We’re now well and truly into Blockbuster season with Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Fast 6, Star Trek 2 having released to gigantic box office figures across the globe.
As much as I enjoy blockbusters I find it hard to comment on them, either being swept away by the awesome special effects, let down by my own over excitement because the previous film in the franchise was so great, or irritated by general lack of a plot or acting of any substance. That said I will be going to see a whole lot of films over the summer and expect to enjoy most of them for sheer escapism alone. What I won’t be doing is watching all the clips and trailers, or reading reviews so as to spoil them for myself.
But if Blockbusters aren’t really your thing then I thought maybe you might appreciate some alternatives to the multiplex. You don’t have to wait until the Autumn to get your fix of alternative films. So what is going on filmwise across Dublin in the upcoming weeks, both outdoors and indoors?
Alternative Movie Nights
Slum Cinema present the double bill : Teeth and Rubber @Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick Street, Dublin 7. May 29th. Starts at 8pm, doors at 7:30pm.
Cost: Donation rather than an entrance fee (also has a BYOB policy with free popcorn).
What is Slum Cinema? Slum Cinema operates on the basis that certain amounts of people appreciate badly made movies. Over the past year or so, it has hosted cult gems such as 1963’s The Sadist (cinematography by, no less, Vilmos Zsigmond, who went on to work on The Deer Hunter and Close Encounters of the Third Kind ), 1962’s Eegah(tagline: “the crazed love of a prehistoric giant for a ravishing teenage girl ”), 1974’sFemale Trouble (“Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down?” asked movie critic Rex Reed in his critique of the movie’s actors and director/writer, John Waters) and 1971’s Vampyros Lesbos (the soundtrack of which includes a tune titled The Lions and the Cucumber ). *Info from Irish Times.
This is the IMDB synopsis: still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. Use your imagination.
I love the tagline: “Every Rose Has Its Thorns”.
Teeth is directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein (son of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose exhibition I recently visited at the Tate Modern in London) and stars Jess Weixler (in recent episodes of The Good Wife).
Rubber is the story of Robert the tire who, after becoming enlightened to his telepathic powers ,goes on a murdering rampage. Sounds a little different to Pixar’s Cars.
What is Grindhouse Dublin? Serving up a selection of classic or rarely screened films that graced movie theatres on New York’s 42nd Street Grindhouse Dublin will take place exclusively in Light House Cinema Smithfield on the last Friday of the month. Films will commence at 10:30pm but there will be drinks and merriment from 9 in the Light House Cinema Bar.
They haven’t yet announced the film for next Friday but watch their Facebook page for updates.
Hollywood Babylon -June 15th
What is Hollywood Babylon? Roughly speaking- movies best seen after Midnight, in company and with beer. Curated guest screenings, re-imagined film posters by some of our favourite artists and designers, intervals, trashy trailers, cigarette girls…
I recently went to a screening of An American Werewolf in London. It was hilarious! The trailers were fantastic, and there was birthday cake.
Anyway Hollywood Bablyon has put together a programme of films from 1984, including Purple Rain, Revenge of The Nerds, Dune, Terminator and more. See The Light House Cinema page for more info.
Purple Rain screens on June 15th
Workman’s Den Cinema Club
Another film club, this time at The Workman’s Club. They will screen a fillm on the first tuesday of the month, every month! And its FREE!!!
Everyone that comes has an opportunity to choose the following month’s film – everyone writes their name and their choice and at the end of the evening a draw will be made!
Again no info as yet but keep watching their Facebook page for info.
The Sugar Club
Top Gun: Tuesday May 28th 8pm screening, tickets €7/8 available from Entertainment.ie
We’ve all seen it so it doesn’t really need an introduction. Here’s the trailer
If you haven’t seen it then you should go. As The Sugar Club says enjoy the heart-pounding combination of action, 80s music, and incredible aerial photography on the big screen.
I wouldn’t be Tom Cruise’s biggest fan post Cocktail but after hearing he did his own stunts for MI4 I was won over. Just imagine hanging off the Khalifa Tower in Dubai…ropes or no ropes that is still some feat.
In saying that Tom Cruise can’t climb up sheer rock, with no ropes!! Saw a short film on Alex Holland, a free climber, at the Banff Mountain International Film Festival. Alex Holland has climbed the three peaks of Yosemite National Park, 95% of which was done without ropes. Now that is crazy!
I also Iove The Sugar Club. Why? It’s a fantastic venue! I recently went there to see Bonnie and Clyde as one of their Film Fatale evenings. They had constructed cocktails to match the evening’s film, hired a band of the era and encouraged people to dress up in theme. So much fun!
I also went there two Sundays ago to Freshly Squeezed International Student Short Film Festival. It was a very artsy Sunday having started out at an exhibition called This Situation at IMMA at NCH. Although nominated for a Turner Prize I personally didn’t enjoy it for a number of reasons: the room was so echoey it was difficult to hear what the actors / participants were saying, one of the participants sounded like David Mitchell from Peep Show so I found it hard to take seriously, and they kept repeating what they were saying. Having studied quite a lot about Situationism whilst doing my undergraduate in French and European Studies and then again doing a thesis on the psychogeography of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange I just wasn’t that drawn into the situation. Apparently my friend’s friend spent two hours in there, which just goes to show we’re all interested in different things.
Anyway between the exhibition at IMMA and then cycling between Visit 2013 (a weekend event which will see artist’s studios organisations all over Dublin city opening their doors to the public) it was a busy Sunday. I didn’t get to see the Drama shorts at Freshly Squeezed International Student Short Film Festival but was there for the Documentary, Experimental & Thriller and most enjoyably for me the Animation Shorts. These were my favourites from the day…but hey I’m biased as I love Animation, particularly Stop Motion Animation.
Cosmo New Year
My Strange Grandfather
Bear Me was also fantastic, as was Dome, both of which won prizes on the day.
There are some fantastic shorts of all kinds on Vimeo if you have enough time to look around. I’ve started to make my own scrapbook of these on Pinterest.
Film Fatale: June 7th
The screening is again sold out but you can still attend the after party, a 1940s summer party mirroring the style of the film, with performances from 40s sweethearts harmony trio The Bugle Babes following Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers, who will be playing dance floor fillers from the 20s to 60s. The audience is invited to help set the scene by dressing in their vintage finest, paying homage to 1940s or mirroring the stars of the film Cary Grant or the stunning Ingrid Bergman.
Film Fatale: The Pavillion in Cork, Friday June 21st
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Who doesn’t love this film?
The screening will be followed by a party, á la Brothers Golightly, with Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’, who will play an exclusive set inspired by the movie. As always
The audience is invited to help set the scene by dressing up in their vintage finest, paying homage to the high fashion and mod style of the film, emulating Audrey Hepburn or one of her many dashing suitors.
Find out more about Film Fatale Events on Facebook
Happenings at Fitzwilliam Square
It feels like ages ago but I went to the screening of The Big Lebowski in Fitzwilliam Square at the beginning of the month. I didn’t make it to The Lion King on the Docks but can’t wait for the next screening…whenever that may be. Keep watching the Happenings Facebook page for updates. They’ll give a couple of days notice for the next event, but whether pending that date could change. It is Ireland after all.