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Buckie is getting Bohemian

By Alistair Whitfield

The Buckie Film Club has published its upcoming programme from now until the end of the year.

All four films will be shown from 7pm omwards in the library of Buckie High School.

There will be refreshments before the films in October and December

All welcome. Admission Free.

Wednesday, September 11

Bohemian Rhapsody (12A); 134 mins

Bohemian Rhapsody is a celebration of the rock band Queen, which achieved extraordinary success in the 1970s, and the story of its lead singer Freddie Mercury, played with great conviction by Oscar winner Rami Malek.

The film traces the rise of the band from 1970 when Mercury joined it, to its triumphant performance at the Live Aid concert at Wembley in 1985.

A must-see for all Queen fans, but also a film for everyone. Despite mixed reviews from the critics, Bohemian Rhapsody has enjoyed huge popular success.

Remi Malek won an Oscar fot his portrayal of Queen singer Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody
Remi Malek won an Oscar fot his portrayal of Queen singer Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday, October 9

Stan and Ollie (PG); 98 mins

This is the true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, played with great affection and accuracy by Steve Coogan (Stan Laurel) and John C. Reilly (Oliver Hardy).

Their golden era is behind them, they have health problems and financial worries, but as true professionals they embark on a farewell tour of the UK, supported by their wives (Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda in a double act of their own).

This is not so much a comedy as a moving drama about a professional and personal friendship.

Wednesday, November 6

A Star is Born (15); 136 mins

This is the fourth version ofA Star is Born which was first screened in 1937 (Janet Gaynor and Frederic March) and subsequently in 1954 (Judy Garland and James Mason) and 1976 (Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson).

Country music star Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper, who also directs, discovers and falls in love with waitress and singer Ally (Lady Gaga), who has almost given up on her dream of stardom.

Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight, but as her career takes off, his collapses in a losing battle with alcohol and drugs. A moving film, but is it better than its predecessors?

Wednesday, December 4

Green Book(12); 130 mins

This film tells the story of a road trip through the segregated south of the United States in 1962. (The title comes from The Negro Motorist Green Book a travel guide for black travellers.)

Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) is a working class Italian/American bouncer who takes a temporary job as chauffeur for pianist Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour of the racist southern states.

As the pair encounter the ugly reality of segregation, they form an unlikely friendship. The film is based on a true story written by Tony Lip’s son.

In spite of a good deal of adverse criticism, the film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

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