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.
Monday 5th January
The Dukes, Lancaster, The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE
David Bowie plays the man, or rather alien, who indeed falls to earth in search of water as his own planet is dying. Whilst on earth he sucumbs to alcoholism and consumerism, forgetting his wife and children back on his home planet. Directed by Nicholas Roeg and chock full of stunning imagery this is, much like 2001: A Space Odyssey, this is more than a film, it’s an experience and one not to be not to be missed.
Wednesday 7th of January
Heathfield Hall, Newton Heath, Manchester, M40 1FL
I grew up with Planet of the Apes but never really thought about them much until fairly recently when I sat down intending to watch the first Ape film and ended up watching all five films. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and now these Apes have guns!
Special effects aside the Apes films have always been made social commentary and Dawn is no different. From gun control to the importance of education, racism, animal testing, anti war, slavery and so on. There is a message and yet that message doesn’t beat you about the head, it’s just there for you to see and take in. It’s done well and helps make Dawn of the Planet of the Apes one of the best films of the year for many people.
Friday 9th of January
Stockport Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport, Cheshire. SK1 1SP
I was lucky enough to catch a screening of this at my local cinema recently and it was such a different experience watching this on a big screen. It’s still, almost 50 years later, it’s one of the best sci-fi films ever released. The music and the stunning scenes of space not only moved people and changed the course of film history, the film also led people to believe that the director Stanley Kubrick had helped to fake the moon landing a year later. Evolution, life in space and homicidal computers what more could you ask for?
Saturday 10th of January
Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HE
Häxan is a Swedish/Danish silent horror film from 1922 and it seeks to show how superstition and the misunderstanding of mental illness could have been behind the hysteria of the witch hunts. This film is so ahead of its time and was actually banned by a lot of countries for showing graphic scenes of torture, nudity and what was deemed as ‘sexual perversion’. This film ticks a lot of boxes, if you like silent film, horror, history and social politics this is for you.
Sunday 11th January
Chapter, Cardiff, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, Wales, CF5 1QE
I have such fond memories of this film. Based on H.G Wells book about a victorian man who builds a time machine and travels into the future only to find war and turmoil, he continues into the future and discovers an apathetic civilization where books have been left to rot, people don’t show emotion and some humans who have been living underground have evolved into creatures called Morlocks. Are you not entertained?!
The Time Machine won an Oscar for the time lapse sections at the beginning of the film and rightly so. I remember watching that for the first time and being blown away, and being so young had no idea how they did it, it was magic! This is one of those perfect Sunday afternoon films so do yourself a favour and dive in to this classic story.
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