Summer Screenings at The Model Cinema Sligo

(Barbaric Genius)

The final Summer screenings will take place at The Model Cinema, Sligo from June 13th to July 8th with a programme of outstanding cinematic experiences, jam-packed with Oscar winners, touching documentaries, cult thrillers and visually stunning slices of world cinema.

On Sunday June 17th and 24th, The Model will be treating film lovers to a free screening of the Oscar winning The Shore, recipient of the 2012 Academy Award for the Best Live-Action Short Film. A simultaneously moving and hilarious story of two boyhood best friends, Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill), the film details a friendship divided by years of misunderstanding and shattered by conflict in Northern Ireland.

Moonrise Kingdom opened this year’s Cannnes Film Festival and is Wes Anderson’s seventh feature and his return to live-action, following Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Widely considered the director’s definitive film to date, it is warm and witty and set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960’s. The story follows two troubled 12-year olds, who fall in love and run away together, sparking a manhunt involving his scoutmaster (Edward Norton), parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), local law enforcement (Bruce Willis), and another exceptional performance from Tilda Swinton as the social services authority.

Barbaric Genius, Paul Duane’s stimulating documentary on award winning author, chess prodigy and somewhat forgotten, unpredictable and elusive John Healy can be described as a sensitive yet enthralling portrait of a man born in London to Sligo parents. The film provides an overview of the crucial lowlights of The Grass Arena, Healy’s breakthrough autobiography published in 1988 and universally acknowledged as a masterpiece. An exclusive Q&A with director, Paul Duane will take place after the 6.15pm screening on Sunday 24 June.

Martin Sheen makes a welcome return to the big screen, this time in a film written and directed by his own son, Emilio Estevez.  The Way will screen on Friday June 15 at 8.15pm. With a wonderful cast this is the story of the famous pilgrimage walk on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.  Also on the night will be a raffle to raise funds for the Dip in the Nip Charity. On June 24th, there will be four dips taking place around the country including Sligo. The money raised this year will benefit the Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust, Mid- West Cancer Foundation, Mercy University Foundation and Drogheda Cancer Education & Research Trust.

The Model Cinema will be taking a brief hiatus for the summer from July 8th and will re-open in September.

Full cinema listings are available at www.themodel.ie

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Cinema Review: Moonrise Kingdom

DIR: Wes Anderson  WRI: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola  PRO: Scott Rudin, Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales • DOP: Robert Yeoman • ED: Andrew Weisblum • DES: Adam Stockhausen • Cast: Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Jared Gilman, Kara Hyward

A filmmaker like Wes Anderson is in a tough position. His visual style and direction is so well-known, so unmistakably his, that for him to try something different would be akin to committing career suicide. He has built up a reputation of making quirky films with colour-drenched scenes and razor-sharp dialogue. Moonrise Kingdom doesn’t break the mould in terms of his previous work. And yet, it is by far his most accessible film to date. The story takes place in the summer of 1965 on New Penzance Island, off the coast of New England. Sam and Suzy (Jared Gilman and Kara Hyward) are two odd children who decide to run away together for a period of time. Sam, who is a Khaki Scout and wilderness expert, escapes from his summer camp and meets Suzy. Their plan is to retrace the steps of the local Native American migration. The scout master, Randy Ward (Ed Norton), takes his troop out to locate the runaways – along with the help of local police Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) and Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand).

 

Wes Anderson has crafted a touching film that isn’t bogged down by the usual overbearing dialogue that plagues his other films. The film’s strength lies in both the chemistry between the two runaways and their story. While it is very innocent and eccentric, their story is more based in reality than other films Anderson has made. This doesn’t detract from that other-worldly quality that are his trademark; it means that their story is more easy to relate to. Where the runaways’ story is centred around first love, the relationship between Murray and McDormand is strained and reserved. However, the film cleverly eschews delving into it. Theirs is shown through what the child see and, as such, the true state of their marriage is kept suppressed from Suzy. As well, Sam’s home-life is only brought up later in the film as it doesn’t factor in until it is needed. Anderson’s use of the supporting cast is inspired. No extra screen-time is given to Murray, Norton or Willis needlessly. The film’s central focus is on the runaways and their adventure together – not the search parties that are looking for them.

 

Moonrise Kingdom is a gentle, heartfelt film that never feels like it’s anything but sincere. Willis gives a fantastic performance as the good-natured policeman who only wants to help Sam. As well, Norton excels as the earnest scout master, all salutes and quick-smart marching. Bill Murray is, admittedly, underused as is Frances McDormand. However, a scene featuring the two of them is particularly emotional when, exasperated, the two come face-to-face with the reality that they’re failing as parents. It’s true, Wes Anderson is working with familiar material here. The film has certain echoes of Lord of the Flies and Roald Dahl stories, however Anderson has put his unique stamp on a timeless story that is sure to win over his fans – and may win him some new ones as well.

Brian Lloyd 

Rated 12A (see IFCO website for details)
Moonrise Kingdom is released on 25th May 2012

Moonrise Kingdom – Official Website

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