Film Screening 26th August, 2006

Poster for Click


8:00 PM, 26th August, 2006
No Guests

  • M
  • 107 mins
  • 2006
  • Frank Coraci
  • Steve Koren, Mark OKeefe
  • Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken

One desire that, at one time or another, pretty much everyone shares is to be able to fly ... but that has nothing to do with this film so youll have to check out the superhero movies later on this semester. The other desire many people share is the wish to be able to manipulate reality - to slow down weekends and hit "pause" when you're about to get a parking ticket. This is the premise of Click. Michael Newman (Sandler) is a family man whose busy career as an architect doesn't leave much time for his wife Donna (Beckinsale) and his two kids. Unable one day to determine which of his many remotes turns on the TV, he decides he needs a universal remote that does it all. On his search for the perfect device, he meets Morty (Walken) a mad inventor who gives him a one-of-a-kind remote. With each click, Michael can pause, rewind and fast-forward through his life. But complications arise when the remote starts to anticipate his intentions and overrule his choices. Whether or not you're an Adam Sandler fan I'd encourage you to come along as this movie has a bit more substance than his usual films, a great supporting cast and it's a lot of fun The film also stars David Hasselhoff as his boss, Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner as Michael's parents. . And if you don't like it, head out for a universal remote and just 'click'.

Poster for Sittin Pretty

Sittin Pretty 

9:47 PM, 26th August, 2006

  • G
  • 10 mins
  • 1924
  • Leo McCarey
  • Charley Chase, Beth Darlington, Helen Gilmore

Charley Chase typically plays a domesticated man who only wants to be left alone; in the words of one critic, "his greatest emotion is exasperation" - but he gets to display this emotion all the time. His girlfriends car is stolen and he has to pinch his father's police uniform to pursue the thief. He performs the famous "fake mirror" routine which the director Leo McCarey re-used in our next film...

Poster for Duck Soup

Duck Soup 

10:00 PM, 26th August, 2006

  • G
  • 68 mins
  • 1933
  • Leo McCarey
  • Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin
  • The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern

Duck Soup is said to be the Marx Brothers greatest and funniest masterpiece. I agree completely. As a Marx Brothers lover, this short but brilliant satire and lampooning of blundering dictatorial leaders is wonderful and great to watch each and every time you're able to see it. The story goes that if upstart Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) becomes the progressive leader of the country Freedonia, then wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale will donate $20 million to his cause. Firefly's entrance is fantastic at his inauguration and everyone loves him, even though he is completely crooked and aims to be a dictator. Unfortunately neighbouring Sylvania's Ambassador Trentino (Calhern) schemes to take over Freedonia himself by either marrying Mrs. Teasdale or ousting Firefly. The ambassador sends two bumbling spies, Chicolini (Chico) and Pinkie (Harpo), to get some dirt on Firefly. They end up joining Firefly and succeed in creating the "vendor" and "mirror" skits, both of which are pure genius and still hilarious. This is still a marvellous film, which I can't praise enough.

Steven Cain