Film Screening 24th September, 2005

Poster for The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R

The Mouse from H.U.N.G.E.R 

8:00 PM, 24th September, 2005
No Guests

  • G
  • 7 mins
  • 1967
  • Abe Levitow
  • Bob Ogle
  • Mel Blanc

The mission? Retrieve the cheese. The obstacle? One diabolical cat with a vast array of diabolical traps. Tom and Jerry with a "Man from U.N.C.L.E." twist.

Poster for Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 

8:10 PM, 24th September, 2005
No Guests

  • M
  • 120 mins
  • 2005
  • Doug Liman
  • Simon Kinberg
  • Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett, Elijah Alexander

John (Pitt) and Jane Smith (Jolie) have been married for five or six years. They are both secret assassins working for different companies but when they both target the same man for assassination (Brody), they learn the truth and end up targeting each other. What follows is not quite an action movie, nor is it a love story, thriller or comedy. It takes the best elements from every genre and delivers a fast paced, surprisingly funny film. The film is primarily about the marriage between the two very charismatic characters. This is underpinned by the wild action sequences, which are fraught with emotion and act as a metaphor for the relationship between Jane and John. The whole movie is exquisitely shot, and the action scenes are not scary, but more gripping than usual. Emotionally engaging, and ultimately satisfying, this film is well written, directed and acted. The opening scenes are beautiful, and it has the rare feature of a musical score that makes a real contribution to the movie, rather than acting as accompaniment or space filler. Whether you come for Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, or the surplus of weaponry, you won't be disappointed.

Bindi Radnidge

Poster for Bullitt


10:00 PM, 24th September, 2005

  • M
  • 113 mins
  • 1968
  • Peter Yates
  • Alan Trustman, Harry Kliener
  • Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Duvall

Frank Bullitt (McQueen), a tough San Francisco cop, has just received what sounds like a routine assignment: keep a star witness out of sight and danger for 48 hours, then deliver him to the court room. When the witness is gunned down, Bullitt is determined to find the killer and the underworld kingpin who ordered the hit. Steve McQueen is terrific as the super-cool, stoic cop who bends the rules and fights the system (a role that was a precursor to Dirty Harry and other anti-heroes). Robert Vaughn is the corrupt politician who puts the heat on Bullitt during his investigation and Jacqueline Bisset is the gratuitous love interest. Robert Duvall has a small role as a taxi driver. The highlight of the film is the sensational 11-minute car chase sequence that earned the film an Oscar for editing. McQueen, an experienced car racer, did his own stunt driving over the famous hills of San Francisco at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour. After Bullitt, it was almost obligatory for Hollywood to include a car chase sequence in every contemporary action film.

Tony Fidanza