New Releases: 1st April

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK:

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The film that won Jennifer Lawrence her Oscar this year. Bipolar Pat, post-mental health institute, moves back in with his parents and attempts to reconcile with his ex-wife. Meanwhile he meets Tiffany, a mysterious,young, sex-addicted widow. The two become friends after Tiffany invites Pat to enter a dance competition in exchange for her helping him to win back his ex-wife… Entanglements ensue. Also starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings). Cert. 15

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Kiefer Sutherland, finally released after 10,000 years of being Jack Bauer, is now back in chains in this new TV show. He plays Martin, the father of an emotionally disturbed young boy, Jake, whose mother died in 9/11. Martin struggles to raise his son, who has never spoken a word, but he comes to realise that his son is not only communicating to him through numbers, but can also predict events before they happen…. Cert.12

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MENTAL:

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The second of this week’s films to deal with ‘that’ issue… A mother of five has a breakdown due to her husband’s infidelity – enter the ballsy nanny to restore ‘order’. Starring Toni Collette, directed by  P.J. Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding). Cert. 15

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MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS:

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RZA makes his directorial debut with this martial arts movie set in feudal China. Starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. Cert. 18

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EVIDENTLY… JOHN COOPER CLARKE:

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Documentary on the punk poet.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

CALL THE MIDWIFE SERIES 2:

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KIRIKOU AND THE MEN AND WOMEN:

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SO UNDERCOVER:

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On Our Shelves As Of Now: The Tenant (1976) and eXistenZ (1999)

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Roman Polanski’s cult classic psychological thriller starring Isabelle Adjani, Shelley Winters and Melvin Douglas. The last of Polanski’s ‘Apartment Trilogy’, following Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant follows the experiences of a shy bureaucrat who, after taking a room in which the previous tenant had committed suicide, feels that he himself is being driven to suicide by his landlord and neighbours.


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Another cult-classic, this time from David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Crash, Spider etc). The world’s leading game designer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her new would-be bodyguard (Jude Law) become immersed in a virtual reality game, finding it harder and harder to discern the real world from the game-world…

Film of the Day: Brighton Rock (1947)

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GRAHAME GREENE’S CLASSIC BRITISH FILM NOIR, DIRECTED BY JOHN BOULTING (I’M ALRIGHT JACK). THERE’LL NEVER BE ANOTHER BRIGHTON ROCK. (Optional irony)

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Pinkie: Have you ever been in love?
Rose: Oh yes.
Pinkie: You would have been. You’re green. You don’t know what it’s all about. I’ve watched it. I know love.

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Ida: Now listen, dear. I’m human, I’ve loved a boy or two in my time. It’s natural, like breathin. Not one of them’s worth it, let alone this fellow you’ve got hold of.

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Pinkie: [in a recording booth, making a disc for the doting, oblivious Rose] You wanted a recording of my voice, well here it is. What you want me to say is, ‘I love you’. Well I don’t. I hate you, you little slut…

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Small-town mobster, Pinkie Browne, comes unstuck when his path crosses that of ballsy ‘psychic’ and ‘actress’, Ida Arnold, who is determined to prove him a murderer…

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NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH:

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Brighton Rock (2010)

OR:

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Newly Added To Our Shelves: Jesus’ Son (1999)

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Jesus’ Son (1999) – directed by Alison Maclean, starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter, Denis Leary, Jack Black and Dennis Hopper.

Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Jesus’ Son is set in the ’70s and tells the story of a young man who often has premonitions and how he meets and falls in loves with a woman who introduces him to heroin. As time passes, his gifts begin to emerge…

Film of the Day: SIGHTSEERS (2012) – dir. Ben Wheatley

WHY LET A SPOT OF MURDER RUIN YOUR HOLIDAY?

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Tina: “Show me your world, Chris.”

Chris: “Well, I thought we’d start with Crich tram museum.”

Tina: “Great!”

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Tina: “Dear Mum, Yorkshire is lovely. Not like you said at all; they can smile…”

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Mum: “Murderer!”

Tina: “It was an accident, mum.”

Mum: “So were you.”

