Back in March 2020 when we found ourselves spending a lot more time at home, we decided to start a Film Club between the staff at Tekeurope. The club not only allows us a chance to perhaps watch films that are outside of our usual genres, but it also helps to keep us all in contact during these strange times.

The Rules

The rules are simple, each round we select two films to enter. These are then voted on to decide which ones we must watch. Each member watches the chosen films and gives them scores for several different categories. Based on the scores, the films are given a star rating and are placed on our film leader board.

In the spirit of keeping things fresh, some months are themed. In previous months we have had theme such as featuring Sean Connery, Christmas, and Halloween.

Stayed tuned to see our weekly scores and updated leader board.

Update: 11/06/21:

12 Years a Slave
Genre Biographical period drama
Age Classification 15
Release Date 2017
Length 134 mins
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 biographical period-drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery.
Scores (Mark out of 0 – 5 in each category) John Barrett (JB) Andy Roxburgh (AR) Connor Barrett (CB) Aiden Barrett (AB) Sam Palk (SP) Charlie Miarowski (CM) Dan Green (DG) Stuart Blacklock (SB) Total Average
Story 5 4 5 4 4.5 3.5 3.5 4 33.5 4.18
Sound Track 3.5 2 4 2.5 4.5 3 2.5 3 25 3.12
Sound 3.5 3 4.5 4 5 3.5 3 3 29.5 3.68
Special Effects/Animation/Cinematography 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 4.5 3 3.5 3 28.5 3.56
Acting/Voice Ability 5 3.5 5 4 4.5 4.5 3.5 4 34 4.25
Enjoyment 5 3 4 3.5 4 3 2.5 4 29 3.62
Movie mistakes (-.5 for each one, max -5)
Total: (Max 30) 25.5 19 26.5 21.5 27 20.5 18.5 18 179.50 22.43

Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave was this years film of choice. It received high scores almost across the board and is in 10th on the leaderboard.

Update: 28/05/21

The Death of Stalin
Genre Political satire, black comedy
Age Classification 15
Release Date 2017
Length 107 mins
The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire black comedy film written and directed by Armando Iannucci and co-written by Fabien Nury [fr], David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows. Based on the French graphic novel La Mort de Staline (2010-2012), the film depicts the internal social and political power struggle among the Council of Ministers following the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1953.
Scores (Mark out of 0 – 5 in each category) John Barrett (JB) Andy Roxburgh (AR) Connor Barrett (CB) Aiden Barrett (AB) Sam Palk (SP) Charlie Miarowski (CM) Dan Green (DG) Stuart Blacklock (SB) Total Average
Story 4 2 5 4 4 2.5 2 3 27.5 3.43
Sound Track 3.5 2 3.5 2 3 2.5 3 4 22.5 2.81
Sound 3 2 4 3.5 3 3 2.5 3 24 3
Special Effects/Animation/Cinematography 3.5 2 4 3.5 4.5 3 3 2 25.5 3.18
Acting/Voice Ability 4.5 3 4.5 4 4 3 3 3 29 3.62
Enjoyment 5 3 5 4 4.5 3 2 4 29.5 3.68
Movie mistakes (-.5 for each one, max -5)
Total: (Max 30) 23.5 14 26 21 23 17 15.5 18 158 19.75

This week Tekeurope film club watching 2017 satirical comedy the Death of Stalin. The film received a very good reception and is the highest scoring comedy film on the leaderboard.

Update: 14/05/21:

1917
Genre War Film
Age Classification 15
Release Date 2020
Length 119 Minutes
1917 is a 2019 British war film directed and produced by Sam Mendes, who co-wrote the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Partially inspired by stories told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather Alfred about his service during World War I the film takes place after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich, and follows two British soldiers, in their mission to deliver an important message to call off a doomed offensive attack.
Scores (Mark out of 0 – 5 in each category) John Barrett (JB) Andy Roxburgh (AR) Connor Barrett (CB) Aiden Barrett (AB) Sam Palk (SP) Charlie Miarowski (CM) Dan Green (DG) Stuart Blacklock (SB) Total Average
Story 5 3 5 3.5 4.5 3.5 4 4 32.5 4.06
Sound Track 3.5 3 5 4 4.5 3.5 3.5 4 31 3.87
Sound 4 3 4 3.5 4 3 3 4 28.5 3.56
Special Effects/Animation/Cinematography 5 3 4 4.5 5 3 4.5 4 33 4.12
Acting/Voice Ability 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 32 4
Enjoyment 5 3 5 4 4.5 3.5 4 5 34 4.25
Movie mistakes (-.5 for each one, max -5)
Total: (Max 30) 27.5 18 27 23.5 13.5 19.5 23 24 191.00 23.87

