This week’s picks are by 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 the unusual.
Wednesday 17th of December
QUAD, Market Square, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Brazil is a cult classic following themes of Orwellian society, dystopia, imagination and insanity. The film follows a man called Sam (Jonathan Pryce) who daydreams about saving a beautiful damsel in distress while at work. In the aftermath of a clerical error which leads to a death Sam finds himself face to face with the woman he dreams about. From here things go from bad to worse for poor Sam but there are a lot of laughs to be had too. As you’d expect from a Gilliam film, the visuals are stunning and very Gilliamesque and the score is wonderful. This is a film that demands to be shown on the big screen.
The Shop Around the Corner
Thursday 18th December
Cube Microplex, Dove Street South, Lower Kingsdown, Bristol, BS2 8JD
This film is essentially You’ve Got Mail but before the internet. In fact in You’ve Got Mail one of the main characters has a shop called “The Shop Around The Corner.” This rom-com from 1940 is set in a gift shop in Budapest and stars Jimmy Stewart as Alfred Kralik, an employee in the shop who has been writing to a woman he’s never met thanks to a personal ad in the newspaper. Unbeknownst to each other he meets the woman (Margaret Sullavan) as she gets a job in the shop. It’s a easy going watch that’s full of charm.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Saturday 20th December
Cube Cinema, Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JD
“Tis but a scratch”
While not my favourite of the Monty Python films, their take on the legend of the Holy Grail is in just about every top 20 films list, and for good reason. The film is funny as hell as it follows King Arthur and his knights on their search for the grail with a song or two thrown in.
It’s endlessly quotable, full of fun and a British rite of passage.
Big Trouble in Little China
Saturday 20th of December
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
“When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”
One of John Carpenter’s best films, Big Trouble in Little China is a full blown action adventure film that ticks all the boxes. Magic, martial arts, comedy, some pretty great effects that are still impressive and it’s just so much fun to watch. Kurt Russell is brilliant as Jack Burton, a long distance lorry driver and Kim Cattrall is just fantastic as a lawyer who along with Jack get caught up in some crazy Chinese shenanigans.
The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road Shawlands Glasgow G41 2HG
“Cross: (n) a thing they nail people to.”
Everyone loves Bill Murray (if you don’t…well, there’s no hope for you) and Scrooged is one of my favourite Christmas films. Murray plays Frank Cross an Ebenezer Scrooge character who is a wonderfully awful human being and he revels in his own unpleasantness. Frank has sacrificed a lot to get where he is, he ruined his chance at love and he’s alienated his brother, he has no friends but that doesn’t bother him until three ghosts turn up to show him the error of his ways. Scrooged is funny, smart and just a joy to watch.
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