Monday 23 May 2011

The View from the Projection Box with Ritz Cinema projectionist Paul Winfield

Hello from us all at The Ritz. The summer season is upon us again. Lots of blockbusters on of course, but I thought I’d concentrate on some of the other films coming soon.

Firstly, ace director Kenneth Branagh, better known for his film version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Shakespearean interpretations, gives us his computer-assisted fantasy action movie Thor. It is based on an ancient Norse legend, the one-and-only Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and newcomer Chris Hemsworth star.

Set in ancient Japan, 13 Assassins tells the story of a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. There is lots of spectacular Kung-Fu type action in this one.

Staying with assassins, we come to Hanna. A friend of mine saw this and she tells me it’s very good. Hanna is a 16-year-old girl trained by her father to be the perfect assassin. Set in Europe, it stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.

In a lighter mood, remember The Hangover? Well, the boys are back with The Hangover Part II. The lads travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding… oh dear!! More post-blackout misadventures must follow.

A more serious film – The Way – follows an American father on a journey to recover the body of his son who died while on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Father and son Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen are director and star.

Win Win is an American indie which looks good fun.

All the summer “biggies” will be with us; Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and the final instalment in the Harry Potter series - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

That’s all for now folks! Say hello when you visit The Ritz.

*Taken from the June / July 2011 editions of All Things Local.