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Live in Chicago? Want to see an early screening of the UK film SUBMARINE, with director Q&A? Capone has the details!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

Last week, I saw a remarkable coming-of-age film from the UK called SUBMARINE directed and written by Richard Ayoade, based on the novel from Joe Dunthorne. Ayoade might be better know to lovers of British TV from his roles on "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace," "The Mighty Boosh," and "The IT Crowd," but he's also been writing and directing for such shows as "Darkplace" and "Man to Man with Dean Lerner"; he even directed an episode of "Community" this season. SUBMARINE marks his feature debut, executive produced by Ben Stiller.

The film follows the awkward life of 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) who is madly in love with Jordana (Yasmin Paige). Oliver's parents are played by the great Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor, while Hawkins ex-boyfriend who moves in across the street is portrayed by the ferociously funny Paddy Considine. While Oliver pursues Jordana, his own parents' marriage is rapidly deteriorating, and Oliver feels obliged to save that relationship while he's attempting to create his own. The film is darkly funny, and somehow manages to feel both modern and wonderfully time stamped, although I'm not sure what era it is exactly. This is most definitely not a film for kids.

SUBMARINE is a subtle comedy of manners, but it also reminds us that children are too often forced to grow up a little faster than they are ever ready for, and sometimes the results can be quite painful. I have no idea if this film will catch on with general audiences, but it sure as hell caught on withe me, and I've got 70 seats to an early Chicago screening of SUBMARINE, taking place Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00pm. As a wonderful bonus, we will have writer-director Richard Ayoade on hand for a post-screening Q&A. Here's how to win tickets for you and a guest:

Send me an email at (please note the new email address) with the subject line "HIS TINY HEART IS BROKEN". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): "What is your favorite coming-of-age movie and why?" Keep your responses BRIEF--limit it to 50 words for each answer (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). People with the most interesting and original answers win, and will hear from me over the weekend.

Please keep in mind that this is not an exclusive AICN event, and as a result, it will be slightly overbooked to make sure there is a full house for our guest. So you should still arrive early to make sure you get in and get a good seat. If you can't early, don't enter this contest. If there's even the slightest chance you or your guest will have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. If you have a job that might make you late or unable to attend, or an ill/pregnant relative, or a temperamental significant other, or a scratchy throat, do not enter. Bad weather is not an excuse to not come to the screening.

Anyone not showing up without informing me 24 hours ahead of time so I can fill their seats runs the risk of being no longer eligible for future screening contests.

Good luck, everyone! And thanks to The Weinstein Company for letting us have these seats and for bringing Richard Ayoade to Chicago.

-- Capone
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  • May 13, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    rise_of_fett .... STAY AWAY!!!! ... This will SERIOUSLY confuse you!!


    Its not about Submarines!! ..... Almost ZERO FUCKING submarines are involved in this movie!! ... You think Attack the Block messed with your head .. This will FUCK you UP!

  • May 13, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    craig roberts is a brilliant comedic actor

    by john

    next big thing out of the uk and yasmine paige is fookin hawt

  • May 13, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST

    no leaks from tonite's preview of spidey the musical 2.0?

    by john

    they killed off the kids....made the arachne role tiny, and gave more stuff for the goblin to do...oh, and there is supposed to be even more more chances to see someone die

  • May 13, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Good film

    by DirkD13"

    Shame it was a mega flop in the UK. Hope people discover it on DVD.

  • May 13, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Saw this at the Sarasota Film Festival...

    by nemov

    it's an absolutely fantastic movie. One of the best I've seen this year. Funny, quirky, and it has a lot of heart.

  • May 13, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Highly recommended!

    by Aylward

    Saw this film a couple of weeks ago and it's truly one of the best films I've seen all year. Really lovingly directed with great performances and a great soundtrack. You will NOT regret seeing this film. Also, I wouldn't say it flopped in the UK. It wasn't released wide and wasn't really heavily promoted like say, Attack the Block is at the moment. Go see!

  • May 13, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Agreed, great film

    by Valaquen

    At first I though, "Weird loner in a big coat = writer/director projecting some clever loner fantasy," but it really surpassed that. Great film, very enjoyable, and great work behind the lens from Ayoade.

  • May 13, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    its about lady with dementia who gets lost in a supermarket and befreinds a homeless man hanging around in the free samples aisle. Its complex with moments of levity and sheer terror. I give it a 4+ out of 5.

  • this looks great