War film 1917 was this week’s movie of choice. The film was extremely well received and scored the best of any movie this year and is up in 6th place on the leaderboard, the highest scoring war film.

The Leaderboard

<tr”>21The Death of Stalin (2017 film)19.75 (152)⭐⭐⭐6.3

Chart Position Film Ranking Star rating IMDB Rating
1 Schindler’s List 26 (130) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.9
2 The Dark Knight 25 (125) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 9
3 The Dark Knight Rises 24.7 (123.5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.4
3 Gladiator 24.7 (123.50) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.5
4 Interstellar (2014) 24.2 (140.5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.6
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 24.18 (193.5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7.6
7 The Lord of the Rings (1978 film) 23.2 (116) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.2
8 Glory 23.1 (115.5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7.8
9 A Quiet Place 22.6 (113) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7.5
10 12 Years a Slave 22.43 (179.50) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.1
11 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 22.06 (176.50) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8.2
12 John Wick 21.67 (129.5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7.4
13 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 21.37 (171) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8
14 Henry V (1989) 20.6 (121.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.5
15 The Untouchables (1987) 20.5 (164) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.9
15 The Transformers: The Movie (1986) 20.5 (115) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.3
16 Fiddler on the Roof 20.3 (101.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 8
17 The Killing Fields 20.2 (118.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.8
18 300 20.01 (121.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.6
19 Die Hard 19.93 (159.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 8.2
20 The Producers (2005 film) 19.8 (117.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.3
22 Naked Gun (2005 film) 19.68 (157.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.6
23 The Woman in Black 19.25 ⭐⭐⭐ 6.4
24 Drive 19.2 ⭐⭐⭐ 7.8
25 The Handmaiden 19.1 (95.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 8.1
26 Bugsy Malone 19 (135) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.9
27 It (2017 film) 19 (111) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.3
28 Game Night 18.9 (111.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.9
29 Diamonds are Forever 18.5 (106) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.1
30 Time Bandits 18.5 (106) ⭐⭐⭐ 7
31 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 18.4 (92) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.1
31 Kong: Skull Island 18.4 (91) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.6
32 Scrooged 18.25 (91) ⭐⭐⭐ 7
33 Going In Style 18.2 (91) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.6
34 Hereditary 18 (90) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.3
35 Bad Boys for Life 17.7 (106.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.7
36 The Lighthouse (2019 film) 17.4 (107.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.1
37 The Belles of St. Trinions 17.25 (138) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.9
38 Bad Samaritan 17.12 (135.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 6.5
39 Alice through the Looking Glass 16.93 (135.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.5
40 The Favourite 16.93 (135.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.5
41 The Cabin in the Woods 16.56 (132.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7
41 Village of the Damned (1960) 16.56 (132.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.3
43 Midsommar 16.5 (82.5) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.1
44 The Descent 16.46 (129) ⭐⭐⭐ 7.2
45 Wonder Woman 1984 16.25 (130) ⭐⭐⭐ 5.4
46 Carry On Behind 15.9 (79.5) ⭐⭐ 5.6
47 Dog Soldiers (2002) 15.8 (95) ⭐⭐ 6.8
48 Tales from Earthsea 14.9 (74.5) ⭐⭐ 6.5
49 Dolittle 13.12 (105) ⭐⭐ 5.6
50 Colour out of space 13.06 (104.5) ⭐⭐ 6.2
51 The First Purge 10.9 (68.5) ⭐⭐ 5.2
52 Bit 9.4 (47) 3.7