LOST WEEKEND II: Young Ones

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Young ones is a Western in the greatest sense of sci-fi. To boiling down the plot, it’s a tale of a son’s revenge where the offending event happens 40 minutes in, once the viewer is adjusted to their surroundings. Set in a future where once fertile farmland is now a desert, and where it’s perfectly normal to wash your dishes with dust.

source: collider.com/young-ones-review/
source: collider.com/young-ones-review/

Ernest Holm (strongly played by Michael Shannon) is a father with an unknown past who is doing the best he can for his family.

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source: http://www.promicabana.de/elle-fanning-nicholas-hoult-young-ones-trailer/

His daughter named Mary (played by the quietly better Fanning sister Elle) questions everything about what’s happening instead of adapting.

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source: http://www.audienceseverywhere.net/young-ones/

His son named Jerome (played incredibly well by Kodi Smit-McPhee) looks to his father for direction, but still covers his bedroom walls with sketches of birds in flight, critters seen around the homestead, and the mysterious woman his father had seen on a weekly supply run the city. Oh, I forgot to mention, Jerome watches EVERYTHING.

Ernest has the critical job of making moonshine for the workers constructing a water pipeline, and controlling it’s supply of water to the local farmers.

source: nowtoronto.com/movies/reviews/young-ones/
source: nowtoronto.com/movies/reviews/young-ones/

After a supply run to the water men, the family’s pack mule is crippled and so the family buys a second hand robotic mule, even though the auctioneer’s son, Flem (played angelically & devilishly by Nicholas Hoult), has designs on steeling Ernest’s supply contract, and his daughter.

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source:www.thelocationguide.com/blog/2014/10/ng-film-dystopian-movie-young-ones-films-south-africa-with-vfx-work-in-ireland/

 

Thus the central conflict starts to ferment between the generations, old and young. It might be because I’m in my mid-30’s with a young family, but I related most to Ernest and felt his longing for the young to just wait for it and quit insisting on their brighter tomorrow right now.

Once things start getting better, the younger generation’s sins eventually lead to mortal consequences, Jerome discovers what REALLY happened to ‘dear old dad’, and the film climaxes in retribution for the betrayal of the first act.

Overall, Young Ones is one of those movies that is just as much about the details built into it from a wide plethora of Western and sci-fi influences than it is about the primary story along with a good measure of other details that help enrich and explain the world of the film. When I first heard about the Lost Weekend III line-up, Young Ones was a film I was immediately interested in, and at the same time a hopeful & apprehensive that it would be as good as expected. I’m happy to report that it was as good, if not better. It’s one that I would instantly recommend for both a Western & sci-fi film.

Now I realize that I’ve only talked about the first act, and that’s for good reason. So much of the appeal about this film is in how the story unfolds and runs its course in a world that feels lived-in. It really is a Western plot with futuristic elements which heighten and expose the conflict that would otherwise have been a hidden mystery.

Young Ones is also the kind of film that is incredibly smart in its use of budget and special effects. So much if the film is economical, from simple music and orchestration to the principal cast made up of experienced actors and actresses, but only one big name.

source: www.impawards.com/2014/young_ones_ver3.html
source: http://www.impawards.com/2014/young_ones_ver3.html

Even though it is still one of my favorite Film Club screenings, there were pockets of the film I had forgotten and got to relive again. So good. Bottom line, is it worth hunting down a copy of Young Ones and see this modernized western?? Yes, without reservation.

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As a funny aside, when Mad Max: Fury Road was killing at the box office and garnering so much attention, Young One’s distributor tried to get more viewers by re-titling and re-branding the film as Badlands: Road to Fury. I’m fine with it, because it’s just changing the title, and wasn’t made strickly as a cash grab like it seems most films from The Asylum.

