Mark MacLennan

 
Tue
03
Jul
2018
 

A surreal love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifâ. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. It has all of the classic stunning Miyazaki panoramas, rich settings, exciting and unusual machinery, and brilliantly conceived creatures that are often humorous and fanciful. 

Tue
03
Jul
2018
 

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL-E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.

Sun
01
Jul
2018
 

Pirates... is another gem from Aardman Productions, adapted by Gideon Defoe, from his children's book. It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny – and terrifically smart.. Hugh Grant provides the voice for the Pirate Captain, a rather hopeless cutlass-wielder whose dearest wish is to win the Pirate of the Year award: Grant's self-deprecating self-doubt is a return to the glory days of Four Weddings. When his crew accidentally boards the Beagle and captures Charles Darwin, our hero is pitched into an adventure involving Queen Victoria herself. The film is bursting with fun and packed with gags, often of the incidental, visual kind. It doesn’t look expensive; nor does it look cheap. It just looks the way Aardman films should, which is glorious. There are so many jokes, verbal and visual ones, that it takes multiple viewings to drink it all in.

Sun
27
May
2018
 

When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo), in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and exhumes Estrada's corpse, and the odd caravan sets out on horseback for Mexico. As Estrada's body begins to rot, Norton begins to unravel, but Perkins remains determined to honour his vow. As Roger Ebert said The three burials....tells the kind of story that John Huston or Sam Pekinpah might have wanted to film. It begins with a bedrock of loyalty and honour between men and mixes with it a little madness. In an era when hundreds of lives are casually destroyed in 'action movies' here is an entire film in which one life is honoured and one death is avenged'.

 

 

Mon
07
May
2018
 

Director Anthony Mann's final foray into the western genre is a disturbing examination of man's baser instincts, rising in intensity to the level of Shakespearean tragedy. A reformed outlaw (played by Gary Cooper) becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

 

Mon
07
May
2018
 

Former blacklisted Martin Ritt ("Hud") directs this superior revisionist western, with a liberal slant, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. It's a variant on John Ford's 1939 ‘Stagecoach’, as the outcast hero (played by Paul Newman) instead of running away from civilization in his final desperate act he moves toward it. A hard-bitten tale about racism, injustice and corruption, that is beautifully shot in the Death Valley and Halvetia Mines locations by acclaimed cinematographer James Wong Howe. Released in 1967, it is widely considered a classic of the genre and was the sixth and final movie that paired director Martin Ritt and star Newman,

Wed
18
Apr
2018
 

John Ford's landmark Western revolves around an assorted group of colourful passengers aboard the Overland stagecoach bound for Lordsburg, New Mexico, in the 1880s. An alcoholic philosophizer (Thomas Mitchell), a lady of ill repute (Claire Trevor) and a timid liquor salesman (Donald Meek) are among the motley crew of travellers who must contend with an escaped outlaw, the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), and the ever-present threat of an Apache attack as they make their way across the Wild West.

Sun
25
Feb
2018
 

A depressed middle-aged man travels the Iranian countryside searching for someone to bury him after his planned suicide. Eventually, he encounters a Turkish taxidermist who tries to get him to see life's beauty. This Palm d'Or-winning drama is one of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's most accessible films for Western audiences.

Sun
25
Feb
2018
 

A monumental hospital-for-the poor based melodrama set in 19th century Japan, directed by legendary director Akira Kurosawa. An ageing doctor (nicknamed Red Beard, played by Toshiro Mifune) gradually instils into his young and ambitious new intern the rewards of working in the poorer sections of the community. The film bowls along magnificently in a strange yet compelling mixture of genuine emotion, absurdity and poetic fantasy and clearly shows Kurosawa’s humanitarian tendencies, without wallowing in sentimentality. The period recreation of 19th century Japan is matchless and Mifune's retrained yet towering central performance impresses. Although a huge success in Japan, and after a run of 16 straight films, this would prove to be the last time the legendary pairing of Kurosawa and Mifune would work together – the film took two years to shoot,  Mifune had to keep his (real!) beard for that two years, thus having to turn down many other lucrative roles, leading to their permanent estrangement.   

Sun
25
Feb
2018
 

In a magnificent performance, Tatsuya Nakadai stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a down and out samurai who enters the home of a feudal lord requesting to commit honourable ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity, Hanshiro is told, in gruesome detail, the story of the last samurai who made the same request – but Hanshiro is resolute and will not be moved from his original request………..Hanshiro’s story is then told in a series of flashbacks which link him to the previous samurai. Inverness Film Fans are proud to bring director Masakai Kobayashi’s measured, brutal yet artistic masterpiece - acknowledged by many as the greatest Japanese film of the 1960’s - to the big screen at Eden Court.

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