Robin Hood

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Kick Ass, Kicks Ass!

I didn’t really know what to expect when I went to see Kick Ass. I had heard all of the claims that the film was ultra-violent and offensive, which only made me more curious.

Surely it was just going to be another super hero movie, but with a bit of a twist?

How wrong could I have been! This film was one of the funniest, most stylish films I had seen in a long time. The film situates itself perfectly between acknowledging its roots and creating something new. The best thing for me was that it was fun! For too long super hero films have taken themselves far too seriously, but Kick Ass, for me, took itself with just the right amount of tongue in their movie making cheeks!

Aaron Johnson comes across magnificently well as the loveable loser Dave Lizewski. His american accent is great and will surely land him some more roles over the pond.

The show was stolen, however, by Hit Girl (Chloe Mortez) one of my new favourite screen characters of all time. She is funny, different, edgy and disturbed and comes away with some great one liners that should never come out of a 13 year old’s mouth.

I am going to stop now because I could go on forever, but please take it from me, Kick Ass is fantastic. You will be entertained from the start and will be standing and cheering with the rest of the audience at the great set pieces that crop up every 5 minutes.

Kick Ass is screening at macrobert Friday 21st to Monday 24th May, book your tickets now at http://www.macroebrt.org

Extraordinary Measures

"Harrison Ford just realised there was a camera man behind the bar!"

A drama centred in the effort of John and Aileen Crowley ( Brenden Fraser & Keri Russell) to find a cure for their children’s rare genetic disorder. Also starring Harrison Ford.

Trivia
• The real John Crowley has a cameo in the film as “Renzler Venture Capitialist #2”.
• This is Harrison Ford’s first film since Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) that has not had his name first in the credits.
• P. J. Byren who plays Dr. Preston, has a cousin in real life that is treating the Crowley children at St. peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey.

If you liked this you should see…
A Boy Called Dad (2009 – at macrobert Sat 5th & Sun 6th June)
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‘Och aye the noo…’

I’ve got a confession to make. I have NEVER been to a Singing Kettle performance and I doubt I have even seen one on the telly (they were the days of video tape cassettes in my time). However, just because I was deprived when I was a child by my mum and dad does not mean I am not excited for this weekend!

This bank holiday weekend the Singing Kettle presents Calamity Castle! They are performing in the macrobert mainhouse over 1st, 2nd and 3rd of May at 1pm and 3.30pm on all three days.

Scotland’s favourite child entertainers are dressed to impress after being invited by the Laird of Kettle to help get the castle ready for its Grand Annual Ceilidh. Our four tartan heroes (Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin) are easily distracted and along the way there are many mishaps and crazy adventures with lots of laughter! There is too much work to be done before the evening and can it all be finished in time? Yes it can! But only with the assistance of young helpers from the audience who have a chance to join in with the action on stage! There’s lots of fantastic new songs like Come to the Ceilidh, Wild and Free and Did you ever see Lassie, as well as all time favourite songs like Shove your Granny and Buy Me a Banana. So there will be plenty of superb sing-a-long opportunities for all the family.

Tickets are priced £10 for adults and children, or you can purchase a family ticket for £36. The run time for the show is 40 minutes for the first half, with a 20 minute interval and then 40 minutes the second half.

Remember to dress up in tartan if you are attending! This applies to the adults too – not just the children! You’ll feel right at home when taking part in those crazy Highland games at Calamity Castle! Keep your eyes peeled when you come to the macrobert as you might just see some of the staff dressed up for the occasion too!

An Education

In a world where it is impossible to avoid the barrage of 3D action films, exploding bits of shrapnel into your face and charging you an extra £4 for the pleasure, it was wonderfully refreshing to see a film with good old-fashioned story telling at its heart.

I was blown away by the subtle yet deeply engaging story, so much so that I may be as bold as to say it was my favourite film of last year. I enjoyed The Hurt Locker no end, but if I had my way, I would have given An Education the highly sought after gold statue.

I also recently went to see The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock and was shocked, nay, appalled, that she had won the Oscar for her performance. The film was perfectly fine, but held up against the BAFTA winning performance of Carey Mulligan, there was no competition. Mulligan portrayed an interesting, elegant and mesmerizing character that  gripped me throughout. I suppose the surprising thing was that each and every character had the same effect, and it has been such a long time since I believed in every character in a film so wholeheartedly.

But please, do not take my word for it, if you still have not been to see An Education, then we are screening it, especially for you this Wednesday evening (28th April).

visit www.macrobert.org to book your tickets or give us a call on

01786 466 666.

‘Madcap Musical Mayhem’!!!

The Children’s Classic Concert presents Bongos and Brass, your very own interactive concert at the Macrobert Art Centre, Stirling! Award winning duo, Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox (O Duo), team up with Thistle Brass to present a fantastic fun filled concert for children of all ages and families.

This stimulating concert will allow the audience to actively participate in a dazzling hour of musical excitement. Families can also relax in the friendly environment and have a laugh with the performers.

There will also be a chance for a ‘meet the musicians session’ after the show where you are all invited for a chat, to see the instruments up close and learn more from the young musical professionals.

Owen and Oliver’s dazzling performances and wild energy have amazed audiences of all ages, across the globe. Previous performances of Bongos and Brass in Glasgow and Galashiels have been very successful and I expect even more when they arrive in Stirling on Sunday 25th April 3pm.You do not want to miss this!!! Hope you have got your dancing shoes on and prepare for sore hands from clapping along!

Ticket price: Adults £10.00/ Children and concessions £6.00/ Family ticket £29.00

Shutter Island

Leo is angry about something...

Shutter Island is screening at macrobert all weekend. This is a really great film and well worth a trip out to see! Here is a review of the film:

“Essentially a B-movie thriller with an A-list cast and production values (and an epic’s running time), this film is almost ludicrously well-made. Scorsese is clearly having fun rattling our nerves, and he does it very well.

In 1954 Boston, Ted (DiCaprio) is a US Marshal heading with his new partner Chuck (Ruffalo) to the Shutter Island hospital for the criminally insane. A patient (Mortimer) has mysteriously disappeared, and the head doctor (Kingsley) is acting suspicious. So is everyone else for that matter. As Ted delves deeper into the mystery, which hints at a big conspiracy, he struggles with the implications these events have for his own life, including the death of his wife (Williams) and his experiences liberating Dachau at the end of the war.

We can imagine the words “ominous chord” written into the script at key moments. Although of course we don’t have to imagine it with the foghorn-like score. Add to this first-rate technical credits including editor Thelma Schoonmaker, cinematographer Robert Richardson, production designer Dante Ferretti and costume designer Sandy Powell, and Scorsese has made one of the best-looking movies of the year. Every moment is charged with suggestion and, frankly, insanity. Guilty pleasure movies don’t get much more polished than this.

That said, the disparity between the high-calibre production and the rather simplistic story is somewhat jarring. Sure, the plot twists and turns and twists again, but in the end there’s not much to it, and we understand this from the beginning. So we never invest much into the film; we merely wallow in the heightened reality and cinematic pyrotechnics that keep us visually entertained even if our hearts and minds are never caught up in the increasingly operatic nuttiness.

And the cast is having fun as well, diving into their characters and ladling on the innuendo with arched eyebrows and shifty glances. As DiCaprio’s mind starts slipping, we sometimes forget that we’re watching a raging potboiler, although not for long. Scorsese packs the film with so many thrilling details, surreal asides and masterful set-ups, many of which echo classic thrillers from the 1940s, that we can’t help but enjoy the rid.”

Review from Shaddows on the Wall.

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