An Lanntair Film Blog: August 2021

  • Published on: 13th August 2021
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Going further afield at An Lanntair cinema this month, our foreign film offerings include OSCAR winner ‘Another Round’, in Danish with English subtitles.

Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) stars as a man who is convinced to join a social experiment with his friends regarding keeping their blood alcohol level at 0.05. It is believed that this will make you more relaxed and confident in your everyday interactions. And as the experiment continues, they decide to up the ante as they increase their alcohol levels.

An interesting, sometimes funny, look into drinking culture and mid-life crises from Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt). You can see why it won the Best International Film at the Oscars, the BAFTAS, and the Robert Awards in Denmark.

Now, on a lighter note: Superheroes! Well, Supervillains to be more precise.

James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) writes and directs a ‘sequel’ to Suicide Squad called ‘The Suicide Squad’ – to avoid any confusion – which sees a new team of probationary supervillains dealing with a crisis too dangerous for superheroes to deal with.

Staring among others Margot Robbie (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and John Cena (Fast and Furious 9) this comic adaptation lets James Gunn do what he does well: allow a multitude of characters banter and stunt their way through numerous situations. Of course, the name ‘Suicide Squad’ does imply that not everyone is going to make it back from this mission.

Oh, did I mention that Sylvester Stallone plays a giant walking, talking shark in this? Well, he does.

Of course, where John Cena is, The Rock isn’t far behind…

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Jumanji) stars with Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) in an adaptation of the Disney theme park ride, now film, ‘Jungle Cruise’.

With homages to ‘The African Queen’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and even ‘Aguirre, the Wrath of God’, this action adventure is similar to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies and is definitely a fun watch – one of the highlights is Jessie Plemons (Game Night) as a German Prince who is trying to find the fabled Tree of Life that Emily Blunt has made her mission to try and discover.

Something special this month as ‘The Sparks Brothers’ sees us on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with Ron and Russell Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks, as filmmaker Edgar Wright explores how one rock band can be successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked – all at the same time!

And a dying wish from their best friend, Anna (Andrea Corr), compels Cassie (Kelly Preston), Kate (Jenny Seagrove), and Liz (Sally Phillips), to put old feuds aside and take her 17-year-old daughter on an interrailing journey across Europe that they did not quite finish during their studies.

The question is: will they reach their destination in time to honour their friend’s memory?

Soon September’s films will be up on our website, so keep any eye out for something that may take your fancy then. And with seating restrictions relaxed it will be possible for more of you to see what we have on offer.

‘Till then!

 – Kevin Smith, An Lanntair Cinema Programmer