An Lanntair Film Blog: May 2021

  • Published on: 3rd May 2021
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After what feels like a long wait, it is good to be able to show films on our big screen again. And with so many films to choose from, I feel that we will have something for everyone in May!

Oscar winning dramas like Judas and the Black Messiah and Sound of Metal have impressed audiences, not only by the calibre of actors involved, but the importance of their messages.

Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stansfield, last seen together in Get Out, now star in the historical biographical drama Judas and the Black Messiah, following the infiltration of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party by an FBI informant, and the resulting fallout.

Not only did Judas and the Black Messiah win the Academy Award’s ‘Best Supporting Actor’ (Daniel Kaluuya), but also scooped ‘Best Original Song’ for track Fight For You.

Sound of Metal also won ‘Best Sound’ at the Oscars and I can’t wait to try out our auditorium’s new sound system to get the full immersive experience. I also can’t wait to see Riz Ahmed’s amazing portrayal of a drummer who discovers that he is losing his hearing, with no sign of regaining it, and the lifestyle changes that must adapt to in order to live in a silent world.

Regarding sound, the documentary Sisters with Transistors is the feature that we will be re-opening with, on Thursday May 20th.

It is about the early female pioneers of the electronic sound and the experiments that they conducted (and still do) to broaden the boundaries of music. Narrated by Laurie Anderson, Lisa Rovner’s mix of archival collage and futuristic soundtrack shows an interesting perspective of the issues and inventions that female electronic musicians must deal with to get their sound out there.

On a completely different note, cinema’s re-opening without a big screen spectacle would seem odd, and things don’t come much bigger than Godzilla vs Kong!

This is the fourth film in the ‘Monsterverse’ which has built up to the ultimate kaiju battle almost 90 years in the making. Already one of the highest grossing films of 2021, the extravaganza will keep everyone entertained from beginning to end.

Also, two titans that have been battling for over 80 years – Tom and Jerry: The Movie contains the timeless slapstick that these two foes are experts in. This film transposes the popular characters to a New York hotel where their chaotic fighting threatens to ruin the wedding of the year.

A combination of live action and animation, this family film will entertain both the young and old fans alike.

And finally, we have Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, sequel to the massively successful Peter Rabbit, and which continues the story of Peter, his friends, and the mischief they cause Mr McGregor and the wider world when the gang adventure outside of the garden. We expect this to sell out fast, so book your tickets early!

Kevin Smith, An Lanntair cinema programmer