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Summer 2020 - The Magnificent Seven !

Finally ! It's taken a lot of soul-searching to get to this point, but by the grace of Governor Murphy we are now able to put together a shorter than usual program for 2020, and the Folly Avenue Film Club has at least one more breath of life in it. We have now completely dispensed with the illusion that we have some kind of theme going on - The Magnificent Seven refers only to the brevity of our season. But we have picked some good 'uns...


  ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – I couldn't conceive of a more 'Marmite' (look it up) movie than this. As a director, Tarantino himself divides opinion into love him/hate him, but then he makes a movie which is either the ultimate love story to a passing age of Hollywood glamor, or the most self-indulgent, rambling thing he has ever done. Mind you, the soundtrack is excellent and the attention to period detail is remarkable. 
Beautiful   A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – No matter if you were brought up without knowing about Mr Rogers (his remarkable presence never crossed the Atlantic), you will be moved by this. Tom Hanks is the perfect choice to play this modern-day saint, and the consistently underrated Matthew Rhys is also excellent.

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  EMMA – After some debate, we (I mean Linda) decided we should drop Downton Abbey in favor of the only movie on this list that neither of us have yet seen. Recent period dramas have been pretty rewarding, and this has Bill Nighy who is always worth watching.


  JOJO RABBIT – Potentially controversial in concept, there are also a couple of tough moments in this. But the most surprising thing in this is that it is genuinely, laugh-out-loud funny, not just from the satirical elements but with real gags. And the child actors are uniformaly excellent. Don't be put off by the subject matter, it works !
Yesterday-5d79ede7ec9f7   YESTERDAY – Apart from the fact that Lily James (Downton, Baby Driver, Cinderella, Mamma Mia 2, Darkest Hour) seemed to appear in every movie over the last 2 years, this is still very entertaining, probably more than the concept suggests. Jack Malik, an aspiring singer/songwriter, wakes up one morning to find that no-one knows who The Beatles are. Imagine that, huh ! (geddit?)
71BX0o-DHAL._AC_SY679_   TOY STORY 4 – Our family movie is a little later than usual. We're hoping that Covid fears will have eased even further, and we will be able to accommodate a larger group including kids by late August. This is hopefully the final installment of the Toy Story saga. I don't mean that nastily, but each new Toy Story has brought a heart-breaking denouement requiring copious amounts of tissues, and this ends the tale on just the right note.
Images   LITTLE WOMEN – The most underrated and under-rewarded movie of the 2020 Oscars. Having never read the book, nor seen an on-screen adaptation, I was not familiar with the story. But this was so well constructed that I was swept into the flow. It was a scandal that Greta Gerwig's screenplay was not recognised, but at least it was another solid stepping stone on Saoirse Ronan's path to movie greatness.


We start very soon, on June 20th. Notifications and invites will tumble out very quickly, and we might even have some fridge magnets ready. Take us as you find us, respect the new rules and we'll have a great summer.


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Thank you once again Linda & Chris for continuing the tradition despite the circumstances. Your rules are plain old common sense & we are more than happy to oblige. Such a great lineup!

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