Screening Film

Close

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS 22/12 – Cable Cars and Film Noirs

This week’s picks are by freelance writer and editor of Art in Liverpool, Sinead Nunes. Cultural commentator and lover of literary thrillers, this film enthusiast also has a penchant for 1940s noir.

ImageResizer.ashx1

Manakamana
Monday 22 December
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ

From the creators of 2014 documentary Leviathan, which explored corruption in a small Russian town, here directors Pacho Velez and Stephanie Spray turn their attention to rural Nepal. Following the story of pilgrims travelling to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple, the film is set almost entirely on the cable car carrying devotees up the mountainside to their spiritual destination.

die-hard-main

Die Hard
Monday 22 December
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street Manchester, M1 5NH

Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!

No Christmas is complete without finding Bruce Willis in a tight spot. Die Hard is the story of Willis’ John McClane, an NYPD officer out to save his family from the clutches of Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber. Action-packed with some great one-liners, there’s also a holiday season soundtrack to keep things feeling festive. If nothing else, it’s worth the trip to pay your final respects to Conerhouse before it shuts down in April 2015 to make way for new Manchester arts centre HOME.

2001-800x450

2001: A Space Odyssey
Saturday 27 December
The Dukes, Lancaster, The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE

The ultimate tale of the dangers of artificial intelligence. A manned mission to the moon goes drastically awry in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 genre-defining masterpiece as the crew’s computer, Hal, takes control of the ship. The impact of this iconic space-age saga cannot be underestimated, as Kubrick and Clarke’s fictional technology has inspired scientific exploration and sci-fi writers ever since, making 2001: A Space Odyssey an undeniably influential chapter in film history.

thebishopswife-800x450

The Bishop’s Wife
Monday 22 December
Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4UH

It’s A Wonderful Life is the black and white movie you expect to see in any festive roundup, so rather than sticking with tradition I’ve opted for the infinitely more light-hearted The Bishop’s Wife. As well as making women of a certain age go weak at the knees, Cary Grant is pretty great as Dudley, a cheeky angel who is called to Earth to offer guidance to Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) after he fails to raise the funds needed to build a cathedral. A charming classic, this romantic comedy will fill you with Christmas cheer.

The Big Sleep DOCTORMACRO Free 2

The Big Sleep
Sunday 28 December
Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD

No Nunes selection would be complete without at least one appearance from screen legend and ultimate private investigator Humphrey Bogart. The Big Sleep, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s novel of the same name is a paradigm of post-war noir cinema. Marking Bogey and Bacall’s second screen pairing, the chemistry is electric as Philip Marlowe (Bogart) unwraps a case with as many twists and turns as a 1940s Tilt-a-Whirl.

I’m Sinead Nunes and when I’m not spreading the word about incredible art on my website, I’m watching and writing about my favourite films. My taste ranges from Golden Age Hollywood masterpieces to psychological thrillers and gritty character-driven contemporary classics. Find me on Twitter @artinliverpool or @SineadAWrites .

Current Events