Film Screening 18th March, 2006

Poster for Gerald McBoing-Boing

Gerald McBoing-Boing 

8:00 PM, 18th March, 2006

  • G
  • 7 mins
  • 1950
  • Robert Cannon
  • Bill Scott, Phil Eastman
  • Marvin Miller

UPA cartoon (youll know the style when you see it), from a Dr Seuss story. A boy who can only talk in sound effects is shunned by other children, but makes his fortune in radio. Won an Oscar for Best Animated Short.

Poster for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 

10:42 PM, 18th March, 2006

  • MA
  • 102 mins
  • 2005
  • Shane Black
  • Shane Black
  • Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Harry Lockhart (Downey Jr) is a very recently retired crook, whos wound up in LA, screen-testing for a new film. Perry Van Shrike (Kilmer), nicknamed "Gay Perry" for obvious reasons, is the detective assigned to help him act like a PI. When Harry's first love, Harmony (Monaghan), shows up searching for her sister, Harry persuades Perry to help. Cue quips, gunfights, thugs and a fair few corpses.Downey, Kilmer and Black (who wrote the original Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight) all are coming off long periods of unfashionability. If there's any justice in the world, this should give their careers a major kick in the pants. Kilmer in particular hasn't been this funny since Top Secret twenty years ago. Harry's narration is a highlight - quippy, self-referential, and occasionally useful to help highlight the connections in a plot that's as twisted as a good detective story should be.I've heard this described as "what The Big Lebowski would be if you could understand the plot and everyone was less stoned", and that's probably a useful definition - a funny, smart revisiting of film noir territory.

Simon Tolhurst