Film Screening 27th October, 2006

Poster for Ice Age: The Meltdown

Ice Age: The Meltdown 

8:00 PM, 27th October, 2006
No Guests

  • PG
  • 90 mins
  • 2006
  • Carlos Saldanha
  • Peter Gaulke, Jim Hecht, Gerry Swallow
  • Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah

Scrat is back and global warming will never be the same. The plot is fairly simple. The valley in which a group of animals are living is surrounded by glaciers that are beginning to melt. With the possibility of an impending flood, the animals head off for the other end of the valley where rumour has it there is a large boat. To add to the sense of danger, two large carnivorous prehistoric fish are thawed out as well and they begin to follow the herd in the rising water, picking off those who stray behind.Our gang of prehistoric animals are back - Manny the Mammoth (Romano), Sid the Sloth (Leguizamo) and Diego the Sabre-tooth Tiger (Leary). And this time they meet a new friend, Ellie (Queen Latifah), possibly the only female mammoth left in the world. Thats the good news. The bad news is Ellie thinks she's a possum. Latifah is the ideal choice to pair with Romano and their attempts at courtship are hilarious. This film is actually a worthy successor to the original and, like the original, the jokes are aimed at both children and adults alike. And, most importantly as far as I'm concerned, once again Scrat opens the film but this time he doesn't disappear. So keep an eye out every 15 minutes or so for Scrat's next death-defying attempt to get that elusive acorn.

Tamara Lee

Poster for The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther 

10:30 PM, 27th October, 2006

  • PG
  • 93 mins
  • 2006
  • Shawn Levy
  • Len Blum, Steve Martin, Michael Saltzman
  • Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyonc((eacute)) Knowles, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer

Clouseau is back! But this time he looks like Steve Martin and is solving more or less (actually, it really is on the less side) the same mystery he did in the original Pink Panther movie... a famous soccer coach has been murdered and the engagement ring of his beloved fianc((eacute))e (Beyonc((eacute))), which is set with the famous pink panther diamond, has been stolen. The only man fit to investigate is Inspector Jacques Clouseau! Of course, by fit' I mean Clouseau's scheming boss (Kline) is looking for someone incompetent to mess the case up so he can step in and make himself a hero... let the slapstick begin!Since Peter Sellers first starred as the intrepid detective in 1963, a number of actors have tried to fill his shoes in misbegotten sequels. Sadly, the emphasis has always been on tried! In fact it's generally turned out a complete disaster without Sellers. Heck, Roger Moore was so embarrassed by his 5 screen minutes as Clouseau that he went under the pseudonym Turk Thrust II... thankfully, Steve Martin has finally broken the curse. He's no Peter Sellers, and as long as you're willing to accept that, he does a very good job. Actually, it's almost refreshing to see him in The Pink Panther instead of the insipid family rubbish he's been inflicting on us lately! The laughs are plenty and it doesn't pretend to be more than the 90 minutes of laughs it is.