By Contributor
January 28th, 2012


For those of you who missed Beginners, presented by Spotlight films in November, I would like to suggest you watch it when you can. It is a very funny and sweet film with excellent performances by Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor and a very talented supporting cast including a cerebrally developed Jack Russel Terrier who gets his own subtitles.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31 Spotlight Films will be offering The Guard. Written and directed by Michael McDonagh (Ned Kelly, screenplay, Second Death director) this film is described by Rotten Tomatoes as “crackerjack humour”, that’s a good thing.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a small Irish town cop with a confrontational personality and a taste for prostitutes, played by Brendan Gleeson (Troy, Harry Potter series, Kingdom of Heaven) is teamed up with Wendell Everett a by the book, humourless and slightly uptight FBI agent, played by Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 2 and 3, Ocean’s series) to investigate an international drug smuggling ring.

Boyle, whose mother is dying, has a subversive sense of humour and no interest whatsoever in international cocaine smuggling. The gags that roll out of this flick, particularly the ones that tastefully mock racial stereotypes are rollicking fun.

The Guard was nominated for 12 awards, including Golden Globe, and won seven, including Audience Award, Sarajevo Film Festival, Kodak Award for Cinematography, and Valladoid International Award for Best Actor, Brendan Gleeson.

A note about Gleeson, he gave up his job at a Quarry to become an actor at 36.

The Guard will be shown at the Gem Theatre at 7:30 pm.

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