Film Screening 12th August, 2006

Poster for Cars


8:00 PM, 12th August, 2006

  • G
  • 116 mins
  • 2006
  • John Lasseter
  • Dan Fogelman
  • Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin

Technically speaking Cars is wonderful. You can see its able to run laps around the competition from the asphalt and wide landscapes that are its setting. The story has a sleek, all-about-me race car called Lightning McQueen (Wilson) being waylaid by the law due to some reckless driving, in a dusty desert town. But in this town he finds a sweetheart in a Porsche (Hunt) who fled the flash of Los Angeles and meets a traffic jam of supporting vehicles who love life in Radiator Springs.The film drives well under speed limits as it dawdles along, but this means that over the course of viewing it grows on you, saving its best moments for last. Cars has a great mix of heart, wit, awe inspiring animation and leather seats. Its visuals are consistently dazzling and the closing credits are brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hey, it's got that new car smell too.

Steven Cain

Poster for Eight Below

Eight Below 

10:56 PM, 12th August, 2006

  • PG
  • 120 mins
  • 2006
  • Frank Marshall
  • David DiGilio
  • Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, some dogs

In the dying days of what passes for summer in the Antarctic, Jerry Shepard (Walker) reluctantly agrees to guide geologist Davis (Greenwood) to a distant sector of Antarctica in search of meteor fragments. Jerrys ex-girlfriend, the bush pilot Katie (Bloodgood), radios a storm warning to get the duo out of the ice. Then everyone is evacuated except for the dogs as there isn't enough room and they are left behind until a return trip is possible. During the harsh Antarctic winter, the dogs must struggle for survival alone in the intense frozen wilderness for over six months until Jerry and his small team, including cartographer Cooper (Biggs), can try to mount a rescue mission. It probably goes without saying but the landscapes that frame the main story are absolutely amazing. Walker clearly comes across as a strong animal lover. The character of Cooper gave great comic relief, and Katie acted out the predicable love storyline well. But of course the most important aspect of this movie is the dogs. I can't even begin to describe what an awesome job they did. Some of the tricks performed were extremely difficult. Ultimately, the way the dogs interact with each other and are so compassionate, you really connect with them. I want my very own huskie right now! But I digress... The only way to really experience this film is to come along and see it on the big screen.

Tamara Lee