The weekly DoY e-mail just pinged into my inbox, and with it news of the latest free members-only preview, which the DoY offer us from time-to-time, usually late on a Sunday morning. This one is for a forthcoming film that I was toying with going to see anyway, so it's an easy choice.
The Paperboy is described as a 'Florida Noir' - a supposedly enjoyably trashy story based on a novel by Pete Dexter (which I haven't read, but hopefully some of the literary fiends amongst you will have done). It's set in the deep south of 1969, in which a journalist returns to his hometown to investigate what he believes to be a miscarriage of justice. The cast looks good - Matthew McConaughey continues his trend of taking on more interesting, sleazier roles, and it also includes Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zac Efron. Will it all end up careering wildly in the direction of some alligator-invested swamps? Let's hope so - you can't beat a good bit of cinematic crocodile chomping just before lunch :-)
For tickets, you just need to phone the DoY Box Office on[masked] and quote your membership number - I've just done this, and they've only offloaded 25 at the time of writing (Saturday morning, 2 March), so if you are reading this later on in the week, it's still worth giving them a call if you want to come and join us. And if you are not a DoY member and were thinking of joining - there won't be a better moment.
Meet-up beforehand at 10.30am in the upstairs bar at DoY; drinks and/or lunch to be negotiated afterwards. Probably bout time for a Sunday roast curry.
Trailer here; http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Duke_Of_Yorks/film/The_Paperboy/
Synopsis from DoY website;
Following his persuasively thuggish role as KILLER JOE, Matthew McConaughey further expands his oeuvre as cynical reporter Ward Jansen, who returns to his steamy Florida hometown to argue that a convicted murderer should be spared the electric chair. The quest for the truth is not helped by either the prisoner himself or his prison groupie, a pair played so spectacularly against type by John Cusack and Nicole Kidman as to be almost unrecognisable.
Co-written with director Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) by Pete Dexter from his own novel, THE PAPERBOY boasts cunning plot twists, frequently hilarious dialogue, and impressive performances from a cast that includes Scott Glenn as the Jansen boys’ gruff newspaperman father and singer Macy Gray as the family’s world-weary maid.
A dark, deeply gratifying gem of modern American cinema.