The Final, Final Countdown

Sitting down to write what could be the last ever entry in this blog (I'm sure it won't be...) has a special kind of end of term feel to it. This weekend is definitely the end of the summer as far as Folly Avenue FIlm Club is concerned, but it might also be the end of an era, if our plans to upsticks and relocate to Delaware next spring bear fruit.

And that special end of term feel reminds me of my time at college, where I turned up keenly for the first few lectures, turned in my first assignment, then scraped through the rest of the year, dealing with distractions, other priorities and, well, just life, before finally scrambling over the line with enough marks to pass the final exam. Pretty much how the summer has gone for FAFC. And on that note, I must apologise to everyone who contributed to the GoFundme for a new screen, since we used the excess funds to buy probably the least relevant fridge magnets we've ever given away. Sorry for that.

And now we compound that wasted effort and money by arbitrarily changing the last two movies of the summer.  Both Linda and I were really looking forward to seeing Promising Young Woman - you know, the one that was cancelled for my latest kidney stone episode - and as we have the Netflix disk in hand, we decided we would rather show it than our published movie, The Father. Come along on Saturday to see an Oscar winning movie with Carey Mulligan and the brilliant Bo Burnham.

And then, of course, I have quietly raved to anyone who would listen about Little Voice, one of my favourite ever movies and one which I have not seen myself for many years. I so want the opportunity to share it with others that we also decided to sub this one in for our Sunday night showing this weekend. As I think about it, the final scene of this movie is probably the most fitting way to close out our backyard movie venture.

So. Two films featuring powerful central performances from hugely talented young Englishwomen; One sinister and unsettling, the other quirky and (in my view) hilarious ! If this is to be the last hurrah of our little operation after 12 years, then let it be glorious. As a famous poet once said (sorta...), 'The world should end with a Big Mac, not a Wimpy.'



FAFC presents PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN - Sat 28th Aug plus LITTLE VOICE - Sun 29th Aug

I haven't written much - sorry, anything - since I got back from my extended visit to England. This season which we intended would see us close out our little film club on a high note has instead been a bit of an anticlimax of broken momentum - disrupted by family issues, weather and some poor attendances. We have two weekends left, and maybe I can spark a bit of enthusiasm in our audience.

Our final weekend on Sep 11th/12th features double Oscar winner The Father, with a tour-de-force performance from Sir Anthony Hopkins (and also features British National Treasure Olivia Coleman) then on Sunday we close with an all-time hilarious favourite, The Full Monty. I will write more about those next week.

Promising-young-woman However, this coming Saturday 28th, we're showing Promising Young Woman. We haven't seen this, and I don't want to spoil my experience by reading too much about it, but I do know it has a sense of the spider and the fly as Carey Mulligan traps her victims and toys with them. (Maybe a closer analogy is the female spider who bites the heads off her mate during sex ??) - phew !

Emerald-fennell-1Anyway, this movie collected five Oscar noms, which resulted in a one win for Best Original Screenplay for Emerald Fennell, who wrote, directed and acted in her own movie. She is a multi-talented individual you may remember from appearing in  Call The Midwife, or from playing a young Camilla Parker-Bowles in The Crown. She also wrote the second series of Killing Eve. Expect much more from her.

Also appearing in PYW is another multi-dimensional talent, Bo Burnham. Breaking through on Youtube, he has since appeared in many film and television roles, but is probably best known as a musical 'comedy' performer and had a huge smash this year with his self-produced one-man comedy special called Inside.

And then...

Littlevoice_1.jpeg Sunday will be a special day for me. I am a little conflicted about building up a movie to the point that the expectations of others are so high that disappointment is the likely outcome. Suffice to say, Little Voice is in my all-time Top 10 movie list, and I can't wait to see it again. To avoid hyperbole, I will simply state that it features Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent and none of those are the star of the movie. Jane Horrocks plays Little Voice, a role she originally realised for the West End stage and performs faultless impersonations of Judy Garland, Ethel Merman and Shirley Bassey. She is undoubtedly an underrated talent, working mainly in London theatre, though she will be recognisable as Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous.

It's a terrific movie, with a heart-rending story, superb central performances (Blethyn was  MV5BZDZjNWFmZDgtOTI1Zi00ZTEyLWIxNTktMzgwYzQ4MjI5ZTM5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjUyNDk2ODc@._V1_nominated for Best Supporting Actress), great music and - I guarantee - the funniest scene Michael Caine has EVER performed in any movie. Please come and form your own opinion - I'd love to know what you think.

See you sometime this weekend.


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