Hell or High Water - Wednesday 26th April, 8pm, tickets €5
2016 | USA | 15A | 102mins | Action/Crime/Drama
Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- is to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that will forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off. Oil was discovered on the ranch and in order to secure the future of his sons and ex wife, Toby needs $43,000. After two of the robberies, curmudgeonly Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his American Indian deputy partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last robbery.
Paterson - Wednesday 3rd May, 8pm, tickets €5
2016 | USA | 15A | 118mins | Comedy/Drama/Romance
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
Lost in Translation - Wednesday 17th May, 8pm, tickets €5
2003 | USA | 15A | 101mins | Drama
Middle-aged American movie star Bob Harris is in Tokyo to film a personal endorsement Suntory whiskey ad solely for the Japanese market. He is past his movie star prime, but his name and image still have enough cachet for him to have gotten this lucrative $2 million job. He has an unsatisfying home life where his wife Lydia follows him wherever he goes - in the form of messages and faxes - for him to deal with the minutiae of their everyday lives, while she stays at home to look after their kids. Staying at the same upscale hotel is fellow American, twenty-something recent Yale Philosophy graduate Charlotte, her husband John, an entertainment still photographer, who is on assignment in Japan. As such, she is largely left to her own devices in the city, especially when his job takes him out of Tokyo. Both Bob and Charlotte are feeling lost by their current situations, which are not helped by the cultural barriers they feel in Tokyo, those cultural barriers extending far beyond just not...
Jailhouse Rock - Thursday 18th May, 8pm, tickets €5
1957| UK | U | 96mins | Drama,Music, Musical
Nenagh Arts Centre and Tipperary Arts Council as part of the Bealtaine Festival present Jailhouse Rock.
Jailhouse Rock centers around a young man named Vince Everett (played by Presley) who is sentenced to prison for manslaughter. While in prison, Vince is mentored by his cellmate Hunk Houghton (played by Mickey Shaughnessy) who helps develop Everett’s musical ability. After being released from jail, Vince meets a music promoter (played by Judy Tyler) who helps launch his musical career. Along the way, as Vince’s stardom rises, it starts to strain and test his personal relationships.
Elvis’ “rebel” demeanor developed largely from his role in Jailhouse Rock. Like James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Elvis introduced mainstream audiences to the “rock and roll movie.” Perhaps his greatest moment on screen, Elvis’ rock-and-roll persona is exemplified in the “Jailhouse Rock” dance sequence. The movie’s choreographer originally wanted the number to emulate Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire’s graceful moves. However, Presley disagreed and 60 years later, the sequence remains one of the most memorable musical numbers in Hollywood history.
The film was released in October 1957 and was considered a box office success. Jailhouse Rock ranked as the 14th most successful movie in terms of box office gross for the year. Elvis’ popularity also soared; he was ranked the fourth leading box office commodity in the film industry. The singer went on to make 31 films total during his 16-year-long film career. Most of these films were musicals, but none matched a scene as iconic as the jailhouse dance number of his third feature. Today, many film and music historians site the “Jailhouse Rock” sequence as the birth of the modern music video.
Vertigo - Wednesday 31st May, 8pm, tickets €5
1958 | USA | PG | 128mins | Mystery/Romance/Thriller
John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine (Kim Novak) is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, he believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.
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