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Beowulf & Grendel to play in Wichita, KS

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I just received word today (as did many of us who had written previously, begging!) that "Beowulf & Grendel" will be showing in Wichita, KS, beginning Friday, October 6th at the Premiere Palace Theatre.

This Jerry Fike from Premiere Palace worked his butt off to get this film so it would be great if those of us near could really, really show our appreciation by attending a showing there. I know a lot of us probably already have the DVD in hand, but I'm willing to "bet the farm" seeing Gerry on one's TV can't compare to seeing Gerry as Beowulf on a 30 ft theatre screen.

Here's a link for the showtimes, which aren't actually available yet... you'll have to keep watching the site or here. As soon as he writes back, I'll post here again. I am personally in contact with only three others from Kansas, but I have a sure feeling we're not alone!

http://www.palacemovies.com/premiere.html

Lee Ann

Edited 10/5: To include The Wichita Eagle review in post #5

Edited by becozy

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Lee Ann, :claphands:

Thanks for the info. When you have more info, if you pm me, I'll be happy to post on updates and calendar.Posted Image

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Lee Ann, :claphands:

Thanks for the info. When you have more info, if you pm me, I'll be happy to post on updates and calendar.Posted Image

The plan for now is that B&G will show from Friday, Oct 6th through Thursday, Oct 12th. Showtimes to be announced a little later. IF there is enough attendance to warrant it, they plan to extend the stay another week. I'll get back as info comes in! This is too exciting. A 30 ft version of Beowulf. Hot dang....

Lee Ann

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From The Wichita Eagle: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/entertainment/15679587.htm

Posted on Thu, Oct. 05, 2006

Ancient 'Beowulf' infused with vigor

BY BOB CURTRIGHT

The Wichita Eagle

Iceland-born director Sturla Gunnarsson, who cut his directing teeth in American television with such projects as "Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," returns to his wintry roots for a bold new take on ancient epic poetry in "Beowulf & Grendel."

Gunnarsson scrupulously preserves the barren, windswept, unkempt look of 500 A.D. just as civilization -- and Christianity -- was stirring from warring clans in Scandinavia.

But he uses modern cadences and idioms -- including some ear-burning Anglo-Saxonisms -- that give a surprising vigor and verve to the ancient tale.

The untamed, unspoiled vistas of Dane Land and Geat Land (actually filmed in Iceland), are huge and breathtaking. But the pace is slow, reflecting characters concerned with little more than subsistence.

The poem centers on Beowulf the Geat, a hero who rises literally from the sea to battle the murderous troll Grendel, who eats the flesh of his victims, grinds their bones into dust (hence his name) and uses their skulls for bowling balls.

Grendel is a plague for Danish king Hrothgar, but filmmakers show how the monster evolved from a wronged child, whose father was slaughtered by the king for crossing his path.

Scottish actor Gerard Butler goes classically moody and broody as Beowulf. He's a determined hero until he begins to doubt his own righteousness.

Iceland's Ingvar Sigurdsson is a compelling Grendel, who dresses in animal skins and speaks in grunts. Like Frankenstein's misunderstood monster, he embodies both deadly menace and tragic dignity.

Stellan Skarsgard is effective as the arrogant Hrothgar, who realizes too late that his own sins cause his torment.

And Sarah Polley is mysterious and seductive as Selma, a beautiful witch who catches Beowulf's eye but who is sympathetic to Grendel because she is also an outcast.

Throughout the film, director Gunnarsson shows a minstrel composing for eager listeners the folktales of Beowulf that will be embellished through the centuries into an epic. It's a knowing recognition of how truth is overwhelmed by legend.

REVIEW

"Beowulf & Grendel"

***

Rating: R for bloody violence, rough language and some sexuality

Starring: Gerard Butler, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Sarah Polley and Stellan Skarsgard

Directed by: Sturla Gunnarsson

Showing at: Opens Friday at Premiere Palace

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Well I watched Beowulf and Grendel last night I really felt a little sorry for the troll. I liked Gerrys acting of course, as I always watch just mainly to see him. But this was quite a tale. Very grusome and crude in parts and I can say its not one I would watch over and over like POTO and Attila but it was good. I really can't describe how I feel about the movie it was different. Is all I can think of.

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I will admit I've seen the film several times here at home, and I feel it didn't quite live up to its potential. But the treat of seeing Gerry Butler on a 30ft screen outways any disappointment I may have felt in the film itself.

Hubba hubba. Let me at that theatre... ::D:

Lee Ann

Well I watched Beowulf and Grendel last night I really felt a little sorry for the troll. I liked Gerrys acting of course, as I always watch just mainly to see him. But this was quite a tale. Very grusome and crude in parts and I can say its not one I would watch over and over like POTO and Attila but it was good. I really can't describe how I feel about the movie it was different. Is all I can think of.

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I watched Beowulf & Grendel over the wekend. It was nice to see Gerard in something new. I liked the movie, but it was slow. It wasn't like Atila. I wouldn't watch it over and over again, but I need to watch it again. I want to see everything that Gerry is in. He is my pretend boyfriend. :cunning::kiss:

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