Film Screening 25th March, 2011

Poster for The American

The American 

8:00 PM, 25th March, 2011

  • MA
  • 105 mins
  • 2010
  • Anton Corbijn
  • Rowan Joffe
  • George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli

Well if you’re a George Clooney fan you’ve already decided to come and see this film, regardless of what I write here. But if you’re not one of these people and need a little more convincing to come along and see this film, then read on.

After a job in Sweden, Jack (Clooney) vows to his contact that his next job will be his last and hides out in a small town in Italy where he awaits further instruction. While he waits he reflects on his life with the help of a local priest (Bonacelli) and Clara (Placido), with whom he forms a romantic relationship, though both relationships develop with strong resistance from Jack.

Jack’s contact eventually sets him up with another job – Mathilde (Reuten), who asks him to put together a custom-designed sniper rifle. But as you’ve likely guessed this ‘last job’ ends up involving a little more than gun design and manufacture…

Beautifully shot, the backdrop of this film is like a series of thoughtfully strung together postcards. Have I managed to convince you yet? How about: assassins, guns, fast cars, not as fast mopeds, babes, bad guys, Europe, the killing of aforementioned bad guys, a priest and hiding out in a quaint European village somewhere? Hmm, I’m really sorry, but I can’t reveal any more, because if I do, I will have to kill you!

Helen Haines

Poster for Somewhere


10:00 PM, 25th March, 2011

  • M
  • 98 mins
  • 2010
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Michelle Monaghan

"Somewhere round the corner, somewhere did he go - somewhere round the corner..."

(Sorry, but every time I hear the title of this movie, the mid-90s Efua song "Somewhere" pops into my head. I’ll try and focus more).

A 30-something, handsome leading man movie star has a lifestyle that is getting increasingly repetitive and direction-less. He is then charged with taking responsibility for his tween daughter for a couple of weeks.

That’s basically the plot for Somewhere ("They’re just around the corner, but if you break into a run every time you get to a corner you won’t find them because they’re not there yet, they’re somewhere (somewhere)"... sorry). It has been accused of being similar to Sofia Coppola’s most well-known film, Lost in Translation, but I think that it has a very different feel. It is basically an art-house piece which will require some patience from the audience, but has enough to reward you with if you can stick it out (I particularly liked the connection between the opening and closing scenes, and a scene late in the movie with Stephen Dorff on the phone).

To sum up, Somewhere ("So I followed him into the men’s room and he stared at me and I stared at him and we go for dinner and then we go for it, full on room service love, we’re talking swoon, croon, moon in June, we’re talking Mills and Boon man,

we’re talking love (lo-ove) love (lo-ove)..." oh damn, there goes my review word allocation...)

Travis Cragg