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Friday 27 April 2012, 13:53

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These days film clubs are springing up all over the country. I'm planning to start a Kermode Uncut virtual film club. What do you think of the idea?

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    I think this is a good idea. I will try and watch the Richard Gere a Bour de souffle. I do think its a different film to Jean Luc Goddard's film. I think the focus of Jim Mc Bride is the anti authority asppect of richard gere's character, where as jlg's film is about american commericialism

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    Comment number 2.

    Sounds good to me.

    Also maybe stick a link to this place under the vid on youtube?

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    Comment number 3.

    I'd sign up! Would be awesome if you'd do a viewing at Prince Charles Theatre in conjuction too!

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    Comment number 4.

    Great Idea:)

    On Intro's I'd love to see them back,They just give more weight to the occasion in my opinion.

    Second choice: Alien3.
    This film gets alot of nods on this sight and is another film that truly devides opinion.Me personally I love it,easily the second best Alien film after the First (perfect) film ;) (see How i've got the ball rolling).

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    Comment number 5.

    Sounds like a great idea. Having a quick intro to a film about why you personally love this film and what you see and get from it would be fresh enough in viewers minds while they watched and hopefully give them new insight or the same eureka moment you had.

    I would be good to use it to showcase forgotten gems and films we think have been long misunderstood, or overshadowed by releases that came out at the same time with a similar theme.

    I vote for Ralph Bakshi's Wizards!

    Could do and intro for The Big Lebowski and try to talk the good Dr around to it!

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    Comment number 6.

    Moviedrome Lives! Long live the new flesh!

    A nice idea, I miss those old Alex Cox intros and, of course, I remember with fondness your own for CH4 Extreme Cinema season toppers…. talking of which, I offer up some classic Cronenberg with 'Videodrome' as my choice for the next screening@Kermode Uncut Film Club.

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    Comment number 7.

    A film club with Doctor K? count me in, My film choice would be The Usual Suspects. An exciting idea indeed

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    Comment number 8.

    Yes please! No mainstream films and at least one in every four film not in the English language

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    Comment number 9.

    Not sure about Breathless but am loving the idea of a Dr K film club.

    For the next film may I suggest Paprika? One of the influences for Inception and an interesting animation to boot.

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    I don't like film introductions. I prefer a film to (initially) speak for itself. A couple of years ago Quentin Tarantino did some introductions for his favourite films on Sky Movies. I watched the films first, then rewinded to see his introductions afterwards. I think it would be better if critics and other experts did post-credit analyses of films rather than introductions. That way the audience don't go in to the film with preconceived ideas that are not their own.

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    Comment number 11.

    I think this is an excellent idea as long as all the films are in 3D!!!!

    I'll get my coat!

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    Comment number 12.

    I think it's a grand idea. The Insider or In the Bedroom would be my first choices.

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    Comment number 13.

    I think it's a terrific idea, certainly. I think that it is an inevitable knee-jerk reaction to how the cinemas are declining in standards and real film sad-cases like our good selves are doing our own thing by screening any and every film to try to benefit others in their film knowledge. I'd like to see Julien Temple's film of 'Glastonbury' up for consideration.

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    Comment number 14.

    And for the club's third film, the greatest documentary ever made™ The King of Kong - A Fistful of Quarters.

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    Comment number 15.

    I definitely think a film club would be a very good idea. It will be refreshing to be able to talk about a film without worrying about giving the plot away to those who haven't seen it.

    Although, as mentioned by others previously, I think it would be better to hear the views of the doctor AFTER the film and not before. In my humble opinion, the best cinema experiences are achieved when you know as little about the film as possible.

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    Comment number 16.

    I'd love to see "The Third Man", next.

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    Comment number 17.

    I like the idea but I would suggest that A) we are given about a month to watch the film an post comments on the blog where you do the intoroduction and B) In order to prevent random reccomendations the next film that is watched by the club has something to do with the previous film i.e. they both have the same director so we have a constant link between films and could open up some area of cinema that we may not think of. With that in mind my recommendation for next film would be Batman: Mask of the Phantasm as this and Breathless both star John P. Ryan.

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    Comment number 18.

    I think it's a great idea. I have very fond memories of Moviedrome especially as the choice of film was often so interesting with many obscure but brilliant films being shown, a particular favourite being Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence.

    My choice would be Christophe Gan's Brotherhood of the Wolf, the best mashup of martial arts movie/french costume drama ever made and the sort of barmy but brilliant film which would turn up on Moviedrome.

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    Comment number 19.

    I'm in. Will see about watching Breathless - I can't say I expect much, but I'll keep an open mind.

    As for intros - love them in principle, but I've seen some dreadful ones. As long as the person doing the intro actually has authority and insight, rather than simply finding a long-winded way to tell people 'this film is really good and I like it', I'm in favour. I like jstupple(#10)'s point about letting the film speak for itself and about watching intros after the film, but this being a project done half on the blog, as long as the intro/analysis is available independently of the film, we can watch it before or after as we see fit. Personally I think I'd want to watch it before a film I've already seen, but be more inclined to watch it after something that was new to me.

    I'll second PaulL(#9)'s recommendation for Paprika - one of my favourites, and for my money Satoshi Kon's best work. Inception is a great film for really exploring the idea of sharing dreams, but Paprika nails the strangely credible unreality of actually being in a dream better than any other film ever has. I could also go for Videodrome - another one from the long list of things I ought to get round to watching one of these days.

    That aside, my own personal suggestion is Female Prisoner Scorpion - it's a crying shame it's not better known.

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    Comment number 20.

    That's a great idea, I'm in

 

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