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Cinema Club : 20/03/2015

The Divergent Series : Insurgent

The Fault In Our Stars Shailene Woodley leads an all-star cast in this action-packed sci-fi sequel about the fight for civilisation. Torn apart by war, Chicago is now divided into five factions, each defined by a dominant personality trait, but Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley) has multiple aptitudes, making her a rare “divergent” and putting her on the run from evil Erudite leader, Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless lover, Four (played by Theo James). Jeanine holds the potential power, but only a divergent like Beatrice has the key. Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd and Octavia Spencer also star in this edge of your sear adaptation of Veronica Ruth’s best-selling book series.

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From the creators of “How To Train Your Dragon” comes the animated adventure of The Boov, an alien race looking for a new place to call home. Under the confident command of their leader, Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin), The Boov settle on Earth which is where lonely, unpopular Boov, Oh (Jim Parsons) befriends feisty girl, Tip (Rihanna) and her adorable pet cat. This family-friendly film is the hilarious adaptation of Adam Rex’s acclaimed children’s book, “The True Meaning Of Smekday”.

Special Screenings

Club Noir Presents : “Some Like It Hot”/”To Catch A Thief”

The Grosvenor Cinema, Sunday 22nd March 2015 @ 3.30pm

For just £20, Club Noir are giving movie lovers an afternoon of burlesque, buffet, fancy dress and classic film. Leading ladies, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly are set to set the silver screen alight this weekend; Monroe dazzles as jazz singer, Sugar Kane in “Some Like It Hot” with cross-dressing, comedy-gold duo, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, while Princess Grace stars in Afred Hitchcock’s romantic thriller, “To Catch A Thief” as the love interest of retired cat burgler, Cary Grant.

The Birdcage

The Grosvenor Cinema, Sunday 22nd March 2015 @ 4pm

As part of The International Comedy Festival, The Grosvenor continue their fitting tribute to the late, great Robin Williams this weekend with this comedy cracker! Williams is openly gay, drag club owner, Armand Goldman who lives with partner, and star attraction of his club, Albert (Nathan Lane). The flamboyant pair agree to “play it straight” so that Armand’s son, Val (Dan Futterman) can introduce them to his fiancee, Barbara’s (Calista Flockhart) right-wing, moralistic parents (played by Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest). Hank Azaria also stars in this comedy classic!

 

Cinema Club : 27/02/2015

New Releases 

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Richard Gere joins A-listers Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith in the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit. It follows the adventures of eldery Britons in an Indian Retirement Home owned by the ambitious Sonny (Dev Patel) who is busy juggling business and his impending wedding to Sunaina (Tena Desae), but has enlisted the help of Muriel (Maggie Smith), Douglas (Bill Nighy) and Evelyn (Judi Dench). Meanwhile, newcomer Guy (Richard Gere) is vying for the last available room.

The Boy Next Door

This erotic, psychological thrillers stars Jennifer Lopez as school-teacher, Claire who is neglected by her cheating husband (John Corbett) and enjoys a risky liasion with her young, handsome neighbour, Noah (Ryan Guzman). Eager to dismiss the dalliance as a one-off, Claire quickly realises she in above her head when Noah’s admiration quickly turns into infatuated obsession . . .

Focus

Will Smith is conman, Nicky, a master of misdirection who is thrown off his game when sexy novice, Jess (Margot Robbie) attempts to play him at his own game. Intrigued, Nicky teaches Jess his typical tricks of the trade, but hastily cuts his ties when romance enters their relationship. However, 3 years on and Nicky is planning an elaborate, high stakes con at the heart of the Buenos Aires motor racing world. If only he had the help of a femme fatale . . .

It Follows

From director, David Robert Mitchell comes this terrifying tale of carefree-teen, Jay (Maika Monroe) who gets much more than she bargained for when she is seduced by Hugh (Jake Weary); he tells Jay that he has passed a curse onto her and she’ll be plagued by a sinister shape-shifter which can take the zombie-like form of friends or strangers. The only way to rid herself of the hex is by sleeping with someone else . . .

 

Cinema Club : 19/12/2014

New Releases

Dumb And Dumber To

For fans of side-splitting stupidity, the wait is OVER! Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return in the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s “Dumb And Dumber” this weekend. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne are back in yet another hair-brained scheme; in need of a new kidney and having recently discovered that he fathered a daughter with former flame, Fraida Felcher (played by Kathleen Turner), the dim-witted pair go in search of her. However, it doesn’t look set to be plain sailing; while Harry is keen to meet the daughter he never knew he had, Lloyd is in love with her!

