WELCOME back to Hype, our weekly arts blog, where you’ll be able to keep up to date with the latest and biggest news from the global arts scene, as well as keeping in touch with what’s on in and around Aberystwyth.
You’ll be able to find out the latest and the greatest, Aberystwyth film times and news, rumours, and much more.
First up… the biggest headlines from this week!
- Denzel Washinton is to star in The Equalizer, an upcoming American thriller. The first trailer released this week.
- It has been announced that Doctor Who will air in August this year (see teaser trailer below).
- The recently release Coldplay album Ghost Stories has reached number one, their 6th in the UK.
- To Kill a Mocking Bird and Of Mice and Men have been dropped from the English curriculum.
- The Batman v Superman film title has been revealed as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Tarantino has stated he would like to re-edit Django Unchained into a miniseries.
ABERYSTWYTH is, once again, spoiling us for choice in the next week. Here’s just a few highlights to look forward to!
Firstly, a screening of the play ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is appearing on 28th May at 5pm. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play stars Angela Lansbury and James Earl in a story about a decades-long relationship between a matriarch and her chauffuer. This week also see’s Abberation lounge on the 31st May, which features Latin and Ballroom Dancing, Kate O’Donnell, Beth Prior and Gypsy Wine Cartel in their last Aber gig. You can find more information here.
The Arts Centre is showing a number of films this week. The Jonathan Glazer film, Under the Skin (27th-29th) which stars Scarlett Johansson. Johansson plays an alien in human form, in this sci-fi special, that is set in the backstreets of Glasgow. Also screening is the Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) film American Interior (29th-4th) which looks at Rhys’s latest musical road trip.
There are also screenings of The Amazing Spider Man 2 (see the full review here) at the Arts Centre Cinema on 30th May-1st June, and the 7th June. You can also catch Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises (see the full review here) on between the 30th May and 4th June
It’s that time of year where the students of Aberystwyth get to show off their talent. For two nights only Curtain Call will be presenting their adaptation of ‘Fame’ on the 29th and 30th of May. Tickets ranging from £3 – £10 dependant on the performance.
Finally, if you’re in the mood for a scare or ever wondered what you’d do if your doppelgänger began taking over your life, The Double (23rd – 27th) will be sure to satisfy, playing at the Arts Centre cinema.
The Commodore is showing the brand new Godzilla, which is crashing through the screens of Aberystwyth in 3D from the 15th – 28th of May. Followed up by the much anticipated premiere of X-Men: Days of Future on the 29th of May. You can read the full preview from Sam Halford below.
New X-Men release excites the masses
Do you remember the bitter disappointment of X-Men 3? Or the horrid aftertaste of X-Men Origins: Wolverine? I do, which is why I was sceptical going in to see X-Men: First Class.
What I found however, was a movie that was fun, exciting and all round well-crafted. It was clear that these guys were fans of the original source material. I was thrilled and so happy to have good X-Men movies back again. My excitement only continued to rise seeing the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s a great X-Men story that includes the sentinels and newcomers to the cinematic franchise like Quicksilver and I hope a few more surprises. My only worry is that Bryan Singer is directing, and while I do think he did a decent job with 1&2, I loved Matthew Vaughn’s visual style in First Class.
The plot revolves around Professor Xavier sending Wolverine’s mind back in time to himself in the 1970s, after sentinels have created utter chaos in the present day. Wolverine must unite the X-Men and their enemies to fight a force that threatens them all in the future. Events from the trailer leave me with questions about the timeline however; how come Xavier can walk after the events of First Class? Why is Beast back to human form? I mean, this must take place after First Class because we see that Xavier and Magneto have already fought, I hope this is explained rather than just ignored.
Either way the action looks fun, the story sounds greats and the characters seem to act faithful to the comic. I really hope this turns out amazing.
With thanks to: Sam Halford, Sarah Thornhill, Nadine El-Amami and Andrew Monk.