Beau Cinema’s June screenings are up and the full list can be found at http://beausejour.gg/cinema but here are my picks;
From 8 – 13 June they are holding a bit of a sci-fest (sorry about that) with 3D screenings of Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Gravity (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), Prometheus (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Godzilla (2014). If you can only go to one I would suggest Gravity, it’s a great opportunity to see it on a larger screen and the use of 3D’s weird miniaturizing effect is devastating. I’m also duty bound to recommend Pacific Rim because a giant robot hits a giant monster with a giant boat.
About Time (2013) Richard Curtis’ time-travel romance (screening on 25th June) is also a touching film about fathers and sons. It deserves to be wider seen and you can find a short review here – https://sarniacinemagsy.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/abouttime/
The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Jaws (1975) speak for themselves and are screening on 28th and 30th June respectively.
…but Film of the Month for June is undoubtedly Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015). It’s a genuine pleasure of a movie and one that parents and children can enjoy together. 85 mins of bliss.
Tickets can be booked online at http://www.guernseytickets.gg or from Beau Sejour.
Since I’ve been old enough to go to the movies by myself I’ve seen every Tom Cruise film in the cinema (with the exception of Lions for Lambs (2007) which didn’t come to Guernsey). That’s 19 films that I’ve looked at and thought ‘that looks interesting’. They haven’t all been great but they all had something, even if it was just Cruise himself who is a genuine movie star; something that I can’t quite define but, like pornography, you know it when you see it.
That star quality is used brilliantly in Edge of Tomorrow where it is once again mixed with that curious and rewarding Cruise habit of playing jerks. Here he plays a military PR guy, all Jerry Maguire grin and bluster, who refuses to film the first wave of a D-Day style assault against an alien invader and is busted to private and placed in the front line of a highly mechanized army. He inevitably dies but awakens 24 hours earlier and is forced to repeatedly relive the invasion… so we have a mash of Groundhog Day (1993), Source Code (2011) and Starship Troopers (1997).
The great news is that it’s actually a really good movie. Like the films it follows it doesn’t stop long enough for the repetition to feel repetitive in the tiresome sense and it’s exo-skeletons, guns, chases, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and all that jazz. On the Cruise-o-meter it’s right up there with the best of his summer movies if not quite War of the Worlds (2005).
1. Not sure how reliable this is but here’s a link to spoiler heavy blog post about the different versions of Edge of Tomorrow – http://rafjordan.blogspot.com/2014/06/all-you-need-is-kill-and-maybe-tom.html
2. Bill Paxton.