Night At The Museum : Secret Of The Tomb

Ben Stiller returns as museum guard, Larry Daley in the third instalment of this fantastic family fantasy series. Having discovered the secret of New York’s American Museum Of Natural History in the original movie, Larry must know travel to London to find out how to fix the Egyptian stone tablet that provides the power that allows the exhibits to spring to life at night. Accompanying him to the UK is old favourites, Roman centurion, Octavious (played by Steve Coogan), Old West cowboy, Jebediah (Owen Wilson), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher) and Teddy Roosevelt (played by the late, great Robin Williams). This hysterical, madcap comedy is a must for fans of the first two movies, and sees the introduction of “Bridesmaids” Rebel Wilson as a security who can’t quite believe what is going on!

Special Screenings

Elf @ Cineworld (Renfrew Street), Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Another chance to see Will Ferrell as Buddy; a human raised as an elf in The North Pole, who comes to New York in search if his real father and his true purpose in life. Zooey Deschanel co-stars.

Movie News

The BIG movie news of this week has undoubtedly been the controversy surrounding forthcoming film, “The Interview”, which stars James Franco as a celebrity journalist and his producer (played by Seth Rogen) who secure an interview with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, but are instructed to assassinate him by The CIA. Sony Pictures announced earlier this week that the movie would not be released amid terror threats, a decision which was criticised by actor,  George Clooney and US President, Barack Obama. However, Sony Pictures claimed earlier today “we have not given in” and are looking for “a different platform” to release the movie after cinemas across the globe pulled out of showing the controversial comedy.

 

MTV EMAs : 10 Greatest Performances

Are you ready Glasgow?

The MTV EMAs 2014 kick off tonight at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro for the very first time with rap-diva, Nicki Minaj at the helm. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the awards ceremony and will feature live performances from Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Alicia Keys and U2.

Celebrate with us as we look back at some of the most memorable live EMA performances to date; keep it here for giant disco balls, a homage to Rocky, motorcycles and giant cherry chapsticks!

Madonna “Hung Up”

Queen Of Pop, Madonna brought disco fever to Lisbon in 2005 when she performed the ABBA-infused, lead single of her album, “Confessions On A Dancefloor” live for the first time, complete with thigh high boots and purple disco pants!

Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”

The late, great Amy Winehouse reminded us why we fell in love with her sultry, sassy style when she performed her signature song, “Back To Black” in 2007 when The EMAs hit Munich, Germany.

U2 “Mofo”

U2 paid tribute to Rocky with their MTV EMA performance in 1997 in Rotterdam. Introduced by actor, Dennis Hopper, Bono donned a boxing gown to open the show with single, “Mofo” from their album, “Pop”.

Christina Aguilera “Dirrty”

Stripper-esque songstress, Christina Aguilera got down ‘n’ dirrty when she performed at the 2002 EMAs in Barcelona. Clad in black leather, Aguilera roared onto the stage on a motorcycle. The singer went on to host the awards the following year in Edinburgh.

Beyonce “Sweet Dreams”

Queen Bey put in one of the most memorable EMA performance in 2009 in Berlin. Her live performance of hit single, “Sweet Dreams” from her “I Am . . . Sasha Fierce” album was sizzling, but not as sizzling as her red-hot outfit!

Eminem “Like Toy Soldiers”/”Just Lose It”

Rap bad-boy, Eminem stole the 2004 show in Rome with a mash-up of his hits, “Like Toy Soldiers” and “Just Lose It”

Spice Girls “Spice Up Your Life”

In 1997, the pop-world belonged to five girls. “Spice Up Your Life” brought the house down in Rotterdam when Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh took to the stage and proved the Girl Power ruled the world (in the 90s, at least).

Rihanna “Only Girl In The World”

Pop princess, Rihanna may not be the only girl in the world, but at the 2010 EMAs in Madrid, she WAS the only girl we were all watching when she performed her smash-hit, taken from the album, “Loud”. With her fiery red hair, tiara and floral skirt, she was a treat for the eyes and the ears.

The Killers “Human”

The Killers put on a big-budget production of signature song, “Human” in 2008 in Liverpool. The Las Vegas band brought a little razzle dazzle to the EMA stage when they performed in individual boxes and ad-libbed a little Echo & The Bunnymen.

Katy Perry “I Kissed A Girl”

California girl and then-new chick on the block, Katy Perry had just recently shot to international fame thanks to her pop anthem, “I Kissed A Girl” when she hosted The MTV EMAs in 2008. Never one to do things half-heartedly, Perry appeared on-stage wearing American football get-up “riding”a giant cherry chapstick, surrounded by zesty, teen cheerleaders . . .