When he’s not driving to work, has his hands in his car and/or house, or is attending Film Club events as an #Awesome13, #Sweet16, and #Terrific20 alum, Benjamin can be found listening to podcasts and hoping to start his own one day. Reformed Trekker; self-identified Anglophile; and Anime fan by way of Akira, Ghibli, & Gundam. You can find him on the Film Club Facebook page asking for more ‘classics’ as well as right here planning his next meta review.
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LOST WEEKEND II: Young Ones

Seriously, Roxanne, Don’t Put On The Red Light: A Return to THE INVITATION

Last summer, I had the chance to do a little Q&A session with James Shapiro from Drafthouse Films, during which we discussed some previous releases, a release which we were on the verge of watching (The Tribe), and some recent releases (The Keeping Room and World of Kanako). There was one other upcoming film that wasn’t brought up called The Invitation, but at the time that was 9 months off, well after the other two were to be released. Fast forward a couple of months, and we get word that James will be visiting our little hamlet and bringing with him a “secret” film. All we knew was that it was an upcoming Drafthouse Films release, and we were going to see it before anyone. Knowing what the rough release schedule was, I assumed that it was probably World of Kanako, which was something like 2 months away from release. Turns out that in the briefcase he brought with him (like, a no shit, honest to goodness briefcase containing a secret), was The Invitation. Six months before it was to be released. As much as I wanted to see World of Kanako, I wanted to see The Invitation quite a bit more. Imagine me at this point as Buddy the Elf, when they announce that Santa will be visiting.

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Seriously, Roxanne, Don’t Put On The Red Light: A Return to THE INVITATION

LOST WEEKEND V: A Weekend Around the World

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Film Club’s LOST WEEKEND V will be a celebration of film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th.  Twenty feature films from around the world will be featured, including EIGHT advance screenings.  None of these films have been screened theatrically in Winchester before.  Other weekend highlights will include a Devils Bakbone beer tasting, a free photo booth, menu specials based around films, free buttons and more!

158 weekend passes are available.  Passes guarantee you a seat to all eighteen screenings for only $35.

During Lost Weekend V, Film Club will host a silent auction whose proceeds will benefit the MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Please help Film Club and the Alamo make independent cinema more available to the public than ever before.

Film Club 3.0 is a community of film fans that meets as often as every week at the Alamo Drafthouse to screen independent, foreign, documentary and classic films.  Founded and led by Andy Gyurisin, the group has grown to over 2,000 members in two years of screenings at the Alamo and has helped to demonstrate that independent films are in demand in the Shenandoah Valley.

Country Inn and Suites is located next to the theater and is offering a group rate for the weekend.  Call 540-869-7657 for rates and availability.

This is our full line-up of our Lost Weekend V schedule arriving to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester on February 25th – 28th, 2016.

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED BY CLICKING HERE

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LOST WEEKEND V: A Weekend Around the World

Film Club’s November Schedule Takes Movie Go-ers Around the World AND Close To Home

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of November 2015.

Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets!  Enjoy!

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Film Club’s November Schedule Takes Movie Go-ers Around the World AND Close To Home

Misery Loves Company and Indies Love Misery: A Review of Reed Morano’s MEADOWLAND

It seemed many of us went into Reed Morano’s directorial debut, Meadowland, Wed. evening with little or no idea of exactly what we were about to see. The trailer showcased a promising yet ambiguous deep and emotionally charged story with a strong ensemble cast. Does it deliver? Yes and No.

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Misery Loves Company and Indies Love Misery: A Review of Reed Morano’s MEADOWLAND

Film Club’s October 2015 Schedule includes Victoria Price, Cannes Winners, Advance Screenings & FOOD!

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of October 2015.

Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets!  Enjoy!

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Film Club’s October 2015 Schedule includes Victoria Price, Cannes Winners, Advance Screenings & FOOD!

Cult Of Silence: Film Club Gets a Visit from Drafthouse Films with an early peek at THE INVITATION

Andy G. saw me coming out of the grocery store.

“Still coming Thursday?”

“Yes,”

I answer. A Charlie Bucket smile on his face

“I think you’ll like this.”

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Cult Of Silence: Film Club Gets a Visit from Drafthouse Films with an early peek at THE INVITATION