What’s all this monkey business?

“I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t smoke …. I play video games.”

King of Kong poster

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Have we got a treat lined up for you this week? Oh yes. Back by popular demand- the movie the snow tried to stop – The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters cannot be kept from the screens!

We were going to screen this wonderful little docudrama last term but the weather got in the way. There’s nothing stopping us this semester. In case you don’t know anything about the movie, here’s the blurb:

A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong. Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell engage in a cross-country duel to see who could get the high score and become the King of Kong. Along the way they learn what it means to be father, a husband and a true champion. This docudrama is a heart-warming story of dedication and determination. It’s also a relatively rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the history and culture of arcade and video games, long since forgotten in the wake of the success of recent giants like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.

“It’s like Rocky, but with a joystick”

As ever, ENTRY IS FREE and all are welcome

Media Centre Cinema (MC207), 6pm

We’ve got a full moon (just about)

There’s a full moon tonight but it will be ebbing a little by the time we get round to the next CineClub screening on Wednesday, which is the cult comedy-horror An American Werewolf in London (1981, UK/US, John Landis).  Landis is also responsible for the famous Michael Jackson music video Thriller in 1983, both of which featured some remarkable werewolf-transformation special effects.  There’s also a wonderful point-of-view chase sequence on the London Underground, at Tottenham Court Road.

As usual, screenings in the cinema (MC207) at 6pm and entry is free.

CineClub away day (9th March)

Looking ahead to the planned away day trip to the Tyneside Cinema on the 9th of March, there are only a couple of options which seem to stand out as being available (if we are planning on sticking to the standard Wednesday routine). I’ve included the details of each event below:

Route Irish preview with Ken Loach in conversation

Route Irish is a thrilling story of a private security contractor in Iraq who’s looking for the truth behind his friend’s death. Mark Womack gives a brilliant central performance as Fergus, who’s desperate for answers but finds deception and conspiracy at each turn. Powerful, political and packing a mean punch, Route Irish is a brilliant addition to Loach’s work. Don’t miss this great chance to see it with the man himself.

Tickets –  £10/£9 concessions

Certificate – 15

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Utopia

A powerful, experimental feature film/documentary from the Amber collective of Newcastle explores the Newcastle Council Leader who, in 1974, was sent to prison for corruption. During filming Smith worked closely with Amber to create the story of a group of leftwingers who took control of the city in the 1960s, weaving in backroom betrayals and civic ambition via archive footage and interviews.

Time – 18:30pm

Certificate – PG

IT may be that the popularity of the Ken Loach event might mean that tickets are unavailable at this time…

Vampires, Under The Hammer

After 2 weeks worth of contemporary classics, this week CineClub brings you a slice of British cinematic history in the guise of Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (1974, UK, Brian Clemens).

Here’s the blurb:

Once a member of the Imperial Guard, Kronos has been beckoned to seek out evil and destroy it. Surviving a vampire’s bite, he knows his enemy.  He knows that evil is timeless.  Between Van Helsing and Buffy, the vampire slayer you will find Captain Kronos. From the team that brought you the TV classic The Avengers, comes the curious late entry from the Hammer – the studio that dripped blood. Starring Horst Janson, plus 3-2-1‘s Caroline Munro and Benedict Cumberbatch’s mum, Wanda Ventham, this proved to be one of the final nails in the coffin for the great British studio. A fang-tastic treat.

As usual, ENTRY IS FREE.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (‘Män som hatar kvinnor’)

You’ve been living under a rock if you don’t know anything about this week’s movie choice.  Coming up on Wednesday we have the original Swedish language version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Fresh off the back of his success with The Social Network, David Fincher is currently filming the US remake.  So if you want to impress your friends with your cineaste knowledge, you need to get yourself to MC207 at 6pm.

Check out the trailer below:

The huge global publishing phenomenon that was Stieg Larsson’s posthumously-published ‘Millennium’ trilogy was made into a big budget TV miniseries and finally hit British cinema screens as feature films last year. ‘Is it as good as the book?’ is the wrong question: it boasts very good performances from the cast and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander delivers a performance that poses the question: has there EVER been a better action-heroine-rebellious icon?

By the way: The Swedish title (of the novel too) translates as ‘The Men Who Hated Women’)

The screening is FREE!