Headhunters | Cinema GroupHeadhuntersTyneside Cinema 10 April 2012

Headhunters has been billed as a possible cult classic.  We voted it 8/10

Our group generally felt that the storyline and basis for the conflict was improbable, with weak reasoning given for the extreme, though riveting, violent action with nice twists and turns, delivered with a spot of black humour, which takes up most of the film.

The Villain wants to infiltrate the Hero’s recruitment company as CEO to gain access to its technology.   That was the reason given unless I missed something.  But why he should want to do that when his own company has such amazing technology of its own, I don’t know.  They allegedly created GPS and discovered micro-tracking systems, which comes in handy.

The ultimate conflict between baddy and goody is wildly entertaining and gruesome, with plenty of gasps, cringes and the odd titter from us.  It was nail-biting, with “jump in your seat” moments.

The Hero, not a likeable person to begin with, “finds himself” during his trials, and not to give too much away (although maybe I am?) is transformed into Mr Nice Guy, happy with a simpler life-style.

Verdict: A good enjoyable thriller despite flaws

What did you think about Headhunters?

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Monday 23 April 2012

Salmon Fishing

Rating 9/10

The Group loved the film and found it both uplifting and thought provoking.   The Sheikh who wants to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen talked of “having faith” and that was a touching theme throughout the film.  The Sheikh is the catalyst in the film: a knowing and spiritual man, with plenty of money.

George F hit the nail on the head when he pointed out that “faith can move mountains, but money can do it better”.

Ewan McGregor as Fred Jones, played his part to perfection; he is very believable as a somewhat boring and inflexible sort, bordering on having Asperger’s Syndrome, yet very endearing.  The Yemen Salmon project is forced upon him by the PM’s spin doctor.   From dismissing the project out of hand, he begins to learn to have faith in the project, in himself and in his future, and eventually makes decisions appropriate to his changing outlook.  He even has faith in the farmed salmon reverting to type and swimming upriver to spawn. Fred’s humour and bearing is low key throughout.   In comparison, Civil Servants’ machinations are stereotypically silly and crass!

Some of the references to angling and anglers appealed, e.g. the Civil Servants unsuccessful efforts to acquire wild salmon … George F particularly liked and related to a Civil Servant’s comment about fishermen tending to go berserk if a canoeist in a fluorescent jacket passes by! … the PM’s spin doctor relishes the thought of appealing to 2 million anglers/voters … etc.

The extremes of climate and topography between Yemen and Scotland were naturally a source of concern for the Salmon project, but there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the magnificent contrasting scenery.

I approached this film with some trepidation, fearing it might follow the book of the same name closely, but thankfully, the film is much more palatable and the storyline simplified.  I think I was the only one to shed a few tears, but then I always get emotional when a film is touching and I feel empathy for characters and situations.  The book certainly did not make me feel that way!

Verdict:  A wonderful feel-good film

Did you see this film? What did you think?

Digital Photography

Our first meeting was in August 2012 at Noses Point where everyone took some very good pictures of the wild flowers, which I have to say were beautiful, as was the weather.

On the third Monday we met at a member’s house to see the results.  Congratulations were offered on the very good work produced and gentle constructive comments made on possible improvements.

For our September outing we travelled all the way to the terrace green and the beach and have yet to review the results.   Once again we were blessed with sparkling weather.

Photography is all about pictures not equipment; cameras don’t need to be expensive, any camera will do.  Modern digital cameras are extremely efficient and will reliably produce perfect pictures – you just have to know where to point them.  That’s my job, so why not give it a go!

Shipley Art Gallery

On the 15th December 2011 we met at the Shipley Art Gallery where we viewed the annual exhibition of Gateshead’s Art Society. This is short listed by members themselves and includes paintings of scenes from across the North East.

Most of us found much to admire here as it was our kind of art. ‘Christmas Present’ in the gallery holding silverwork, ceramics and jewellery, chosen by craft experts across the U.K., was also impressive. Although the Shipley does not have a coffee shop we were directed next door to the library where we had a nice lunch and a good cup of coffee.Well worth a visit.

Fabergé Talk

After lunching at Café Spice, we arrived at Sunderland City Library where we enjoyed a very interesting and informative talk about Fabergé  by Robert Moon. This was one of a fortnightly series of talks initiated by the Library entitled “Nifty Fifties.”