Film Screening 26th February, 2016

Poster for The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl 

7:30 PM, 26th February, 2016

  • M
  • 120 mins
  • 2015
  • Tom Hooper
  • Lucinda Coxon
  • Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Einar (Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Vikander) are married artists working in an art-deco era Copenhagen. When Gerda needs an emergency fill-in for an absent female model, Einar dons a dress to become Lili. While Lili quickly becomes Gerda’s much-needed muse, for Einar it means rather more – awakening a yearning that has lain dormant since his adolescence.

Lili soon becomes the true self and Einar the pretence. The transformation into Lili is far from easy, however, as societal and marital pressures bear down, not to the mention the physical difficulties of attempting to become the first person in history to undergo sexual realignment surgery.

A heavily fictionalised account based on real life events, The Danish Girl paints a beautiful if perhaps sanitised portrait of the transgender experience. Redmayne’s performance is strong as we have come to expect of him, transforming seamlessly into the fluttery, demure, graceful Lili. But even Redmayne is overshadowed by the somewhat underused Vikander, whose struggles as a woman watching her husband slowly change are raw and heartbreaking. Director Tom Hooper gives the film a languid pace that allows the narrative plenty of time to breathe amidst flawlessly composed frames.

Overall, The Danish Girl means well and does well enough. It delivers a thought-provoking, inoffensive, beautiful study on an important subject.

Tina Zhang

Poster for Sisters


9:40 PM, 26th February, 2016

  • MA
  • 118 mins
  • 2015
  • Jason Moore
  • Paula Pell
  • Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest

The comedic chemistry between “Saturday Night Live” alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is undeniable. Anyone who has seen Baby Mama, Mean Girls or the Golden Globe ceremonies they hosted will tell you that they both bring a level of comedy that can charm any audience. Fey and Poehler – a match made in entertainment heaven – certainly do not disappoint in this film from Jason Moore, best known for directing comedy hit Pitch Perfect.

Sisters follows the antics of the two Ellis sisters as they are tasked with cleaning out their childhood bedrooms before their parents sell the family home, giving way to over-the-top drama, old enemies, hilarity, as well as a heartwarming reminder of the importance of family.

The film, starring Poehler and Fey as the eponymous Ellis sisters, features many other cameos from current and past “Saturday Night Live” cast members, including the hilarious Bobby Moynihan and charming Maya Rudolph as an old childhood nemesis of the sisters’. Not to mention none other than the wrestling world’s John Cena, following up on an equally hilarious turn in last year’s Trainwreck.

Endlessly entertaining and surprisingly touching, Sisters is a must watch for anyone who enjoyed “Parks and Recreation”, “30 Rock”, or is just in need of a light-hearted, but not frivolous, good-natured comedy.

Ellie Doyle