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This week at Casey: 16 August 2013

Movie night at Casey is one of our favourite past times. It’s a great way to relax after a long day at the office, workshop, stores or kitchen. This year we have no shortage of movie fans. Our cinema booking board is always full and at times overflowing. Booking a week ahead is crucial for screening your favourite movie.

A wide variety of films have been screened in our beloved Odeon, this includes a number of French films. At first I found it strange and unorthodox, this of course compared to the more familiar Hollywood movies. I thoroughly enjoyed the films and found wanting more. The first film was the very strange “Holy Motors”. It's was like jumping into the deep end of French cinema movement. Not knowing what to expect from French cinema, just a title implying sanctified automobiles, it came to my surprise when characters started singing as if in a musical, and clearly the movie isn’t a musical, then suddenly the mood changed with a deep dramatic death scene, changing to a character biting off a finger and in a different scene contained contemporary dance. This leaves you confused through the whole movie until a family of monkeys at the very end reveals all. The next movie was “La prophet”. I guess you can call it a gangster movie but at its core it is a coming of age film. Lastly, my favourite out of the three films “Rust and Bone”. How can I describe it? Beautiful! It’s about a single parent who gets into street MMA (mix martial arts) and a beautiful legless Orca trainer and their complicated relationship. As a result of the movie, our doctor Chad discovers that an Orca has a much larger repertoire in its diet then food the size of oranges.

From the good to the bad, I bring you “The Man with the Iron Fists” and “Spring Breakers”. I think that is all can be said about these two movies, except for “Spring Break forever!… Forever!… Forever!

Quietly, one of the most watched genre here at Casey are romcoms (romantic comedies). I have never seen this many romcoms in the last 5 months, than I ever seen in the last 5 years. Secretly everybody loves a good romcom. And the top of that list is “Silver Linings Playbook”. One of the best films I’ve seen this year. Our watch list of romcoms can go on forever but the most recent films that we laughed and cried, sometimes simultaneously, include the frustratingly funny “I give it a year”, “10 years”, “Warm Bodies”, “Your Sister’s Sister”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Safe Haven” and “Beautiful Creatures”. Yes! A few are borderline romcoms, but there are some witty lines, so to me, they are romcoms. In that case I should point out the movie adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's Book “The Host”. It was funny because it was just as bad as the book.

On to the big budget Hollywood films, which doesn’t necessarily make the movie any decent, like for example “A good day to Die Hard”. It must be all the romcoms that I’ve been watching but all the action and explosions didn’t impress me at all. Sequels like “Taken 2” felt like déjà vu and I have a feeling our screening of “GI Joe 2 Retaliation” Friday night would be the same. Of course we screened “Looper”, “ARGO”, “Zero dark thirty” and “The Hobbit”, in which, the Hobbit had to be in High Definition for young Ben. Personally I enjoyed “Cloud Atlas”, “Mud” “The Place beyond the Pines” and surprisingly a Tom Cruise movie “Oblivion”, which I expected to be in line with “The Man with the Iron Fists”.

As mentioned previously we are screening “GI Joe 2” Friday night, but other up coming films screening this weekend is “Coffee Town”, a romcom of course, and to change the pace the new remake of “Evil Dead”. I am looking forward to a number of up coming movies this month, particularly "Iron Man 3" and "The Great Gatsby".

We all have different tastes in movies; some just make a mistake in a singular movie choice, which will haunt you for the rest of the season, i.e. “The Man with the Iron Fists”. Movies bring the station community together, it gives a perception that we are closer to home then what we really are.

The Man with the Iron Fists
The Man with the Iron Fists - 1.5 out of 5
Cloud Atlas movie poster
Cloud Atlas - 4.5 out of 5
Rust and Bone poster
Rust and Bone - 4 out of 5
Silver Linings Playbook poster
Silver Linings Playbook - 4.5 out of 5
I Give it a Year poster
I Give it a Year - 3.5 out of 5
Oblivion poster
Oblivion - 3 out of 5
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