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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: Toy Story


Spling's Pick of the Week - Toy Story at Kelvin Grove

TOY STORY @ KELVIN GROVE (8 Jan)

Toy Story is a groundbreaking Pixar animated adventure comedy. Taking inspiration from movies like Small Soldiers and The Indian in the Cupboard, they elevated toy adventure to the next level with thrills, twists and turns to keep you locked in. Toy Story delivers wholehearted values of honour, teamwork, family, unity, loyalty and bravery. There are of course some scary moments... the broken dolls under the bed come to mind.

It's one of those films that has the ability to capture our imagination, immerse us in a hidden world and warm our hearts... and that's the magic of this film - they're just toys! In its time, the CGI and technical wizardry was revolutionary, backed by a lovable voice cast headlined by Tom Hanks as "Woody" and Tim Allen as "Buzz Lightyear". "To infinity and beyond..."

This Pixar animated classic is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: Almost Famous


Spling's Pick of the Week - Almost Famous at Noordhoek Common

ALMOST FAMOUS @ NOORDHOEK COMMON (30 Dec)

Almost Famous is an immersive rock 'n' roll experience that follows young William whose Rolling Stone assignment finds him caught in the middle of the infamous 70s rock scene, covering a band called Stillwater on their first tour. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe has a tremendous love for music, as evidenced by his filmography and the soundtrack, which includes music from the age such as: Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Cat Stevens and The Who.

While it boasts an authentic screenplay steeped in soul-searching dialogue, it's also backed by a stellar cast including: Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Francis McDormand, Jason Lee and Zooey Deschanel. Whether you lived in the era or not, this coming-of-age drama is timeless enough to appeal to just about everyone.

This nostalgic rock 'n roll drama is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: Love Actually


Spling's Pick of the Week - Love Actually at Meerendal

LOVE ACTUALLY @ MEERENDAL (23 Dec)

Love Actually is heartwarming, funny and tender... a film that embodies the Christmas spirit. Richard Curtis knows how to tug at heart strings and engross us in uplifting human comedy drama. Backed by an all-star cast, we're entertained by this family holiday romance, which has been copied but never bettered.

The feeling of familiarity you have with the characters, the airport sentiment and tales of love in all its intricacies is bound to soften even the hardest of hearts. British schmaltz has never been this enjoyable and with Bill Nighy keeping it real as a rock star, this one's worth dusting off for the holiday season.

This heartwarming Christmas comedy romance drama is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: The Jungle Book


Spling's Pick of the Week - The Jungle Book at Kelvin Grove

THE JUNGLE BOOK @ KELVIN GROVE (18 Dec)

While the beloved 1967 Disney fairytale probably has a special place in most people's hearts, few would have guessed that it would be reimagined as a much darker "live–action" adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's books. Apart from being an extraordinary achievement in film-making, Iron Man director Jon Favreau has necessitated this "remake" by virtue of its more impactful adaptation. The original Disney classic gets tribute as various scenes echo in this version, however it's much more immediate and dangerous.

It holds the same enjoyment and entertainment factor, despite playing down the musical and comedy aspects, yet managing to get much more from its audience in terms of suspense and sheer wonder. It may not have the emotional resonance you'd expect from such a coming-of-age fable, but as a spectacle it's a marvel and will stay with you for days. Read more...

This brooding live-action Disney fantasy adventure is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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Spling's Galileo Pick of the Week: Amelie


Spling's Pick of the Week - Amelie at Kirstenbosch

AMELIE @ KIRSTENBOSCH (7 Dec)

Amélie is a quaint, quirky and luminous French art house romance drama that is cherished by almost everyone that sees it. Delicately counterbalancing sentimental and whimsical, this film is the reason people take their garden gnomes and keepsakes on holiday. Audrey Tatou's magical and unforgettable performance has made her Amélie in everyone's hearts and minds. The trinket box tone and intimate cinematography keep us up close and personal with a charming, spirited and offbeat character, who never ceases to amuse and amaze us.

Many would say "it's so French" and they wouldn't be wrong! Encapsulating Paris from chimney tops to fresh produce stands makes it a quintessential French film. While cute, it navigates between roses and thorns to deliver a naive and uplifting romance story that will reignite the child-like innocence inside of everyone, making us want to believe in magic and perform random acts of kindness more readily.

This French art house classic is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

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