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Tina: “I never thought about killing innocent people.”

Chris: “He’s not a person. He’s a Daily Mail reader.”

New Releases: 25th March

SIGHTSEERS:

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Ben Wheatley (Kill List) returns with this black comedy, scripted by lead actors Steve Oram and Alice Lowe. Chris and Tina – a  fledgling couple – set out in a campervan to explore the English Midlands and get to know each other better. As Chris shows Tina the wonders of his world – including a tram museum and a pencil museum – a darker side to his character soon appears and guiltless murders become a part and parcel of their holiday. One of the absolute must-see films of the year. Cert. 15

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Yet another adaptation of the Dickens classic – why can’t they do Hard Times or something, instead? Anyway, this time directed by Mike Newell, who made such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco – but also, Prince of Persia and the awful Love in the Time of Cholera – and starring Helena Bonham Carter as you-know-who and Ralph Feinnes as you-know-who…. Yawn. The question is: Will it be as bad as Anna Karenina? Can anything be as bad as that?? Cert. 12

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THE HUNT:

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Much-anticipated anticipated offering from Festen’s director, Thomas Vinterberg, starring Mads Mikkelsen (Royal Affair). A lonely man struggling with his life whilst battling for the custody of his son, finds happiness with new love and, just when things are looking up, it all goes horribly wrong. Coming out of a storyline originally dismissed whilst making Festen, The Hunt explores similar themes – namely the issue of child abuse and the effect of its allegation. Another of the year’s must-see films. Danish with English subs. Cert. 15

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LAURENCE ANYWAYS:

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23-year old Xavier Dolan’s third feature follows the ten-year relationship between Laurence and Fréderique following Laurence’s revelation that he is a transsexual and wishes to be treated as a woman. Whilst the film has met with a mixed critical reception, Dolan has already proved himself to be one to watch.. French with English subs. Cert. 15

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TURN ME ON, GODDAMMIT:

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Critically-accliamed Norwegian teen drama about a girl’s sexual awakening. Norwegian with English subs. Cert. 15

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STARBUCK:

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Contrived-looking French-Canadian comedy about a middle-aged layabout who is told by his lawyer that years of sperm donation means he has fathered a staggering number of children… cue comedy panic… French With English subs. Cert. 15

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS:

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: SEASON 3

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FILM OF THE DAY: PAGE ONE – INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES (2011)

“Could the New York Times go out of business?”

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“WE’RE HERE TO TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT JOURNALISM IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND FEISTY…”

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ONLINE VS. PRINT – THE COLLISION OF TWO WORLDS.

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David Carr: “Y’know what this reminds me of? A newspaper! Is this the bridge to the future or… no, it’s a gallows!”

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REGULATION OF A DYING INDUSTRY? WHAT IS TO BE THE FATE OF PRINT MEDIA AND HOW MANY OF THESE JOURNALISTS WILL BE EMPLOYED TO RUN A BLOG…?

(O, So Topical) Film of the Day: HACKERS (1995)

What happened when Generation-X moved on from Sonic the Hedgehog – starring Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller.

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THE PLAGUE: “LET ME EXPLAIN THE NEW WORLD ORDER. GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME. WE ARE SAMURAI… THE KEYBOARD COWBOYS… AND ALL THOSE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON ARE THE CATTLE.”

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Kate Libby: Never send a boy to do a woman’s job.

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Dade Murphy: I don’t play well with others.

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WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN A WAKE-UP CALL FROM THE NINTENDO GENERATION

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Meanwhile, back at News of the World…

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Also New This Week: Spiral Season 4

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The Lawyer: Suave and Swoony – fighting the good fight, usually.

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The Other Lawyer: Hot and Cold – fighting the bad fight, usually.

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The Cracked Cop – just fighting, usually.

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The Just Judge – in trouble and unpopular, usually.

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Oh, and Gilou – just inept.

Film of the Day: A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

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YES, JUNE, I’M BAILING OUT. I’M BAILING OUT BUT THERE’S A CATCH. I’VE GOT NO PARACHUTE.

