NEVER LET ME GO @ CSL

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Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

 

Theme for this month is “Science Fiction–where Science

goes for its inspiration.”

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June has arrived quietly and warmly. When the sun comes out here in the Northwest, it makes for glorious times. We arrive at our annual half-way point this month. Remember that July is a holiday month. We plan on having the TFC Summer Party on Saturday, July 27, 2013, so mark your calendars for that event. This month we have decided to cater the meal at no cost to the members. We will send out a newsletter soon to appoint a person to collect the RSVP names, so that we can get the numbers of Attendees.

 

Join us this first Friday on the month, June 7, 2013, as the Club proudly screens a dramatic science fiction tale, NEVER LET ME GO (2010). It was directed by Mark Romanek, who has been strongly influenced in styling by Stanley Kubrick. He has directed 19 films from 1985, but most of them have been very successful Music Videos. The only other feature film he has directed was ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002). The film is based on the successful novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Screen writer, Alex Garland, bought the film rights for the novel even before he had finished reading it.

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Mark Romanek said: “From the moment I finished the novel, it became my dream to film it; to create a love story that had science fiction elements to it.”

 

Trivia:  Kiera Knightly appeared in the film as a personal favor to her friend, Carey Mulligan. Romanek said, “It was very difficult to make Kiera look plain–even on her worst day she still looks astonishingly beautiful.” Romanek reported that the most difficult problem he had with the film was working with the child actors. He had them meet the adult actors who played them as older characters, and this seemed to help.

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Rachel Portman wrote the music for the film. She has scored 88 films since 1985, including BENNY & JOON (1993), THE JOY LUCK CLUB (1993), THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999), CHOCOLAT (2000), INFAMOUS (2006), and ONE DAY (2011). 

 

Rachel Portman said: “ I wanted this to be a chamber piece, a minimalist, more restrained intimate score–as counterpoint to the film’s overall sadness. I wrote music with hope, humanity, and heartbeat.”

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The cinematography was done by Adam Kimmel, who has lensed 25 films, including

MONUMENT AVENUE (1998), and CAPOTE (2005). 

 

NEVER LET ME GO (2010)

 

Directed by Mark Romanek @ 103 minutes

 

The film stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, and

Charlotte Rampling.

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Synopsis: This is a subtle science fiction film about three friends who grew up together in an English boarding school. After forming a love triangle, they find out about a shocking secret regarding their genetics–but decide to embrace their fleeting chance to live and love.

 

Tagline: “A superb, poignant film about everlasting love.”

 

This film did screen at the Grand Cinema in the past.

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Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a critic’s approval rating of 71%, and an audience approval rating of 70%.

 

Amy Biancolli from the HOUSTON CHRONICLE wrote: “This film is gorgeous, exquisitely acted, romantic, profound, and superbly crafted–shot with a self-contained radiance.”

 

Rene Rodriguez of the MIAMI HERALD wrote: “It is a melancholy meditation on the finality of life, and the choice we make as our time shortens.”

 

David White of MOVIES.COM wrote: “ Director Romanek manages to make the real world look totally alien, hermetically-sealed; a perfectly colorless tragedy terrarium.”

 

Annette Basile of FILMINK wrote: “Driven by terrific lead performances, this achingly beautiful work challenges audiences emotionally and intellectually.”

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So join us this Friday, June 7, 2013, when the Tacoma Film Club will be screening NEVER LET ME GO (2010). The movie will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J. Street, on the corner of J and Division, across the street from the Group Health Hospital. Arrive early, around 6:15 p.m, and join many of us downstairs for fellowship and sharing; those who wish may bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Please remember that we have promised not to bring any food or drink into the sanctuary when we view the movie. The windows upstairs will be covered to insure better viewing. Please clean up the kitchen area before coming upstairs. The movie will screen at 7:15 p.m.  The film runs 103 minutes, so it should be over before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!

 

Glenn

 

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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One Response to NEVER LET ME GO @ CSL

  1. gil4or says:

    Primer sounds like a baffling film made on a bargain basement budget. I’m quite baffled by the commentary, too, but of course, I have no images or actions to refer to. By comparison Never Let Me Go was pallid and tame. I saw “Never Let” and promptly forgot about it. Mulligan and Knightly, along with Portman, burning out too quickly, should, in my book, retire from casts for a couple of years. Frequency of performance becomes jadedness. –David

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