CHRISTMAS IS a time when it is traditional to gather around the screen and watch films, it is also a time of togetherness and reflection - values the Galway Film Fleadh want to uphold, despite the best efforts of 2020 to undo them.
Rashida Jones plays Laura; she is a writer with writer's block and raising two daughters with her husband Dean. Lately she has noticed Dean is distant and not affectionate. His business is starting to take off so he is away from home a lot. When she goes to meet him at a work event she notices how friendly he is with a younger beautiful colleague which only adds to her suspicion. While having lunch with her father Felix, she tells him what has been bothering her. Instantly he assumes the worst (himself a life long womaniser). Rather than consoling Laura he takes the opportunity to bond with her on catching Dean out. They then spending the weekend stalking him around New York looking for evidence.
WITH THE cinemas closed for what will hopefully be only three weeks, I have returned to streaming platforms which served us so well during the initial lockdown, and chosen four films on Netflix I believe are worth your time.
THE THING, John Carpenter's classic 1982 film starring Kurt Russell, and boasting special effects which were astonishing in their day, and still impressive now, will get a big screen outing at the Pálás.
With the cinemas finally reopening I was pleased to see some films that were released on streaming during lockdown are getting the big screen treatment after all. Dating Amber is an Irish movie that got a bit of press when it was released on Amazon a few months ago but really deserved more so I’m happy to review it during its cinema release.
CINEMAS RE-OPENING on July 20 - ahead of the original re-opening date of August 10 - is good news, but in the meantime, Netflix remains our 'home cinema'. Here are my recommendations for this week's watching.