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June: I could love a man like you, Peter.

Peter: I love you, June. You’re life and I’m leaving you.

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ONE IS STARVED FOR TECHNICOLOR UP THERE

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Powell and Pressburger’s classic WWII story of how love changes everything – even death.

New Releases: 18th March

AMOUR:

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This week sees the much-anticipated release of Michael Haneke’s multi-award winning drama. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva star as an elderly couple who face the painful uncertainty that comes when one of them develops Alzheimer’s. What happens to love when the person you have loved for so long suddenly no longer recognises you, and when you no longer recognise them? A subject becoming ever-more familiar to us, and yet rarely explored in any real depth. Not necessarily easy watching – Haneke is well-known for making films that leave the viewer uncomfortable – but deeply affecting and with immense performances. Long-time Haneke collaborator, Isabelle Huppert, co-stars as the couple’s daughter. Cert. 12 French with English subs.

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From David Ayer, the director of Training Day, comes another cop-thriller based around the bond between partners. Brian and Mike are LAPD officers whose mission to clean up the violent streets of LA becomes increasingly perilous after they seize a large cache of weapons belonging to a drugs cartel following a routine traffic inspection. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) and Michael Pena (Shooter, Crash). Cert. 15

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BARBIE IN THE PINK SHOES:

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WARNING: RANT TO FOLLOW:

I can’t believe they’re still knocking out this cr*p. And I can’t believe people are still swallowing it (!!).  If this isn’t the DEATH OF IMAGINATION, then I just don’t know what is. Your daughters don’t need this. Just give them some Lego and a few coloured pencils and watch their imaginations GROW… Maybe they’ll grow up to fairies and princesses and ballerinas, and maybe they’ll be mechanics and engineers instead. And maybe, just maybe, one day pink WON’T BE THE ONLY COLOUR girls are supposed to like. And blue for boys. And dolls for girls and cars for boys. And back and forth and on and on and YAWN YAWN YAWN. Maybe, if you take this and toss it in the bin, and give your daughters Lego and some crayons instead, then maybe they’ll be the ones who will wake up one morning and realise it’s actually the 21st century and not the Dark Ages and they will be the ones who will change all this… Oh, and the sale copy comes with a gift: a pink bracelet with a pink glittery heart. Why not just include some pink-crack candy and be done with it? Seriously – there are a thousand of other titles we’ll be happy to recommend to you – Brave, for one. Give your daughters a fighting chance.

Cert U (puke vomit).

PERSON OF INTEREST SEASON 1:

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US hit TV show that sounds a bit Minority Report: a software genius and a CIA agent team up to prevent future crimes… Starring Jim Caviezel (Thin Red Line). Cert. 15

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

HERE COMES THE BOOM:

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ADVENTURES IN ZAMBEZIA:

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FUN SIZE:

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Pasolini – Again (Nobody Else Can Stop Talking About Him, So Why Should We…?)

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If you’re not already talking about Pasolini, then why not? EVERYONE else is. If you’re not already familiar with his work, now is the time to fix that. For those of you who are unaware of it, the BFI is hosting a 2 month Pasolini season spanning all of March and April, showing the poet-journalist-political activist-filmmaker’s key and lesser-known works. There’s a lot to come, but some you may have already missed – in fact, some of his work they seem to be showing a thousand times (like Gospel According to Matthew and Theorem) and some, just once or twice. Which is a shame, as films like Accatone and Mamma Roma, La Ricotta and La Rabbia – being perhaps amongst his least talked about films – are some of his finest, his most moving and his most accessible. Anyway, in true Video City form, we have a section in our shop dedicated to the poet himself, in which you will find the following treasures:

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Accattone (1961)  – Pasolini’s first film follows small-time pimp, Accattone (played by long-time Pasolini colaborator, Franco Citti – in fact, Pasolini often used the same actors throughout most of his films) as he tries to keep his life together following his prostitute being sent to jail. Trivia:  A very young Bernardo Bertolucci – who was the younger brother of one of Pasolini’s friends – was a production assistant on this film.

