8:00 PM, 10th March, 2007
In 2000 the US Democratic Partys Presidential candidate Al Gore was narrowly and controversially beaten by George W. Bush. Instead of joining corporate boards or retiring Gore commenced a series of lecture tours to educate people about the dangers of global warming. Last year his sobering and well-prepared lecture was filmed for cinema release.In the film Al Gore energetically explores the impacts of the last 8 generations of human life on the Earth's atmosphere: since 1975 a doubling of category 4 & 5 hurricanes, more droughts, re-emergences of tropical diseases, massive reductions of the polar ice caps and shortened snow seasons in alpine regions. He reviews the scientific arguments that the current phase is one of the naturally occurring climatic cycles but the audience is left in no doubt as to the seriousness of the current situation and the extra factors that have come into play. He argues that, morally, individuals in the developed nations must use fewer resources and help developing nations to improve their standards of living using earth friendly technology. Gore reminds viewers that change is possible and positive measures can be taken by everyone.If you haven't seen the film and if you like breathing, drinking fresh water, and snow sports please come along.'
10:40 PM, 10th March, 2007
United 93 was always going to be a controversial movie. Released just over five years after the events of September 11 2001, it was being denounced as "too soon" before the movie even hit our screens. The best way to view United 93 is to forget the publicity and the hype and to go in with an open mind. The real flight United 93 was the target of an ill-fated terrorist attack on the day of the World Trade Centre and Pentagon attacks. Through calls with loved ones, the passengers on board learnt of the plan and decided to take matters into their own hands, attempting to bring the plane down before it reached its target. This movie is not exploitative or a commercial, Titanic-style blockbuster. Through using unknowns instead of big Hollywood names, it feels more like an in-depth documentary. Its not the depressing experience one might expect, either - with the focus heavily on the passengers trying to defeat the terrorists, it has an almost victorious feel to it, and the ending is somewhat bittersweet. Some of the men and women who worked the control room on the fateful day play themselves in this picture, which adds a personal and more realistic touch. It's certainly enthralling, with quality performances and, of course, unforgettably emotional subject matter. Most people will come out feeling slightly shaken, but glad they've seen it. Few movies will make such an impact on their viewer, and United 93 is not to be missed. '