CATZ FILM

FREE film every Monday night @ 8pm, in The Ramsden Room at Catz. Speakers kindly donated by Richer Sounds.

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Motorcycle Diaries - 26th February in Ramsden Room

?Before he changed the world, the world changed him?

?and behind every revolutionary, there is an eye-opening experience. The Motorcycle Diaries is that of Ernasto ?Che? Guevara.

Based on a diary left by Che detailing his journey across most of South America to volunteer at a lepers? clinic, as an audience, we?re given the unique opportunity of seeing two best friends become men of the world, aware of the grand scheme in which they slowly begin to find themselves. Experiencing poverty, infrastructural decline and social disrepair, both plant their feet firmly on the path of resolve, but ultimately find themselves walking in different directions.

What starts out as a typically boisterous road trip between friends Ernasto (Gael García Bernal) and Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) becomes the very stirring and poignant awakening of one of the twentieth century?s most important cultural icons, whom now symbolises unity, equality and the benefits of socialistic ideology. Believably portrayed both through solid performances and exemplary cinematography, The Motorcycle Diaries is as good a modern insight as you could hope to find into the motivation of Che Guevara, and if accurate, enjoyable documentation is not enough, it also manages to be an excellent film of its own accord.?

We've still got biscuits for all those sensible enough to attend. So make sure you come along and put smiles on our faces by increasing attendance - there's nothing we love more than a full room of viewers. Make us proud!

See you there,


Alex

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Princess Mononoke, SUNDAY 11th FEBRUARY IN RAMSDEN ROOM, 20:00, FREE ENTRY

"You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you
choose.

Princess Mononoke is an epic, beautiful tale of conflict, human nature and
values, taking animation to another level. Director Hayao Miyazaki
(Spirited Away) gives us Ashitaka, a young man who, through protecting his
village from a cursed boar god, becomes cursed himself and travels to the
realm of the Great Forest Spirit in search of a cure and a reason for the
attack. He finds an entrancing and serene place marred by the desire for
human consumption through the people of Iron Town. Under the rule of Lady
Eboshi, they mine the mountainsides, destroying the forest and angering its
once-harmonious inhabitants. San, the adopted human daughter of the wolf
god Moro, leads the retaliation against such devastating and short sighted
acts.

Even in the face of this, we see that the villagers of Iron Town are only
really going about life the only way they know how, and the war-mongering
spirit lords of the forest only doing what they think is right. In this
film there are no real allies or enemies, merely imbalances.

Ashitaka finds himself caught up in the conflict between the humans and the
animals, reflecting current environmental concerns in a way which is both
moving and thought provoking. The outstanding animation encapsulates the
beauty and destruction, highlighting the contrast between the two and
providing a clear parallel to modern conflicts. This spectacular film
promises much, and delivers yet much more." - Jo Barnard

This week we will be offering biscuits to all those who correctly answer
the following question:

"Would you like a biscuit?"

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Mean Creek - 5th February IN RAMSDEN ROOM - 20:00 - FREE ENTRY

"Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret.

Mean Creek tells the story of Sam (Rory Culkin), a reserved but
conscientious lad, who, along with his brother and friends, seeks revenge
on the school bully, George. The plot takes them on a calculated boat ride
downstream, but once on the water, the situation drifts slowly out of
control as the languid rhythm of the small, peaceful Oregon river steers
them steadily off-course.

This film masterfully captures the lives of the teenagers and the personal
consequences when a moment of misjudgment spirals into a whirlpool of
disaster. Intense and wonderfully written, Jacob Estes' feature directorial
debut contains exceptional performances from its young cast. They tell a
natural, plausible, emotionally scrupulous story, captivating till the very
end.

Providing unparalleled insight into the psyche of youth, as well as a
riveting glimpse of the casual cruelty of a childhood mentality and how the
primitive sense of schoolboy justice battles with the innate human
conscience, Mean Creek is a must-see. The moral compass drifts as we're
shown how even bullies can suffer, and that 'justice' doesn't simply mean
revenge." - Madura Jayatunga

Hope to see everyone there!

Alex