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The always-incredible Anna Magnani gives the performance of her life – a performance you’ll never forget – in Mamma Roma (1962) playing a prostitute trying to find a better life for her son after leaving her pimp and moving to the suburbs of Rome.

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La Ricotta (1963 – segment from Ro.Go.Pa.G.)

Orson Welles plays the film director in this satire of Christian charity set in a film within a film. Pasolini shot this short at the same time as he was making the Gospel According to Matthew. The Catholic church found it sufficiently offensive to have Pasolini arrested and sentenced to 4 months in prison for his depiction of the Passion as represented by the starving extra dying on the cross from indigestion having eaten at last, but excessively. Trivia: just spotted this the other day – production inspector on the film is listed as Antonio Negri…!

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The Gospel According to Matthew (1964)

Review by Rob Munday.

To coincide with their forthcoming Pier Paolo Pasolini season the BFI are releasing a new restoration of The Gospel According to Matthew. Previously known in the west as The Gospel According to Saint Matthew the correction is in keeping with the Italian title and gives a better reflection of the film itself. For this is a rare beast among Biblical adaptations rejecting the customary pomp and circumstance in its search for an unadorned truth.

The story is that of Christ from birth to the cross, but what is startling is the straightforward approach and refusal to bend to the conventions of traditional drama. This results in a picture of a divine life communicated through pure cinema rather than the babblings of one bearded bloke in an overblown panto. No cinemascope, no Technicolor, no film stars, no pretence – Pasolini was a poet first and shows how simplicity can resonate.

Shot with non-actors on location it may be said that the approach is that of documentary yet the framing is vigorous. The faces are brilliant – worn, alive, soulful and celebrated through the frequent front-on close-ups and 1.66:1 aspect ratio. There is also a bold and striking use of music ranging from the classical ‘St Matthew’s Passion’ by JS Bach (later used by Scorsese in Casino) to the modern ‘Gloria’ by Missa Luba and the soulful guitar of Blind Willie Johnson. What unites these disparate tunes is pure emotion. The same pieces recur and become important refrains giving us a sense of the journey taken by Christ and the exultation he inspires.

In Pasolini’s eyes Christ is less a purely religious leader and more a radical imploring those around him to fight the good fight. He does preach and there are long tracts of sermonising yet Pasolini avoids any sense of being lectured. In one sequence Christ speaks in close-up directly to us and between his declarations Pasolini brilliantly jump-cuts. From day to night and from sun to wind to rain Christ remains steadfast, the climatic forces adding power to each successive
statement. The way miracles are dealt with is also fresh and invigorating. Who needs CGI when you have the power of the cut?

Pasolini was a non-believer but he saw the poetry in the Gospels and in translating them he chose not to add exposition or compress but to simply present them on-screen with clarity and grace. The Gospel According to Matthew may not make you believe in the power of God but it will make you believe in the power of Cinema.

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Hawks and Sparrows (1966), starring Italian comic actor, Toto and Pasolini’s own lover, Ninetto Davoli, this bizarre comedy follows a father and son as they drift down an Italian road where they encounter a Marxist crow… Watch out for the opening credits, which instead of being shown, are sung…

If you speak Italian or French – this is an interview between Pasolini and Ninetto Davoli in which Davoli quizzes Pasolini on some of his films (it’s pretty adorable – for instance, when Pasolini begins to talk about the third world and asks Davoli if he knows what that is, and Davoli admits that he doesn’t – which, of course, Pasolini already knows and teases him about… adorable!)

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Oedipus Rex (1967) – that story.

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Teorema (1968), starring Terence Stamp as the mysterious stranger who seduces, one by one, an entire household leaving their lives utterly transformed.

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Pigsty (1969) – “I killed my father, I ate human flesh and I quiver with joy.”

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Medea (1969) – the only feature film Maria Callas ever made, this is the story of Jason and the fleece – and Medea, the powerful sorceress who falls in love with Jason with devastating consequences.

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The Decameron (1971) – based on 9 stories from Bocaccio‘s masterpiece. First in his Trilogy of Life series, based on masterpieces of medieval literature.

