May – June 2011 film season released

Our May and June film season is now on sale and is looking absolutely cracking! We have  fantastic films for the whole family including Disney’s new release Winnie the Pooh which will feature five previously unadapted stories from the original books. Did you know that Winnie the Pooh is named after a teddy bear owned by Milne’s son Christopher Robin Milne who is the basis for the character Christopher Robin…? There are many more family films coming to macrobert over the next couple of months such as Mars Needs Moms, Rango, A Turtle’s Tale and much more… check out the full listings of family films here www.macrobert.org/family

New to macrobert – dance films and workshops. Have you ever adored the stunning dance moves in films? Now you don’t have to just adore them any longer, macrobert dance artists will teach you the moves! You can come along, learn the moves for Footloose or Chicago, watch the movie and enjoy a free glass of wine, the perfect girls night out! More info here www.macrobert.org/filmevents

We will also be screening beautiful foreign films like the 1964 Silken Skin (La Peau Douce, original title) which tells the tale of Pierre, a well-known publisher and lecturer who is married but falls in love with an air hostess and starts an affair. Find all our foreign films at www.macrobert.org/foreign

macrobert iRIDE is a series of film events inspired by two wheels. Why not change the comfort of your saddle for a few hours to enjoy only the best bike films in macrobert’s filmhouse and the chance to meet like-minded people in our cafebar afterwards. iRIDE in May-June will host Hell on Wheels, a breathtaking documentary which covers all aspects of the 2003 Tour de France, focusing on German team-mates Eric Zabel and Rolf Aldag. Also screening as part of the iRIDE events in two of  Mark Huskissan’s films Home and Find which depict the lives of passionate riders. More info on these events and our iRIDE event on the 27th April here at www.macrobert.org/iride

On top of all this macrobert will still be screening award-winning blockbusters, heart-felt documentaries, live arts and more. Check out the full listings of what’s on in our filmhouse at www.macrobert.org/cinema

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Easter at macrobert

We know how difficult it can be to keep the kids entertained over the holidays so we have lots lined up to help you out…

Don’t Look Down! – A performance skills workshop on physical comedy, laughter and creativity. Led by Plutôt La Vie Artists, this workshop is about exploring and creating good comedy and clowning. It’s about a state of being open, curious, playful and relaxed, without fear of failure. Includes a ticket to a performance of By the Seat of Your Pants.

DAFT – a film workshop working with our film artist using professional equipment to film a range of creative content and interviews throughout the week.

We also have plenty going on in the treehouse creche for ages 6 weeks – 12 years old including puppet maing, face painting and Easter activities, more information on these events here.

Also during the Easter holidays there are plenty family films such as Yogi Bear, Gnomeo & Juliet and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader plus amazing family live performances of Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, By The Seat Of Your Pants, Chouf Ouchouf and the Puppet Animation Festival… there really is no need for anyone to have nothing to do!

Please click the links above for more info and online booking. You can also download the Easter flyer here and well, I hope to see you very soon at macrobert 🙂

Great films this weekend…

This weekend looks like it’s going to be dull, wet and well just sad so here’s something to get you out the house….

The Illusionist
Opening the Edinburgh International Film Festival to critical acclaim this year, The Illusionist is an old-style, hand-drawn animation that brings to life scenes from Scotland in the 1950s with eerie directness. A semi-silent movie, with rudimentary, mumbled fragments of dialogue, it tells the story of an old-fashioned variety-turn conjuror, who travels all the way from France to Scotland and acquires a companion, a girl from rural Scotland, who shares tatty theatrical digs with him as a daughter-figure. It is in Edinburgh that the illusionist becomes disillusioned, but brings off an authentic act of human magic.

Dates & times:
Fri 5 Nov & Sun 7 Nov 5.15pm
Sat 6 Nov 8.15pm

Tamara Drewe
When Tamara Drewe sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara, once an ugly duckling, has been transformed into a devastating beauty. As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the inhabitants of the neighbouring farmsteads, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play using the oldest magic in the book – sex appeal.

Dates & times:
Fri 5 & Sun 7 Nov 8.15pm
Sat 6 Nov 5.15pm

Diary of a Whimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s illustrated novel about a wise-cracking sixth grade student, for whom middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It’s a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies and lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can’t-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry.

Dates & times:

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov 1.30pm

So there is no excuse to be sitting around all weekend feeling sorry for yourself and having nothing to do, check out the macrobert website here for more info and to book online and one more thing…

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND 🙂

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Thor Freudenthal, 2010

Event Details

Sat 06 November – Sun 07 November, 1.30pm

Duration: 94 mins

Cert:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s illustrated novel about a wise-cracking sixth grade student, for whom middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It’s a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies and lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can’t-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry.

Dates & times:
Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov 1.30pm

Robin Hood

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.

Nine

Rob Marshall

Synopsis

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.
Trivia
• George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas (who took Guido’s role in 2003 Broadway revival, and was nominated for a ‘Tony Award’) were considered as possible Guido.
• This is one of four movies released in 2009 which used the number nine in its title. The other three are 9 (2009/I), $9.99 (2008) and District 9 (2009).
• The original Broadway musical opened May 9, 1982 at the 46th Street Theater and ran for 729 performances with Raul Julia as Guido. It won five Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Featured Actress. The latest Broadway production, starring Antonio Banderas as Guido. Banderas turned down the chance to reprise his role as Guido in the film version.

If you liked this you should see…
Moulin Rouge (2001), Dirty Dancing (1987 – showing Fri 16th April)
Tell us what you though about the film
on twitter @macrobert or on facebook (macrobert arts centre Stirling)

Sherlock Holmes

"Robert was confused as someone had mugged him for his t-shirt!"

Guy Ritchie

Synopsis

After finally catching serial killer and occult “sorcerer” Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again.

Trivia

  • Colin Farrell was in talks to play Watson before Jude Law was cast.
  • Robert Maillet accidentally knocked out Robert Downey Jr. while filming a fight scene.
  • Sienna Miller was in talks for a role before her ex-fiancé Jude Law was cast as Watson.
  • Guy Ritchie‘s first film not to be Rated R in the US.
  • Although Irene Adler plays a large role in the movie, she only appears in one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, briefly referenced in the movie.
  • Hans Zimmer, the composer, was also composer for The Dark Knight, It’s Complicated and The Simpsons Movie.

If you liked this you should see…

Snatch (2000) or Kick Ass (2010 – at macrobert 21st-24th May)

Tell us what you though about the film

on twitter (@macrobert), on facebook (macrobert arts centre)

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