Thinking Film Club: movies and discussion in Liverpool

Posted on 18 November 2011
By Danny Kilbride
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Thinking Film Club continues on Monday with modern rom-com [500] Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel at the Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street.

The pilot-project, designed by Danny Kilbride runs every Monday evening throughout November at 7:30pm.

The Thinking Film Club aims to give the audience a relaxed platform to discuss modern film with fellow film lovers.

The films chosen this month are Danny’s favourites. If November’s pilot is a success then Thinking Film Club will return in the New Year, giving the audience an opportunity to programme their favourite films.

Danny said: “Thinking Film Club is about creating a community through film and allowing the audience to take control over their cinema-going experience.”

This Monday, 21st November, sees the return of 2009’s romantic comedy [500] Days of Summer to the big screen. After the screening there will be a relaxed discussion at the bar.

[500] Days is an original rom-com for the Noughties, with a nod to Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977), and a deep resonance felt by all audiences. It asks pertinent and relevant questions of the characters and its audience about love, fate and relationships, told in a delicate and authentic way.

Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) are the star-crossed lovers in our palm-tree lined LA scene. The pair meet at a Hallmark-esque greeting card company where they work opposite each other and are bound by their mutual love of The Smiths.

Director, Marc Webb, paints a colourful, romantic picture, guiding the audience through the throes of first love, depicting the different stages of Tom and Summer’s relationship.

Summer’s radiance as a woman in love is infectious and we understand why Tom falls so hard, so fast. Summer has neither the need nor desire for a committed relationship while Tom, due to a total mis-reading of the movie The Graduate has a naive view of romance and love.

The film’s soundtrack is hipster paradise, resembling a mixtape charting the dizzying highs and lows of their relationship, taking in The Smiths, Regina Spektor and Hall & Oates.

Danny said: “The film is timeless, its effect and poignancy will change depending on your relationship status and outlook on the topics explored. A film you’ll watch again and again.”

Tickets £4.50/£3.50 concessions