11 Jun. 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson is easily my favourite director. He is quirky, imaginative and funny all while staying totally grounded and emotional. His films always tell of slightly unattainable characters that are strange with each other and their surroundings yet are connectable as they are vulnerable and human. Even though they are out of the ordinary, they still remain natural at the heart of their character. This is part due to the actors, (most of which work regularly with Wes Anderson), the writing and the unique vision of Wes Anderson himself.
Anderson’s style is creative and beautiful to watch.

He has written and directed seven features to date including, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. All of which feature his regular cast member Bill Murray (also starring in Moonrise Kingdom). Murray has had an illustrious career in cinema but has really come in to his own with his work with Jim Jarmusch and especially Anderson.

Other regular cast members include Angelica Houston, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Seymour Cassel. Some of which pop up in Moonrise Kingdom, along with new-comer’s such as Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Tilda Swinton.

Moonrise tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall in love and run away together. The locals set out to track down the two youngsters and in doing so end up unearthing secrets and truths about themselves, their families and their fellow town’s people. Set on an Island off the coast of New England in the sixties and in keeping with Anderson’s style it’s sure to be a visual treat as well as an entertaining and engaging hour and a half.

It is screening in the Model Cinema for 2 weeks, starting on the 27th of June through to the 8th of July and I can’t wait to see it!

“Anderson is telling us about his own story by the sounds of it. He is the 12 years old boy, he has just experienced his first love while at Summer camp, and immediately rushed to a camera to tell us, his pen pals, the story”. IMBD

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Cathy Quinlan

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4 Apr. 2012


Upon first hearing about, Margaret, I did my usual research who is writer, who’s in it, who’s directing and what’s it about. The story itself revolves around 17-year-old Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), a high school student living in New York who feels certain that she inadvertently caused a traffic accident, which claimed a woman’s life.

Margaret has all the right ingredients for a great film, a startling opening sequence, a great storyline and a star studded cast, which includes Matt Damon (The Bourne Trilogy), Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright) and also a fantastic writer/director, Kenneth Lonergan. But it was the back-story about this film’s journey to the big screen and its subsequent limited release that really caught my attention.

This is Kenneth Lonergan’s second stint as both writer and director, since his Oscar nominated You Can Count On Me. Lonergan has penned some of Hollywood’s box office big hitters, with such titles as Gangs of New York and Analyze This. He has proven himself as Hollywood gold, so why have Fox Searchlight Pictures tried to bury his second directorial title?

First of all, the actual film was shot in 2005, hence the screen shots of a very much younger looking Anna Paquin. Initially, the dispute appears to have started over the long editing delays, as Lonergan’s first cut was just over three hours long, while the released version comes in at 150 minutes, so I get the feeling that Lonergan was pressurized into signing off on the shorter version.

No smoke without fire they say! With some of the actors saying the original script was over three hundred pages long! Searchlight must have panicked and thought lets bury it and avoid pumping more money into an already hard sell. In a world where three-hour drama films are nearly in a different genre, let alone era. Lonergan’s words on the subject, though limited, (due to pending court battles) were ‘…while I fully support the released cut, it is also no secret that I tried to get a subsequent version released, which Marty Scorsese very graciously helped with, which even more fully executes my complete intentions…a cut that I hope someday, somehow will see the light of day,’ which leaves the tantalizing prospect of a future director’s cut.

Social media has led this film on its own unique path, which in turn forced Searchlight to send out the screeners to festivals and reviewers, resulting in rave reviews with mentions of ‘Oscar material’ and ‘masterpiece’ in the same article. One day I am sure we will see a bonus edition DVD of Margaret, with the full three hours of the original directors’ cut and perhaps included on the extras, Kenneth Lonergan will get to tell his own story about ‘the one that nearly got away.’

Margaret will screen in The Model Cinema for three nights only, so catch this limited release while you can on the big screen this Wednesday and Thursday at 8.15pm and Sunday, 8 April at 6.15pm.

‘Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch.’
Peter Bradshaw,
The Guardian *****

‘Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed second film, starring Anna Paquin, is a brilliant, sprawling drama of modern life’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian *****

‘So what’s particularly astonishing about Margaret is that it feels so burningly right. It’s rare, unstable, and kind of a masterpiece.’
The Telegraph *****

23 Mar. 2012

Upcoming Model Cinema

As always The Model brings you the most exciting newly released cinema on offer, and the coming weeks are no exception. Our new double screenings (6.15 & 8.15pm) bring you twice the opportunity to see and enjoy a great selection of the latest movies.

Next Wednesday evening sees Martha Marcy May Marlene open at The Model. The film has been getting great reviews over the last few weeks and looks like a great choice for those of you who enjoy a good psychological thriller.

Other highlights over the coming weeks include “Margaret”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466893/, starring Anna Paquin as a New York teenager who witnesses a fatal accident and Stella Days, which is being hailed as an ‘Irish Cinema Paradiso’.

In April, a film that looks like it’s going to be visually stunning is Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna. The film is a reimagining of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles relocated to India. Always a fan of the book I know I can’t wait to see it.

Another film that looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun is This Must be the Place starring Sean Penn and fledgling Irish actress (and Bono’s daughter) Eve Hewson. The film, which was party shot in Dublin, traces a retired rock star sets out to find the ex-Nazi war criminal who executed his father. The film gets a nice review from Donald Clarke in today’s Irish Times.

Also coming soon are a few offerings for younger audiences. A special screening of The Gruffalo’s Child will take place on 1 April, and Ratatouille will be shown to mark the SO Sligo Food festival on Sunday 20th March.

For times and dates of all screenings check out our cinema page.

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