Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

African Film Festival

This is going to be the 6th edition of the African Film Festival, always around the 25th of May, Africa Day, to celebrate African diversity and to highlight its cultural potential.

And as the opening of the festival, the LAUNCH OF AFRICA DAY 2013 (by the Mayor of Galway City Cllr Terry O’Flaherty) is today, Tuesday May 21st, at 11 am, in the Galway City Museum. There will be performances by African choirs, music and dance, don’t miss it if you are around (I know, short notice, sorry!)

All the movies of the Festival will be shown in the HUSTON SCHOOL OF FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY. And all of them are free of charge (and donations welcome, of course)


From Friday at 5 pm until Sunday at 8 pm we can watch 14 movies (and short films) including:

The SouthAfrican comedy Material: 

Cassim is a young Muslim man who works in his father’s fabric shop in Johannesburg. However, Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian, which his father disproves of. When he gets a gig at a local bar, he has to find a way of keeping it a secret.

Saturday at 6 30 pm. The Nigerian film Phone Swap

Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally  swap their phones. This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination. Consequently, Akin ends up travelling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akins’s case). As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone.

Sunday at 6 pm we can watch The Lion’s Point of view, a movie dealing with immigration not from the European but the African opinions, pointing at the misery generated by the neo-colonial and neoliberal policies

Before, at 4 pm, we can watch Zambezia, the story of this little hawk:

The program is quite long for just 3 days, check it here.

Good movies away from the commercial circuit for this weekend, dealing with comedy, drama, social affairs, stories for children and for adults.

Enjoy it!


The Great Gatsby, again

Second parts are never good, or so they say, we’ll see if the second version of the movie The Great Gatsby can be any better than the one from 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow as the main characters. I want to be optimistic but I don’t know what to say.

If you haven’t watched the movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola, please download it, buy it, stream it or whatever the option you normally use for films, because it is a great adaptation of the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald telling a story of a eccentric millionaire in the early nineteen twenties United States, a portrait of the wealthy society of that age in which the writer had an active rol, as both a member of that elite group and its chronicler.

From the movie now in the cinemas, by Baz Lurhmann, the director of Moulin Rouge, but also of Australia (Oops!) I’m sure the staging and the careful presentation of the settings and all the clothes, cars, houses and objects is going to attract all the attention. Enjoy the images, the details in them, the colours and the movement of the camera, as Lurhmann is one of the most visual directors in Hollywood.

And also great music, like the main song by Lana del Rey, Young and Beautiful (speaking about drama!)

I’m quite sure the main femenine character, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) is going to be as good as the part Mia Farrow played (if she breaks your nerves and you just want to shake her and say: Get real!  she’s doing a good job).

I’m not that sure about Leonardo DiCaprio, maybe it’s just me but whenever he is acting I just see the actor, never the character he’s playing. I don’t see the bad guy in Tarantino’s last movie, I don’t see the hero in Titanic, I just see DiCaprio, same faces, same movements… same everything, but maybe it’s just me, I can’t like them all!

Anyway, here in Galway both big cinema theatres Omniplex and Eye Cinema are going to play the movie from Thursday 16th of May.

Students have a discount on Monday in Omniplex, a perfect option for our friends in NUIG ( blog for international studies).

Bits and Bobs

There’s so much going on in Spring and Summer in Galway that we can’t either focus our reviews in one thing only and miss the rest or write a huge review about every event.

So sometimes you’ll find a little melting pot which gathers all that we find interesting and worth to see or visit. That’s not an easy job to do, as nothing is lacking any interest from our point of view.

This week, some of the cultural events we found around the city…choose the one you like most!

Georges Bizet Carmen, in the Town Hall,

Saturday 11th at 8 pm. Tickets: € 20/ €25

photo of With a Tear and a Smile - Galway Percy French Society

Galway Percy French Society, celebrating Irish songwriters

Musical Evening

11 May at An Taibhdhearc

The Sapphires at the Town Hall

Sunday 12th, 8.15 pm
Remember me (when I forget), exhibition

Fang Island play Strange Brew

Thursday 9th, 9 pm

Not enough for you…maybe?

Iron man 3

When your name is Tony Stark, you are a super hero, you make cool stuff for living, so cool that you are a millionaire and you have such a cool girlfriend as Pepper Potts, with her own iron mask, you probably are going to risk or lose some part of your life, because there’s always some villain out there, watching out, trying to ruin it all.

Again, Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man, for the fourth time (including The Avengers), probably the super hero with the best sense of humour, and in this third part, we observe more the actor in the role of Tony Stark, the human been and less the hero in the Iron mask due to what happened in New York (please, watch the other movies before this one or you will get lost some times) although, of course, we have all the action and special effects.

