Groundhog Day (Ramis, 1993): Prince Charles Cinema, 4.20pm
What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than watching Groundhog Day . . . What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than watching Groundhog Day . . . What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than watching Groundhog Day . . .
New Statesman film critic, Ryan Gilbey, has written a BFI Modern Classics monograph on Groundhog Day which I can highly recommend. Here is an extract from a feature he wrote for the Observer on the film:
'[Groundhog Day] has emerged as one of the most influential films in modern cinema -
and not only on other movies. Tony Blair did not refer to Jurassic
Park in his sombre speech about the Northern Ireland peace process.
Dispatches during the search for weapons of mass distraction made no
mention of Mrs Doubtfire . And the Archbishop of Canterbury neglected
to name-check Indecent Proposal when delivering the 2002 Richard
Dimbleby Lecture. But Groundhog Day was invoked on each of these
The title has become a way of encapsulating those
feelings of futility, repetition and boredom that are a routine part of
our lives. When Groundhog Day is referred to, it is not the 2 February
celebration that comes to mind, but the story of a cynical TV
weatherman, Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, who pitches up in
Punxsutawney to cover the festivities. Next morning, he wakes to
discover it's not the next morning at all: he is trapped in Groundhog
Day. No matter what crimes he commits or how definitively he annihilates
himself, he will be returned to his dismal bed-and-breakfast each
morning at 5.59am . . .'
Here all the Ned Ryerson scenes, here are all the Ned Ryerson scenes, here are all the Ned Ryerson scenes . . .