New Releases: 21st July

THE LEGO MOVIE:

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I really enjoyed this. Film of the week, easy. Check out Ben Walters’ Guardian review, where a nail is hit succinctly on its head.

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20 FEET FROM STARDOM:

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20 Feet from Stardom won best documentary at this year’s Oscars. Starring “the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time”, plus the Boss, Sting (an illegal alien and an ex-copper; no one’s cup of tea), a dried apricot that looks a bit like Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and – lucky you – Bathhouse Betty!

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THE ZERO THEOREM:

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In an email to this film’s production designer, Dave Warren, Terry Gilliam said “Neo Rauch + Ukelele Ike = The Zero Theorem“…

Director’s statement:

When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now.

Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many pertinent questions raised in his funny, philosophic and touching tale. For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? Can we ever find solitude in an increasingly connected, constricted world? Is that world under control or simply chaotic?

We’ve tried to make a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, smart and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, peopled with captivating characters, mouthfuls of wise and witty dialogue; raising questions without offering easy answers. Hopefully, it’s unlike any film you have seen recently; no zombies, no caped crusaders, no aliens or gigantic explosions. Actually, I might have lied about that last item.

Having not worked with a budget this small for several decades, I was forced to work fast and instinctively, pressured only by the lack of time and money. We relied on the freedom to spin on a dime, to make outrageous creative leaps. The results surprised even me. I’m proud to have been part of The Zero Theorem.

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NEED FOR SPEED:

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gwocr_23_563115profile_picture_by_u_wot_m8-d534u82When Roberto Rosselini died, his children received a telegram from Jean-Luc Godard:

Now we are alone in the woods.

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