It was great to be back at the cinema again the other night and all the better to see familiar (and some new) faces again. Well, I say faces, they’re still obscured behind masks for now but hopefully we can be rid of them in the not too distant future, Delta variant notwithstanding of course. It’s a shame that it’s not the Critchleys variant as we’d be more certain that it wouldn’t travel far.
I thought Portrait of a Lady on Fire (or POALOF as literally no one calls it) was an excellent film and well worth checking out if you couldn’t make it down the other night. The biggest highlight for us though was being able to put our ramp to good use at long last. One of our visitors was a wheelchair user as well which was the whole point of the ramp and justified everything that we’ve been through. I did suggest to Dave about fixing up a stairlift but his response wasn’t fit to repeat in this newsletter so I took it as a no.
Another great film on Friday , released in 2019 with two of the greats of British film and theatre, a consummate con man trying to obtain a recently widowed woman’s millions, who’s conning who? (7pm for 7.30pm start) and we hope to see you there. In the meantime, below is a list of films free to watch on TV over the next few days to keep you entertained before Friday. As for me, I’ll be trying to learn some French. After watching Portrait the other night I’m starting to think that the French I learned from Only Fools and Horses wasn’t up to scratch…
Film of the Week
A Taxi Driver
Tuesday 8th June
Freeview 14 Sky 313 Virgin 428
In 1980, Kim Man-seob (Song Kang-ho) is a middle-aged taxi driver making ends meet in Seoul when he picks up German missionary Jürgen Hinzpeter (Thomas Krestchmann) for an expensive long haul journey. It soon becomes apparent that Jürgen isn’t a missionary though; he’s a journalist trying to get access to Gwangju to report on the civil unrest unfolding there, leading to a journey that will leave both men changed forever…
Based on the true story of the Gwangju uprising, A Taxi Driver earned rave reviews upon its release for its fresh take on one of South Korea’s darkest periods of history. Tense, unflinching and yet surprisingly funny in parts, A Taxi Driver is a film once seen and never forgotten.
Also For Your Consideration
Tuesday 8th June
Twenty years after betraying his friends for a new life abroad, Renton returns to Scotland where he finds that in order to escape his past, he has to confront it first. Enjoyable sequel to one of the most iconic British films of the 1990’s.
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
Wednesday 9th June
Freeview 81 Sky 328 Virgin 445
The first and arguably best big screen John le Carre’ adaptation sees Richard Burton’s weary spy sent on a mission behind the Iron Curtain. We’ve flagged this up before but it’s always worth revisiting this classic thriller.
A Town Like Alice
Thursday 10th June
Freeview 9 Sky 116 Virgin 107
Based on the novel of the same name, a woman returns to the Malayan village where she was held captive during World War 2 to build a well with the money from an incoming inheritance and in the hope of rekindling a relationship. Classic romantic drama starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch.
Enjoy the films!
From everyone at Lucem House.
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