New Music : Out This Week (27/10/14)

Taylor Swift “1989”

Tennessee’s Taylor Swift has shed her country-tinged pop for a sassy new sound and returns today with her fifth studio album, “1989”. It follows her hugely successful fourth studio effort, “Red” which spawned hit singles, “I Knew You Were Trouble” and the annoyingly catchy, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. “1989” includes the infectious, “Shake It Off”.

Black Veil Brides “Black Veil Brides IV”

American rock-metal band, Black Veil Brides release their fourth studio album, “Black Veil Brides IV” this week. The album features the single, “Heart Of Fire”, which was released last month. The band are known for their black make-up and leather get-up, heavily influence by Kiss and Motley Crue. “Black Veil Brides IV” follows 2013’s “Wretched & Divine : The Story Of The Wild Ones”.

Mallory Knox “Asymmetry”

Cambridge-born band, Mallory Knox release their second studio album, “Asymmetry”, the follow up to their 2013 debut, “Signals”. The album includes, “Ghost In The Mirror” and “Shout At The Moon” and was produced by Gil Norton, known for his work with Foo Fighters and You Me At Six.

Annie Lennox “Nostalgia”

Scottish songstress, Annie Lennox releases “Nostalgia” this week; a collection of her favourite songs. “Nostalgia” is Lennox’s first studio album release in 4 years following 2010’s Christmas cover album, “A Christmas Cornucopia” and her third album of cover versions. The album includes her version of, “I Put A Spell On You” and “Summertime”.

The Ting Tings “Super Critical”

Mancunian duo, The Ting Tings return to the forefront this week with their third studio album, “Super Critical”. The band shot to fame in 2008 with the release of their infectious debut, “We Started Nothing” and signature song, “That’s Not My Name”. 2010 brought a slump for the pair before second studio effort, “Sounds From Nowheresville” in 2012. “Super Critical” includes single, “Wrong Club”.

The Twilight Sad “Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave”

Scottish indie outfit, The Twilight Sad release their fourth studio album today; it’s their first studio effort since 2012’s “No One Can Ever Know” and includes the single, “Last January”.

Live Review : The View, 02 Academy, Glasgow (18/12/13)

En route to the venue after crossing the bridge down from Jamaica Street, I encounter more than a few pairs or young gents who had been, I assume, politely asked to leave the venue after apparently “…just drinking a pint man!”. Their pleas and complaints fall on deaf ears however, as I am mentally otherwise engaged, looking to get to the Academy as soon as possible. These also come amongst oddly frequent requests for directions to either the nearest bank machine or bookies.

Having missed a couple of tunes, I interrupt “Tragic Magic” on arrival sounding as tight as always, time signature change and all. The content of the set is slightly unusual, with some tracks that rarely receive an airing; oddly this includes “The Don”. Odd in the sense that although, it doesn’t make sense to complain or not expect variation in a set from a band with five studio albums as one of their best tracks it should be included more often than not. It is in fact so rarely played that it may well have been the ‘surprise’ the band had promised the fans who would be in attendance but a few hours earlier on Facebook.

The band flutter between the old and the new with Kyle taking to the keys for a solo rendition of “Tacky Tattoo” and then “Face For The Radio” joined by the rest of the band for the latter as arguably the sing-along of the night. Kieran notes afterward “Aww he’s bonnie isn’t he?” Then the older tracks of “Skag Trendy”, “Wasted Little Djs” and the double tempo “Wasteland” followed by the far newer “Kill Kyle”, “How Long” and “Sour Little Sweetie”, the last of which lacks attack.

An extension of the old/new theme can be made to the crowd as well this evening. As well as the aforementioned youngsters are a large portion of presumably well seasoned gig veterans. The range out tonight includes mid-thirties couples following the band from the first record to older gentlemen who wouldn’t look all that out of place at a UK Subs gig. The younger ones are revivalists also in a sense wearing the Harrington jackets and Dr. Martens worn by their parents and uncles. It’s very much full circle in a sense.

They end with some of the hits in the trademark punky style which accounts for a lot of the generation bridging their music does, still musical and melodic but played with a ferocity and accessibility as many of the bands they are influenced by. “Superstar Tradesman” unites all groups in a sing along to rival “Face For The Radio” earlier. Also with the semi-inaudible “Sunday” played late on in the set the band finish strongly. Kieran thanks the fans for showing up on a Wednesday night but if this evening’s gig is anything to go by, the boys could play Glasgow on the 32nd of December and the place would be full.

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