This week’s picks are by ex-roller girl, film blogger and editor of Lead Jammer mag, Moxie McMurder. Though mad, bad & dangerous to know, she’s clearly someone with a taste for the classics and a love for the unusual.
Horror on Film
Monday 1st December
Greenwhich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwhich High Road, Greenwich, London SE10 8NN
Cinemania is a series of film screenings and talks for young people (15-25) taking place at 12 cinemas across London and of course one about horror was bound to stick out to me. I’d love to go along to this!
This particular screening is more of an illustrated presentation about the challenges the British Board of Film Classification face when certificating a film and in this case, horror films. The BBFC have a tough job and I think this will be such an interesting experience.
“In this illustrated presentation with clips debate and discussion, a BBFC examiner (who has seen it all and lived to tell the tale) shows what was a concern in 1912 and how the BBFC work today to rate horror scenes.”
Monday 1st December
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH.
A classic Kubrick film starring Peter Sellers in various roles including the eponymous Dr Strangelove, a former Nazi working with the American government. The film is a satirical look at the threat of nuclear war and the mad buggers (world leaders) with their fingers on the button. It’s the blackest of comedies and well worth a watch on the big screen.
Saturday 6th of December
The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TG
A Christmas classic! Home Alone along with Die Hard and The Muppet’s Christmas Carol are essential christmas viewing in my house. It’s easy for people to dismiss this film just as they did when it was released but I loved it then just as I love it now. There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure 😉
Eight year old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home when his family fly to Paris for Christmas. Kevin loves having the big house to himself but there are two burglars with their eyes on the McCallister home and it’s up to Kevin to defend it.
Saturday 6th december
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) London SE11 4TH
“Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.”
1950s LA is the setting for this crime thriller that boasts one hell of a cast. Guy Pierce, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger..the list goes on, each perfectly cast in this serpentine story.
Saturday 6th December
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GP
American ballet student Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to attend a prestigious ballet school but is shocked when she finds out the school’s secret. Directed by Dario Argento and is the first film in what Argentos see’s as a trilogy he calls The Three Mothers. A highly stylised horror film and with a soundtrack performed by frequent Argento collaborators Goblin culminates to make Suspiria an unusual, hypnagogic experience. Enter the school if you dare.
My name is Moxie McMurder and I’ve been watching films since the minute I left the womb. My parents owned video shop when I was young so I’ve literally been watching films my whole life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Horror is my jive but I like all genres really, but generally speaking the stranger, the better. I’m currently working on creating a UK film website but until then you can find me on Twitter @A_SharedMadness or at my blog: A Shared Madness