Film Screening 23rd July, 2005

Poster for The Interpreter

The Interpreter 

8:00 PM, 23rd July, 2005
No Guests

  • M
  • 128 mins
  • 2005
  • Sydney Pollack
  • Charles Randolph, Scott Frank, Steven Zaillian
  • Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener

The Interpreter is the first time that anyone has been allowed to film inside the UN building. Even Hitchcock was refused when he wanted to film inside the UN for "North by Northwest". He was able to record up to the entrance doors but had to film the rest on a set. Sydney Pollack was given unparalleled access to the building and uses this unique opportunity to shoot some amazing footage. The major star of this movie is the UN building itself. The film is worth it just to see inside this unique building.

But on to the plot - Silvia Broome (Kidman) plays an interpreter (hence the title) that allegedly overhears an assassination plot spoken in a rare dialect few people, other than herself can understand. Tobin Keller (Penn) is assigned to protect her as her knowledge of this plot places her life in danger. In true thriller style he begins to suspect that Silvia may actually be involved in the plot and the guessing game begins. Is Silvia making it up or is it a distraction for something more sinister? This is a fine thriller that whilst slightly predictable is probably the only way most of us will ever see inside the UN.

Joel Nation

Poster for White Noise

White Noise 

10:00 PM, 23rd July, 2005

  • M
  • 97 mins
  • 2004
  • Geoffrey Sax
  • Niall Johnson
  • Michael Keaton, Chandra West, Deborah Kara Unger, Ian McNeice

For those of you who aren't master ghost hunters, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) is the alleged communication by spirits through the white noise of staticky radio stations, television stations, and other electronic devices. People truly believe in it, and if you do a quick search on the Internet then you can find plenty of websites with audio files they say prove the existence of EVP.
In White Noise, architect Jonathan Rivers (Keaton) is devastated by the mysterious disappearance of his wife Anna (West). When he's contacted by Raymond Price (McNeice), a man who claims to be receiving messages from the other side via the white noise Jonathan is drawn into a search for Anna. But there are dark and destructive forces who interfere with the signals, and Jonathan finds himself a player in a deadly new world which involves Anna sending him warning messages to prevent the death of others.
While some parts of this movie are flawed, the mystery is deliberately paced and there are certainly some creepy moments along the way. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go and turn up my un-tuned radio and see if anyone is out there((Eacute))

Tamara Lee