Film Screening 28th October, 2005

Poster for The Island

The Island 

8:00 PM, 28th October, 2005
No Guests

  • M
  • 0 mins
  • 2005
  • Michael Bay
  • Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Caspian Tredwell-Owen
  • Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean

OK this one hasn't come out yet and won't until some weeks after this booklet is out. Even I stop short of breaking into Dreamworks to steal a copy (only for lack of funds, honest!). So I'll do the next best thing to reviewing this movie and pinch the blurb from the press sheet:

Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones whose only purpose is to provide "spare parts" for their original human counterparts. Realizing it is only a matter of time before he is "harvested," Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson). Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers.

The trailers make this look like a thinking person's action movie (I guess ditching his long-time producer Jerry Bruckheimer may be the smartest movie director Michael Bay has done!) and bit of a cross between Logan's Run and Enemy of the State - definitely big screen stuff. Let's hope it's as good as those two.

Adam Gould

Poster for A Chairy Tale

A Chairy Tale 

10:00 PM, 28th October, 2005

  • G
  • 10 mins
  • 1957
  • Claude Jutra, Norman McLaren

A chair refuses to be sat upon. Music from a pre-Beatles Ravi Shankar (now best known as Norah Jones's dad).

Poster for Logan's Run

Logan's Run 

10:10 PM, 28th October, 2005

  • PG
  • 120 mins
  • 1976
  • Michael Anderson
  • David Zelag Goodman
  • Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Richard Jordan, Farrah Fawcett

A futuristic, yet kind of 70s utopia where all I have to do to get laid is hit the "get me laid" button on my phone/transporter thingy? Sign me up! The catch? When I get to 30 and the dinky little wishing stone, err, "life clock" embedded in my palm turns black I have to go on the carousel? Still sounds OK.. Oh! Carousel of certain doom! Right. Throw in Jenny Agutter in a see through hessian sack and you've got a deal! Then again, if I was living after the nuclear holocaust in 2274, there wouldn't be a choice, this would be the only way of life left on the planet.
Logan 5 (Basil Exposition to Austin Powers fans) lives in this utopia. He's a Sandman, when he's not enjoying the lifestyle of the day his job is to hunt down and terminate anybody that doesn't turn up at the Carousel when his or her life clock is up. It's a job he manages to do in good spirits until his clock turns black and he decides that becoming a runner, and searching for the fabled "Sanctuary" where he can carry on living, is a better option than certain doom.
It's dated, it's cheesy, but this just adds to the mesmerising appeal of Logan's Run. Odds are you'll probably never see another movie quite like it!

Adam Gould