This is the last movie the actor had signed, we’ll see if he gets a new contract and shoot the second part of The Avengers.

But when there’s a hero, there’s a bad guy to fight with, and in this case, that man is Ben Kingsley “The Mandarin”, maybe the best one in the movie, being a shadow, never there, always on a screen, a mediatic terrorist. And he is not alone! The Mandarin is an old villain, quite able to spread chaos around, especially when our hero seems stuck, unable to react.

I hate being a spoiler, so go to the cinema (action movies deserve big screens) to watch it, to discover when Stan Lee appears, he always appears!, and enjoy the irony and jokes of the script.

** You can watch IRON MAN 3 in 2D or 3D in the Eye Cinema. Follow this link to check the times.

Dans la maison

There’s something about french movies, it can be the young people speaking as professors, it can be the focus on middle class society or maybe the stories of every day life, but they have called my attention from the Nouvelle Vague until today. This week we can watch this movie by François Ozon, in a style quite close to the cinema of E. Rohmer and (I don’t know why) whose main characters, a theacher and an art dealer, remind me from Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.

Eye cinema is offering in the Arthouse the french movie In the House, Dans la maison, from today, Tuesday 23th until Thursday at a quite awful time, if I can express my opinion, at 13:55. But if you are studying and can skip classes, have the day off or don’t have any other obligation to attend, go to watch this movie and enjoy with the story of a high school student, quite able to write a novel, based on the real life of one of his class mates.

The way we enjoy this story makes us think in the vouyerism of dayly life, the strategies we use to stop feeling guilty about the gossiping and the way to stop it when it becomes too intense. What are we able to do to continue with our dose of reality? How to stop it? Should we stop it?

Altough the famous face in this film is Kristin Scott Thomas, pay attention to the young actor Ernst Umhauer. He will drag you into the story from the very beginning, with his keen eyes and his intelligent remarks. I don’t want to be a spoiler so I won’t say too much about the plot, but, believe me, it’s one of the best movies you can watch these days, without any of the Hollywood fuss, or special effects, just enjoying a nice, original story.

By the way, this film has been a play a couple of years ago and a short novel before that. And it won the Golden Shell for the best film in San Sebastian last year, and it is only in the cinema for 3 days. What a hard world!

Pilgrim Hill, Irish cinema at its best

We don’t have many chances to watch Irish cinema in this country; even on dvd one wouldn’t find this type of films easily on the usual dvd shop’s shelves. It’s a big shame for I think the Irish cinema has most of the best European films nowadays. You could even say it’s too depressing to watch one of them…even though there’s always a hint of humour and irony, not always easy to guess.

That’s why here’s a small remark of one of the new films made in Ireland, Pilgrim Hill, directed by the young Gerard Barrett, winner of the Rising Star at this year’s IFTA.
A middle aged and poorly educated farmer (Joe Mullins) has been living all his life in the rural Ireland taking care of the family land and eventually looking after his father as well. Not a very easy and joyful life and nobody close to help around, nothing else but
the ocassional pint nearby to make his existence run a bit smoothly as his life is about to take a turn he’s not expecting.

Barrett’s debut film was premiered at the Galway International Film Festival in Ireland and immediately garnered critical acclaim; the fiml was called a “masterful debut from a first time filmmaker”. He won the Best New Irish Talent Award at the Festival and the film won the Irish Times Best Film of the Festival.

Tuesday April 9th at 7pm
The Eye Cinema

Cloud Atlas, movie for thought

This sci-fi movie, adapted from the book by David Mitchell is one of the most interesting stories I’ve seen in the last months. 6 different micro stories take you from the XIX century to a post apocalyptic future, stopping in places like Cambridge, Edinburgh, San Francisco and a very interesting New Seoul, in the 22th century.

All the stories share the same actors (Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant) taking different roles in them. For instance Halle Berry is a native woman in the Pacific, a journalist in San Francisco or an extra-terrestrial in the year 2321. But, in a certain way, they are telling the same story over and over again.
Please, pay attention to the work of Doona Bae and Jim Sturgess, for me the best performers of the movie.

This film should have a sign saying “A nearly 3 hours movie”, and even when it isn’t boring there are some parts which can feel too long, maybe because they are too recognizable, as they talk in a pseudo-philosophical language about the good and evil in men, a topic too common in cinema.

I’ve never been a super fan of the Wachowski movies (except V for Vendetta, maybe) but this film directed by the (now) brother and sister Wachowski and also by Tom Tykwer has something else to offer, and it won’t be one of those movies you forget the minute you leave the cinema.

Check the times in Eye cinema following this link: