A review in three sentences

On our search for film reviews telling us some more about 23 WALKS, the Thursday night movie (YES – tomorrow!) at Alte Gerberei, we found a brief statement written by Matthew Bond (for Event magazine).

The whole review consists of three sentences only, but hey, doesn’t it make you curious?
He says

23 walks is a gentle little British picture about a sixtysomething couple – played by Alison Steadman (on our TV screens this week in Life) and I, Daniel Blake star Dave Johns – who meet walking their respective dogs in North London parks and gradually fall in love.

Until we discover that amiable, easy-going Dave has been hiding a rather big secret.

It’s a bit slow to get going, and could have done with better chemistry between the two leads, but does feature nice parks and one of the most startling sex scenes you’ll see all year.

Original review here, scroll down.

So let’s have a look then … see you there tomorrow!

** 23 WALKS **
** Thursday 21st July,  8 pm **
** Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol **
** in English with German Subtitles **

(c) Nick Wall Filmladen

How looks can be deceiving

ELFs Film Thursday is coming up quickly!

We are looking forward to 23 WALKS and a glass of wine or two in the sun at Alte Gerberei’s garden before the movie.

Until then, let’s have a look at some reviews.

Dave Griffiths writes:

From the outside 23 Walks looks like it is going to be a run-of-the-mill romance between two older member of our society. How looks can be deceiving though. Scratch under the surface of 23 Walks and you discover a brilliantly written film that packs quite a punch as it explores social topics that many other films would shy away from.

… Thought-provoking, dramatic and at times intense 23 Walks is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a film before watching. The film comes from one of the best screenplays of 2020 and gives its two leads the opportunity to pull off some sensational performances.

https://cinema.heavymag.com.au/23-walks-review/

Read the full text here.

** 23 WALKS **
** Thursday 21st July,  8 pm **
** Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol **
** in English with German Subtitles
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Alison Steadman as Fern and Dave Johns as Dave in 23 Walks, directed by Paul Morrison. Photo: Nick Wall. Copyright: Parkland Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Kajillionaire – what to know …

Usually we scan the internet reviews of our next film and publish one or two on our blog, to inform you a bit more about the movie’s contents and what other viewers thought about it so far.

(L to R) Debra Winger as “Theresa Dyne”, Evan Rachel Wood as “Old Dolio Dyne” and Richard Jenkins as “Robert Dyne” in director Miranda July’s KAJILLIONAIRE, a Focus Features release. Credit : Matt Kennedy / Focus Features

Kajillionaire is described very accurately on RottenTomatoes.com under the headline WHAT TO KNOW:

Whether you see Kajillionaire as refreshingly unique or simply bizarre will depend on your cinematic adventurousness — and fans of writer-director Miranda July wouldn’t have it any other way.

Some imdb.com user reviews below will help you get a clearer picture  – or rather not?

….
Delightfully weird.        9/10
Wrapped presents.          8/10
I don’t understand all the negative reviews:    9/10
Why can’t we have more movies like this?   7/10
A beautiful mess     7/10
Do you want to quirk w/you coffee …?    8/10
Wacky and heart rending      10/10
Bleak and humourless film marketed as comedy, shallow, with artificial and forced quirkiness    no rating
What was this film?    3/10
No!     1/10
Intoxicating     8/10
Quirky Dark Comedy        5/10
Horrid       2/10
This is what you get when you write a script in 5 minutes”        2/10
Highly recommended       no rating
Ratings are too harsh for this movie     7/10
Great piece of work from Mirandy July.       8/10
Artificial originality. That’s a new one      4/10
This film is a litmus test for state of our world    9/10
A movie full of lies!      2/10
Better than I thought       8/10
A brilliant and beautiful film.      9/10
A little too odd at first, but really comes into its own later on    7/10
Watching a snail crawl is more entertaining     2/10
Offbeat, superb portrayal of Boomer sociopathy       9/10
An interesting premise, that doesn’t go anywhere really…     5/10
Plenty of Laughs With a Lot of Heart      9/10
Entertaining enough for me.          7/10
O. M. G. W. T. F. did I just watch?      3/10
Challenging but worthwhile in the end       7/10
fascinating and infuriating          6/10
….

Anyway, you will probably have to see for yourself how you like it :-)).

** KAJILLIONAIRE **
** Thursday 23rd June,  8 pm **
** Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol **
** in English with English Subtitles **

Remember to be early, Platform 2 will be there!

A child’s-eye-view of The Troubles

A review from Down Under by Matt Neal, ABC radio film critic, about ELFS’ next film BELFAST:

… the story provides a child’s-eye-view of The Troubles. Branagh stand-in Buddy (Hill) tries to understand why the Catholics and Protestants of his neighbourhood are at war with each other, and the impact living in Belfast is having on his family.
… The humour is important. Not only does it lighten the heavy load of the film, but it helps capture the Northern Irish charm, spirit and heart in the face of adversity. Belfast is as much a love letter to a lost youth and a loved city, as it is a snapshot of The Troubles. You will laugh out loud throughout this film, just as you’ll be wowed and even moved to tears.   …

Review link

BELFAST will be on the big screen next Thursday night at Alte Gerberei. Do you know you can still win your tickets? Check out our last post about this … (also on Instagram or Facebook).

** BELFAST **
** Thursday 19th May,  8 pm **
** Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol **
** in English with English Subtitles **

(c) Universal Pictures