
Advertising team members- brainstorming and exploring new ways to promote our events
DVD Acquisition officer- in charge of finding out which DVDs the society needs for screenings and acquiring ones we don’t already have
Committee is also where you can have your say in what films we show.
Starting later this semester, we will begin programming for semester two. We programme in three sections–new releases, classics (anything not new), and foreign language films.
All suggestions are welcome, with the exception of films we’ve screened in the last three years. Not only is it a great chance to get your favourite films on the programme, but it is a great chance to discover new films.
Why you should join
Getting involved in running our society makes your FilmSoc experience that much better.
For one, our roles offer you a great opportunity to build experience that can help you get a job. That’s right, a job.
Want to work at one of Edinburgh’s festivals next summer? Festival companies always look for box office, front of house, and technical assistants. FilmSoc offers opportunities in all three of these areas, which will look mighty fine on your CV when applying for these types of jobs.
Plus, if you’re interested in a placement with or volunteering for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, being involved in FilmSoc is great experience to have.
And if job prospects weren’t enough to convince you of why you should join our committee, how about making super awesome cool friends?
If you’re in your first year at Edinburgh, you may be taking classes with hundreds of people crammed into a lecture hall. Not such a great way to meet people, is it?
Societies give you the chance to meet people with similar interests, and our committee puts on many social events, including cinema trips, pub crawls, and our annual murder mystery. Might be biased in saying this, but we’re a fun group to hang around!
Our committee meetings take place every Monday at 7:30pm in the Munro Room, which is just next to the Theatre at Pleasance where we screen our Sunday films.
We’re hosting some great events during Freshers Week, so be sure to come along (whether you’re a fresher or returning student!).
Tuesday 9th September, 7:30pm, Pleasance Theatre
Gru is a supervillan – heists and notoriety are all he cares about. When he adopts a trio of orphans as part of an everyday dastardly plan, he unexpectedly finds a family. Charming animation packed with great characters and hilarious antics.
FREE film screening!
Wednesday and Thursday 10th and 11th September, 11am-4pm, Cabaret Bar, Pleasance
A chance to collect or buy your membership and find out more about the society, including how to join our awesome committee.
Thursday 11th September, 7:30pm, Teviot Study
Know which film that quote is from? How about that soundtrack? The FilmSoc quiz is a fun chance to test your film wits and win prizes. Teams of up to 6. Feel free to come in pre-arranged teams or find teammates on the night. Prizes include DVDs and sweets!
Friday 12th September, 8:00pm, Teviot Study
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski is one of the great cult classics of our time, with something for everyone, from humour that’s alternately sophisticated, crude, and surreal, to the bizarre rug-centric mystery at the centre of its plot.
Come join us for The Big Lebowski, whether it’s your first or your tenth viewing of the only film with the distinct honour of having spawned its own religion.
FREE film screening!
Sunday 14th September, 7:30pm, Pleasance Theatre
The Lego Movie
An unimaginative labourer stumbles across an ancient artefact which he must use to fight criminal mastermind Lord Business. Clever dialogue, great casting, and surprisingly emotional moments bring life to this nostalgia trip
Our first official screening of the semester! Be sure to purchase your membership online beforehand. Guest ticket price £2.50 for non-members.
After having my pass scanned twenty-eight times, seeing the EIFF clip twenty-eight times, signing five embargoes, the wonderful fortnight has ended. I have seen Elijah Wood and Brian Cox, Darth Vader and stormtroppers outside the Filmhouse, and I have seen many films: some good, some bad (Hyena, I Hate the Dawn, Korso, Palo Alto, X/Y, Aberdeen, Hide and Seek, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Cold in July, Koo! Kin-dza-dza, Miss Zombie, Displaced Perssons, My Accomplice, Castles in the Sky, Set Fire to the Stars, Daughters, Hellion, Coherence, Garnet’s Gold, Joe, The Anomaly, The Infinite Man, Life After Beth, We’ll Never Have Paris, Honeymoon, Uncertain Terms, The Guvnors and I Believe in Unicorns).
Watching all these films was tough and tiring, sometimes I was watching four in a day. The good thing was that everybody obeyed the code of conduct in the press screenings, everyone was nice, from cinema staff to EIFF volunteers. I did treat it almost like a job – watching films during the day and writing reviews at night. Most are pretty poor, I just ran out of time and I was burnt out near the end.
There were three stand out films for me: The Infinite Man, Hide and Seek (which won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film)and Coherence.The Infinite Man especially is something that I would recommend for anyone – I will be contributing to its box office if and when it is released in the UK.
A thoroughly amazing and enjoyable experience and would recommend this to any future FimSoc member. And if there is any space next year I am taking it.
Final film reviews:
A turf war arises in London between the old hooligans and the new hoodies. The lead actor (Harvey Sylvester) is from some band called “The Rizzle Kicks” who are a hip-hop duo. He stunningly plays Adam the leader of the teenage hoodie gang, this is the only good thing in it. For a story about gang life it has a severe lack of characterisation relying on cliché stereotypes. It is laughable, comical at times, init bruv.
