Sit back, relax and watch a film under the stars.
Summer just got a whole lot better – Singapore has its own open-air cinema! Running from 14-23 August, Films at the Fort is being held at Fort Canning Park and tickets are on sale now. Complete with a fantastic line up, gourmet grub and naturally a bit of booze to help things along, it looks set to be one of the best ways to spend the summer. Fellow cinephiles, I’d highly recommend checking out as many films as you can since they’ve chosen some good ‘uns. Check out the highlights below.
No write up of Rocky is ever complete without this song playing in the background. If you haven’t seen this cinematic classic before, first of all, shame on you. Second of all, now’s your chance to find out why Rocky Balboa is everyone’s favourite underdog. This 70s-tastic film is the one that launched Sylvester Stallone’s career, revolving around small-time boxer Rocky Balboa who gets a chance at a championship. And if you’ve seen it already, why the heck not see it again? How many times are you really going to get to see Rocky on a big screen?
When: 23 August
The Imitation Game
When you find out that Benedict Cumberbatch sobbed uncontrollably after his final take as Alan Turing, you know you’re in for a hell of a ride. Set during World War Two, the bright spark Alan Turing and a team of mathematicians (including Keira Knightley and her stunning cheekbones) are employed to crack the German enigma code. It’s a nail-biter that transforms into a drama as Turing’s homosexuality is revealed, with a devastating ending that certainly calls for tissues.
When: 18 August
There’s a reason that Shawshank Redemption is rated the best film of all time on IMDB. This deeply emotional tale based on Stephen King’s short story revolves around a banker with a life sentence at Shawshank State Prison, where he befriends an unconventional prisoner: i.e. a younger Morgan Freeman. Raising questions about what it means to be a good person and the nature of integrity, it’s a very thoughtful film with sixteen awards and seven Oscar nominations to show for it. Its gorgeous themes and scenes will stay with you forever; it’s not exactly light cinema but well worth watching.
When: 22 August
While We’re Young
It’s nice to see Ben Stiller jumping back on the comedy train, especially alongside Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried. Following a middle aged married couple in New York, Stiller plays a filmmaker who’s hit a creative roadblock until he meets two vibrant students (Seyfried and Adam Driver). He and his wife Cornelia decide to turn over a brand new leaf and start living as they do: with spontaneity, passion, recklessness and a few hip hop classes. It’s basically Murphy’s Law waiting to happen.
When: 20 August
Now, a documentary isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of a fun Friday night, but Citizenfour’s one worth stepping out of your comfort zone for. It follows journalists Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and Glenn Greenwald on a journey to Hong Kong, where they meet the whistleblower Edward Snowden for the very first time. You’ll be able to see a more intimate side to the media circus that erupted in 2013. Whatever your standing is on Snowden, there’s no denying that this award-winning documentary is absolutely magnetic.
When: 14 August
There’s also a few other great films playing as well including Wall Street, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Walking Under Water, The Two Escobars and Virunga if any of those tickle your fancy. If you’re looking to snag a ticket, you can buy them online for $27.80 here and even rent a beanbag if your picnic blanket just isn’t cutting it. Break out the popcorn, girls.
Films at the Fort, www.filmsatthefort.com.sg