Film Screening 26th February, 2011

Poster for Tangled


6:00 PM, 26th February, 2011
No Guests

  • PG
  • 100 mins
  • 2010
  • Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
  • Dan Fogelman
  • Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman

Having grown up during the so-called 'Disney Renaissance' (1989-1999), I was (and still am!) enthralled by the astonishing animation, exciting storylines and unforgettable characters of classics such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mulan and Pocahontas. With its 50th animated feature Tangled (essentially a reworking of the Rapunzel fairytale), Disney has finally re-discovered the magic of these classics.

As a baby, Princess Rapunzel (whose magical hair has the ability to reverse ageing and heal wounds) is stolen from her crib and kept from the world in a secret tower by the narcissistic Mother Gothel (Murphy). As she grows older, Rapunzel (Moore) dreams of venturing into the outside world to see the 'floating lights' first-hand, which appear in the sky on her birthday each year. A notorious thief, Flynn Rider (Levi, from TV's "Chuck"), happens upon Rapunzel's tower and decides to hide there to escape the castle guards. As a result, Rapunzel and Flynn strike up an unlikely friendship and the adventure begins.

Academy-Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas) returns, providing toe-tapping tunes and extra enchantment to the remarkable feat of animation that is the 'lantern' scene.

If you're a fan of the animated classics of the 'Disney Renaissance', or you are in the mood for a fun family film, come on down to the Film Group and experience the Disney magic for yourself - you won't be disappointed!

Majella Carmody

Poster for TRON: Legacy

TRON: Legacy 

8:00 PM, 26th February, 2011
No Guests

  • PG
  • 125 mins
  • 2010
  • Joseph Kosinski
  • Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
  • Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen

Tron: Legacy is a sequel to the 1982 cult movie Tron. We meet a relatively young Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff a manner of speaking), CEO of ENCOM International, as he recounts stories of a virtual reality computer program universe called 'The Grid' to his young son Sam. Flynn explains how he is developing 'The Grid' with the help of two computer programs; a security program called Tron and a program designed to perfect the system called Clu; and that one day he will show it to him. Unfortunately, one evening ol' Kev goes to his office in his arcade, never to return...

Some twenty years later, ENCOM has become a capitalistic corporation a world away from Flynn's liberal manner, and its exiled controller Sam (Hedlund) is nothing more than a serial pest. That is until one day Sam receives word from ENCOM executive and good family friend Alan Bradley (creator of the Tron program played again by Bruce Boxleitner), that he received a page from his father's office. Breaking into the 80s style arcade, Sam starts to tap away at his father's secret computer when a mysterious yet familiar particle digitiser positioned behind him snaps into life and digital wackiness quickly ensues...

If you have seen and liked the original, you will love this movie. All of the familiar beats are here with plenty of programming and eastern philosophy mixed in. Light cycles and disk battles blaze, albeit in a Tron 2.0 universe. Everything is darker and more dangerous, while the soundtrack provided by Daft Punk is truly awesome. Prepare to be derezzed!

Luke McWilliams