Every Tuesday afternoon, many of our students head off to the Doug Ellis Sports Centre to take part in various sports activities. While back at the college projectors are warmed up and popcorn is put in the microwave in anticipation of Cinema Club. Cinema Club is a weekly event run by A2 student Muhammad Shah. We caught up with Muhammad to discuss the films he picked for the MPW audience this year as well as some of the movies he is looking forward to in the coming months.
What inspired you to start cinema club?
As someone who’s very passionate about film, and sees it as something more than a couple of hours of escapism, I wanted other people to share in my love of films and to experience new genres and films they might not have otherwise thought to watch.
What films have you shown this year?
Over the course of the year, we have shown a wide variety of films. We started with Memento, one of Christopher Nolan’s first movies. Following on from this, we started to experiment with themes: we played the original Halloween and Alien for our horror series; we played a series of critically acclaimed films starring Brad Pitt (Se7en and Fight Club) and we played Pulp Fiction at Christmas.
Is it difficult finding films that everyone can enjoy?
It is always difficult trying to find a film that everyone enjoys; opinions are subjective, so it would always be impossible attempting to find that one film everyone would love. I find that comedies, thrillers and action movies are popular with most people, though I’ve been surprised with the numbers we’ve attracted with other, more experimental genres and lesser-known movies.
Which films released this year have you been to see and really enjoyed?
So far this year, I’ve seen Django Unchained which was a very entertaining and well-written gorefest that which had one minor problem: it’s runtime... cut 20 minutes and it would have been perfect; Wreck-it-Ralph, which, as a big fan of videogames, both modern and retro, was a joy to watch as the painstaking attention to detail is a joy to behold and Star Trek into Darkness, which, while not as good as the 2009 Star Trek movie, was still a non-stop action romp. Into Darkness is worth watching for Benedict Cumberbatche’s performance, which steals the show, the way you come to expect from the Sherlock star.
Which ones are you anticipating the release of in the coming months?
I honestly can’t wait for The World’s End, the third film in Edgar Wright’s ‘blood and ice cream’ trilogy; following on from his successes with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Wright is one of the greatest British directors in recent decades. I’m also looking forward to the releases of Monster’s University, Pacific Rim and Kick Ass 2.
What’s your favourite film of all time?
I can never give a proper answer to this question. It would be difficult to compile a top 10 or even top 100 list. Though, the films that have really stayed with me include The Iron Giant, many of the films from the Studio Ghibli collection and Inception. This is just the tip of the iceberg, I could write a whole essay on my favourite films alone. Films are one of the best mediums for expressing thoughts and feelings, and something that, I believe, everyone should enjoy.