What I’ve been watching: September films

OK I know it’s a bit late but the 33rd Cambridge Film Festival provided a real movie-going treat and I’ve only just caught up with it all. Here’s my round up of September films, all except three watched at CFF:

The Apartment (Billy Wilder, USA, 1960). I know it’s a classic but I found it very sleazy. And I’m never going to like Jack Lemmon. Sorry.

Gold (Thomas Arslan, Germany, 2013). Searching for gold on the Klondike in a German language Western set in late 1800s Canada, starring Nina Hoss; sounds curious, was interesting, looked beautiful, but didn’t quite live up to its potential.

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Cinemas of all sizes: the volunteer view

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The recent contentious draft findings from the Competition Commission into the purchase of the Picturehouse chain by Cineworld has got me thinking. I’m very bothered by the possible threat to the future of the long established Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge; it’s my favourite cinema, regularly showing the kind of films I would struggle to access in most other cities. The Competition Commission have provisionally concluded that competition in Cambridge can only be maintained if either the Cineworld complex or the Picturehouse is sold off.

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