Memberships in the Talbot Cinema Society are on sale. Every year, halfway through its season, TCS offers nearly 50 percent off its dues for the remainder of the season. So the price of membership has been reduced from $45 to $25.
Still to come in 2020:
Jan. 5: The Devils (Drama, 1971, rated R). Based on Aldous Huxley’s novel The Devils of Loudon, Ken Russell’s The Devils is a tale of the forbidden, obsessive, unrequited love of a nun (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Vanessa Redgrave) for an unconventional priest (BAFTA Award nominee Oliver Reed), set against a backdrop of religious intrigue in the early 17th century. As the priest tries to protect his flock from the corruption that pervades the church under Cardinal Richelieu, hysteria grips the city when he is accused of witchcraft. Historically accurate and intensely graphic, it’s a brilliant movie, but not for the faint of heart.
Feb. 9: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (Documentary, 2015, not rated). A devastating two-hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name. The cult of scientology is laid bare by a film that skillfully knits together archival footage, testimonials from former high-ranking officials and members, as well as dramatic reconstructions. Directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, it won three Primetime Emmys and was nominated for four more. “If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I’d complain that it’s too over-the-top,” said Melissa Mare of the Hollywood Reporter, who gave it a 100% rating. “But this is real life, which is hard to believe. And it’s disturbingly good.”
March 1: Roma (Foreign Drama, 2018, Rated R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language). Written and directed by four-time Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron, Roma won three Oscars, including Best Foreign Film, and was nominated for seven more. Cuaron won the Golden Globe for Best Director, and was nominated for Best Screenplay. In his latest film, Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when Antonio suddenly runs away with his mistress and Cleo finds out that she’s pregnant. When Sofía decides to take the kids on vacation, she invites Cleo for a much-needed getaway to clear her mind and bond with the family. This film received a 96 Metacritic score out of a possible 100.
April 5: My Talks with Dean Spanley (Dramedy, 2008, rated PG for some thematic material and mild language). Winner of seven awards and five additional nominations at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards. Set in Edwardian England, where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior (eight-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Peter O’Toole) has little time or affection for his son (Jeremy Northam). But when the pair visit an eccentric Indian (Art Malik, whom you’ll doubtless remember as Hari Kumar in PBS’ The Jewel in the Crown), they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart. Sam Neill, whom you’re also likely to remember from Reilly: Ace of Spies, plays the title role.
The Talbot Cinema Society meets at Temple Beth Israel, at 7199 Tristan Drive in Easton, on the bypass across from the foot of South Washington Street, on the first Sunday of each month, except February, when they will meet on Feb. 9 to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and our meetings and screenings will begin at 3:30.
To join TCS, simply mail your check for $25 per person to: Talbot Cinema Society, P.O. Box 222, Easton, MD 21601. For more information, please feel free to contact Grand Pooh-Bah Pete Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-924-5752.