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Cloud Atlas - This week's film

26 February 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 1st March
Cloud Atlas (2012) – 172 min 15
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy & Lana Wachowski
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent
Genres – Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Cloud Atlas - Film Poster
Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future.

66% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.’

Review by Henry Barnes – The Guardian Sunday 9 September 2012

‘An artichoke that fires lasers; montages that span the ages; Jim Broadbent saying “ruddy”; women on conveyer belts in the nuddy; evil oil partisans; bed-hopping artisans; parasitic brain worms; Halle Berry with a perm; sex, death, love, space; cannibals, parables, war, race. Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy and Lana Wachowski (the Matrix trilogy) are banking on there being something in that lot that catches your eye.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Cloud Atlas (2012) IDMB


Biutiful - This week's Film

21 February 2014 / Film

Film Screening Saturday 22nd February
Biutiful (2010) – 148 min 15
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib
Genres – Drama
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Biutiful - Film Poster

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

65% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Javier Bardem’s searing performance helps to elevate Biutiful, as does Alejandro González Iñárritu’s craftsmanship, but the film often lapses into contrivance and grimness.’

Review by Philip French – The Observer Sunday 30 January 2011

‘Biutiful brings together for the first time the brilliant Mexican director of Amores Perros and the greatest Spanish actor of his generation, Javier Bardem……’

Cannes Film Festival 2010 Award for best Actor

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Biutiful (2010) IDMB


Valentine Film Weekend

13 February 2014

We have two Valentine – Love themed films for you this week.

Film Screening Friday 14th February
Shakespeare in Love (1998) – 123 min [ R ]
Director: John Madden
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
Genres – Comedy | Drama | Romance
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Film Screening Saturday 15th February
Moulin Rouge (2001) – 127 min [PG-13]
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
Genres – Drama | Musical | Romance
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Shakespeare in Love - Film Poster

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon see through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is …

Moulin Rouge - Film Poster

The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city’s drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club’s patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine…

Both Film start at 8.30pm – free admission
Please arrive promptly, parking may be limited
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Shakespeare in Love (1998) IDMB
More information here – Moulin Rouge (2001) IDMB