Programme in Bangor

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Screenings are at 7.30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month. Food is served from 6.30pm. Films at the Caban are on the second Wednesday of each month.

We would welcome any film suggestions or offers of help. Please email us at  info@occasionalcinema.org.

Please book all meals at least 24 hours in advance - Caban 01286 685500, Blue Sky 01248 355444 - this gives the hard-working chefs a chance to prep the right amount of food without wastage, plan more efficient staffing and therefore keep the price reasonable for our fabulous, enthusiastic and most welcome cinema goers :-). Also, on the night, please order food before 6.45 so that we can try to start on time.

 

2017

Thurs 26 Jan 17

The Man who knew Infinity

Matt Brown  UK  2016  113  PG13  Drama documentary     

This is the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel), who grew up poor in Madras, India and demonstrated a mastery of mathematics from an early age.

While working as a lowly clerk after the fashion of Bob Cratchit, his supervisor was struck by a notebook of formulas he kept, so much so that he encouraged him to send letters with a sample of his work to universities in England. After Cambridge don G. H. Hardy (played to perfection by Jeremy Irons) reads the material, he invites Ramanujan to come to Britain to fulfill his dreams.

When Ramanujan arrives at Trinity College, he is met by racism from every quarter. Even Hardy his champion mixes well-intended paternalism with jibes about sending him back to India if he doesn’t make the grade. In many ways, Hardy is a more interesting character than Ramanujan because he is constantly being forced to reckon with the disjunction between his prejudices and the reality of the young man in front of him who he finally acknowledges as the Mozart of mathematics—a man who could penetrate to the heart of a math puzzle and solve it as easily as Mozart could write a sonata.

It's a poignant film and an emotional roller coaster. The mathematics are treated well, and should not put anyone off enjoying the extraordinary story. The film rises above the genre and soars.

 

Thurs 23 Feb 17

Sing Street

John Carney  Ireland 2016 106mins 12A Comedy/Drama/Music/Romance

 A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

This is a lively, very humorous and engaging film, much enjoyed by our viewing panel. As we watch our hero come to terms with all that life throws at him, it's easy to imagine David Bowie or Iggy Pop facing up to the same challenges, each in their own special way. The period atmosphere is perfectly recalled (OK the 80s aren't that far back but still) and the soundtrack is excellent both in the choice of the popular hits and the band's own compositions.

Great performances from the cast, a beautiful feel-good film with an edge.

 

Thurs 23 March 17

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

TaikaWaititi New Zealand 2016 101   Adventure/Comedy /Drama

 A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Quirky style and highly individual cast members make for a fascinating study of what life can be like for people on the edge of society. Lots of humanity, although often well hidden, and a few people in authority who would give those tormenting Daniel Blake a run for their money, make for a chase which has you on the edge of your seat right up to the last minute. 

 

That's all for now at the Blue Sky folks . . .

 

We would welcome any film suggestions (positive or negative) to info@occasionalcinema.org. All offers of help gratefully received.

For the Caban progamme click here    To sign up for emails click here  

Occasional Cinema is a film society run by volunteers. Films are shown at the Caban, Brynrefail on the second Wednesday of the month and at the Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor on the fourth Thursday and unless stated otherwise start sometime after 7.30pm. We do not show films during the summer, but there are often summer films at the Caban.

Membership is available on the door for a cost of 5; the first film is free; after this entrance for the film is 3.00.

Food is usually available from 6.30pm and a sophisticated clientele enjoy the wholesome food, reasonable price (about 10.50 for two courses) and excellent atmosphere.  Please make reservations for any meals - Caban 01286 685500, Blue Sky 01248 355444. You can't book a seat for the film only, which is on a first come first served basis. If you want to guarantee a seat you must book a meal.
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