I Believe in Unicorns
Davina, a sweet and innocent girl, is a home carer for her disabled mother. She meets Stirling, a grungy skater boy, and then the two fall in love. The film is interspersed with clips featuring Davina taking part in magical, mystical set pieces. I didn’t enjoy their company. They should just grow up. Davina, if you don’t like the sex just say something, he isn’t a mind-reader. I just found myself looking for things that made her more annoying: not wearing a helmet whilst cycling, inefficient food storing in the fridge etc.
My week spot are films about teenagers – I even like Twilight – but I didn’t like this. I was seriously thinking my watch was broken – it was moving so slowly.
Bumper post today! Highlights include Elijah Wood being genuinely surprised by a bottle of Irn-Bru, Brian Cox talking about Manhunter and five heavily pregnant teenagers grinding to the beat of “my neck, my back, lick my pussy and my crack”.
First film that I have seen that has been officially certified by the BBFC (15). Two of the studios behind this are Unstoppable Entertainment and Tea Shop and Film Co, which really tells you all you need to know. Ryan (Noel Clarke who also directs) is in a van with a boy, they’ve been kidnapped. When they escape (rather easily) the camera reveals a futuristic London landscape. Time seems to have passed quickly for Ryan days, weeks and months. We see that there are two sides to Ryan: one is Ryan, the other is having his mind controlled. The real Ryan comes in bursts of ten minutes but the mind-controlled side is usually the form he takes.
The way its shot, the music and the effects (slow mo) makes it feel rather televisual. It’s a ridiculous, highly flawed script with Picasso inspired Baroque viruses. Alexis Knapp plays a prostitute who helps Ryan and wears very skimpy outfits. She is the cliché hooker with a heart of gold. I do like Noel Clarke but you can second guess many lines.
The Infinite Man
This is an Australian offbeat comedy film in which a couple go away for the weekend to celebrate their anniversary. They go to the same place as they did last year. He had planned everything they were going to do but when ex boyfriend Terry arrives he wants her back. They only went out for two weeks and that was four years ago. But he seems to manage to win her over. One year later, he’s still at the complex. He’s built a time machine and then timelines get mixed up and he gets stuck in an infinite creation of himself.
This rom-com is smart, original and carefully plotted. It hits the right balance of confusing(ness?) and intelligence. This is my favourite film I have seen so far at the festival. Can’t wait for the general release!
Some quotes: “Sexual congress in five” “coitus interruptus”
Life After Beth
Zak is at the funeral for Beth, his girlfriend, who died when a snake bit her. But Beth is found out to be alive and there is a hole in her grave. Did she dig out? Is she a zombie or did she resurrect like Jesus?
Aubrey Plaza plays Beth well with her comedic deadpan style. And Jerry from Parks and Recreation has a cameo! Anna Kendrick is also in this film and plays Erica whose mum attended Jazzercise (wtf is that?) with Zak’s mum. I laughed at a maximum of five times so it isn’t without merit but in The Infinite Man I laughed that in the first ten minutes. It relies on stupid “humour”, thoroughly disappointed.
The Empire Podcast
I was at the live edition of the Empire Podcast where I saw Brian Cox and Elijah Wood being interviewed and heard from Elijah himself that there is a rumour circling that Episode VII might be pushed back to Memorial Day 2016 (May 30th). Brian Cox talked about his role as Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter, one of my favourite films of all time. And I also got a second free issue of Empire! And sorry for the shoddy camera work!
We’ll Never Have Paris
I saw this in Filmhouse Screen 2 and it was pretty packed. The last time I was there I watched Blue is the Warmest Colour and absolutely fell in love with it. Sadly I didn’t with Simon Helberg written We’ll Never Have Paris. Simon Helberg plays Quinn, a perfectionist, who is about to propose to his girlfriend of ten years, Devon, but another girl confesses her love for him.
The script is clumsy, very weakly structured, pacing thrown out the window. The on-screen chemistry between Quinn (Simon Helberg) and Devon (Melanie Lynskey) is surprisingly poor. It felt long even for a 97 minute film.
Newly-weds Paul and Bea, from Brooklyn, go on a honeymoon to a relatives country house in Canada. These two just irritate me. When the tone turns eerie and the story becomes a horror, I was quite pleased. Bea seems to change: can’t cook French toast any more, make coffee, started sleepwalking. And then it descends into Antichrist territory – it’s a great first date film! As a result of disliking the characters I did not find it that tense. Moral of the story? Don’t go to Canada.
Five pregnant teenagers are in a home specifically designed for them. Their parents don’t want to/can’t look after them so are sent there. We learn about why they are pregnant and with the new handyman of the house being present, love, jealousy and redemption run rife. It’s a very understated slowly placed drama with some comedic moments. I wasn’t invested in the lead character enough to provide emotional connection. If five pregnant teenagers grinding and hip thrusting to “My Neck, My Back” by Khia is your thing then go see it.
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