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The Canterbury Tales (1972) – based on Chaucer and the second in Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life series. Thieves and unabashed wenches galore. Amusing trailer…

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Arabian Nights (1974) – tragedy and romance based on the middle eastern erotic tales, given the Pasolini treatment (see above) and the third and final part of his Trilogy of Life.

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Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom (1974) is easily the most notorious film Pasolini ever made and was immediately banned all over the place, and in fact remains banned in some countries to this day. It was also the last film he ever made, as he was assassinated in 1975, shortly before the film’s release. The film, based on the book by the Marquis de Sade and following a structure inspired by Dante’s Inferno, explores themes of political corruption and sadism, as well as sexuality, perversion, pornography and facism. Considered as one of the most shocking, disturbing and frightening films ever made – one to be treasured.

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New to our Shelves (AKA Where Have You Been All Our Life?)

Video City: No room for improvement, and yet….

Despite being fabulous in every way (except when tired/grouchy), despite there really being not much room for improvement (except maybe a bit more room) and despite the fact that we have pretty much every film you’re ever going to want to see (except for those ‘special’ titles that are apparently not appropriate for British eyes),  despite all of this we still like to better ourselves (which is really impossible) which is why every week we add THINGS WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE (even though we have everything).

THIS WEEK, WE HAVE ADDED:

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Gambit – the original (and far better) 1966 classic, starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.

 

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Affair in Trinidad (1952) – a classic thriller to add to our Rita Hayworth collection (check out Gilda and Cover Girl) Originally a dancer (and Fred Astaire’s favourite dance partner), her opening number shows of her twinkle toes pretty well. Also starring the ever stern-faced Glenn Ford (catch him in The Big Heat).

 

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The Boxer (1997) stars actor-of-the-hour, triple-time Oscar-winner, Daniel Day-Lewis, as a boxer who has returned home after years in jail to unwanted attention from his IRA friends. Great performances, as you’d expect, from him and co-star Emily Watson who plays the lover he left behind whilst doing his time.

Film of the Day: OUT OF THE PAST (1947)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClassic noir directed by Jacques Tourneur

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Kathie Moffat: “I don’t want to die.”

Jeff Bailey: “Neither do I, Baby, but if I have to, I’m going to die last.”

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“YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, “HOW HOT CAN IT GET?” THEN, IN ACAPULCO, YOU FIND OUT.”

OUT OF THE PAST / BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH

 Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer): “Don’t you see you’ve only me to make deals with now?”
Jeff Bailey: “Build my gallows high, baby.”

New Releases: 11th March

THE MASTER:

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Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood), The Master centres around the student-mentor-style relationship between troubled Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymour-Hoffman), and is largely based on the rise of the church scientology, with Lancaster Dodd as the L.Ron Hubbard character. Apparently worth watching if only for the great performances of the lead actors. Also, co-stars Amy Adams (Julie and Julia). Cert. 15

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More intense emotions from the director of Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos. A group calling themselves The Alps run a service by which they act as stand-ins for the recently deceased as an aid for those grieving. Greek with English subs. Cert. 15

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BREAKING DAWN PART 2:

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The seemingly never-ending saga finally draws to a close. Expect fangs, claws, red-eyes (lots of them), torn affections and snow fights. Oh, and a small child.

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SISTER:

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This looks like the stand-out winner of the week. Directed by Ursula Meier, who made the fascinating and unsettling Home (2008) with Isabelle Hupert, Sister tells the story of a young boy who supports his older sister –  the only constant thing in his life – by stealing from the wealthy guests of a ski resort.

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MR SELFRIDGE SEASON 1:

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ITVs mini-series about the flamboyant man who founded one of the most famous department stores in the world.

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SOUND CITY:

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Documentary directed by Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, on the legendary Sound City recording studios where everyone from, well, Nirvana to the Foo Fighters recorded their albums. Oh, and Neil Young, Fleetwood Mack, Guns n Roses, Metallica etc etc. Apparently, it was a place where “real men went to make records.” I guess the real women were all busy being groupies and painting their heroes names onto their nails.

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Also Out This Week:

DANCING ON THE EDGE:

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