At a recent church Sunday Zoom meeting, Alan asked what films St Chrysostom’s people have been watching during lockdown. Some commented that they had found it rather difficult to concentrate at the moment, not surprisingly. Here are some of the films and TV programmes we have enjoyed:
Notes on Blindness [U] (2016) recommended by Admos This is a very moving film tracking the experiences of a man (John Hull) born with sight who goes blind before the birth of his son. Admos comments that the film is about him trying to make sense of his condition, adaptations to his life and the frustrations he has. As you watch it you actually almost can feel and share his life.
The White Crow [12A] (2018) Recommended by Kenson. Kenson describes it as a film about Nureyev, the famous Soviet ballet dancer who defected to France after a ballet tour at Paris. Packed with romantic and political drama, actual ballet scenes, and (most importantly for me) Ralph Fiennes speaking fluent Russian throughout the whole film.
The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert  (1994) Recommended by Edward. Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. Edward said that it made him laugh like a drain pipe! Edward also suggested, for suspense the Alien series.
La La Land [12A] (2016) Recommended by Fliss While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. Fliss comments that it is a great feel-good movie, full of songs, dancing and a bit of good old romance.
About Time [12A] (2013) Recommended by Mtr Kate At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Kate describes it as a delightful, heartwarming film, which encourages us to make the most of every moment.
Maigret  (beginning 2016) and Poirot  (1989-2013) recommended by Fr Ian Maigret starring Rowan Atkinson in the lead role, based on novels by Georges Simenon, set in Paris during the 1950s. Poirot starring David Suchet as Poirot, based on novels by Agatha Christie. The cases of eccentric, but sharp, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Fr Ian commented that he is enjoying revisiting these this with Dominic.
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society [12A] (2018) Recommended by Lucy In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Lucy enjoyed the film enormously and was very pleasantly surprised.